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Sunday, Apr. 22 '18, ז' באייר תשע"ח



HEADLINES:
1. ANOTHER AHED TAMIMI VIOLENCE VIDEO REVEALED
2. HAMAS ENGINEER KILLED IN MALAYSIA
3. WATCH: ARAB ASSAULTED FOR WEARING KIPPAH EXPLAINS HIS MOTIVES
4. LEGAL BATTLE ERUPTS BETWEEN MIR YESHIVA AND LOCAL BUSINESSES  
5. WATCH: ISRAELI BEDOUIN SHOOTING AUTOMATIC WEAPONS WHILE DRIVING
6. ISIS SUICIDE BOMBING KILLS 31 IN KABUL
7. OPEN LETTER TO NATALIE PORTMAN
8. WATCH: POLICE DRESSED AS 'SETTLERS' ARREST YOUTH IN YITZHAR


1. ANOTHER AHED TAMIMI VIOLENCE VIDEO REVEALED
by Mordechai Sones

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The Ad Kann organization published a new video in which terrorist Ahed Tamimi is again documented attacking soldiers during operational activity less than a year ago in Nabi Salah.

At the beginning of the video Tamimi appears blocking a border police officer's field of vision while he was taking aim from a prone position, and then attacking Border Policemen and IDF soldiers with pushes, fists, and kicks.

About two weeks after the documented incident, Ad Kann filed a complaint with Binyamin police against Tamimi demanding a criminal investigation:  "In the video you can see Tamimi attacking Border Police and IDF soldiers again and again without the security forces stopping her, so she grew bolder and began to attack with fists and even kicks," the complaint states.

"Tamimi's criminal actions are getting worse, and the time has come to act on this matter. Therefore, we ask you to order the necessary measures against Tamimi and other persons involved."

A plea bargain was recently signed according to which Tamimi would be sentenced to eight months' imprisonment and fined NIS 5,000. After the deal, Ad Kann sent a request to the Military Advocate General to cancel the plea bargain.

"We were surprised to hear about the lenient plea arrangement that was presented today after contacts between the parties that were conducted in secret," the organization's request stated. "This organization has long been operating in radical organizations involved in violent riots and attacks on IDF soldiers. The plea bargain is puzzling and unacceptable, since unequivocal documentation was presented and the evidence speaks for itself.

"The Tamimi family and its supporters interpret enforcement authority indulgence in the wrong way. This was the case when Ahed attacked IDF soldiers over and over without intervention, and so it was in the courtroom, when one of her supporters attacked a military prosecutor in an unprecedented manner."

Despite this, Ad Kann's request to cancel the plea bargain was rejected by the Military Advocate General.

The organization, which in recent years has exposed radical left-wing organizations, has launched a crowd-funding operation at the GiveBack website to continue its activities. "They have the money from Europe - we have you," says the fundraising page.

Ad Kann Director Gilad Ach said: "For years anarchists and Palestinians who receive funding from them have been physically attacking IDF soldiers while the soldiers' hands are tied and unable to respond. Beyond the attack itself, these incidents severely impair the IDF's deterrent capability, the soldier's morale, and the fighting spirit.

"A year ago, in May 2017, we filed a police complaint about Tamimi's repeated attacks on IDF soldiers, but unfortunately the enforcement authorities chose to ignore it, which increased motivation among the attackers.

"A plea bargain serves the same trend and will only increase the attacker's appetite and cause soldiers to deduce they have no backing, especially when all the evidence is clear and there's no legal need for a plea bargain. The Military Advocate General Office's response from recent days raises the fear that the State Attorney's Office is not determined to bring the soldiers' attackers to justice."


2. HAMAS ENGINEER KILLED IN MALAYSIA
by AFP, Arutz Sheva Staff

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The family of a Palestinian Authority (PA) professor and Hamas member accused Israel's Mossad spy agency of assassinating him on the streets of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

Malaysian authorities said Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh, 35, was killed by two suspects believed to have ties with a foreign intelligence agency in a drive-by shooting on his way to dawn Muslim prayers.

Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, quoted by the state-run Bernama news agency, said Batsh was "an electrical engineer and an expert at making rockets."

Ahmad Zahid, who is in charge of Malaysia's security, said al-Batsh was scheduled to leave for Turkey on Saturday, adding that Malaysian police would request the help of Interpol to track down the suspects, believed to be European nationals.

Meanwhile, a Hamas statement accused Israel's Mossad of being behind the assassination, and said al-Batsh was one of its members, mourning him as a "martyr."

Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim said one of the two suspects on a high-powered motorcycle "fired 10 shots, four of which hit" al-Batsh. "He died on the spot."

"The police also found two empty bullet shells there," the police chief said, according to Bernama.

He said that footage from closed-circuit television cameras near the scene of the shooting showed that the assailants waited for around 20 minutes in the area before attacking.

"We believe the lecturer was their target because two other individuals walked by the place earlier unharmed. We will view the recordings of all the CCTV in the area," he said.

A PA representative in Malaysia told AFP that Batsh had lived in Malaysia for the past 10 years. However, he refused to comment on the idea that the Mossad might be responsible, saying, "We have to wait for the official investigation."

The Mossad has been accused of assassinating several terrorists and terror masterminds in the past, but has never confirmed such activities.


3. WATCH: ARAB ASSAULTED FOR WEARING KIPPAH EXPLAINS HIS MOTIVES
by Arutz Sheva Staff

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4. LEGAL BATTLE ERUPTS BETWEEN MIR YESHIVA AND LOCAL BUSINESSES  
by Tzvi Lev

A local store owner is threatening to sue Jerusalem's Mir Yeshiva over accusations that the Yeshiva is causing him monetary loss.

