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Damascus Gate Stabber Was Convicted Killer From Hebron

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Hebron resident Muammar Ata Mahmoud, 56, should not have been in Jerusalem Wednesday night.

Had he obeyed the conditions of his release from prison in 2013, he would not have been able to stab a Border Guard Police officer at the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Mahmoud, a Palestinian Authority Arab resident of Hebron had no permit to enter pre-1967 Israel.

He and Salah Khalil Ahmad Ibrahim were both convicted of murdering Professor Menachem Stern, age 64, an Israel Prize-winning historian. They also murdered Palestinian Arab Hassin Zaid, a suspected collaborator with Israel.

They were freed in 2013 as part of the caravan of “good will gestures” to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas aimed at keeping him in peace talks that ultimately led nowhere.

Stern was an internationally-acclaimed historian on the Second Temple period. When his murderers were freed, his daughter Meira Stern-Glick protested, saying “A person who murdered in cold blood should sit for life.” As with all other family members who have seen the murderers of their loved ones freed in the cause of “peace with the Palestinian Authority,” her protest was ignored.

Stern was stabbed to death on June 22, 1989 while walking to the Jewish National and University Library at Hebrew University in Givat Ram. The murder took place against the backdrop of the first intifada, led by the Palestine Liberation Organization from 1987 to 1993. It began with false charges of Israeli “atrocities” and incessant instigation from the mosques.

In one week, an Israeli was stabbed, a traffic accident in which four Arabs were killed was transformed by lightning rumors into a “deliberate” provocation, there was mass rioting by Palestinian Arabs and a teen rioter was killed by an Israeli soldier when he hurled a firebomb at an army patrol.

In the four years of the violence, the IDF reported more than 3,600 firebombing attacks, 100 hand grenade attacks and 600 shootings and bombings by Palestinian Arabs. Within that time, 16 Israeli civilians and 11 soldiers were killed; more than 1,400 civilians and 1,700 soldiers were wounded. Approximately 1,100 Palestinian Arabs were killed in clashes with IDF soldiers.

By that criteria, Israel is now well into its third intifada. How many injured and dead will it take before Israel takes steps to end this one?

 

 

Better Late Than Never – EU Condemns Arab Terror

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

The morning after the first of two horrifying Arab terror attacks stole the lives of young Jews in Israel and wounded several other innocent bystanders, the European Union finally issued a statement condemning the murders – sort of.

“Today’s terrible acts of terror in Israel and the West Bank deserve strong condemnation,” read the statement sent to media via email.

“We express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the deceased, and extend sincere wishes to the persons injured for their full and speedy recovery.”

But having made the obligatory condolences, either David Kriss himself – the press and information manager for the EU delegation to the State of Israel — or the High Representative Federica Mogherini then added a second comment.

Perhaps they just couldn’t resist the opportunity to get in an extra political dig as Israeli were grieving and Palestinian Authority Arabs were celebrating.

“As highlighted to all interlocutors during the recent visit of the High Representative in the region, we are extremely worried by the current situation that – in the absence of political perspective – can further deteriorate. We urge political leaders to act responsibly and to work for a quick de-escalation of tensions.”

One wonders precisely who the “we” in the statement is, and which “political leaders” they are referring to. What kind of “responsible actions” do they believe have been lacking and exactly how would they advise Israel to ‘work for a quick de-escalation of tensions,” pray tell?

Of course, the content of the entire statement was then carefully disavowed by the disclaimer at the end of the email:

This message is not an official communication of the European Union or its Delegation in Israel. The latter does not accept legal responsibility for its contents, unless confirmed in writing by an authorized signatory. Access is authorized only by the intended recipient(s). The recipient(s) shall respect the confidentiality of the message content. The European Union Delegation to the State of Israel accepts no responsibility with regard to any computer virus transferred by way of this e-mail.

Arab ‘Day of Rage’ Unleashes Intifada

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Palestinian Authority unity government chairman Mahmoud Abbas has apparently decided to stand with Hamas and Islamic Jihad to trigger a third intifada.

Abbas issued a call for Arabs to protect the Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount “at all costs,” claiming that Jews must be prevented from entering the site. The Temple Mount is the holiest place on earth in Judaism, and third holiest to Muslims.

Leaders of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror organizations quickly followed with calls of their own to hold various “Days of Rage” on Fridays at the Al Aqsa Mosque and other places around Israel.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad urged all PA Arabs – especially the youth – to take to the streets in a “Day of Rage” today (Friday, Nov. 7), urging them to “save the Al Aqsa Mosque and defend Jerusalem against the Israeli siege.”

