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Wednesday, Apr. 16 '14, Nissan 16, 5774



HEADLINES:
1. ISRAEL SUSPENDS MEETING WITH PA OVER HEVRON SHOOTING
2. HEVRON SHOOTING VICTIM: CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT BARUCH MIZRAHI
3. 'THE CHILDREN SAID: WAKE UP, DADDY!'
4. “BARUCH SHOUTED 'TERRORIST!' AND STEPPED ON THE GAS”
5. LIKUD MINISTERS WARN BENNETT – DON'T TOPPLE COALITION
6. HAS THE TEMPLE MOUNT BECOME A HAMAS 'CITY-STATE'?
7. GERMAN COURT UPHOLDS CONVICTION OF HOLOCAUST-DENYING BISHOP
8. WATCH: AL QAEDA HOLDS LARGEST 'MOST DANGEROUS' MEETING IN YEARS


1. ISRAEL SUSPENDS MEETING WITH PA OVER HEVRON SHOOTING
by Arutz Sheva Staff and AFP

A meeting between Israeli and Palestinian Authority negotiators scheduled for Wednesday has been postponed, an official said, after the fatal shooting of an Israeli father near Hevron.

"The meeting that was planned for tonight between Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams will not be taking place. It's being postponed," the Israeli official told AFP on condition of anonymity.    

The official declined to explain the decision, but said Monday's killing of an Israeli police officer in the West Bank "was the direct result of ongoing incitement and glorification of terrorism that we see in the official Palestinian media and education system."    

On Monday evening 47-year-old Baruch Mizrahi, a high-ranking officer in the intelligence division, was shot dead while driving with his family southwest of Idhna, a village outside Hebron. His pregnant wife was injured in the attack.

Israel's army and police were still hunting for the suspected gunman on Wednesday, after carrying out extensive searches around Idhna.    

Prime Minister Netanyahu condemned the murder as "the result of the incitement to hatred by Palestinian Authority leaders who continue to peddle hate-filled material against Israel."    

PA officials told AFP the meeting was being postponed to Thursday to allow for the arrival of US mediator Martin Indyk to the region.    

Israeli and PA negotiators met on Sunday, and held a trilateral meeting with Indyk on Thursday in a bid to try and save a stagnant peace process from crumbling.  

The talks imploded last month when the PA breached the terms of negotiations by seeking membership to international agencies.


2. HEVRON SHOOTING VICTIM: CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT BARUCH MIZRAHI
by Uzi Baruch

Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi Hy''d, a husband and father of five, is the man who was murdered near Hevron on Monday by terrorists right before Passover began.

Mizrahi was driving to Kiryat Arba for a seder meal with his pregnant wife and three of his children when a terrorist opened fire on the family car, killing him and leaving his wife moderately to severely wounded. 

The superintendent was born in 1967 in Tel Aviv, was raised in Bat Yam on the coast, and had lived for the past 15 years in Modi'in with his family.

In his last position, which he held for the last three years, Mizrahi served as head of the Technology Division in the Sigint Unit, part of the Intelligence Brigade in the Investigations and Intelligence Branch.

Mizrahi served in the IDF for 25 years, including many years as a professional soldier, in which he filled many operational and technology oriented roles. The last position he held there was as Lieutenant Colonel in Intelligence Unit 8200.

In June, 2011, Mizrahi was inducted into the Israel police as a chief superintendent.

The Israel police said that Mizrahi played a significant part in the design of the Sigint Unit, and in building the police force's human resources system in the field of operational technology.

"He had two great loves - his family and the state of Israel"

"In modesty and in secrecy he donated a great service to the struggle of the Israel police against serious organized crime and cyber crime in its various forms," remarked the police.

Mizrahi's commander, the Sigint Unit chief, said "this is a loss first and foremost to his family, and a great loss personally and professionally to members of the unit and the brigade, to the state of Israel."

The Sigint chief described Mizrahi as "a man who, beyond being a professional of the first degree, was a true friend, volunteered in every mission with self-sacrifice and faith, was attentive to his orders, colleagues and commanders, and his presence was very moving."

"Baruch z''l devoted his entire life to two great loves - his family and the state of Israel," concluded Mizrahi's commander.

Israel police released a statement, saying "captains and officers of the Israel police, the Investigations and Intelligence Branch, the Intelligence Brigade and the Sigint Unit bow their heads in sorrow, joining the sorrow of the family, and wish for a speedy recovery for his wife."

