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July 25, 2016 / 19 Tammuz, 5776

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Train Guard Describes How He Captured the Terrorist [video]

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

The train guard describes, in his own words, how he captured the terrorist who was going to explode a bomb on the Jerusalem Light Rail:

(Video at the bottom of the article)

“As I’m watching the entrance to the train, I saw a man wearing a hat, glasses, a knapsack on his back, leaning on the wall and he’s scanning the train station left and right.

I approached the man, and questioned him, I said something wasn’t right.

I asked him to put down his knapsack.

He refused.

I immediately spun the man around, using reasonable force, I placed him against the wall, and checked him.

I took the knapsack off him, and saw a small bag inside. I lifted the bag up and saw the bomb.

I immediately knocked him down onto the ground.

Bomb Robot - July 17, 2016

A police sapper continues the story:

Two civilians approached me, they said there is a terrorist.

I ran to Yafo street and I saw the train guards who yelled there’s a terrorist, who was already on the ground, with guns pointed at him.

I understood there was a knapsack and inside was a pipe bomb. I moved everyone away…

The reaction of the train guards, who got there quickly, and the police, we cordoned off the area, and worked orderly to deal with the bomb.

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UPDATE – Terrorist Bombing Foiled near Jerusalem Train [video]

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

Israel Police reported that an Arab man attempting to board the Jerusalem light rail at 9:10 AM Sunday was carrying an explosive charge on his person. The attempted terror attack happened at the train stop near the corner of King George and Jaffa (Yafo) Streets, in central Jerusalem,

The man, who was standing next to the train stop raised the suspicions of train security guards who inquired about his shoulder bag. A guard examined the bag and found multiple pipe bombs inside.

The terrorist is a Palestinian Authority Arab in his twenties from Beit Ula in the Har Hebron region. He was detained and the entire area was quickly cordoned off.

Police and sappers are examining and dealing with the explosives bag.

The terrorist was arrested and taken to a local police station for interrogation.

The areas around Yafo Street and King George are currently shut down to all traffic.

The constantly alert Jerusalem light Rail guards saved many lives today.

The terrorist arrived at downtown Jerusalem on an Egged bus, but didn’t blow the bombs up on the bus as he wanted to explode them on the Jerusalem train.

Police are checking the area to see if he was not alone.

10:26 AM – Police have declared the event over. The Jerusalem Light Rail is running again.


Natan Epstein, who was on the train at the time, reports from the field what he saw:

David Israel

Jerusalem Light Rail Expansion Approved, City to Add More Lines

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

The city of Jerusalem has approved two more Light Rail lines in the holy city, a Green Line and a Blue Line. The go-ahead was given at a municipal planning meeting last month.

The current Red Line is also to be extended, north to the Neve Yaakov neighborhood, and south to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center.

“I am happy to see that Jerusalem will go from having one successful Light Rail line to a network of three lines,” Transportation Minister Israel Katz said after the approvals were passed. “Light rail has significantly changed the city’s transportation… Jerusalem deserves a light rail system like that in Europe.”

The approximately 19.6 kilometer route set for the Green Line begins in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo and will pass through the Jerusalem Convention Center, known in Hebrew as Binyanei Ha’Uma, where the “A-1” fast line railway has a terminus. It will cross the current Red Line on Herzog Boulevard, and run up to Mount Scopus.

The Green line is currently set to include 36 stops to service an expected ridership of 200,000 passengers per day, according to the Railway Gazette website.

The Blue Line is set to run about 23 kilometers from the northwestern Ramot neighborhood through the center of the city out to the eastern Talpiot neighborhood, and then on to Gilo.

The Blue line will include branches to the Malcha Mall and to Mount Scopus as well, with 42 stops and an expected ridership of some 250,000 passengers per day.

Hana Levi Julian

Brussels Airport to Reopen With Symbolic Flights Only

Saturday, April 2nd, 2016

The Zaventem International Airport in Brussels is set to reopen Sunday (April 3) — sort of — two weeks after two suicide bombers blew up the departure hall.

Three symbolic flights to Faro, Athens and Turin will depart as the airport partially restores service.

Fifteen people died and 81 others were wounded in the deadly terror attack at the airport, not counting the bombers or those who later died of their wounds.

A third suicide bomber blew up a metro station in the Belgian capital close to the headquarters of the European Union, within an hour after the attack on the airport. Fourteen people died in that attack, and 220 others were wounded.

The two attacks were linked and the Da’esh (ISIS) terror organization claimed responsibility for both.

