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Israeli security forces busted a Hamas ring in the Hebron area that was planning a series of terror attacks, including suicide bombings, according to a statement from the Shin Bet, Israel’s security service, on Monday:
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The Shin Bet said it arrested 11 members of the cell in January, and that the group had carried out a failed bomb attack on Israeli troops in the West Bank.
Along with the arrests, security forces seized two sub-machine guns and explosives the cell allegedly planned on using to target Israelis, the Shin Bet said.
The main suspects in the case were named as Suhaib Mamoun Saltan, 20, from Hebron, and his cousin Salam Abbas Saltan, 28, a Hamas operative, who had been convicted and imprisoned by Israel in the past and was also at one time held under administrative detention.
The security service did not release the identities of the other nine suspects in Israeli custody.
In the coming days the Shin Bet will finish transferring the case files against the arrested men to the military prosecution and has asked that they be detained until trial, according to the statement.
“The activities of this cell reflects the real threat from Hamas activities in Hebron and especially from operatives that have been arrested in the past and then returned to the terror pool,” the Shin Bet statement read.
Monday, February 23rd, 2015 at 2:42 PM | Stand For Israel
When a 27-year-old Jewish man was stabbed on Sunday by an Arab assailant in Jerusalem, Mayor Nir Barkat and his bodyguard, who happened to be passing by, didn’t hesitate in taking action to subdue the terrorist and prevent a more serious attack, Israel’s NRG news website reported:
In an interview with Channel 2, Barkat – who had served as a company commander in the Paratroopers Brigade – said, “We were on our way to a meeting to be held in the municipality. When we arrived at IDF Square, my security detail noticed what was going on, and my body guard and I got out of the car. We saw a young man holding a knife. My bodyguard drew his weapon on the terrorist, who then threw away the knife. We didn’t think twice, we jumped on him and brought him to the ground. If he hadn’t dropped the knife, he wouldn’t have remained alive. When he was finally neutralized, we attended to the young man who was stabbed in his stomach. We waited for the police to arrive, and to my relief and joy, the whole incident ended fairly quickly.”
Murad Salman, a Magen David Adom Paramedic who arrived at the scene, said, “when we arrived, we saw a young man of about 27 years lying on the pavement in the Square, near the railroad tracks close to City Hall. He was bleeding from a stab wound to his upper body. He was fully conscious and said that he had felt that someone had suddenly stabbed him. And when the stabber tried to stab him again, he fought with him with the aid of a wedding gift that he was holding in his hand, preventing additional injuries. We gave him medical treatment, which included stopping the bleeding, and gave him fluids. We then evacuated him to a hospital.”
The youth was taken to Shaare Tzedek hospital in Jerusalem. Salman added that his condition was defined as moderately serious.
Police are investigating the incident, and so far have determined that nationalistic motives were behind it. The…Read More » Comments (4) »
Monday, February 23rd, 2015 at 11:36 AM | Stand For Israel
A chilling video threat issued over the weekend by the Somali terror group al-Shabaab against specific Jewish-owned malls provides further indication that Islamist groups around the world are setting their sights on Jewish targets, according to a leading expert on Jewish security and terrorist threats:
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“The most recent threat by al-Shabaab against malls, and more specifically against Jewish-owned institutions around the world, is another indication that global jihadi groups are increasingly focusing on Jews and Jewish institutions as a way to rally support for their cause,” said Dr. Joshua Gleis, president of Gleis Security Consulting.
Al-Shabaab’s recording, posted to YouTube on Saturday, mostly glorifies the group’s bloody 2013 attack on the Jewish-owned Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya which left 63 people dead and at least 175 wounded.
Towards the end of the nearly 77 minute video, a masked man with an English accent calls on Jihadists to attack specific targets
“If just a handful of mujahedeen fighters could bring Kenya to a complete standstill for nearly a week, then imagine what a dedicated mujahedeen in the West could do to the American or Jewish-owned shopping centers across the world,” he says.