Many officials have condemned the murder; Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pointed the finger at the Palestinian Authority (PA), saying the murder "is the result of the incitement for which the Palestinian Authority (PA) is responsible."


3. 'THE CHILDREN SAID: WAKE UP, DADDY!'
by Gil Ronen

Hadassah Mizrahi, whose husband Baruch was killed by a terrorist near Hevron Friday and who was wounded herself, gave several interviews to the media Wednesday in which she described the horrific event and shared her thoughts about Israeli policies vis-a-vis terror. 

She told IDF Radio that she tried not to let her children, who were in the car, see their father's wounds, "but they saw it, and my children said: 'Daddy, what happened? Wake up! Wake up! Daddy, why aren't you moving?'"

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"Everyone wants to live in peace," she told her interviewers "The question is, how? I am very angered by the fact that countless terrorists are released endlessly and we receive a result like this. I would turn to the prime minister after all of these attacks and ask him – wake up and do not free any more terrorists. Do not free terrorists."
"The terrorists are savages," she added. "Even if you hate Jews – this is something you must not do."
In an interview for Hatzalah Yosh, the rescue response team in Judea and Samaria, she described vary calmly how the first responders on the scene were IDF soldiers, who were followed by police. Neither seemed to know what to do at first, according to Hadassah.

"We were driving from Modi'in to Kiryat Arba," she told Channel 2. "At the Tarkumia checkpoint, we said hello to the soldiers, and kept going. After the first roundabout, a terrorist was standing at the roadside. Baruch shouted 'A terrorist! Shooting!' and pressed the gas pedal."
"Then I took a bullet," she continued, calmly. "Baruch's foot was still on the gas. The vehicle started to zigzag. I took the wheel and kept driving, away from the terrorists. I saw that we had gotten pretty far away and lowered the gear. Meanwhile, the bullets were still flying by us and I told the children 'duck down, duck down. Everything is OK.'
"Once I saw that we were far away from the terrorist I took a piece of cloth and covered my bullet holes, I called [police hotline] 100 and informed them that there had been a terror attack, and that they should come, and then when the soldiers came I asked them for a personal bandage to cover my wounds because I have to live for my children."
Hadassah said that she understood immediately that Baruch had been killed. "He breathed his last breath and immediately fell on me, and I lifted him up instinctively."

She said that she does not know where she got the presence of mind to save herself and her children from the attackers as she did. The terrorist kept shooting, she said. "He didn't give up, and I didn't give up either." Otherwise, she said, "we would all have been slaughtered."
"We have five children, she said, "and they too will grow up and serve the country. It's what Baruch would have wanted."
Interview, video by Hatzalah Yosh


4. “BARUCH SHOUTED 'TERRORIST!' AND STEPPED ON THE GAS”
by Arutz Sheva staff

Hadassah Mizrahi, whose husband, Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi, was murdered on Monday, described the terror attack on Channel 2 television Wednesday.
"We were driving from Modi'in to Kiryat Arba," she said. "At the Tarkumia checkpoint, we said hello to the soldiers, and kept going. After the first roundabout, a terrorist was standing at the roadside. Baruch shouted 'A terrorist! Shooting!' and pressed the gas pedal."
"Then I took a bullet," she continued, calmly. "Baruch's foot was still on the gas. The vehicle started to zigzag. I took the wheel and kept driving, away from the terrorists. I saw that we had gotten pretty far away and lowered the gear. Meanwhile, the bullets were still flying by us and I told the children 'duck down, duck down. Everything is OK.'
"Once I saw that we were far away from the terrorist I took a piece of cloth and covered my bullet holes, I called [police hotline] 100 and informed them that there had been a terror attack, and that they should come, and then when the soldiers came I asked them for a personal bandage to cover my wounds because I have to live for my children."
Hadassah said that she understood immediately that Baruch had been killed. "He breathed his last breath and immediately fell on me, and I lifted him up instinctively."

She said that she does not know where she got the presence of mind to save herself and her children from the attack as she did. The terrorist kept shooting, she said. "He didn't give up, and I didn't give up either." Otherwise, she said, "we would all have been slaughtered."
"We have five children, she said, "and they too will grow up and serve the country. It's what Baruch would have wanted."



