November 18, 2014
Tears Don’t Protect Against Murder
Daniel Greenfield (Sultan Knish)
After serving a few years in prison for his role in the Munich Massacre, Willi Pohl moved to Beirut. The brief sentence was a slap in the wrist, but Pohl had still served more time in prison than the Muslim gunmen who had murdered eleven Israeli athletes and coaches during the 1972 Summer Olympics. Mohammed Safady and the Al-Gashey cousins were released after a few months by the German authorities.
A decade after the attack, Willi Pohl had begun making a name for himself as a crime novelist. His first novel was Tränen Schützen Nicht vor Mord or Tears Do Not Protect Against Murder.
While Pohl was penning crime novels, Israeli operatives had already absorbed the lessons of his first title. Tears, whether in 1939 or 1972, had not done anything to prevent the murder of Jews. Bullets were another matter.
The head of Black September in Rome was the first to die, followed by a string of PLO leaders across Europe. Those attacks were followed by raids on the mansions and apartments of top Fatah officials in the same city where Pohl had found temporary refuge. By the time his first book was published, hundreds of PLO terrorists and officials were dead.
European law enforcement had failed to hold even the actual perpetrators of the Munich Massacre responsible, never mind the representatives of the PLO who openly mingled with red radicals in its capitals. Israeli operatives did what the German judicial system had failed to do, putting down Safady and one of the Al-Gasheys, while the other one hid out with Colonel Gaddafi in Libya.
The Israeli raid on the PLO terrorists in Beirut’s Muslim Quarter missed one important target. Arafat. And so, on another September day, some later, September 13, 1993, Israeli Prime Minister Rabin shook hands with Arafat and proclaimed, “Enough of blood and tears! Enough!”
But the blood and tears had only begun, as a PLO on its last legs was revived and built its terrorist infrastructure inside Israel’s borders.
By 1993, the year of the infamous Rose Garden handshake, 45 Israelis had been killed and 34 injured in Muslim terrorist attacks. A year after the handshake, the toll stood at 109 Israelis dead and 456 wounded. By 2002, the year that Israel’s patience finally broke and Sharon sent forces storming into Arafat’s compound, the numbers for that year were a horrifying 451 dead and 2,348 wounded.
Today, some 40 years after that September in Munich and two decades after the even worse tragedy of that September in Washington D.C., with over 1,500 dead since that fatal handshake, there have been rivers of blood and tears. And a shortage of bullets.
PLO officials these days are more likely to die of morbid obesity or, like Arafat, of AIDS, than of Israeli raids. They are nearly as likely to kill each other, like Arafat’s cousin, Moussa Arafat, the former head of the Palestinian Authority’s terrorist forces, who was dragged out of his home and shot by his own people.
The murder of Mohammed Abu Shaaban, killed a week after the handshake, by his own people, was the first of a long string of Fatah on Fatah violence that is a far more likely cause of death for top terrorists than the jet planes and tanks of the hated Zionist regime.
The rivers of tears keep flowing, but tears don’t protect against murder. Neither do peace treaties. No amount of tears from the tens of thousands mutilated, tortured, crippled, wounded, orphaned and widowed by the PLO in all its front groups, splinter groups and incarnations, including its current incarnation as a phony government, has been enough to stop Western governments from supporting, arming and funding the terrorists.
Tears don’t protect against murder. They don’t stop killers from killing. They don’t prevent the authorities from looking the other way when the killings happen because there is something in it for them. They don’t bring the terrorists to justice. They don’t even ensure that the truth will be told, rather than the lie that rationalizes the terror.
Tears did not stop the operation of a single gas chamber. They did not save the life of a single Jewish refugee. They did not stop a single dollar from going to the PLO or Fatah or Black September or the Palestinian Authority or any of the other masks that the gang of Soviet-trained killers wore. They will not stop Iran from developing and detonating a nuclear weapon over Tel Aviv. They will not stop Israel from being carved up by terrorists whose demands are backed up by the diplomatic capital of every nation that bows its head in the direction of Mecca, Medina and Riyadh, and the old men who control the oil wells and the mosques.
In 1988, Willi Pohl published another book, Das Gesetz des Dschungels or The Law of the Jungle. That same year, PLO terrorists carried out the “Mother’s Bus Attack” taking the passengers of a bus, filled with women on board, hostage and demanding the release of all imprisoned terrorists. The terrorists killed two hostages and Israeli Special Forces moved in killing the terrorists and saving the lives of all but one hostage.
In response, Israeli commandos stormed Tunis, killing Abu Jihad, a former Muslim Brotherhood member and the number two Fatah leader after Arafat . The United Nations Security Council met and passed Resolution 611, noting with concern the “loss of human life”, particularly that of Abu Jihad, and vigorously condemned the “act of aggression”.
