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3 murdered by Muslim terrorist in Samaria stabbing attack

Three Israelis were murdered on Friday evening in a stabbing attack in the Jewish community of Halamish in Samaria.

A Muslim terrorist infiltrated a home in the community, stabbing four people.

Three of the victims died of their wounds, while a fourth is in serious condition.

The Muslim terrorist murdered two men, aged approximately 40 and 60, a woman in her 40s, and a severely wounded another woman in her 60s.

The terrorist was shot, neutralized and evacuated to hospital.

According to preliminary investigations, the Muslim terrorist, 19-year-old Omar al-Abed, from the nearby Arab village of Kobar, entered the Jewish community at around 9:30pm, broke into the house and stabbed the four.

A neighbor of the family heard their screams, rushed to the scene and shot the terrorist, moderately wounding him.

IDF troops are conducting searches in and around the community and checking whether other terrorists were involved.




Attempted stabbing attack in Gush Etzion; Muslim terrorist eliminated

A Muslim terrorist attempted to stab an IDF female soldier Thursday afternoon near Tekoa in the Gush Etzion area, before being shot and eliminated by security forces at the scene. No other injuries were caused.

The attempted terror attack is the fourth attempted stabbing to have taken place in Judea and Samaria within a week and a half, putting an end to a comparative period of quiet.

Security forces urged residents of the Jewish community of Tekoa nearby to avoid the area in the next hour as they sealed it off to any traffic.

The Muslim terrorist was later identified as 20-year-old Mohammad Hussein al-Tanuh from Tuqu’.

Some 200 Muslims terrorists gathered at the scene of the attempted stabbing and began throwing stones at IDF forces. The troops responded with gas.

Israel has been on high alert for potential terror attacks in light of ongoing riots and protests against the decision to install metal detectors at the entrance to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem in response to a deadly terror attack last week.

Preparing for more eruptions of violence, the IDF said Thursday five battalions have been put on-call in Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem in case tensions heightened on the Temple Mount.


2 soldiers wounded, 1 Muslim terrorist eliminated in car-ramming attack near Hevron

Two IDF soldiers were lightly wounded in a vehicular attack Tuesday afternoon after a Muslim terrorist drove his car into them at the entrance of Beit Anun, an Arab village in Hevron north of Kiryat Arba.

Security forces at the scene from the Home Front Command immediately shot the terrorist dead after he managed to hit a female and male soldier.

After the attack, soldiers began searching the terrorist’s vehicle for weapons.

MDA and United Hatzalah emergency first responders were called to the scene to treated the injured soldiers. After receiving first aid, the two soldiers were evacuated to the hospital.




2 Policemen murdered in terror attack at Jerusalem’s Temple Mount

Two Israeli Druze policemen were murdered and a third was lightly wounded in a terror attack on Friday morning when three Muslim terrorists opened fire at Police forces at the Lions’ Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City.  The three terrorists were shot and eliminated by police.

The three terrorists arrived at the Temple Mount armed with two Carl Gustav rifles and a handgun. As they approached the Lions’ Gate, they noticed Israel Police officers and opened fired.

The Muslim terrorists then fled towards the mosques in the Temple Mount complex, with police in pursuit. They were shot and eliminated on the spot.

Two of the policemen, Ha’il Satawi and Kamil Shnaan, were taken to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Mount Scopus in critical condition, where they succumbed to their wounds. The third policeman, 39, was hurt from shrapnel and was taken to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in the capital in light condition.


Ha’il Satawi, 30, from Maghar, was in the Border Police during his army service and in 2012 enlisted as a patrol officer at the Border Police’s Temple Mount Unit. He is survived by his wife, three-weeks-old son, parents and three siblings.


Kamil Shnaan, 22, from Hurfeish, started serving as a patrol officer in the same unit seven months ago. He was the son of former MK Shachiv Shnaan. He is survived by his parents, one brother and three sisters.


The three Muslim terrorists were identified as Israeli Arab citizens from the terror nest of Umm al-Fahm: Muhammad Ahmad Muhammad Jabarin, 29, Muhammad Hamed Abed al-Atif Jabarin, 19, and Muhammad Ahmad Mafdel Jabarin, 19. The terrorists have no previous history of security related offenses, according to the Shin Bet.


The Shin Bet and the Israel Police are investigating the terror attack and a gag order has been put on all details relating to the investigation.

Three hours before the attack, two of the terrorists posted a photo of theirs on Facebook with the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the background and wrote: “The smile will be more beautiful tomorrow.” An hour before the terror attack, one of them wrote: “Thank allah and enough.”