5. LIKUD MINISTERS WARN BENNETT – DON'T TOPPLE COALITION
by Haim Lev

Senior Likud ministers are warning Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett not to topple the government if Binyamin Netanyahu agrees to release more terrorist murderers from Israel's jails, as the United States and Palestinian Authority are demanding.
The ministers are quoted anonymously in Israel Hayom as reminding Bennett that the Likud-led government of Yitzhak Shamir was toppled in 1992 by nationalists in protest over Israel's participation in the Madrid peace talks, and as a result, a leftist government was elected, and the Oslo accords were signed a short time later.
"We all remember the ramifications in the past, after the right wing itself toppled a right-wing government," the ministers said. "As a result, the left wing gained power and so we got a string of diplomatic moves like Oslo, for which we are paying a heavy price to this day."
The senior diplomats went further and called on members of the Jewish Home to disobey their party chairman. "Members of Bennett's party must not cooperate with the threats and must not lend a hand to the toppling of a right-wing government," they were quoted as saying.
Earlier in the week, Economy Minister Bennett called upon Prime Minister Netanyahu to stop what he called the "steady deterioration" in Israel's status and shelve the proposal to release hundreds of terrorists in exchange for continued diplomatic negotiations. 
"It's time to draw a red line," Bennett said on Channel 2. "The State of Israel – even before the Netanyahu era – had been steadily deteriorating. First it freed one terrorist for one soldier, then a hundred terrorists in exchange for one soldier, and now hundreds of murderers – for what?"
He specifically criticized the possibility that terrorists who are Israeli citizens would be released as well. Bennett stressed: "We have to draw the line. I can see how, over time, we are humiliating ourselves. They are talking about releasing the murderers of three soldiers in Wadi Ara on the Night of the Pitchforks (a lethal terrorist attack on a military base in 1992). That means that when we go shopping in the supermarket in Hadera, there will be a terrorist there who murdered three soldiers in basic training with pitchforks and axes, in their sleep."
Critics warn that the release of terrorists who are Israeli citizens would send a signal to Israeli Arabs that the Palestinian Authority is looking out for them and that Israel's courts have no real authority over them. This, say the critics, could lead to a further radicalizaion of Israel's Arab citizens.


6. HAS THE TEMPLE MOUNT BECOME A HAMAS 'CITY-STATE'?
by Ari Soffer

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has been accused of hypocrisy after criticizing Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas for incitement, while simultaneously "turning a blind eye" to Hamas-led incitement in the heart of Jerusalem.

The past few days have seen renewed activity by Hamas on the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site, with Islamists literally taking it over for several hours on the eve of the Jewish festival of Pesach (Passover), in a successful bid to keep Jews from visiting the site.

This morning, riots broke out again, and Jewish families who had gathered to Jerusalem from across the country were once more banned from visiting in response - provoking a furious reaction from Temple Mount activists.

Police 'either lying or incompetent'

Temple Institute International Director Rabbi Chaim Richman told Arutz Sheva that as recently as March 30, authorities had promised him that they would "make every arrangement to facilitate Jewish visits to the Temple Mount."

At a meeting with the new police commander for the Temple Mount, Erez Tavor, which took place in the office of Old City police commander Avi Bitton, Rabbi Richman said he and a handful of Jewish rights activists were told police would do everything they can to keep the Mount open in spite of Islamist incitement.

"They told us 'We know what it means to you and it's a heavy decision to ever have to close it - we never do it if we can help it.' And yet, it's the same thing over and over again," he lamented.

Asking how rioters had managed to "smuggle" Hamas flags and mounds of rocks onto the heavily-policed site, Rabbi Richman echoed previous accusations by Temple Mount activists that "the police are either working with them [Islamists] or they are just the most bungling, emasculated, Key Stone cops in the world."

"Every festival this is the template... all they have to do is flex a bit of muscle and the police disappear!"

He pointed out that Muslim worshippers "have it both ways", as Jews are categorically forbidden from ascending the Temple Mount during Muslim holidays, and then subject to bans on Jewish festivals as well.
Temple Mount: A Hamas 'city-state'?

Ultimately, however, he stressed that the responsibility for ensuring Jewish rights on the Temple Mount - and preventing Hamas violence there - lies with the Prime Minister.

"Netanyahu condemns Abbas for not condemning Monday's shooting attack and for incitement - but he's playing games because he allows the incitement from the Temple Mount and he does absolutely nothing!" he challenged.