Not a single member of the Security Council voted against it. The United States abstained.
Not one single resolution was passed that year or the year afterward or the year after that condemning a terrorist attack against Israel or criticizing any of the countries that trained, armed and harbored the terrorists. Instead there were numerous resolutions condemning Israel for expelling and deporting terrorists.
The closest thing to a resolution critical of terrorism was Resolution 579 in response to the Achille Lauro hijacking, carried out by men loyal to Mahmoud Abbas, the current President of the Palestinian Authority, who also provided the funding for the Munich Massacre. Resolution 579 did not mention the Achille Lauro, Leon Klinghoffer or Palestinian Arab terrorists. Instead it condemned “hostage-taking” in general.
In 1972, the year of the Munich Massacre, there were three Security Council resolutions condemning Israel. Not a single one condemning the massacre of Olympic athletes at an international event. Not a single one condemning the countries which armed, trained, harbored and controlled the terrorists. The countries that had refused that their flags be lowered in response to the massacre.
This was the law of the jungle disguised as international law. Against the law of the jungle, tears are futile. Jungle law cannot be debated away or subdued with the speechifying of an Abba Eban or a Benjamin Netanyahu. It cannot be moralized into decency or signed away with peace treaties.
It can only be met with resistance.
Tears don’t protect against murder. Bullets do.
Daniel Greenfield is a New York City based writer and blogger and a Shillman Journalism Fellow of the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
November 7, 2014
Palestinians’ “Car Intifada” and Obama’s Peace Process
Khaled Abu Toameh
It is hard to see how Abbas can return to the negotiating table while many Palestinians, at his behest, are busy thinking about how to kill Israelis.
It is not enough for Kerry to listen to what Abbas or Erekat are telling him in English. Instead, Kerry and Obama should listen to what Palestinian leaders and activists are telling their people in Arabic. Perhaps they will understand that as long as the incitement against Israel continues, there is no chance — zero — for the success of any peace process.
It began as a “children’s intifada” in Jerusalem, where Palestinians aged eight to 18 were encouraged to take to the streets and throw stones and shoot fireworks at vehicles driven by Israelis and policemen.
Now, however, Palestinians are referring to it as a “car intifada” after two Palestinian drivers deliberately ran over Israelis in Jerusalem over the past two weeks.
The “car intifada,” which has claimed the lives of four Israelis, including a three-month-old infant, is being hailed by many Palestinians as a “natural response to Israeli crimes.”
The “crimes” they are referring to are visits by Jewish groups and individuals to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
The Palestinian Authority [PA], Hamas and Islamic Jihad are using these visits to stir up Palestinians against Israel. The recent terror attacks in Jerusalem are the direct result of this campaign of incitement.
The widow of Ibrahim Akkari, the 48-year-old Palestinian who drove his car into a group of Israelis in Jerusalem on November 5, said that her husband was influenced by TV scenes of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli policemen at the Temple Mount.
The widow, Amira, said that her husband carried out the attack in retaliation against Israeli “assaults” on the Aqsa Mosque. “He was martyred for the sake of the Aqsa Mosque,” she said.
Security camera footage from the “Shimon Hatzadik” light rail station in Jerusalem shows four victims lying on the tracks as the terrorist, Hamas member Ibrahim Akkari, speeds away in a white van (upper right), November 5, 2014. One person was killed and 14 others were wounded in the attack.
Recent statements by PA President Mahmoud Abbas may also have convinced Akkari to go out and run over Israelis. Two weeks before the attack, Abbas called on Palestinians to “use all means” to protect the Aqsa Mosque.
“It is not enough to say the settlers came (to the Temple Mount), but they must be barred from entering the compound by any means. This is our Aqsa, and they have no right to enter it and desecrate it,” Abbas told Fatah activists during a meeting in his Ramallah office.
As if not enough, Abbas indirectly encouraged Palestinians to resort to violence against Israel by praising the Palestinian who shot and severely wounded activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick in Jerusalem on October 29.
A special Israeli police unit caught up with the shooter a few hours later and killed him in a gunfight.
In a letter to the family of the would-be assassin, Mu’taz Hijazi, Abbas wrote: “With anger, we have received the news of the vicious assassination crime committed by the terrorists of the Israeli occupation army against your son, who will go to heaven as a martyr defending the rights of our people and its holy sites.”
The letter of condolences contradicts Abbas’s promise to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to work toward calming the situation and refrain from fiery rhetoric that leads to more violence and bloodshed.
What is more disturbing is the widespread support among Palestinians for the recent terror attacks in Jerusalem.
This support is being expressed mostly on social media, where Palestinian activists have launched campaigns that praise the perpetrators and encourage others to follow suit.