Following the terror attack, the Temple Mount complex was cleared of visitors and all of its entry gates were closed to allow security forces to search the site for additional weapons. The Jerusalem Police district commander announced Friday prayers will not be held on the Temple Mount.
Israeli security forces set up barricades to prevent entry to the Temple Mount and stopped several senior Muslim figures, including the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Muhammad Hussein, from entering the complex.
The mufti called on Muslims to arrive at the barricades and hold Friday prayers there. “There isn’t a force on earth that would prevent them from getting to al-Aqsa and holding Friday prayers,” he said.
Police detained for questioning guards of the Islamic Waqf, the Jordanian body in charge of the Temple Mount, who were at the complex during the attack. According to the Islamic Waqf Authority, police also confiscated the guards’ cellphones.
Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh, who arrived at the site of the attack, was briefed by Jerusalem District Police Commander Yoram HaLevy on the initial findings of the investigation into the terror attack.
Following the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot, Shin Bet Director Nadav Argaman, Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Yoav Mordechai.



The prime minister and the leadership of the defense establishment decided to keep the Temple Mount complex closed for the day, search the area to ensure there are no other weapons hidden there, and maintain the status quo.


“I want to send my deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the criminal terror attack today on the Temple Mount,” Netanyahu said in a statement.
“This is a sad day in which our Druze brothers are paying the heaviest price in our shared mission to defending the security of our country. I salute them and their heroism.”




2 Muslim terrorists eliminated after shooting, bomb attack during counter-terrorism operation

IDF troops came under attack at the Arab town of Jenin overnight Tuesday, with Muslim terrorists shooting and throwing dozens of explosives at them.

The troops from the Special Forces unit Maglan returned fire, eliminating two of the terrorists and wounding a third.

One of them, Saad Salah, 20, was eliminated instantly, while a second, Awss Salameh, 17, was seriously wounded and later succumbed at the hospital.

A third has been hit in the leg.

The IDF said none of the soldiers were hurt.

Israeli security forces—including IDF, Shin Bet, Border Police, and police forces—arrested 21 Muslim terrorists overnight in Judea and Samaria, who were wanted for involvement in terror and violent disorders directed against Israelis

The overnight attack in Jenin comes at the heels of a terror attack on Monday in Gush Etzion, when a Muslim terrorist rammed his car into a pillbox post near the Jewish community of Tekoa, where Artillery Corps soldiers were stationed, lightly wounding one of them. The terrorist then left his car brandishing a knife and tried to stab the soldiers. He was shot and eliminated.

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Wounded American soldier: Justin Trudeau is guilty of treason

A Special Forces soldier blinded in attack by a former Gitmo prisoner and Al-Qaeda Muslim terrorist who was given millions by the Canadian government says Justin Trudeau is guilty of treason.

Layne Morris, was injured and another soldier was killed when a 15-year-old Omar Khadr in a firefight with US Marines in Afghanistan in 2002.

He was captured, and the teen spent the next ten years in Guantanamo Bay.

Now Khadr, 30, who has since returned to Canada, has won $8 million ($10.5 million CAD) from the Canadian government after winning his wrongful imprisonment suit for the ‘abuse’ he sustained while in prison.

But Morris, who was blinded in one eye by the attack, said the news felt, ‘Like a punch in the face,’ Toronto Sun reported.

‘We didn’t understand the deal but we didn’t think that the government would do a behind-the-scenes move like that.

‘I don’t see this as anything but treason,’ added Morris. ‘It’s something a traitor would do. As far as I am concerned, Prime Minister Trudeau should be charged.’

Morris, a 55-year-old special forces sergeant, said it felt like the Canadian government made a ‘dirty deal’ with the cash settlement to avoid being exposed to an American court.

His wife Leisl said that Khadr’s transportation from Guantanamo to Canada in September 2012 was ‘just as secretive.’

‘President Obama moved him in the middle of the night back to Canada and nobody even knew. He sure gets special treatment,’ she said.

The Special Forces soldier said he doesn’t understand why the government would pay out to ‘the enemy’ – even if they were tortured as a minor in Guantanamo Bay.

‘You don’t ever do anything to aid and abet the enemy,’ Morris said. ‘We were fighting the terrorists. They were the bad guys. Something is really off here.’

 He even warned that the compensation could end up back in the hands of terrorists as he warned Khadr’s father was a chief fundraiser for Osama Bin Laden.

‘As a general rule… you keep money out of the hands of people who build bombs or would throw hand grenades at our soldiers,’ said Morris.

Tabitha Speer – the widow of U.S. soldier Christopher Speer who was killed in the same attack that blinded Morris – filed a joint $134 million wrongful death suit with Morris.


She filed a court application two weeks ago, and attempted an emergency injunction to stop him from receiving the money, The Huffington Post reported Wednesday.

Lawyer Don Winder, who represents Speer’s widow and St Layne Morris, who was injured in the attack that killed Speer, said they filed an application a few weeks ago in Canada. It has yet to be heard.

‘We will be proceeding with that application and trying to make sure that if he gets money it goes to the widow of Sgt Speer and Layne Morris for the loss of an eye,’ Winder said.

IDF soldier injured, Muslim terrorist shot and eliminated after terror attack in Gush Etzion

A Muslim terrorist attempted to carry out a vehicular and stabbing attack on Monday at the T intersection, located in  the Gush Etzion region south of Jerusalem, between the Jewish communities of Tekoa and Ma’ale Amos. The Muslim terrorist crashed his vehicle, before exiting it and pulling out a knife in a stabbing attempt. He was shot and eliminated by Israeli security forces.

