Archive for Palestinian Arab Terrorists

Good News, Bad News

The good news, I guess, is that an Arab terrorist didn’t blow himself up on an Israeli bus.

And now the bad news:

A terrorist stabbing attack took place Wednesday morning on a bus in central Tel Aviv, on Begin Road, near Beit Maariv. The terrorist in an Arab man, reportedly from Samaria.

According to hospital sources cited by AFP, at least 12 people were wounded in the attack, including three who were in serious condition, four in moderate condition and five who sustained light injuries. Another seven people were treated for shock

The wounded were taken to Ichilov and Tel Hashomer hospitals. An eyewitness told IDF Radio that two of the wounded were very seriously hurt, having been stabbed “in the brain (and) in the neck.”

He said that some of the wounded got away from the bus and advanced about 100 or 150 meters before collapsing.

According to police, a team from the Israel Prisons Service’s elite Nachshon unit happened to be driving behind the bus when the attack took place. The officers got off the car and gave chase to the terrorist, shot him in the leg and arrested him.

He is reportedly 23 years old and a resident of Tulkarem in Samaria, who was in Israel illegally.

Netanyahu puts the savagery in context:

“The attack is a direct result of the toxic incitement spread by the Palestinian Authority (PA) against Jews and their state,” charged Netanyahu, joining other MKs who earlier placed the blame squarely on PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s shoulders.

“The same terror tries to harm us in Paris, in Brussels and every other place,” said Netanyahu. “Those rushing to welcome this act are Hamas, the unity government partner of Abu Mazen (Abbas). This is the same Hamas that said it will sue Israel in the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.”

They don’t seem very broken up about it either:

Gaza-based Hamas official Husam Badran praised the act on Facebook as “extraordinary” and called for more “acts of resistance” either by individuals or groups.

Izzat al-Rishq, a member of Hamas’s political bureau based in Qatar, called the attack “heroic and brave,” adding that it is “the natural response to the crimes of the occupation and its terror against our people.”

The Popular Resistance Committees, an umbrella groups of smaller armed factions, said the attack was a “natural reaction to all Israeli crimes against Palestinians, their lands and religious sites,” the Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported.

The PRC added that “resistance attacks will not stop.”

Fatah published photos of the man said to be the terrorist, 23-year-old Hamza Matrouk from Tulkarem refugee camp, lying handcuffed on the ground after being arrested by police.

In its initial report on Facebook, the movement called the attack “an act of sacrifice.”

Meanwhile, caricatures praising the attack began to emerge on Hamas-affiliated news websites.

Safa News Agency published an image of a knife painted in the colors of the Palestinian flag dripping blood and a tarnished Israeli flag in the background, with the caption “Good morning Palestine.”

We hope for the full recovery of all of the stabbing victims. Decency does not allow us to write what we hope for all those who praised this act of subhuman butchery.

PS: We have a full name:

The terrorist is Hamza Mohammed Hassan Matruk…

Oh, is the Prophet ever going to be royally po-ed that some pissant Arab defiled his name! There’ll be rioting in the streets of Paris tonight, I’ll guarantee it.

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Deerly Beloved

They say serial killers often explore their unnatural urges with animals before taking them up the food chain.

Case in point:

The Judea and Samaria District Police came across a fawn that was illegally captured by Palestinians in the shed of a private home in Hebron on Friday during a search operation conducted by officers in the investigation and intelligence unit of the police.

The fawn, an animal classified as protected wildlife in Israel, was found chained up inside a barrel, and was transferred to the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo for medical treatment.

Chief inspector Yaniv Ohana, who commanded the forces that entered the home, said: “We carried out the raid in order to search for weapons. When we arrived, we found 2,000 bullets for M16 rifles and many parts for M16 rifles. One of the detainees is involved in assembling weapons to be used in terror attacks.”

According to Ohana, the residents of the home had intended to slaughter the fawn and eat it. The Judea and Samaria District Police officers noted that they had recently dealt with other poaching cases, some of which also involved protected wildlife.

As part of the search, the officers also found drugs at the home.