It is clear that the entire terror leadership of the Palestinian Authority had coordinated the effort. The move was deliberately timed with a warning by Abbas that failure to resolve the conflict between Israel and the PA would lead to an escalation of violence in the region, reported Egypt’s Al Bawaba news site.

Abbas – “Abu Mazen” as he is known among terrorists and the general Arab population – long ago stopped condemning violence even in English speeches.

Instead he’s been issuing fiery calls to his constituents to prevent “in any way” Jews from going up to the Temple Mount, the holiest place on Earth for Jews. Official Palestinian Authority TV produced a short video of those calls, ending it with a picture of Jerusalem and the words, “Arab Jerusalem” and broadcast it 19 times over a three-day period, Oct. 17 to 19.

(Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) notes in its coverage that expressions used by PA leaders such as “in any way” and “using all means” are intended to convey encouragement for varying degrees of violence and terror.)

“It’s not enough for us to say, ‘There are those carrying out Ribat’ (religious conflict / war over land claimed to be Islamic),” Abbas said. “We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. It’s not enough for us to say, ‘The settlers have arrived [at the Mosque]’. They have come, and they must not come to the Sanctuary (i.e., Temple Mount). We have to prevent them, in any way whatsoever, from entering the Sanctuary.

“This is our Sanctuary, our Al-Aqsa and our Church [of the Holy Sepulchre]. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. We must prevent them. Let us stand before them with chests bared to protect our holy places,” Abbas exclaimed.

Hundreds in Judea and Samaria rioted and clashed with IDF security forces. At least 400 Arabs hurled rocks and firebombs (Molotov cocktails) at Israeli soldiers at the Kalandia checkpoint, a common target where violence usually starts.

IDF troops did not wait for injuries to justify effective self-defense this time; they opened fire at the raging mob but did not confirm a hit, said an army spokesperson.

Near Ramallah, Arabs also hurled rocks at Israeli security personnel, and similar attacks were carried out further south, closer to Hebron.

Riots were also seen in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat following the funeral of Hamas terrorist Ibrahim al-Akari. The terrorist murdered a Border Patrol chief inspector and a 17-year-old yeshiva boy yesterday and wounded a dozen others, running them over with his van in a hit-and-run terror attack at two Light Rail stops in Jerusalem. Al-Akari was finally stopped by Border Patrol police officers who shot and killed him after he exited his van and started beating bystanders with a crowbar.

Arabs Riot at Rachel’s Tomb, Border Guards Wounded

Friday, August 8th, 2014

Two Border Guard security personnel were lightly wounded while trying to control a mob of some 600 Palestinian Authority Arabs rioting Friday afternoon near Rachel’s Tomb.

Three of the rioters were allegedly shot in the legs with rubber bullets, according to the Hebrew-language 0404.co.il website.

The rioters burned tires and hurled firebombs and rocks at the Border Guards, who at first used standard crowd control methods but then allegedly opened fire when all else failed.

The scene at Rachel's Tomb on Friday afternoon, when hundreds of Arabs rioted violently at the urging of Hamas terrorists in Gaza. August 8, 2014

The scene at Rachel’s Tomb on Friday afternoon, when hundreds of Arabs rioted violently at the urging of Hamas terrorists in Gaza. August 8, 2014

Security personnel succeeded in dispersing most of the mob but about 100 of the hard-core rioters remained into the early evening hours.

Hamas terrorists in Gaza have urged Arabs in Israel to riot and attack Jews in as many ways as possible, to encourage a budding third intifada.

The tomb of the Jewish matriach, one of the holiest sites in Judaism, is located on the outskirts of Bethlehem, barely five minutes south of Jerusalem.

Due to Palestinian Arab violence, Israeli authorities were forced to build high, strong walls around the once-modest tomb, transforming it into a virtual fortress in order to protect the Jews who visit the site to pray.

US Calls for Israeli Restraint Under Rocket Fire, Arab Violence

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

While calling on Israel to exercise “restraint” in the face of incessant rocket fire and nationwide Arab rioting, the United States says Hamas is not really part of the Palestinian Authority unity government.

Moreover, the U.S. contends that PA unity government leader Mahmoud Abbas carries no responsibility for its actions.

Abbas has yet to break his ties with Hamas and dissolve his Fatah faction’s unity pact with the terrorist organization that rules Gaza.