One IDF soldier was moderately injured during the terror attack, when a pole hit by the vehicle fell and hit him. MDA administered emergency care and rushed him to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. He was later reported to be lightly injured.

The terrorist is believed to have been acting alone and independently.



UNESCO once again denies Israeli sovereignty of Old City in Jerusalem

A committee of the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization (UNESCO) convened in Krakow Tuesday where it approved the wording of a proposed resolution denying that Israel is the sovereign power over Jerusalem and condemning it for conducting archeological excavations in the Old City.

The proposal was submitted to the UN body’s Cultural Committee by Arab states who originally presented a much harsher version. However, pressure exerted by Israel forced the hostile proposal to be watered down.

Ten states supported the proposal, among them Azerbaijan, Indonesia, Lebanon, Tunisia, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Turkey, Vietnam, Zimbabwe and Cuba. Three voted against the proposal, including The Philippines, Jamaica and Burkina Faso.

Another eight countries from several continents abstained. They included, Angola, Croatia, Finland, Peru, Poland, Portugal, South Korea and Tanzania.

Israel’s Ambassador to UNESCO, Carmel Shama-Hacohen said that two hours before the vote, the Arab states were convinced that they had a consensus on the phrasing of the resolution, but Israeli pressure ultimately proved heavy enough to sabotage their efforts.


According to Shama-Hacohen, despite the significant softening of the text, more nations are identifying with Israel who are no longer prepared to accept what Israel has often considered unquestionable hounding of the Jewish state, even if the resolutions have been diluted.

He also pointed out that for the first time, Israel gained what he described as a moral majority in the body’s cultural committee since eleven countries out of 21 either opposed the proposal or abstained.

The vote came just days after US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley sent a letter to the Director-General of UNESCO urging her to oppose a resolution to be voted on by the body next week which would recognize Hevron’s Old City—and with it the Cave of the Patriarchs—as a ‘Palestinian’ World Heritage Site In Danger.

In another effort to stymie the resolution, a group of 12 Holocaust survivors, who were born in Poland and now live in Israel, sent an urgent letter to the Polish foreign minister, asking him to call on his government to thwart the UNESCO resolution seeking to declare Hevron’s Old City as a Palestinian World Heritage Site.

French government covering up murder of Jewish woman by her Muslim neighbor

The umbrella group of French Jewish communities escalated its criticism of authorities’ handling of the slaying of a Jewish woman by her Muslim neighbor, calling it a cover-up.

CRIF made the accusation in a short and poignant statement Wednesday containing four loaded questions concerning the April 4 killing of Sarah Halimi in Paris.

“The murder of Sarah Halimi was 85 days ago already and the investigation is not advancing. Why this silence? Why this omerta?” read the statement, which contained the Italian-language mafia term for a cover-up among accomplices. “What is being hidden? Why this denial of anti-Semitism?”

Prior to this week, CRIF had refrained from openly faulting the handling of the Halimi investigation, saying it was awaiting the conclusion of the police probe. In the past, it has criticized the proliferation of conspiracy theories by some Jewish groups and activists.

But that changed Monday, when CRIF President Francis Kalifat wrote in an op-ed published by Le Figaro that “there is evidence that this is a textbook case of an anti-Semitic murder but it is being covered up by an ‘omerta’ and this heinous crime has not been recognized for what it is.”

Halimi, he added, “was butchered for the sole and only reason that she was Jewish.”

Kalifat vowed to “never relent” and continue to pressure authorities “until the truth comes to light about this sordid murder.”

Halimi, a physician and kindergarten teacher in her 60s, was beaten savagely by Kobili Traore, 27, and then thrown to her death from a window of her third-story apartment.

Traore, whom neighbors testified shouted during the attack “Allah hu akbar,” was placed at a psychiatric institution as per his temporary insanity defense though he has no history of mental illness. Halimi’s daughter testified that he had called the daughter a “dirty Jew” two years ago.

A draft indictment drawn up against Traore by the public prosecutor’s office of Paris contained no mention of a hate crime, alleging only voluntary manslaughter with no aggravating circumstances. Sammy Ghozlan, a former police commissioner and head of the National Bureau of Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, told JTA that the police are not answering his group’s request for information on Traore’s whereabouts.

Many French Jews, including Ghozlan, said they feared justice and police officials, as well as the mainstream media, were trying to avoid drawing attention to the incident because of France’s presidential and parliamentary elections, which began on April 23 and ended on June 18. In those elections, the centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron won decidedly against Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front far-right party, which critics say is anti-Muslim.

Magali Lafourcade, president of the French government’s National Consultative Commission on Human Rights, said in a radio interview earlier this month that she welcomes the debate over whether authorities downplay anti-Semitism and hate crimes. However, she said “we need to let the judiciary do its job” and detectives need time to review all aspects of the case.


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