Next time you get the munchies, you terrorist twits, it’s Doritos you want, not does.

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Fatah: Fifty and Fabulous! [UPDATED]

It seems like only yesterday, they were running around in short pants and those cute little suicide vests.

Fatah is 50, and Elly May Clampett is dead: we’re getting old, Aggie:

On occasion of the 50th anniversary yesterday of “the Launch” of the Fatah movement in 1965 when the organization carried out its first terror attack against Israel by attempting to blow up the National Water Carrier, Fatah is still promoting violence as “legitimate resistance” and Martyrdom-death as an ideal to strive for.

During December, Fatah posted several items on its official Facebook page that either promote the use of arms to fight Israel or encourage Palestinians to seek death for Allah. One text compared Mecca with Jerusalem:

“If the ground of Mecca is for worship, the ground of Jerusalem is for Martyrdom-death (Shahada).”
[Facebook, “Fatah – The Main Page,” Dec. 12, 2014]

Another text described Fatah as the movement that “has taught us to love the homeland, and to love to die for it”:

“We owe much to Fatah. It is looking at us with Yasser Arafat’s eyes, and is revealed to us through his black keffiyeh (head dress).

Yasser Arafat’s eyes? You asked for it:

I think I’d rather watch Lena Dunham dancing in a thong. (No! I’m over her!)

Fatah has also used its anniversary to glorify past terror attacks. One Facebook post included a poster from the 5th anniversary of “the Launch” of Fatah, on Jan. 1, 1970, showing images of what appear to be terror attacks in various Israeli cities.

This image, showing pictures of Arafat and PA Chairman Abbas, is a poster from the video displaying the text:

“Fatah will carry on the struggle in all its forms until the liberation of the land and the man.”

Fatah hasn’t changed. Abbas is Arafat with a better tailor, whether Kerry and Obama acknowledge it or not.

PS: Who wants to sign the card?

UPDATE:
You know how it is at celebrations. Someone always takes things too far:

The political party of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas posted a drawn image online showing a large pile of skulls and skeletons with Jewish stars on them.

An Israeli government spokesman called it “despicable.”

Along with the image, posted Wednesday to the Facebook page of the Fatah party, are the words “lingering on your skulls.”

When contacted by CNN on Friday, a member of the Fatah Central Committee disavowed the image.
“Fatah did not design this image,” Mahmoud al-Aloul said. The person who posted it to Fatah’s page “is currently being asked to remove it. The image and the text do not reflect the opinions of Fatah.” The image was then pulled from the page.

Oh, come on, Fatah. How much worse is it than your average, run-of-the-mill genocidal incitement? BTW, credit to CNN for covering this. As far as I can see, no other mainstream US news site did.

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Move Along, No Islam to See Here

Jihadi family values:

The handbook titled “Sister’s Role in Jihad” recommends showing children jihadi websites, reading jihad tales before bed, practicing sports that require good hand-eye coordination, like darts, and going on camping trips to teach the children how to survive outdoors.

Women are expected to start training children “while they are babies” as waiting longer than that “may be too late.” The guide adds: ‘Don’t underestimate the lasting effect of what those little ears and eyes take in during the first few years of life!’

The guide is known to have at least one definite follower – British extremist Runa Khan, who was convicted and jailed for five years for dressing her six children in jihadi uniforms and posting the images online.

Deplorable, disgusting, of course. Inhuman, even.

But news?

Isn’t little Ahmed adorable with his RPG? They just get cuter and cuter:

Inevitably, however, there’ll be tears before bedtime:

That’s okay, little one. Someone has to stay behind and sew the uniforms. Better we find out what manner of man you are at age three than 23.

I found all these pictures—and dozens more—by merely typing “Hamas children” in an image search. Try it yourself, and storyboard your own tale of terror-tots.

Our point is that Hamass especially—but, seriously, Arab/Islamic culture in general—has been this depraved, this inhuman, for years.

Decades.

Who else kidnapped and murdered an entire Olympic team? Or shot and dumped overboard a disabled old man? Who else douses their children in an acid bath of genocidal incitement at school (UN schools, no less), in the park, and on TV?