The most popular campaign is entitled Daes, which translates into “run over” in Arabic. Daes is also a reference to Daesh, the Arabic acronym for ISIS. The online campaigns feature cartoons that encourage Palestinians to use their vehicles to kill Israelis.
One cartoon depicts a child wearing a Hamas headband and driving a car. The caption reads: “O Palestinian, drive, drive forward!”
The activists have published many other similarly-themed cartoons as part of their campaign to encourage Palestinians to launch terror attacks on Israel.
One of many cartoons published by Palestinian activists and their supporters in the Daes [“run over”] social media campaign, aimed at encouraging Palestinians to run over and kill Israelis with their cars.
The anti-Israel campaign, and the incitement by Abbas, Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other Palestinian groups, coincide with Kerry’s renewed effort to revive the stalled peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
Earlier this week, Kerry met in Washington with a Palestinian delegation, headed by chief PLO negotiator Saeb Erekat, to discuss ways of resuming the peace talks.
But Kerry and the Obama Administration seem to be living on a different planet. While they are trying to find ways to bring the Palestinians back to the negotiating table, Palestinian leaders and organizations are busy inciting their people against Israel.
Even worse, Palestinian activists are busy organizing online campaigns urging and encouraging Palestinians to launch terror attacks on Israelis. It is hard to see how Abbas can return to the negotiating table while many Palestinians, at his behest, are busy thinking about how to kill more Israelis.
The Obama Administration would do well to understand that it is a waste of time to talk about any peace process when Palestinian leaders and activists are openly glorifying those who use their vehicles to kill Israelis.
The Obama Administration is talking about reviving the peace process while Abbas is telling his people that Jews are “desecrating” the holy sites in Jerusalem and praising an assassin as a “hero” and “martyr.”
It is not enough for Kerry to listen to what Abbas or Erekat are telling him in English. Instead, Kerry and Obama must also start listening to what Palestinian leaders and activists are telling their people in Arabic.
Moreover, it would also be a good idea for Obama and Kerry to go online and view the most recent Palestinian campaigns that encourage and applaud terror attacks on Israelis. Perhaps then they will understand that as long as the incitement continues, there is no chance — zero — for the success of any peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
June 25, 2014
8 Years after Shalit, Hamas Remains Committed to Terrorism
Israeli Defense Force
8 years later… Hamas still threatens to Kidnap Israelis
Hamas’ recent kidnapping of Israeli teens came nearly eight years after its abduction of SFC Gilad Shalit. Eight years and dozens of attacks later, the organization still hasn’t changed its ways.
Just under two weeks ago, Hamas kidnapped three teenage boys on their way home from school. The organization’s terrorists committed a similar attack in June 2006 –eight years ago today – when they infiltrated Israel and abducted SFC Gilad Shalit near Gaza. Together with other events, the kidnappings point to a clear pattern: Hamas remains committed to its mission of terror.
The recent kidnapping of Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel is the just latest in a long series of Hamas abductions. Since the beginning of 2013, Israel has foiled 64 planned abductions, many of them at the hands of Hamas terrorists. After kidnapping SFC Shalit on the Gaza border, the terrorist organization held him captive until 2011, when Israel exchanged 1,027 convicted terrorists for his release. The attack highlighted the purpose of Hamas abductions: to use civilians or soldiers as bargaining chips for the release of convicted Palestinian terrorists.
8 years later…Hamas uses the same rhetoric
If in 2006, Hamas boasted about the abduction of SFC Gilad Shalit. Not long after the soldier’s release, Hamas Prime Minister lauded “the brave resistance, which has kidnapped and held [Israelis] captive.” Leaders of the terrorist organization also welcomed the recent kidnapping of three young Israelis. In a recent interview, Hamas political chief Khaled Meshal said “I cannot confirm or deny the abduction,” but “blessed are the hands” that carried it out.
8 years later…Palestinians praise abductions in public
Soon after the recent kidnapping, terrorist organizations praised the attack and urged Palestinians in Judea and Samaria to interfere with Israel’s efforts to locate the boys. Upon hearing of the abduction, Palestinians handed out candy in the streets and posted messages lauding the incident on social media sites. Dozens changed their Facebook profiles, posting pictures of three fingers meant to represent the abducted teens. Activists have associated this campaign with Gilad Shalit, calling for additional kidnappings in order to ensure the release of more terrorists.
8 years later…Hamas still violates the Geneva Convention
The Geneva Convention guarantees captives the right to meet with humanitarian organizations. Hamas terrorists denied Shalit access to these groups for five years, preventing the Red Cross and other organizations from visiting him. Since the abduction, the international community has received no information about the boys from Hamas.