“What if such an attack was to occur in the Mall of America in Minnesota, or the West Edmonton Mall in Canada, or in London’s Oxford Street, or any of the hundred or so Jewish-owned Westfield shopping centers dotted right across the western world?” he continues. …
Responding to the video in an interview on CNN, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said, “This latest statement from al-Shabaab reflects the new phase we’ve evolved to in the global terrorist threat, in that you have groups such as al-Shabaab and ISIL publicly calling for independent actors in their homelands to carry out attacks.”
Regarding the specific threat to Mall of America, Johnson said: “Anytime a terrorist organization calls for an attack on a specific place, we’ve got to take that seriously.” He advised people going to the Mall of America to be particularly careful, Reuters reported.
Monday, February 23rd, 2015 at 9:16 AM | Stand For Israel
In 2013, two-year-old Adele Britton was severely injured by rock-throwing terrorists. Yesterday, the young Israeli girl passed away. The Times of Israel reports that hundreds attended little Adele’s funeral to mourn her loss and support her grieving family:
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Hundreds of people on Wednesday attended the funeral of 4-year-old Adele Bitton, who was critically injured in a 2013 rock-throwing attack and died of complications of pneumonia on Tuesday.
The funeral took place in the West Bank settlement of Yakir, where the Bittons live, and near the site of the March 2013 attack that left Adele Bitton with severe brain damage.
“When you were a baby, you didn’t like to sleep,” her mother, Adva Bitton eulogized at the funeral. “‘No sleep, Ima [Mother],’ you would wake up at night and cry ‘Abba [Father], Ima, pacifier, bottle, no sleep.’ Now I understand that you had to get things done. You managed to get a lot done in this short life.”
Bitton referred to the stone-throwing attack as “the day your body was murdered by the evil people, but your soul continued to pulsate.”
“You didn’t give up, my warrior, the terrorists didn’t manage to take away your beauty, my beauty, my heart is breaking,” she said.
Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 11:11 AM | Stand For Israel
This weekend in Copenhagen, Denmark, an Islamist gunman carried out two terror attacks that left two dead – a shooting at a synagogue, as well as a shooting at a free-speech event. The Times of Israel’s Justin Jalil writes that as the Danish Jewish community mourns a beloved friend, they are not surprised that such an attack occurred:
Denmark’s shaken Jewish community on Sunday grappled with the morning attack on a Copenhagen synagogue that killed a security guard who was a beloved member of the community, with some saying they anticipated an attack of this kind for some time.
“People are shocked, but not surprised. People thought this kind of thing would come to Denmark and even the synagogue,” Adam Melchior, a member of Copenhagen’s Jewish community, told The Times of Israel.
“They knew there was a possibility that this would happen,” Melchior said, explaining that a community crisis response team was set up before the attack.
There are an estimated 6,000 to 7,000 Jews in Denmark, including about 2,000 active members of the Jewish community. The community had voiced complaints that the threat of anti-Semitism was getting increasingly more widespread — particularly from elements within the country’s Muslim population.
Melchior, who is currently serving as a volunteer in the IDF, said he is considering immigrating to Israel and maintained that the attack would likely drive other community members to do the same.
“If people were considering aliya before, they will probably consider it ever more now,” he said.
Dan Uzan, the attack’s sole fatality and an active member of Copenhagen’s Jewish community, was labeled as a hero in the wake of the shooting. Uzan had volunteered to protect the synagogue on Saturday night as a bat mitzvah celebration was held inside.
The slain guard was a talented basketball player, received a degree in politics, spoke fluent Hebrew and lived in Israel for a period of time, according to Yair Melchior, the country’s chief rabbi.
“He was a person who was always willing to help. An amazing, amazing guy,” said Rabbi Melchior, who later…Read More » Comments (15) »
Monday, February 16th, 2015 at 8:54 AM | Stand for Israel
Yesterday we reported on the three French soldiers who were stabbed by a terrorist while guarding a Jewish community center. Today, Dr. Daniel Pipes writes of the larger problem of Islamist violence and deeper and longer-range solutions that are needed:
Another Islamist immigrant from Mali named Coulibaly has attacked another Jewish institution in France. The first one, Amedy Coulibaly, murdered four Jews at a kosher supermarket in Paris on Jan. 9; this second one injured three soldiers on Tuesday as they protected a Jewish community center in Nice.