MEMRI does an invaluable job of translating and disseminating the words out of the mouths of Islamic terrorists. Indeed, they are fundraising right now, so if you have a few shekels to spare…. So no one would know better than MEMRI (and anyone who reads MEMRI or Palestinian Media Watch) that this virulent strain in Islam is deep and broad. And long-standing.

I can’t say I exactly welcome the latest Islam-inspired atrocities courtesy of ISIS, Boko Haram, Al Shabaab, et al, but I am…encouraged (if that’s the word) at the coverage they get. Maybe now, people will get it.

But only so encouraged. People have steadfastly refused to get it so far. The history of genocide and mass terror in the world is of people doing everything in their power not to get it.

One iconic image can tell the story:

Two Israeli reservists were lynched by an Arab mob in 2000. The strapping lad above proudly displays their blood. This image should be seared into our memories, as familiar to all as the flag-raising at Iwo Jima or the Spirit of ’76.

Unfortunately, it is, only to some:

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me!
I once was lost, but now am found;
Was blind, but now I see.

PS: The man in the image was identified, caught (red-handed, if you will), and jailed. Only to be released in the Gilad Shalit prisoner swap. Presumably, he now sits in a rocking chair on the porch in front of the General Store and recounts his tales derring-do.

PPS: “Living well is the best revenge,” the saying goes. Or just living:

And this week, the son of one of the grotesquely murdered Israelis, has become a bar mitzvah. David Vadim Nurzhitz, the son of Vadim Nurzhitz, celebrated his entry into adulthood according to Jewish law. David never knew his father. The lynching took place shortly before David was born.

So now, let us do our best to replace the memory of the evil Salha – who, incredibly, was released in 2011 in the massive exchange of murderers and other terrorists for the kidnapped Gilad Shalit – with David’s smiling face.

Mazal tov David, may you live a life of joy until the age of 120, and may you go from strength to strength.

Amen.

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Europe is as Europe Does

I’m still trying to understand the story Aggie broke below.

But I’m not getting very far:

The European Union’s second highest court annulled on Wednesday the bloc’s decision to keep Hamas on a list of terrorist organizations, but temporarily maintained the measures for a period of three months or until an appeal was closed.

There’ a lot to digest right there—starting with the existence of EU courts apart from British courts and French courts, etc. If I read this right, the EU itself (the bloc-heads mentioned above) wanted to keep Hamass on the terrorist list, but the court (the JV court, as Obama would say) overruled, at least temporarily.

Very well. How and why did the court make this decision?

The General Court of the European Union said the contested measures were not based on an examination of Hamas’s “acts examined and confirmed in decisions of competent authorities” but on imputations derived from the media and the Internet.

The EU court did not consider the merits of whether Hamas should be classified as a terror group, but reviewed the original decision-making process. This, it said, did not include the considered opinion of competent authorities, but rather relied on press and Internet reports.

“The court stresses that those annulments, on fundamental procedural grounds, do not imply any substantive assessment of the question of the classification of Hamas as a terrorist group,” the court said in a statement.

Hamas’s military wing was added to the European Union’s first-ever terrorism blacklist drawn up in December 2001 in the wake of the September 11 attacks on the United States.

Hamas’s political wing was added to the EU’s list of terror organizations in 2003 after a diplomatic effort led by Israel and the US.

So, Hamass has been designated a terrorist organization for well over a decade, but now isn’t because the original determination wasn’t informed by “competent authorities”.

I got one for you:

On December 8, 2006, several months after becoming Hamas’ leader, Haniyeh spoke to thousands of worshipers at Tehran University in Iran, calling for the next intifada against Israel.

“We will never recognize the usurper Zionist government and will continue our jihad-like movement until the liberation of Jerusalem.”

“The Hamas movement will lead Intifada after Intifada until we liberate Palestine – all of Palestine, Allah willing.”

“The gun is our only response to [the] Zionist regime. In time we have come to understand that we can obtain our goals only through fighting and armed resistance and no compromise should be made with the enemy.”