8 years later …Hamas Terrorists still fire rockets from Gaza
Since January 2014, Gaza terrorists have fired nearly 230 rockets into Israel. During the past eight years alone, Palestinians have launched more than 10,000 rockets at Israeli civilians. Over 3.5 million Israelis are currently living under threat of rocket attacks. Terrorists have dramatically increased their attacks since the June 12 kidnapping, firing rockets into Israel almost daily. Hamas, the ruling entity of the Gaza Strip, is responsible for most of the rocket fire on Israeli population centers.
Since the end of Operation Pillar of Defense, in November 2012, Hamas has been busy rebuilding its arsenal. Today Hamas is producing its own rockets, namely the M-75, which can reach as far as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
But 8 years later…The IDF remains determined to protect Israel
Since the recent kidnapping, IDF forces have searched relentlessly for the teens, checking every house and building in Judea and Samaria. Even after twelve days in the field, Israeli soldiers remain focused on their objective: to find the kidnapped boys, combat Hamas’ terrorism, and defend Israelis from any attack.
Rock Throwing Injured This Girl and Changed Her Life Forever
Israel Defense Forces
February 18, 2014
Rocks Injured Her Baby and Changed Her Life Forever
A few days ago, Adva Biton testified at the trial of a Palestinian man accused of throwing the rocks that put her three year-old daughter Adele in hospital until today.
Her life, she told the court, changed dramatically on that tragic night.
In March 2013, Adva Biton was driving with her three daughters on her way home near Ariel. As she was driving, a Palestinian minor threw rocks at the truck in front of her car.
The truck stopped suddenly and Adele did not have time to react. She collided directly with the truck. Adva’s five- and four-year-old daughters were lightly injured,
but her three-year-old old daughter Adele was injured critically.
“All her joy, all her life was taken from her at the age of three,” Adva said during her testimony in court. Her baby remains in the hospital until today, and requires the constant presence
of Adva or her husband. “I am not home anymore, I am not available for my three kids,” she said. “I’m supposed to be a mother but I live in Levenstein Hospital. My husband has not really
been home in over 10 months.
He doesn’t sleep at home at all. It’s like you have no family.”
“To see a child connected to a million pipes is very difficult. Her life has been destroyed because of rock throwing. It is difficult for me to cope with the fact that my daughter will be handicapped
in every way because of such an act. It’s a daily trauma when you see your child gasping with her head hanging down and you can’t do anything.”
In 2013, Palestinians directed more than 2,400 rock throwing incidents at Israelis. Of these, 30 percent were directed at civilian vehicles. 116 civilians were injured due to these incidents.
They may appear inoffensive, but rocks threaten lives. Adele’s story is only one of many stories of civilians injured in rock throwing attacks.
Palestinian Terrorists Determined to Kidnap Israeli Soldiers
December 4, 2013
Since the beginning of 2013, terrorists have attempted dozens of kidnapping attacks, and their motivation to abduct soldiers remains high. The goal of their efforts is clear: to trade IDF soldiers – captured dead or alive – for the release of Palestinian prisoners.
On October 18, 2011, Israelis everywhere celebrated the release of Sergeant First Class Gilad Shalit after five years in terrorist captivity. On that day, Hamas terrorists freed SFC Shalit – an IDF soldier whom they kidnapped in 2006 – in exchange for about 1,000 Palestinian prisoners. Despite the overjoyed reaction in Israel, the threat of kidnapping has remained high ever since. Until today, Palestinian terrorists view the capture of SFC Shalit as a key accomplishment, increasing their determination to kidnap Israelis and trade them for Palestinian prisoners.
“Various assessments show a number of attempts to kidnap soldiers since the beginning of the year,” explains Major G, a senior officer in the Operations Branch, a major IDF unit that analyzes and prevents kidnappings. Since the start of 2013, the ISA (Israel Security Agency or Shin Bet Security Service) has foiled 37 kidnappings.
Earlier this year, the IDF released a key message on personal safety, describing the kidnapping of soldiers as “a tactical effort with strategic implications, used by the kidnappers as a bargaining chip to force decision makers in Israel to accede to their demands.” In 2012, Israel exposed dozens of kidnapping attempts in Judea and Samaria alone, and the numbers have remained high this year.
Terrorists in Gaza also pose a significant threat. Hamas, for example, has put considerable effort into kidnapping attempts through its large terror network. With a heavy emphasis on preparations for abductions, the terrorist organization shares its knowledge, guidance and funds with its counterparts in Judea and Samaria.
Intelligence information gathered by the Israeli Police describes kidnapping as a central threat alongside other attacks such as rocket fire. “Terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip, the Sinai Peninsula and the Judea and Samaria Region have intentions to kidnap security officials and civilians,” notes a report from the Operations Branch that quotes the statistics.