At a State Department news briefing on Monday, spokesperson Jen Psaki admitted to reporters Secretary of State John Kerry had asked Israel – “as he’s urged both parties” — to exercise restraint and “avoid steps that could further destabilize the situation.”

In response to an immediate question from a journalist as to whether Kerry had also spoken with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas in the same manner, Psaki responded:

“He has spoken with him over the course of the last several days or week. I don’t – let me see if I have anything specific over the last – he spoke with him – let’s see – I know last Tuesday. He’s been in – I think it’s important to reiterate here we’ve been in touch on the ground very closely with both parties.”

The journalist persisted, noting, “Well, but you’ve seen the comments that are coming out of Hamas. And now that the U.S. has, in effect, kind of accept the fact that Hamas is now in this unity government, you would think that as leader of this unity government it would be incumbent on President Abbas to rein in or take – try and maintain some kind of control over the activities of Hamas. Isn’t that correct?”

Psaki’s reply: “Well, you’re right. I mean, we’ve stated – you’re right in the sense that we have stated from the beginning that we would judge the interim government by its actions, composition, and policies. And based on what we know now, this hasn’t changed. We don’t believe that Hamas plays a role in the government. However, to your point, it is difficult to see how other aspects of the reconciliation process can move forward in this current atmosphere, and we’ve conveyed that as well.”

The journalist did not let up. “Well, I mean, I understand that you – that maybe it’s a technicality that Hamas doesn’t play a part in this government, but it is a unity government that includes Hamas. And I’m just wondering, now does President Abbas more so than ever bear responsibility for the actions of Hamas?”

Psaki: “No. But we have – President Abbas himself has suggested that there would be serious consequences for whatever party carried out the crimes that we’ve been talking about over the last several weeks. And as I mentioned, it’s difficult for us to see, given this current atmosphere, how other aspects of the reconciliation process could continue.”

Journalist: “Just one quick last one. Did Secretary Kerry mention the specific case of this Israeli-Palestinian teen that was beaten?”

Psaki: “I don’t have any other further details, but I think it’s safe to assume when he’s talking about the escalating tensions on the ground, he’s talking about all of the reports that you’ve seen in the news that we’ve all been discussing.”

Journalist continues: “Did you have a response, reaction – and forgive me if I missed it – to the Palestinian teenager who was killed, this cousin of this – or did that happen over the –

Psaki: “I believe we’ve put out something over the weekend. I can double-check that and certainly. . .

Journalist: “Okay. Thus far, have you seen both sides exercising the kind of restraint that you think is necessary?”

Abu Khdeir: ‘No Proof’ Killers Weren’t Jewish

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Hussein Abu Khdeir, father of slain Palestinian teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir, told Channel 2 Monday that there is no evidence that Gil-ad Shaar, 16, Naftali Fraenkel, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19, were not murdered by Jews.

Appearing together with the grandfather of Gil-ad Sha’ar, the bereaved father claimed it is “unknown” who was behind the murder of the Israeli boys, challenging Sha’ar’s grandfather to “Bring me someone who said they killed them.”

Abu Khdeir also said there is no precedent for the brutality of his son’s murder. He has apparently never heard of the Inquisition, the Crusades or the Holocaust.

Violent Arabs Again Target Jerusalem Light Rail

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Jerusalem Arabs are continuing to target the Jerusalem Light Rail in violence intended to ensure the transit system will “never pass through Shuafat,” a northern Arab suburb of the capital.

Shuafat is also home to the family of 16 year old Muhammad Abu Khdeir, who was murdered last week. Six Jewish suspects have been taken into custody in connection with the case, and three have reportedly confessed to the crime.

Three Light Rail stops were utterly destroyed last week by Arab rioters, despite the fact that the rail is used by Arab commuters on a daily basis, as well as Jews, to reach their jobs in the city.

Nevertheless, extremist Arabs have said they are determined to destroy the Light Rail’s infrastructure to ensure the rail system cannot pass through Shuafat “ever.” Officials, meanwhile, have said it will take months to repair the damage to the stops once the violence has ceased.

The route of the Jerusalem Light Rail currently ends at Ammunition Hill (Givat HaTachmoshit), as it is no longer possible to use the infrastructure at Shuafat and Beit Hanina. This also cuts off access for the numerous Jewish residents who live in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Neve Yaakov.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/violent-arabs-again-target-jerusalem-light-rail/2014/07/07/

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