“Thousands of fighters above ground and thousands of fighters underground have been preparing in silence for the campaign to liberate Palestine.”

On January 13th, 2014, the Hamas’ government celebrated 13,000 graduates from the Hamas youth paramilitary camps, designed to encourage Gazan teens “to follow in the footsteps of the suicide martyrs.” Haniyeh congratulated the participants at the graduation ceremony.

“This is a generation which knows no fear. It is the generation of the missile, the tunnel and suicide operations.”

Just one guy, a hot-head, you say?

Dr. Issam Adwan, a leading Hamas official, recently declared that the terrorist organization has the right to attack Israeli embassies and officials across the globe. His comments appeared in an article published last week on a Hamas-affiliated website.

In his recent comments, Adwan declared his support for expanding Hamas’ use of violence, stating that the terror organization must “pursue the agents of the occupation wherever they may be” and that “leaving them in peace damages the Palestinian cause.”

Adwan issued more specific threats against Israeli officials. Hamas, he said, “may find itself forced to attack the enemy’s interests and senior officials” outside of Israel. He pointed to “the enemy’s embassies worldwide” as targets for a potential strike.

Two’s company, three’s a crowd:

On December 05, 2012, Hamas Interior Minister Fathi Hamad called on all Gazans to vow to remain on the path of sacrifice and be “creative about the ways to get rid of this entity (Israel), to get rid of of this cancer, God willing.” The minister was speaking in a ceremony for Interior Ministry workers following Operation “Pillar of Defense”.

He promised that the Interior Ministry will continue to “sacrifice martyr after martyr”, while admitting that the ministry cooperates with other military factions in the Gaza Strip.

Additionally, Hamad called on all Arab countries to release funds kept in European and American banks, and transfer them to “the Jihad warriors, for them to buy with it all the weapons, with which we’ll humiliate the enemies of Allah”.

Can we get a fourth for bridge?

A Hamas MP recently called on all Palestinian factions to attack Israel, especially Jerusalem, in response to what he called the “war crimes perpetrated…in the Al-Aqsa mosque” by the “Zionists”.

“I use this opportunity to demand of the Palestinian factions, and of the Palestinian National and Islamic Forces, to urge their military wings to execute Jihad operation, in the depth of the Zionists, and especially in the city of Jerusalem in response to the Zionists war crimes perpetrated in this holy city and in the blessed Al-Aqsa mosque.”

One more and we can put together a basketball team:

The organization has a disciplined hierarchy with Mr. Meshaal at the top.

“He is the leader,” Mr. Al Hroub said. “He is not a nominal figure.”

What most observers agree on is Mr. Meshaal’s ability to bring in cash. Though he has been forced to switch patrons every few years — he has been based in Kuwait, Jordan, Syria and Qatar — he has always been adept at raising money, said Alon Ben-Meir, a fellow at the New York University Centre for Global Affairs.

This has made him personally wealthy, according to reports in the Israeli press. These include claims he has diverted billions of dollars from Hamas, amassing a fortune of up to $5-billion.

It’s difficult to judge the accuracy of the reports, but Mr. Ben-Meir believes they have at least some truth.

“He raises money for the organization,” he said. “I’m not going to tell you he steals half of it or part of it, but there’s no question when you have a lot of money, you can live a more comfortable life. Over the years, he’s definitely accumulated a significant amount of money. He definitely can be considered very, very rich.”

Mr. Al Hroub, in contrast, dismisses such suggestions as “silly.”

What is clear is the contrast between Mr Meshaal’s privileged lifestyle and that of his people in Gaza will grow ever more stark as the war drags on.

“The Palestinians voted for Hamas because they promised them change and reform,” said Mr. Eldar.

“They didn’t build any schools. They just built tunnels. And he is living in Qatar in very good condition.”

How about asking Hamass itself?

In 1988, Hamas issued its infamous charter: an ugly admission of their racism and fundamentalism. Today, the grotesque values defined in Hamas’ charter continue to be the broken moral compass of the terror group.

