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Israeli-Arab Arrested for Trying to Join ISIS in Syria

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

A combined action of the Shabak and Israel Police has led to the arrest of an Israeli-Arab resident of Umm al-Fahm, Ibrahim Hassan Yousef Aghbariyya, 23, at Ben Gurion International Airport on June 10, on his way to join ISIS in Syria.

In his interrogation, Aghbariyya revealed that after having been exposed to ISIS videos and other content, he began to identify with the Jihaidst ideology of the Islamic State and with its actions, and decided to leave for Syria, to join up.

After collecting material online about the options available to him to reach Syria, Aghbariyya flew to Istanbul and boarded a connecting flight to the Turkish town of Gaziantep, not far from the Syrian border. Back in early May, a bomb attack outside the police headquarters in Gaziantep killed two policemen and injured 22 others.

Aghbariyya was picked up by Turkish police in short order and after a few days’ interrogation was expelled to Israel.

Aghbariyya’s Shabak interrogation also revealed that he had left his family a letter before leaving for Turkey, spelling out his intentions to join the forces of Jihad. Some of his close friends and acquaintances were aware of his plans and identified with his ideas.

Israel’s security apparatus has been watching out for individuals like Aghbariyya, who might be sent back by ISIS to take advantage of their privileged status as Israeli citizens to carry out terrorist attacks inside Israel.

On Wednesday, Aghbariyya was indicted in Haifa District Court on serious security violations.

David Israel

36 Dead, More Than 140 Wounded in Suicide Bombing at Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

At least 36 people were confirmed dead and more than 140 were wounded Tuesday night in the wake of a suicide bombing at the third largest airport in Europe, Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport.

A number of police were among the injured and the dead.

Security personnel opened fire as armed attackers detonated explosive vests and shot AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifles at the airport shortly after 10 pm Tuesday night.

Turkish officials met with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the presidential palace late into the night to discuss the developments in the attack.

According to Turkey’s Fox News affiliate NTV, three suicide bombers who attacked the departure hall at the international terminal.

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Turkish officials who asked for anonymity told reporters the suicide bombers approached security before going through the x-ray for luggage. The bombers opened fire, triggering a shootout with airport police, then detonated the explosive vests they were wearing as they entered the control point in the airport’s security system.

The “control point” is located at a site at the front of the terminal near the entrance to the building where passengers encounter their first security check, before being allowed to proceed into the terminal.

Ataturk Airport was shut down, with incoming and outgoing flights rerouted to a second airport that operates out of Istanbul, Sabiha Gokcen. There was a terror attack on the tarmac at that airport last December as well.


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At least 61.3 million passengers passed through Ataturk Airport in 2015; it is the third largest airport in Europe, and the 11th largest airport in the world.

More than 200 people have been killed in terror attacks in Turkey since January of last year.

Taxi cabs were pressed into service to ferry the injured to hospitals in Istanbul. More than 112 ambulances were used to rush victims to the hospitals, according to Turkish media.

But despite the dozens of dead and wounded, authorities told news media there had been “no security breakdown” at the airport. All roads leading to the airport were closed, and civilian traffic to the airport has been blocked.

Security personnel had, in fact, acted to neutralize the threat as they were meant to do and contained the threat at the entrance to the building, successfully blocking the terrorists from accessing the terminal.

One heroic police officer reportedly jumped on one of the suicide bombers when he saw him detonate his explosives vest, thus absorbing much of the blast with his own body.

Hana Levi Julian

3 Dead Israeli Terror Victims Identified in Istanbul

Sunday, March 20th, 2016

The three Israeli victims of Saturday’s terror attack in Istanbul were identified overnight after their families were notified of the tragedy by authorities.

Yonathan Suher, Simcha Dimri and Avraham Goldman, and an Iranian national were murdered by a suicide bomber Saturday morning on Istiklal Street in the Taksim section of Istanbul. Numerous foreign consulates line the two-kilometer pedestrian strip along with cafes, restaurants and shops.

The three victims were part of a 14-member Israeli culinary tour of the ancient city once known as Constantinople. Their bodies are to be repatriated on Sunday.

The remaining 11 members of the tour were wounded in the attack. Two of the wounded Israelis are critically injured; two are seriously hurt and six are in good condition. Five returned in an overnight flight to Israel via the planes sent on Saturday night by the IDF and Magen David Adom (MDA). Two of the wounded in serious condition are expected to return Sunday afternoon.

An Iranian national was also killed; 28 other people, including three foreign nationals, were wounded in the bombing.

Dimri, 60, was with her husband Avi when she was killed; Avi sustained serious wounds to his legs and lung. Dimri was a retired kindergarten teacher; the family is well-known for their philanthropy and community activism in their home city of Dimona, said Mayor Benny Biton in a statement to media. Dimri is survived by three sons, a daughter and a number of grandchildren.

Two sons, Nadav and Ben, flew to Istanbul with the Magen David Adom plane on Saturday night to be with their father as he recovers in a hospital.

Both Suher, 40, and Goldman, 70 are dual U.S. citizens as well, according to Israeli, U.S. and Turkish officials. Suher, a Tel Aviv resident raised on Kibbutz Shiller, was celebrating his birthday with his wife Inbal, according to a statement from his family. He served in the IDF Military Police Corps and earned a law degree before launching a career in high-tech. His wife was wounded; he is survived by two children.

“We are grateful to the Foreign Ministry and MDA (Magen David Adom) medical teams for the assistance they have given us so far, and we pray for the well-being of Inbal, who was injured in the attack and underwent surgery last night in Turkey,” Suher’s family told media in a statement.