Long list of kidnappings & abduction attempts
Last September, a Palestinian terrorist lured Sgt. Tomer Hazan to the Palestinian village of Qalqilya and murdered the young IDF soldier. During an interrogation, the terrorist admitted his plans to trade Sgt. Hazan’s body for the release of his brother – a convicted terrorist imprisoned in Israel.
“Recently, we have observed a rise in the number of kidnapping attempts – the main example being the kidnapping and murder of Sgt. Tomer Hazan,” explained a senior officer in the IDF Central Command. “This attack brings to mind [other] attempts to kidnap soldiers with luring tactics – attempts to pull civilians and soldiers into dealings that result in kidnappings.”
One prominent kidnapping attempt was prevented by the ISA this past New Year’s Eve. Forces detained an Islamic Jihad cell near the Israeli city of Kfar Saba, uncovering ski masks, adhesive tape, a box cutter and a handgun in the terrorists’ possession. Their cell’s intentions were clear: the squad was funded and trained by activists from Jenin and it prepared to carry out an attack.
In February 2013, IDF forces uncovered Hamas military infrastructure in Judea and Samaria, whose members had been trained by Hamas forces from the Gaza Strip to kidnap an Israeli soldier. During the interrogation, it was discovered that this Hamas cell was in the final stages of preparation: they were planning to hit a soldier with a car or capture him at knife point, and then stow him away in a car.
As a result of the significant kidnapping threat in Israel, the IDF repeatedly warns soldiers to remain prepared and alert on their way to military bases. “The motivation to kidnap soldiers is high,” one senior IDF official says, “even after our success with Gilad Shalit.”
Israel’s Stunning Response to Palestinian Aggression
September 23, 2013
In retaliation for the shooting on Sep. 22 of an Israeli soldier, Sgt. Gabriel Koby, 20, while patrolling in Hebron, killed by a sniper with a shot to the neck, the Government of Israel has allowed the immediate resettlement of Beit Hamachpela (“House of the Patriarchs”) a three-story apartment building in that city near the Cave of the Patriarchs and close to where Koby was shot.
(Hebron’s Jewish community had purchased most of the building in March 2012 but its members were expelled from it by the Israeli government a few days later on the grounds that they lacked a residential permit. They subsequently won a lawsuit permitting them to return but did not have authorization to do so.)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu commented that “Whoever tries to uproot us from the city of our forefathers will achieve the opposite. We will continue to fight terrorism and hit the terrorists with one hand, and we will continue to strengthen the settlement enterprise with the other hand.” Economy Minister Naftali Bennett noted that “We know how to build and settle. Not to kill. This would be the appropriate Zionist answer [to the violence].”
(1) As someone who has long argued for a more robust Israeli response to unprovoked violence, this decision strikes me as very appropriate. It signals the Palestinians that killing Israelis marches them exactly backwards. Next time, the Israeli response should be even more robust; as Aaron Lerner suggests, that could mean the settlement of a new neighborhood. This message would quickly get through and violence would abate.
(2) The Palestinian Authority did not condemn this attack, nor another one a day earlier, when an Israeli soldier, Tomer Hazan, also 20, was lured to his death in the West Bank, pointing again to the PA’s completely unsuitability as a “peace partner” for Israel. The farcical negotiations sponsored by John Kerry and overseen by Martin Indyk should be suspended until Mahmoud Abbas makes a convincing apology and takes steps to insure that such misbehavior is never repeated. (September 23, 2013)
In 1999, the Tel Aviv District Court ruled that damage caused by rocks thrown at a vehicle is considered a hate crime, not a traffic accident. Rock throwing may seem harmless,
but rocks can kill. If we ignore rock throwing, we potentially encourage even more severe hate crimes and higher-scale terror attacks.
Rock throwing is common in Judea and Samaria, and along with Molotov Cocktail and burning tires, is a terror act that comes under the definition of ‘popular terror’.
These incidents occur daily, and are easily ignored by the mainstream media. In 2012 over 4,370 stones were hurled at Israeli citizens and 1,195 already in 2013.
Terrorism in Judea and Samaria Becoming More Sophisticated
September 10, 2013
Commander of the Binyamin Regional Brigade Colonel Yossi Pinto said at an annual review of incidents in the sector that Israeli forces are not facing a rise in terror overall in Judea and Samaria but rather a rise in the sophistication of terrorist infrastructure and planning. These changes demand a high-level of intelligence gathering from security forces.
Commander of the Binyamin Brigade Col. Yossi Pinto participated in an event to mark the Jewish New Year and to review incidents from last year in his sector in the IDF’s Central Command. “During the year we dedicated long months to thwarting and preventing terror incidents, which ultimately led to relative quiet in the sector,” he noted.