It is suggested that the entire charter (especially articles 8, 9,13 & 32) be read. However, a few articles of the charter will suffice to represent its malevolence.

Article 6: An example of Religious fundamentalism

The Islamic Resistance Unit is a unique Palestinian movement. It owes it’s loyalty to Allah, derives from Islam its way of life, and strives to raise the Banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine.

Article 7: An example of Islamic anti-Semitism

The Islamic resistance movement has been looking forward to fulfilling the promise of Allah [IE the destruction of the Jews], no matter how long that might take.

[The article continues with this Quranic quote] “The Last Hour would not come until the Muslims fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them, and until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim or Servant of Allah there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him; but the tree of the Gharwad would not say it, for it is the tree of the Jews.”

Okay, we’ve made our point. What’s disgraceful is that we had to.

Ball’s in your court, Europe. What will your court decide?

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Ladies Who Launch

Feminism lives in Araby!

Palestinian terror cell planning a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv and other attacks was thwarted over the last several months, the Shin Bet security service said Monday.

Five suspects hailing from Jenin and the village Attil in the Tulkarem area of the West Bank planned to infiltrate into Israel by acquiring a permit for the female member of their group to receive medical care in Israel.

She was then to dress as a pregnant Jewish woman and detonate an explosive belt in Tel Aviv, the Shin Bet said in a statement.

The cell members admitted under Shin Bet interrogation to planning to carry out shooting attacks, detonate a mine next to a bus carrying soldiers, and kidnap a soldier as well, according to the internal security agency.

Nice touch trying to use a medical exemption to get into Israel, thereby assuring that others, those who are truly sick, won’t be able to—or not without great difficulty. But then, what have Arabs not used for terror purposes? Ambulances, baby carriages, donkeys, the developmentally disabled—if they can exploit a humanitarian weakness in their intended victims, they will. They already have.

Isn’t it about time France recognized their dusty little spread a state?

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He Can’t Breathe Either

The starter:

Two Palestinians, one of them armed with a knife, were detained by security forces as they approached a settlement south of Jerusalem on Tuesday.

The men were apprehended near Tekoa, in the southern West Bank, by the settlement’s security coordinator and a group of IDF soldiers who were called to the scene.

During initial questioning the men confessed to planning an attack on the community, according to reports.

The Palestinians were identified as two Hebron-area residents who had been sought by Israeli security forces since Friday, after the army received information of a possible planned terror attack.

One of the detained men was identified as Hebronite Muhammad Abu Aysha, 34, a relative of Amer Abu Aysha, one of the two men who kidnapped and murdered three Israeli teenagers in June, according to the Palestinian Ma’an News Agency.

Murdering Jews is the family business, you might say.

The main course:

The attacker, a black male, entered the Hasidic movement’s headquarters in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood and stabbed the 22-year-old several times in the upper body.

The victim, an ultra-Orthodox Israeli, was lightly to moderately injured in the attack. The Yeshiva World News website reported that he was conscious and had spoken to a relative on the phone.

The attacker, who appears in a video speaking English with a heavy accent, was shot by police who arrived at the scene, after he refused to put down his weapon.

He was evacuated to a hospital under arrest, and was pronounced dead at Kings County Hospital, police told local New York media.

A witness told the New York Daily News that the suspect entered the complex screaming: “I will kill the Jew, I want to kill the Jew.”

A Chabad spokesperson said the attack was most likely not terror-related.

“There is a 98% chance that this wasn’t a hate incident or a nationalistically motivated incident,” he told Army Radio.

No, course not! Hardly worth mentioning.

Except that:

“I will kill the Jew! I want to kill the Jew!” a witness heard the attacker yelling as he entered the 24-hour religious center.

After the apparently random attack, the student was on the ground and begging for help.

“I went over to the floor, I saw the teenager on the floor, his hair was blood. He was saying ‘save me,’ ” he said.

A 25-year-old Israeli who was in the synagogue said he saw Peters enter and leave the building an hour before the attack.

“He was looking around, He asked for a book,” that witness said. “He looked not so much crazy, but different.”