“I am very pleased and proud to be able to announce that tomorrow, Sunday 3 April, Brussels Airport will be able to welcome its first passengers after the devastating bomb attacks,” said Brussels airport CEO Arnaud Feist in a statement on Saturday afternoon.

“I am extremely grateful to all airport staff, federal police and the federal government for their efforts and commitment. These flights are the first hopeful sign from an airport that is standing up straight after a cowardly attack.

“That we are able to make this start only 12 days after the devastating attacks is a sign of our collective strength at Brussels Airport,” he added.

But there is no public transportation in the area and the airport can only be reached by car or taxi. The first three flights are symbolic only.

“In the coming days, we will examine the possibility of restarting other means of transport, such as bus and train”, Brussels airport officials said.

Hana Levi Julian

11 Dead in Suicide Bombing at Belgium Airport, 15 Dead in Train Attack [video]

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

At least 11 people were killed and 35 were wounded in a twin terror attack at 8 am Tuesday morning in the departure hall of Zaventem Airport in Brussels. Another 15 people were killed and 55 wounded in the related metro attack.

Three suicide belts packed with explosives were found by police at the airport, according to local television news reports quoted by Sputnik. A suicide bomber was responsible for one of the blasts, Belgian broadcaster VRT reported.

Several Israelis were in the airport at the time of the explosion but all managed to exit safely with other travelers.

Map of Zaventem Airport in Brussels at time of explosions.

Map of Zaventem Airport in Brussels at time of explosions.

Two explosions were heard at the airport, coming just four days after Salah Abdeslam, the mastermind of the Nov. 13 ISIS attack on Paris, was captured in Brussels.

A United Hatzolah volunteer was at the Brussels airport at the time of the explosions. He described the scene: “At the time of the explosion I was praying at the synagogue in the airport. We felt the explosion. We exited the synagogue in order to see what was happening and we joined the stream of people who were being ushered by police to exit the terminal.

People at the scene said they heard gunshots and screaming in Arabic before the attack, according to media reports.
All airports in the country were shut down pending further developments.

Three explosions tore apart trains at separate locations on the Brussels metro system about a half hour after the initial attack at Zaventem Airport. Due to the obvious risk, the Brussels metro system was shut down and the country’s security leaders activated Level 4, the nation’s highest alert.

Hana Levi Julian

15 Dead as 3 Explosions in Brussels Metro Lead to System-wide Shut Down

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Belgium has raised its national threat alert to Level 4, the highest possible, after three explosions shut down the Brussels metro following a massive attack on the city’s international airport. 15 people were killed in the train attack and another 55 were wounded.

The Brussels Metro rail system was struck Tuesday morning in a carefully time, coordinated attack with blasts that were detonated within minutes of each other at separate locations.

The attacks came about a half hour after a suicide bombing at the departure hall of Zaventem Airport in the Belgian capital which killed at least 11 people and wounded 35.

The first two explosions in the city are believed to have taken place on a train between the Maalbeek/Maelbeek and Schuman stations stations, near the headquarters of the European Commission.

The blasts were heard at Maalbeek metro station at around 8:30 am, according to RTBF, about 400 meters from the Berlaymont building – home to the headquarters of the European Commission.

A witness said the explosion appeared to come from the front of the train. “The lights went off, there was panic given what happened at Brussels airport.

“The doors of the train were forced open to get off the train. There was a lot of smoke. We left via Maelbeek station. The glass doors were blown out. The explosion must have been violent.”

No trains are currently running to or from Brussels Midi, according to the Eurostar company.

“Brussels customers are advised to postpone, and not come to station,” the firm tweeted. “Our thoughts rest with anyone affected by the unfolding events in Brussels – we are closely monitoring and will update,” a Eurostar spokesperson said in a statement.

Both France and Britain have raised their national alert levels.

Security was increased at London Gatwick and Heathrow Airport following the attacks, and at the Paris Charles de Gaulles airport as well. UK Prime Minister David Cameron is set to chair a meeting of the government’s emergency Cobra committee Tuesday evening in response to the explosions in Brussels.

Hana Levi Julian

False Terror Alarm Causes Panic on Train

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

The high tension wire running through the hearts and minds of Israeli blew a fuse Thursday morning when female soldiers on a train north of Haifa thought they spotted an Arab with a knife.

They screamed “terrorist,” and a soldier acted quickly and fired a shot in the air.

A passenger pulled the emergency brake, people ran as fast as they could, and police arrived, only to discover that there was no terrorist.

Seven passengers suffered bruises and shock, but these days, better safe than sorry, or dead.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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