The brigade commander said that the lack of stability throughout the Middle East is bound to have an impact on the IDF Central Command’s security work in Judea and Samaria.
“In recent weeks we have once again found ourselves in a challenging time. What is happening in Syria and Egypt may be far off but could reach us very quickly. Our mission was and will remain to defend the Israeli communities of the Binyamin region and the citizens of this country – a mission which has become more complex in recent months.”
Col. Pinto added that the holiday period in Israel adds to the security challenges brought about by the instability in the region.
“It is a sensitive time,” he said. “It demands from us a high level of intelligence gathering, and we are testing ourselves to ensure that our efforts are truly achieving the necessary level of intelligence. The level of terrorism has been and remains challenging,” Col. Pinto said.
“There was no dramatic rise in the amount of terrorism but there is an increase in the level of terrorist infrastructure and planning.”
The danger of kidnapping attempts and terrorist activity targeting Israeli soldiers remains high. “The threat of shooting attacks directed at our forces is significant. Due to the size of the territory we often work in smaller groups, which requires us to be professional and well-trained,” Col. Pinto said.
In an incident in Jenin last month, IDF soldiers performing a routine arrest in Jenin were attacked and shot at by terrorists. The troops returned fire, killing one terrorist and injuring two others.
The brigade commander referred to a separate incident in Qalandia last week, in which the arrest of a terror suspect triggered a violent riot.
“The incident could have ended in a worse manner than it did, and the determination and decision-making of the commanders are worthy of note,” Col. Pinto emphasized. He explained that such violent outbreaks are common in the sector and pose a serious challenge to Israeli soldiers whose lives are often endangered while carrying out routine arrests of terrorist operatives and suspects.
Israeli security forces have been forced to contend with many violent incidents throughout Judea and Samaria in recent months. Firebombs thrown by Palestinian terrorists pose a serious threat and in the past have injured Israeli soldiers and damaged civilian vehicles.
A letter to the Editor of the NY Times
Michael Oren, Ambassador of Israel
August 6, 2013
“ ‘My Hobby Is Throwing Stones’ ” (front page, Aug. 5) describes a scene in which a Palestinian teenager “hurled a rock at a passing car with yellow Israeli plates.” The scene continues, “The settlers stopped their car, got out, and began shouting.” A chart shows the amount of time Palestinian stone-throwers have spent in jail.
While Palestinian protagonists are described in detail, their Israeli victims are largely dehumanized “settlers” — no name, age or gender. And for the record, all Israelis, irrespective of residence and ethnicity, Jews and Arabs, drive with yellow plates.
The article could have added another chart: the names of Israelis who have been killed or permanently maimed by rock throwers and the time they have spent hospitalized. One of the names would be Adele Biton, a 2-year-old seriously wounded by a stone in March.
The article notes that Palestinian youths attack Israelis “because their brothers and fathers did.” By breaking that pattern, Palestinian leaders can prepare their people for peace.
Seven Years Since Shalit Kidnapping: Motivation to Kidnap Still High
June 25, 2013
Seven years ago today, Gilad Shalit was kidnapped by Hamas and a terrorist coalition known as the Popular Resistance Committees. Shalit was held captive in Gaza for five years.
Shalit’s Hamas captors violated international law by refusing visits from the International Red Cross, demonstrating once again the illegitimacy of the regime ruling over the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.
In 2011, as part of the deal to secure Shalit’s freedom, Israel released 1,027 convicted terrorists and Hamas operatives. Among the released were those serving life sentences for perpetrating some of the most severe terror attacks in Israel’s history.
Hamas and other Palestinian terror organizations have lauded the kidnapping of Israeli soldiers. To this day, senior Hamas officials continue to call for the kidnapping of soldiers and put much effort into achieving this goal.
Two years ago, Hamas terrorist Omar Abu Sanina was released from an Israeli prison and transferred to the Gaza Strip as part of the deal to free Gilad Shalit from Hamas captivity. He was serving a life sentence for murder. In April 2012, Abu Sanina sent a memory stick to his family in Judea and Samaria with detailed instructions for how to kidnap an Israeli soldier.
In February 2013, former Chief of the Central Command Maj. Gen. (res.) Avi Mizrahi stated that “Hamas and other Palestinian groups have made 18 attempts in the past four months to kidnap Israeli soldiers to use as bargaining chips for the release of Palestinian security prisoners.”
Earlier this year the IDF, in collaboration with the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet), uncovered extensive Hamas terror infrastructure in Hebron. The infrastructure was part of an attempt by Hamas to establish a regional headquarters in Hebron. Approximately 20 terrorists affiliated with Hamas were arrested and their large cache of illegal weapons was seized. The terrorist network had plans to kidnap an IDF soldier to use as a bargaining chip for the release of more Hamas prisoners.