When the man returned, he was armed with a knife in his hand and anger in his voice.

There’s a video of the confrontation with the police. They give him multiple minutes to comply. He puts the knife down at one point, and the cop holsters his gun and reaches for his handcuff. At which point, the perp lunges for the knife again and starts swinging it wildly. Bad move on his part.

First point: this proves the cops’ contention that their first effort (and second and third) is to take their suspect alive. It also proves that even a surrendering suspect is dangerous.

Larger point: why deny that the attack was a hate crime? It wasn’t random, as the attacker revealed with his hateful comments. Even if we learn that he had none of the expected traits—Arab or Muslim background—does that excuse what he did? It’s even worse if it wasn’t a hate crime. Where would a random guy learn to “want to kill the Jew”? From Al Sharpton? From Jesse Jackson? Jeremiah Wright? Louis Wolcott? From the news? From John Kerry and Barack Obama? From Jen Psaki?

Jews live in numbers in Israel and in Crown Heights. They are safe in neither.

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In Other Terrorism News…

Sorry to bother you with this…

Daniel Bronstein, the victim of the iron bar attack, spoke about his experiences to Arutz Sheva on Wednesday.

“I passed by the Safra square to the New Gate, near the Light Rail,” he said. “Suddenly, five Arabs arrived and sprayed pepper spray in my eyes.”

The Arabs shouted at him to “move” before spraying the pepper spray, he said.

Bronstein was then beaten, but he does not remember details of events.

“I don’t remember exactly what happened from that point on,” he noted. “I saw blood leaking from the back of my head and realized that it was trailing down my body…later, I found out I had been hit on the head. I did not see my assailants at all. I sat down and tried to call someone for help but couldn’t because my hands were shaking.”

Suck it up. You’re alive aren’t you?

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From Brookline to Jerusalem

He was one of us:

One of the four people killed in an attack Tuesday at a Jerusalem synagogue was from a prominent local Jewish family.

Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, graduated from Brookline’s Maimonides School in 1973. In a statement, the school, which was founded by Twersky’s grandfather, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, said it “is engulfed in grief and outrage” at his slaying.

Twersky lived in Jerusalem for more than 30 years, the school said, and was dean of a Jewish academy he founded there.

According to The Jerusalem Post, “Twersky lived in the Har Nof neighborhood close to the ‘Kehilat Yaakov’ synagogue where the terror attack was carried out.”

The Post added:

Twersky was the elder son of renowned rabbi and author Rabbi Yitzhak (Isadore) Twersky of Boston, and a grandson of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, one of the principle philosophers and founders of the Modern Orthodox movement.

The late Yitzhak Twersky was a professor of Hebrew literature at Harvard University and served as founding director of its Center for Jewish Studies.

Barry Shrage, president of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, says Moshe Twersky was in Jerusalem continuing his family’s focus on religious education.

“[The family] had a huge impact on Jewish thought, and on the development of Jewish thought, here in Boston and throughout the world,” Shrage said. “The loss can be incredibly deeply felt because there’s just no one to replace him.”

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Arabs Celebrate Death of Jews

Every day is Halloween in Gaza:

The families of the two terrorists who killed four people in a brutal attack in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday morning have hailed the two as heroes, as candies to celebrate the attack were handed out in the West Bank and Gaza.

“We got the usual death notification and we shouted with joy, people here also handed out candies to guests who came to visit and were happy for the martyrs.”

He said that the family had been surprised by the attack, and that the two terrorists had not had any political affiliation. “We had not expected it to happen,” he said. “One of them is married with three children; I do not know what will happen.”

He added: “Praise God. For a person to die as a martyr is a great thing.”

And they tell us that the Arabs want peace. Why don’t I believe them?

Rather I believe in Netanyahu’s observation: “The truth is that if Israel were to put down its arms there would be no more Israel. If the Arabs were to put down their arms there would be no more war.”

Ain’t that the truth.

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Temple Terror in Jerusalem

Can’t find a softer target than this:

Four people were killed, including one policeman, in a terror attack at a synagogue in a Jerusalem neighborhood Tuesday morning.

