This is what it looks like every day, several times a day, in many areas of Jewish Judea and Samaria. Often the Arab hooligans take advantage of the fact that their side of the fence is in Area A or B, while their targets are in Area C, and Israeli security forces cannot maintain control over their part of the shooting gallery.
Posts Tagged ‘violence’
In a clear example of the difference between statistics and the reality they represent, the IDF has announced a significant decline in acts of violence and disorder since the beginning of the year 2016.
According to the statement, issued at the end of June 2016, in January 2016 there were 20 incidents of shooting, stabbing or ramming with a vehicle, compared with only six in June. Incidents of disturbance of the peace have dropped from 147 in January to a mere 33 in June. A sharp decline was also registered in the number of stone and Molotov cocktail throwing incidents.
According to the same report, since the beginning of 2016 148 terrorists were killed, close to 1,500 suspects were arrested and 16 Terrorist homes were demolished.
Incidentally, 148 in Hebrew numerology is kemakh-flour. It’s also mekakh-bargaining. And khamak-sneaked away.
And now, some useful quotes about statistics:
In ancient times they had no statistics so they had to fall back on lies. Stephen Leacock
Statistics are used much like a drunk uses a lamppost: for support, not illumination. Vin Scully
There are lies, damned lies and statistics. Mark Twain
Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable. Mark Twain
Definition of Statistics: The science of producing unreliable facts from reliable figures. Evan Esar
Statistics: the mathematical theory of ignorance. Morris Kline
I can prove anything by statistics except the truth. George Canning
Israeli security forces captured seven terrorist fugitives in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.
The arrests were made in various locations throughout Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria.
An IDF spokesperson said three of the suspects were allegedly members of the Hamas terrorist organization.
Four of the suspects were accused of involvement in violence against civilians and security forces.
All seven of the detainees have been transferred to security personnel for questioning.Hana Levi Julian
At least 60 Arabs from the Palestinian Authority have been arrested for posting deliberate incitement to violence against Israelis on Facebook, the IDF told the USA Today newspaper this week.
According to the report, 60 suspects have been charged since the outbreak of the current wave of terror that began in October 2015.
However, the Haifa-based Adalah Legal Center disputes that data, and says the number of arrests is closer to 150 in Judea and Samaria; in addition, 250 Israeli Arabs were also arrested, according to the NGO.
IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner told the news outlet, “Incitement to violence on social media is a phenomenon that only recently is gaining traction.
“Following attacks, many assailants have stated that they were directly inspired by incitement on social media, which led them to carry out the attacks.”Hana Levi Julian
The head of the outlawed northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, Sheikh Raed Salah, was slated to begin serving a nine month sentence in prison on Sunday.
He left the northern Israeli Arab city of Umm al Fahm in Wadi Ara and arrived at Oholei Kedar Prison near Be’er Sheva at 10 am to begin serving his sentence.
Salah was convicted on charges of incitement to racism and violence in 2013, and again last October, when he was sentenced to an 11-month jail term.
His attorney filed an appeal against the conviction, which was rejected, but on April 18 the sentence was reduced to nine months.
The conviction followed a sermon Salah delivered in 2007 in the Wadi Joz section of eastern Jerusalem.
The radical Islamist is responsible for repeated sermons in which young Muslims are whipped into a frenzy of hatred and then violence against Israelis, using the pretext of “defending Al Aqsa” from the Jews on the Temple Mount.
On Friday he told the Palestinian Authority newspaper Al-Resalah, “Prison strengthens me due to my faith that Jerusalem is a pure right for Muslims and defending it is imperative.” He said that the ‘Israeli aggression’ will accelerate “the end of the occupation of the Holy City. “I will continue [defending Al-Aqsa] until martyrdom. No retreat, whatever the price is. The Islamic Movement [banned in November 2015] is not a simple name, but it has its roots in Galilee, Negev and Al-Aqsa Mosque.”
Although the mosque is the third holiest site in Islam, Jews have no intention of touching it. Jews are forbidden to pray anywhere on the Temple Mount grounds surrounding the mosque. Jewish pilgrims visit the compound because it is the holiest place in the world in the Jewish faith, as the site of the past two Jewish Holy Temples of Jerusalem.
Muslims vehemently object to the presence of Jews anywhere on the site, and some Islamic clerics at the mosque seize this opportunity to to stir up trouble. Chief among them is Salah, who told followers at a rally on Friday in Umm al Fahm that he does not fear prison, according to Haaretz; he believes he will emerge ‘stronger than ever.’Hana Levi Julian
A combined investigation of Police and Shabak yielded evidence of the existence of a terror financing network that has been in operation over a significant time period. The network provided funds to members of the illegal Almoravid movement who are active on the Temple Mount, to pay for their acts of violence intended to discourage visitors from attempting to ascend to the compound.
The Almoravid (Morabiton) are named after a federation of Muslim Berber peoples that established an empire in Morocco, Algeria, and Spain in the 11th century.
While the suspects in operating the network were being interrogated, police took separate action against dozens of Almoravid field operators whose involvement was being exposed. The latter are still under investigation.
The Jerusalem District Attorney’s office on Monday submitted an indictment against Mohammed Jabarin, an Israeli Arab from Umm al-Fahm, and two Arab residents of Silwan, in eastern Jerusalem, for crimes involving funding terrorism and an illegal association.David Israel
IDF soldiers shut down a Palestinian Authority radio station run by the PA’s leading Fatah faction in Hebron late Monday night in a joint IDF and Civil Administration operation in what the IDF called “part of the ongoing battle against incitement.”
Israeli military forces confiscated broadcasting equipment at the Al Hurriya radio station “in order to prevent the incitement which has caused a flare of violence in the region over recent weeks,” the IDF Spokesperson’s office said Tuesday morning.
“Incitement has been core in aggravating, encouraging and celebrating the recent wave of terror,” said the IDF. “In the past month Palestinians have executed 29 attacks (22 stabbings, four run-over attacks and three shooting attacks) against Israeli civilians and security forces in Hebron.”
The Al Hurriya radio station was formed in 2002 in Gaza by the Fatah faction’s “Palestinian National Liberation Movement” and was transferred to Hebron after the Hamas seized control over Gaza in 2007.
The station has been shut down twice, once in 2002 and again in 2008.