According to the ISA, 33 kidnapping attempts were foiled between January and April, 2013. This compared with 24 thwarted attempts throughout 2012.
In May 2013, two Hamas operatives were discovered and arrested by IDF forces for founding a terrorist cell that planned to kidnap an Israeli soldier.
Ahmad Abu Fahida, who was recruited into the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades by a Hamas operative in Gaza, was identified by security forces as the head of the terrorist cell. Abu Fahida decided to recruit another Hamas activist, Ahmed Shabrawi, who had previously served jail time for his role in planning a terror attack.
According to the ISA, Abu Fahida was directed by his Hamas handler to kidnap an Israeli soldier, take the soldier’s identification card and cellphone and then kill the soldier and bury the body at a hidden location. Evidently, Hamas is not looking to slow down with its mission to kidnap IDF soldiers and use them as bait for the release of prisoners.
As seen in this video, Hamas leaders are persistent in trying to encourage Palestinians to kidnap Israeli soldiers and citizens, promising the release of 1,000 prisoners for every kidnapped Israeli citizen.
Seven years have passed since the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit, but nothing has changed. Hamas’ insidious intentions remain the same: to kidnap Israeli soldiers with the goal of releasing convicted terrorists back into society.
Israeli Skunk Spray Weapon
a humane way to disperse rioters
Preparations among security forces and close cooperation with Palestinian counterparts led to a successful containment of violent incidents
May 16, 2013
The IDF’s Central Command concluded the Nakba Day yesterday (Wednesday, May 15) without exceptional incident, following close cooperation between Israeli and Palestinian security forces and general containment of incidents in the various sectors by IDF forces.
Nakba Day concluded with 24 total incidents throughout Judea and Samaria, with the major incidents concentrated in the Binyamin and Etzion areas – as the Judea and Samaria Division had expected. “The events occurred exactly as we expected, and the quantity was smaller than the previous year – and thanks to proper preparations, we succeeded in containing every incident,” said Judea and Samaria Division Operations Officer Lt. Col. Amit Yamin.
“Relative to last year, the events were certainly calm, besides one incident of a firebomb being thrown at an Israeli Jeep,” Lt. Col. Yamin noted. In that incident, a firebomb was hurled at an IDF Jeep while it conducted a patrol in the area, causing the vehicle to break down. Four soldiers who were inside the vehicle suffered light injuries after escaping from the Jeep before it became engulfed in flames. Lt. Col. Yamin stated that the incident may not actually have been a part of the Nakba Day protests.
IDF forces prepare to contain violent riot in Beitunia yesterday. Photo: Amit Braverman.
15 firebombs thrown in Beitunia
The day’s most violent demonstration took place on the outskirts of the village of Beitunia, in the Binyamin area, lasting from around 10:00 a.m. until sundown. Protesters threw 15 firebombs there, and an Israeli Border Police soldier was lightly injured. Despite such attacks, security forces managed to contain the event. “In relation to the size of the demonstration, we contained the incident very well, since the number of Palestinians injured by gas inhalation was very low, and these were isolated incidents,” said Maj. Yoni Amar, the Binyamin Regional Brigade’s operations officer.
Also in the Binyamin region, 100 rioters gathered at the Kalandia Crossing. Second Lt. Yulia Zachrov, commander of the Erez Battalion’s Second Platoon, indicated that the demonstration began at 11:00 a.m. with a number of incidents in which children threw rocks. As the day went on, she noted, the demonstrations grew, but Border Police and IDF forces managed to curb the throwing of rocks.
Staff Sgt. Ariel Zeltser-Alfasi, a squad commander in the platoon, added that the unit’s soldiers cope with violent riots at the Kalandia Crossing each week and that they handled yesterday’s incidents with professionalism and determination.
In the Etzion region, protesters gathered at Umm Salmona and attempted to advance toward the Jewish community of Neve Daniel but were stopped by security forces. From there, they continued to Bethlehem, carrying out a further civil disturbance in Abu Dis. An intelligence official from the Etzion Regional Brigade commented that that brigade anticipated the incident and prepared accordingly, and that there were no surprises.
The Operations Officer of the Border Police in Judea and Samaria, Chief Superintendent Yaron Polombo, stated that his forces are extremely experienced with violent riots in the area, and that they are therefore experts in the proper use of riot dispersal means and in the directives regarding the use of live fire – which was not necessary during yesterday’s events. “Our ability to maintain restraint is what leads to the containment of the incidents with great professionalism, until the demonstration has passed,” he said. “Our goal is first of all to prevent injury to innocent civilians, and we put a strong emphasis on this and use the best tools to prevent it.”