The fact that Israeli authorities are caving into Islamist violence and are not allowing Jewish prayer on Judaism's holiest site "is a national catastrophe," he said.

"In the middle of Jerusalem there is a city-state with diplomatic immunity where the enemy flag is unfurled and where plans are being made to attack Jews... that is absolutely unspeakable."

"They keep parroting this meaningless mantra that 'the Temple Mount is in our hands', when everyone knows Jordan is sovereign there," he added, referring to the Waqf Islamic trust which administers the site and is run by the Jordanian government.

"[Jordanian King] Abdullah says 'jump' and Bibi says 'how high?'"
The Temple Mount is the former site of the two Holy Temples of Jerusalem, as well as the Islamic Al Aqsa complex, built on the ruins of the Jewish temples. 

Despite its status as the holiest site in Judaism Jewish visits are extremely limited, including restricted visiting hours and a ban on prayer or any other form of non-Muslim worship. Those who are deemed to have broken the rules are often arrested and sometimes subjected to an indefinite ban from the site. Temple Mount activists say this amounts to capitulation to Islamist groups who have threatened - and often carried out - violence in a bid to keep Jews from the site.

A bill currently tabled by Israel's Religious Affairs Minister aims to guarantee equal prayer rights for Jews and Muslims on the Temple Mount.

Hamas rally on Temple Mount Monday:

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7. GERMAN COURT UPHOLDS CONVICTION OF HOLOCAUST-DENYING BISHOP
by Nissan Tsur

A German court in Nuremberg has rejected the appeal of the British-Catholic Bishop Richard Williamson, who was convicted of denying the Holocaust.

In an interview to the Swedish channel SVT1 in 2009, 74-year-old Williamson, openly doubted that six million Jews were killed during the Holocaust, and claimed that the real numbers are much lower.

He also disputed the existence of Nazi gas chambers, claiming that only "between 200,000 to 300,000 Jews perished in Nazi concentration camps, but not one of them by gassing in a gas chamber."

"The historical evidence is hugely against six million Jews having been deliberately gassed in gas chambers as a deliberate policy of Adolf Hitler," claimed Wiiliamson. He also said that Germany has paid out billions of Deutschmarks and Euros because of "their guilt complex".

The controversial interview was rebroadcast over the internet in Germany, where Holocaust denial is considered a criminal offense, and Williamson was charged and convicted of incitement to hatred and fined 1,800 euros. The judges said that his statements were carefully planned.

The prosecution had asked to impose a 5,400 euro fine but the judges ruled that Williamson had no income and lowered the fine to 1,800 euro.

Williamson filed his first appeal in 2013. His lawyer argued that the television interview was to be broadcast only in Sweden, where Holocaust denial is not a criminal offense, but the fact that the interview was conducted when Wiiliamson was in Regensburg, Germany, led the judges to reject the first appeal.

The second appeal was also rejected, and the judges ordered Williamson to pay the fine. 

Williamson is no stranger to controversy; in 2009 he was deported from Argentina after the government there said his frequent denials of the holocaust "profoundly offend the Argentinean society, the Jewish people and all of humanity".


8. WATCH: AL QAEDA HOLDS LARGEST 'MOST DANGEROUS' MEETING IN YEARS
by Ari Soffer

Remarkable footage of the largest and "most dangerous" meeting of Al Qaeda commanders in years has emerged online.

The footage - obtained and translated by CNN - shows the jihadist group's second-in-command, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, meeting openly with fighters and commanders in Yemen. 

Al-Wuhayshi, who heads Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), was apparently unfazed by the prospect of US drone strikes, which have killed several of his predecessors - raising the prospect that the western intelligence community was either unaware of the meeting until it was over, or found out about it too late to scramble attack drones.

But another possibility could be that whilst aware of the meeting, intelligence agencies would have been more interested in listening in to the proceedings for valuable information than disrupting it.

Speaking to the more than 100 assembled fighters, al-Wuhayshi pledged a renewed war on the US.

"We must eliminate the cross... The bearer of the cross is America!" he declares.

The reference to the Christian crucifix has chilling significance given Al Qaeda's concerted attacks on Christian communities throughout the Middle East and Africa - particularly in Syria, Egypt and Iraq - aimed at erasing the ancient Christian presence in those areas.

AQAP is considered the most dangerous of Al Qaeda's numerous branches, and has been involved in several recent attempts to strike on American soil, including the infamous Christmas Day underwear bomber plot.





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