With over 7,500 single and married students, the prestigious Mir Yeshiva is the largest yeshiva in Israel and is also believed to be the largest yeshiva in the world. Located in Jerusalem's Beit Yisrael neighborhood, its large student population is a key generator of the local economy.

When former yeshiva head Rabbi Nosson Tzvi Finkel was alive, he ordered that all the local establishments close after 11 PM in order to deter students from leaving the Yeshiva study hall. After the rabbi died in 2011, the local establishments openly flouted the rule, which they contended had caused them significant economic damages.

The saga turned into a long-running battle between the Mir Yeshiva leadership and the local business owners, which included threats by the Yeshiva to yank the kosher certification of restaurants that remained open. The matter came to a close after the Yeshiva promised to financially compensate the stores that closed before 11 PM.

However, Kikar Hashabbat reports that a prominent local businessman is claiming that the Yeshiva backtracked out of the agreement and refused to compensate him despite having closed his eatery at the desired time. According to the report, he has sent a letter to Yeshiva management threatening to sue them in a Jewish court if the dispute is not settled.

Recently, the Mir Yeshiva disseminated official letters to the student body warning them not to buy at the stores which did not heed the Yeshiva's instructions. "We return to tell you that our rabbis decided that stores which remain open after 11 at night, such as "Sweet Times" etc. Do not enter them or buy from them at any time until they accept the rules onto themselves."


5. WATCH: ISRAELI BEDOUIN SHOOTING AUTOMATIC WEAPONS WHILE DRIVING
by Arutz Sheva Staff

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6. ISIS SUICIDE BOMBING KILLS 31 IN KABUL
by David Rosenberg

At least 31 people were killed and dozens more injured when a voter registration center in Kabul, Afghanistan was hit by a suicide bombing on Sunday.

According to Wahid Majro, a spokesman for the country’s health ministry, 54 people were treated for non-fatal injuries in the attack.

The fundamentalist Sunni Muslim ISIS terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement issued via the Amaq media outlet, saying that it had targeted members of the country’s Shi’ite minority.

Kabul police chief Daud Amin said that the bombing targeted voters waiting in line to receive ID cards ahead of this year’s national elections, slated for October, AP reported.

The massive explosion shattered windows in buildings miles away from the attack, local media outlets reported, and led to road closures around the scene of the blast.

In addition to the Kabul attack, five others were killed in Afghanistan in a roadside bombing in the Baghlan province, with an additional four victims injured in the explosion.


7. OPEN LETTER TO NATALIE PORTMAN
by Mordechai Sones

Tavor pre-military academy head Amichai Shikli wrote an open letter to actress Natalie Portman following her decision to cancel participation in the Genesis Prize ceremony, and her declarations regarding the State of Israel's establishment as a haven for Holocaust refugees.

Shikli explained in the letter that he sees factual historical distortion in her words, and cooperation with boycott organizations targeting the State of Israel (BDS). "It will take more than one outrageous statement to make me lose the deep affection I have for Natalie Portman; she's beautiful and noble, but in the present case she's mistaken and misleading.

"I'm not bothered by the fact that it gave additional ammunition to BDS, a movement that lost its momentum and vitality and is doomed to failure. I'm definitely concerned about the negative impact on young Jews and Israelis who sometimes take a celebrity's position as authoritative as Torah vouchsafed to Moses at Sinai.

"'Israel was created exactly 70 years ago as a Holocaust refugee haven'," Natalie Portman wrote. Shikli answered: "Unlike in Hollywood, countries don't spring up overnight, and as you may remember, the Zionist movement began to establish a state even before the First World War. So the determination that Israel was established as a home for Holocaust refugees is simply not true.

"The claim that the events of the Holocaust aided the establishment of the State of Israel is a widespread but baseless claim and this claim, aside from being incorrect from the factual/historical point of view, is now the spearhead of the ideological attack against the justness of the existence of the State of Israel as a moral injustice that was legitimized only by the Holocaust. In the new anti-Semitic circles and the BDS movement, the establishment of the State is called the Opposite Holocaust, in which the Jewish Nazi victims became the new Nazis: IDF soldiers.

"The Holocaust not only didn't help establish the State, but it almost eliminated the chances of its establishment.

"Natalie, your statements and decision make you a partner to these extremist organizations. This is connected to what you said in the summer of 2016 that the Holocaust should dealt with less. On the contrary, Natalie, on the contrary. I suggest you learn the history of our people and the story of the Holocaust a bit in-depth, so perhaps you'll understand the magnitude of your error. It's okay to admit a mistake - and in this case it's your moral and Jewish duty," Shikli added.


8. WATCH: POLICE DRESSED AS 'SETTLERS' ARREST YOUTH IN YITZHAR
by Arutz Sheva Staff

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Police detectives arrested a youth in the Samaria community of Yitzhar Sunday afternoon, disguising themselves as "settlers" for the purpose of carrying out the arrest.

According to the report on the site "Hakol Hayehudi," on the vehicle, bearing a civilian license plate, in which the detectives arrived, stickers had been affixed reading "No Arabs, no attacks", "Uprooting communities rips apart the people" and "The land of Israel for the people of Israel."

The two detectives who were in the front seat of the vehicle arrived dressed in civilian clothes, including a head covering and tzitzit.




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