Fatah: Murderer of father of five is “The hero, the released prisoner”
by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik
April 30, 2013
This morning, an Israeli father of five Evyatar Borovsky was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist at the Tapuach Junction, north east of the Israeli city Ariel and south of the Palestinian city Nablus in the West Bank.
Fatah’s Facebook page is celebrating the murder and glorifying the murderer. Pictures of the terrorist and the victim were posted by Fatah’s Facebook administrator and the text calls the murderer: “The hero, the released prisoner, Salam Al-Zaghal.”
Rocks Can Kill
The Official Blog of the Israel Defense Forces
March 18, 2013
Last Thursday, a woman was driving past the city of Ariel with her three young daughters in the car. At the same time, a group of Palestinians threw rocks at a truck coming in the other direction. The truck veered off its lane, and collided with the family’s car, causing moderate injuries to the mother and to the two older daughters. The youngest, a three-year-old child, was critically injured, and rushed to the nearest hospital. Doctors are working tirelessly to save her life.
Rock throwing is common in Judea and Samaria, and along with Molotov Cocktail and booby-trapped tire throwing, is a terror act that comes under the definition of ‘popular terror’. These incidents happen daily, and are easily ignored by the mainstream media, because they don’t seem that serious. But did you know that a simple rock can kill?
January 29, 1983: Esther Ohana (21)
Killed by a rock thrown at her car while driving near the Palestinian village Dahariya, on her way from Be’er Sheva to Jerusalem. The rock hit her head and put her in a coma. On February 12, after two weeks in a vegetative state, she passed away.
February 24, 1989: Stf. Sgt. Benny Meisner (25)
Killed when he was struck in the head by a concrete block in Nablus.
October 6, 2000: Bachor Jean (54)
Killed during the second Intifada by rocks thrown at his vehicle while he was travelling from Haifa to Rishon Lezion. The rocks shattered the windshield and struck his chest. His brother, who was driving the car, sped to the hospital but was too late. The perpetrators were found to be from the nearby Arab village Jisar a-Zarka.
May 7, 2001: Koby Mandell (13) and Yosef Ishran (14)
Were beaten to death with rocks when they were hiking in the outskirts of their village, Tekoa, in Judea and Samaria. Their bodies were found in a cave, covered with stones. The perpetrators have still not been found.
June 2, 2001: Yehuda Haim Shoham (5-month old baby)
Died of his wounds after rocks were thrown at his parents’ car while driving near the Palestinian village of Isawiya. The family was returning from relatives at Ra’anana to their house in Shiloh, when a Palestinian threw a rock at the front windshield, went through, and hit the baby in the back seat.
September 23, 2011: Asher Palmer (25) and his infant son Jonathan (12-month old baby)
Killed when their car veered and crashed into a tunnel after rocks were thrown at their front windshield while driving near Kiryat Arba. Later on, two Palestinians from the nearby village of Halhul admitted to instigating the attack.
The Judea and Samaria region has already seen 1,195 rock throwing incidents in 2013 alone.
In 1999, the Tel Aviv District Court ruled that damage caused by rocks thrown at a vehicle is considered a hate crime, not a traffic accident. Rock throwing may seem harmless, but rocks can kill. If we ignore rock throwing, we potentially encourage even more severe hate crimes and higher-scale terror attacks.
Avigdor Liberman: IDF should open fire at stone-throwers
By JPOST.COM STAFF
March 17, 2013
Former FM urges change to IDF rules of engagement, claiming “only this kind of change will stop targeting of citizens.”
Palestinian stone throwers in Hebron [file] Photo: TOVAH LAZAROFF
Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman urged incoming Defense Minister, Moshe Ya’alon, on Sunday to change the IDF’s rules of engagement to instruct soldiers to open fire at “rock-throwing terrorists.”
Liberman asserted that “rock-throwing [should] be treated like shooting using firearms,” adding that “only this kind of change will stop civilians and soldiers from being targeted by Arab rioters and prevent disasters.”
Liberman’s comments came in response to a rock-throwing incident on Thursday in which rocks thrown at a bus on Route 5 near Ariel in the West Bank caused an accident that left five people injured, among them a toddler in critical condition.
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) released a report last week documenting a significant rise in Palestinian attacks in the West Bank and east Jerusalem in February. A total of 139 attacks, including firebombings and the use of improvised explosives, took place in February, compared to 83 in January. One hundred of February’s attacks took place in the West Bank – 84 of them firebombings – compared to 56 in the previous month.
In the capital, 38 attacks – 35 of them firebombings – were registered by the Shin Bet in February, compared to 27 in January.