Police said two attackers from East Jerusalem entered the synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood at 7 a.m. and began attacking worshipers at morning prayers with a gun, a meat cleaver, and an ax.

Both terrorists were killed by police within seven minutes.

Israel Police said there were six injured, including two policemen, one of whom was seriously injured, and another moderately hurt.

A man who prays at the synagogue told The Times of Israel that one of the victims was American, and another British. That report has not yet been confirmed.

The attack occurred at the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue, located in a religious institution which includes a study hall.

One of the worshipers said the two terrorists shouted “Allahu Akbar” during the attack, and entered the synagogue without their faces covered.

Photos taken from inside the synagogue after the attack showed bloodied male worshipers lying on the floor, still wrapped in their prayer shawls and phylacteries.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will convene security consultations around noon, his office said.

“This is the direct result of the incitement led by Hamas and Abu Mazen,” he said, referring to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. “Incitement that the international community irresponsibly ignores.”

“We will respond with a strong hand to the cruel murder of Jews who came to pray, and were caught by dark murderous hands,” promised Netanyahu.

You have our blessing to do so, Prime Minister, and our prayers.

May we also offer a model for how to deal with such people going forward:

Egypt will double to one kilometre (0.62 mile) the depth of a security buffer zone it is clearing on its border with the Gaza Strip after some of the worst anti-state violence since President Mohamed Mursi was overthrown last year.

Egypt declared a state of emergency in the border area after at least 33 security personnel were killed last month in two attacks in the Sinai Peninsula, a remote but strategic region bordering Israel, Gaza and the Suez Canal.

It also accelerated plans to create a 500-metre deep buffer strip along the border by clearing houses and trees and destroying subterranean tunnels it says are used to smuggle arms from Gaza to militants in Sinai.

“A decision was taken to increase the buffer zone along the border in Rafah to one kilometre. The decision … came after the discovery of underground tunnels with a total length of 800 to 1,000 metres,” the state MENA news agency said.

As we reported last time we visited this story, every inch of turf comes out of Gaza, not Egypt. Talk about your apartheid state (and they’re both Arabs)! Gaza’s Egyptian border runs 11k, so you can subtract 11 km2 from its 360. If Israel followed suit, another 51 km2 would be rendered terror-free.

It wouldn’t save worshippers in a synagogue in Jerusalem (there are other ways), but it’s a start to a secure people living safely within their borders—the Jordan and the Mediterranean.

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And the Difference Is…?

Journalist…terrorist… [shrug]:

Abdullah Murtaja, a Palestinian killed in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge on August 25, has been described by the United Nations for the past several months as a civilian “journalist.”

According to reports, Murtaja worked for the Hamas-affiliated Al Aqsa TV satellite channel, and was killed during shelling of the al-Shujaiyya neighborhood of Gaza City.

The Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, said in a statement from August:

“I condemn the killing of Abdullah Murtaja. Journalists must be able to carry out their work in safe conditions and their civilian status needs to be respected at all times. Society needs to be kept informed of events, never more so than when living in the shadow of conflict.”

But a video portraying Murtaja “reporting” from Gaza in full jihadist uniform with rifle in hand, had disproved their civilian journalist theory.

“On 14 November, the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, issued an update about the statement she issued on 29 August, 2014, regarding Abdullah Murtaja, in the context of UNESCO’s mandate to defend freedom of expression and press freedom.”

“The original statement issued on 29 August was in line with UNESCO’s policy of condemning all killings of journalists. During this week, information has been brought to the attention of UNESCO that Mr Murtaja was a member of an organized armed group — an active combatant, and, therefore, not a civilian journalist. This has come to light in a video was posted recently on the Internet with Abdullah Murtaja speaking as a member of an organized armed group.”

“UNESCO therefore withdraws the statement of 29 August.”

Whoop-di-frickin’-do. At least the guy admitted his bias. I wish reporters for the New York Times and NPR cut like videos. Same goes for every United Nations agency.

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