Police say Moussa Coulibaly, about 30 years old, with a record of theft and violence, and apparently not related to Amedy, pulled a knife about 8 inches long out of a bag, injuring one soldier in the chin, one in the cheek, and one in the forearm.
Coincidentally, I left Nice about four hours before this attack and had passed by that Jewish center a few days earlier, in the course of a tour of Muslim-majority areas in 10 cities across France and Belgium. Those travels brought me repeatedly in proximity to the heavily armed soldiers who protect Jewish institutions and prompted several skeptical conclusions on my part about their presence:
- They are soldiers, not police, and so not trained to be alert to street problems.
- They tend to get distracted by their smartphones or pretty girls passing by.
- They clutch their assault rifles across their bodies, which leaves them vulnerable to someone driving by and shooting at them.
- As confirmed by today’s attack, the ostensible protection they offer actually provokes Islamists and other anti-Semites.
- They are only posted temporarily to the Jewish institutions in the aftermath of the Hyper Cacher attack a month ago and before long will leave.
- They protect only the institutions themselves, not the people who come and go to them, who remain as vulnerable as ever.
In short,…Read More » Comments (0) »
Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 at 1:34 PM | Stand for Israel
The Western world agrees on the need to defeat and destroy the Islamic State (ISIS). No countries in the West would consider negotiating with this sadistic terrorist organization, as doing so would offer it a legitimacy that no terror group deserves.
And yet, Western nations have been holding talks with an Iranian regime whose ideological aspirations for world domination and genocide match those of ISIS.
Here is a partial list of terror attacks which have been directly linked to the government of Iran:
- The 1983 bombing of barracks in Beirut which housed U.S. Marines killed 299 American and French servicemen. Iran was implicated in the attack.
- The 1984 bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut, which left 24 dead, was carried out by Hezbollah with the financial backing and directives of Iran.
- The hijacking of TWA Flight 847 in 1985 was carried out by Hezbollah with the financial support and directive of Iran.
- The bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires in 1992, where 29 people were killed, was again the work of Hezbollah backed by Iran.
- The 1994 bombing of Argentina’s Jewish Center in which 95 people were killed – Hezbollah and Iran were once again responsible.
- The Khobar Towers in Saudi Arabia, where U.S. Air Force personnel were housed, was blown up in 1996, killing 19 U.S. servicemen. A few years later, U.S. Federal Judge Royce C. Lamberth ruled that Iran was directly responsible for the attack: “The Khobar Towers bombing was planned, funded, and sponsored by senior leadership in the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”
The entire list of Iranian involvement in attacks against Jewish and American targets is beyond the scope of this article. Nonetheless, these examples show that Tehran’s hatred for Israel and the West – and its involvement in violent terror activities against these entities – should place the Iranian regime in the same category as ISIS.
As the Iranian nuclear talks continue, I am absolutely baffled. It’s as if the West has drawn a line where one side is reserved for ”bad” terror groups…Read More » Comments (15) »
Wednesday, February 4th, 2015 at 9:40 AM | Stand For Israel
Last week’s stabbing attack aboard a Tel Aviv bus brought terror back to Israel. But the attack also showed the Jewish state and her people’s resilience and strength even during the hardest of times. A fine example of this is found in The Times of Israel - a volunteer paramedic’s account of the attack:
7:00 am, first call of the morning: mass casualties on ____, near the ____ bridge. We arrive at a chaotic scene, suffused with blood and terror, reverberating with the screams of horrified bystanders and moans of the afflicted.The instructors at Magen David Adom tell you that this is a possibility, that working on an ambulance is potentially dangerous, and despite your best efforts, nothing can prepare you for the inevitable confrontation with tragedy.