The bomber detonated his explosive at a quiet time, according to one of the injured, leading officials to speculate the attacker either was aiming for the Israelis or was spooked into attacking earlier than planned.

The street is normally busy with numerous shoppers filling restaurants and cafes.

Turkey is extremely tense at this time, after six terror attacks within the past nine months have taken the lives of more than 200 victims.

Saturday’s attack has been added to three others blamed on Da’esh operatives with the ISIS terrorist organization. Two others were blamed on PKK terrorists with the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party.

Hana Levi Julian

2 Cops Hurt, 1 Female Attacker Killed Outside Istanbul Police HQ

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Two police officers were wounded and a female terrorist carrying a bomb was killed in a shootout Wednesday outside Istanbul’s police headquarters.

Turkish police special forces were deployed to the site, according to Istanbul Governor Vasip Sahin, who spoke with the BBC. A second gunman who opened fire was wounded by special forces and then taken captive.

The identity of the attackers is not yet clear.

One day earlier, two members of the banned DHKP-C (Revolutionary Liberation Party Front), a Marxist group stormed the largest courthouse in Istanbul and took prosecutor Mehmet Selim Kiraz hostage.

The DHKP-C is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.

Both the attackers and their hostage, the prosecutor later died in a shootout with police. On Wednesday morning hundreds of people attended Kiraz’s funeral at the courthouse where he was shot and killed before proceeding to the city’s Eyup Sultan mosque.

Hana Levi Julian

1500-Year-Old Syriac Bible Finds a Home in Turkey

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Turkish police testified in a court hearing in Ankara last week that they believe the manuscript of a bible written in Syriac and dating at least 1500 ago, is in their possession, National Turk reported. In fact, it has been in police custody since being seized from gang of smugglers in southern Turkey, back in 2000.

After waiting eight years in Ankara, the ancient bible was transferred to the local Ethnography Museum under police escort.

The criminals have been charged with smuggling antiquities, illegal excavations and the possession of explosives.

Syriac is the dialect of Eastern Aramaic that was spoken in the early Christian period in the northern Syria, Iraq, and southern Turkey. It was a major literary language, written in the same alphabet of 22 consonants as Hebrew, but also with characters of its own.

Aramaic was the lingua franca of the Near East since before the destruction of the first temple in Jerusalem. It is the original language of large sections of the books of Daniel and Ezra, and its Jewish dialect is the main language of the Talmud.

The manuscript, dated 463-4 by its scribe, a bishop named John, includes excerpts from the Bible and the New Testament, written in gold lettering on leather and loosely strung together. Turkish authorities insist it is a cultural asset and should be displayed in a museum.

The manuscript’s value is estimated at $28 million.

The earliest Syriac books were biblical translations, and it has been debated whether one or more of the Four Gospels was originally written in Syriac. The Peshitta or “simple” version became the official translation used by Syriac Churches in the fifth century.

The excerpt from the Torah in the Syriac Bible is the passage concerns the sisters Leah and Rachel, Jacob’s wives, where Leah is having her first three children, to the envy of the childless Rachel.

Yori Yanover

Turkey Extradites to Israel Europe’s Largest Flesh Trafficker

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

Three years after the crisis in the Turkey-Israel relationship, following the IDF takeover of the Mavi Marmara flotilla, Wednesday morning revealed a dramatic example of cooperation between Turkey and Israel. In a rare gesture of cooperation, the Turks complied with Israel’s request to extradite Guy Hasid, 35, from the town of Or Yehuda, one of the largest traffickers in human flesh in Europe and Israel, Maariv reports.

Hasid’s partner in crime, Rami Saban, is serving a sentence of 18 years in prison after being convicted of trafficking in women.

Hasid was in hiding for three years in the Turkish district of Cyprus, where he was arrested a year and a half ago by the Turks at the request of the Israeli Police, and taken to a prison in Ankara.

The extradition procedure took more than a year, until on Tuesday night Hasid was put on a plane, accompanied by the Central Unit Tel Aviv cops, and flown to Israel. The plane landed at Ben Gurion Airport where the extradition proceedings were completed, and in the afternoon the police is expected to request his remand to a detention center.

The investigation of Hasid is being conducted jointly by four different police departments around the world: Israel, Russia, the Ukraine and Belarus. Saban and Hasid are considered the largest traffickers in Europe and among the largest in the world. The Russians claim that the two are responsible for trafficking in 10,000 women.

The Russians submitted to the Israeli police testimonies filed by 150 women who were traded by the two men for the purpose of prostitution. The Tel Aviv police managed to collect another 40 testimonies of women who had been imported by the two men for prostitution.

“They were solely responsible for smuggling women into Israel through the Egyptian border during the ’90s and 2000s,” said Superintendent Eddie Pliner, head of the Russian desk at the Central Unit, Tel Aviv.

According to police, Guy Hasid ran one of Europe’s largest brothels, which he operated under the guise of a strip club in Turkish Cyprus. There is where he shipped dozens of women from the former Soviet Union for prostitution.

“Israeli law allows us to make arrests of criminals who have trafficked in women and used them for prostitution even outside the country,” a senior Central Unit, Tel Aviv, officer told Maariv. “On that basis, we asked the Turkish police for assistance and extradition. The Turks understood well what was involved, and the scope of this man’s criminal activities, and agreed to cooperate with us and make the extradition.”

Two years ago, Rami Saban was convicted in the District Court in Tel Aviv and was sentenced to 18 years in prison. Police plan to introduce in the Hasid case most of the evidence that was presented in the Saban case.

In the past, the two men were associated with a suspicion that they imported two professional assassins from Belarus to Israel via Egypt, to take out several key Israeli crime figures.

Yori Yanover

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