We are instructed by the highest ranking paramedic on the scene that we are immediately needed to assist a woman suffering from a hemothorax (sucking-bloody chest wound) lying on the pavement in the parking area located in the rear — an apparent stab wound to the chest.
Although she is bleeding profusely, she is conscious and able to communicate. I am surprisingly calm, my mind somehow putting the situation into context, which allows me not to panic. Oxygen is administered and we get her into an Advanced Life Support vehicle (נ׳׳תן), sirens blazing as it speeds away. As we return to our ambulance, a Basic Life Support vehicle (לבן), we discover another person, critically injured, waiting for us inside. I am instructed to get in the back of the vehicle with the victim as the driver starts the car. Today is only my fourth shift on the job …
“Where is she injured?!” The driver asks in Hebrew. She too is conscious but bleeding at an alarming rate, half the ambulance floor is now covered in blood, yet I don’t see any wounds.
Now I panic. My heart is beating so fast I can taste its tissue on my tongue. I am alone with a critically injured patient and I don’t…Read More » Comments (6) »
Monday, January 26th, 2015 at 8:51 AM | Stand for Israel
Yesterday we kept you updated on the vicious stabbing attack on a Tel Aviv bus, including the story of a brave eighth grader who fought the terrorist off with his backpack. Today, The Jerusalem Post provides these gripping eyewitness accounts of the Holy Land’s latest brush with terror:
For almost two hours on Wednesday morning, one of central Tel Aviv’s busiest junctions was gripped with fear and adrenaline, as dozens of witnesses and journalists recounted the city’s first lonewolf terrorist attack in over two months.
Kazis Metzliyah, the head of the traffic division for the Dan bus company, was one of the first to hear about the attack. Around 7:30 a.m. his phone rang, and on the other end was Herzl Biton, the driver of the No. 40 bus.
Moments earlier, Biton had been stabbed repeatedly by the attacker, whom the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) named as 23-year-old Hamza Muhammad Hassan Matruch from Tulkarm. “He told me he was going to die, and if he does, to take care of his children for him … ”
Moses Collins witnessed the attack from a second No. 40 bus riding behind the one where the attack happened.
He saw people running off the bus in front of him, he said, but didn’t understand why at the time. His bus stopped, and the passengers got off and gathered on the pavement, unsure of what had happened on the bus in front of them.
Collins said he had seen the attacker run south down Menachem Begin and then disappear off a side street.
Standing at the scene on Wednesday, one could piece together the timeline of the attack – if one just followed the blood …
The blood remained in the parking lot around the corner, where Ezra Malfout, a middle- aged employee of the lot, stood helping a customer.
“They’re lucky I was a medic in a combat unit. Two of the victims were stabbed and laid here, and I helped them and stopped the bleeding until the…Read More » Comments (8) »
Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 8:56 AM | Stand For Israel
Liel Suissa, an 8th grader from Bat Yam, was on his way to his new high school Wendesday morning, when a Palestinian terrorist armed with a knife began to attack people on the number 40 bus in central Tel Aviv.
“The terrorist suddenly began stabbing,” the 13-year-old recalled. “We all ran back. Most people came flying towards me.
“I was sitting on the bus and I heard people shouting. The terrorist had suddenly gone to the driver and stabbed him. He was shouting things, but I couldn’t hear clearly. I saw him stab the driver, and I ran to the back with the others to get away from him. He approached us, I broke the window and got out.”
Suissa added: “I threw my bag at the terrorist as he approached so he would not come closer. The driver hit the brakes when the terrorist approached us. The terrorist flew into the air and I used my elbow to break the window so that we could get out. The driver opened the door as well.
“He chased us even after we left the bus, with the knife in his hand. I ran behind some cars, and when the security guards came to chase him, I pointed to where he had run. They said afterwards that they had shot him in the leg. I was nervous at first, but then I got over it. I feel alright. It felt like a movie, not like something real. There was a lot of stress.”
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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 11:34 AM | Stand For Israel