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Friday, Nov. 21 '14, Cheshvan 28, 5775


by Tova Dvorin

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri justified a foiled plan to assassinate Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) on Friday, claiming that while he does not personally know of information regarding the plot, "all the leaders of the occupation are considered legitimate targets for resistance." 

"The leaders of the occupation, who are responsible for the killing of women and children and the desecration of holy places, are legitimate targets," he said, in remarks translated by Channel 10 news.

On Thursday, the Israeli Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) revealed that three Hamas terrorists had been planning to assassinate Liberman during Operation Protective Edge over the summer by buying RPG missiles and then launching them at the foreign minister's car, in hopes that the attack would stop Israel’s military operation in Gaza.

The terrorists - Ibrahim Salim Mahmoud Zir, 37, Ziad Salim Mahmoud Zir, 35, and Adnan Amin Mahmoud Tzabih, 31 - were caught while carrying out surveillance on Liberman's Nokdim home. 

Less than twelve hours later, Palestinian Arab sources revealed that another series of attacks had been prevented after the ISA busted a large terror cell in Judea and Samaria - Hamas terrorists who had been conscripted via Hamas agents in Turkey to commit terror attacks in the region as well as in Jerusalem. 

Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar on Sunday declared that the group was intending to widen its terror scope throughout Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and that it intends to continue to lead the Palestinian Arab camp which advocates for armed struggle until Israel is destroyed.

Hamas has been escalating its incitement campaign against Jews and Israelis through heightened rhetoric and social media, releasing earlier this week a music video in broken Hebrew encouraging "car attacks" against Israeli citizens. 

by Elad Benari and Ido Ben Porat

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), the IDF and the Israel Police apprehended three terrorists who planned to assassinate Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman using RPG missiles, it was cleared for publication on Thursday evening.

The military prosecutor filed charges in the Judea Military Court against the three, who planned to assassinate Liberman as a response to Israel’s counterterrorism Operation Protective Edge in Gaza last summer.

According to the indictment, the three were planning to buy RPG missiles and then launch them at the foreign minister's car, in hopes that the attack would stop Israel’s military operation in Gaza.

The terrorist cell was headed by Ibrahim Salim Mahmoud Zir, 37, a senior member of Hamas who resides near Bethlehem and who served several prison terms in Israel on charges of terrorism.

Zir enlisted his brother, Ziad Salim Mahmoud Zir, 35, and another Hamas terrorist by the name Adnan Amin Mahmoud Tzabih, 31. They admitted to being recruited to help carry out an attack against a senior Israeli figure.

In addition, Zir turned to senior Hamas terrorist Ibrahim Yusuf al-Sheikh, 50, a resident of Bethlehem who is known for his past involvement in Hamas terrorist activities, and asked him to help him in obtaining RPG missiles.

The three terrorists were caught while conducting surveillance on Liberman's security guards near his home in Gush Etzion community of Nokdim.

They were arrested in mid-August by security forces after one member of the squad was caught trying to buy the missiles. The three were charged with conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, and conspiracy to trafficking in munitions.

by Tova Dvorin

Israeli security forces busted a major Hamas terror cell aimed specifically at carrying out terror attacks in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria, Palestinian Arab sources said Friday. 

The terror cell is closely related to the crackdown by the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet) and police over the summer, which saw 93 Hamas terrorists arrested for an alleged coup being planned against the Palestinian Authority (PA), sources told Walla! News. 

The sources added that the targets were specifically against "settlers" - referring to Jewish civilians in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem - and IDF soldiers. Several terror attacks in the past couple of weeks have been prevented as part of the ISA bust. 

The cell included several Hamas terrorists already sitting in Israeli prisons on terror charges, they said, similar to other terror cells busted over the past year. 

The man behind the plot is Saleh al-Arouri, Hamas's most senior operative in Turkey, where since 2010 he has set up the headquarters for Hamas's "military wing," the Al-Qassam Brigades, while in exile - working alongside other Hamas terrorists, including several released as part of the 2011 Gilad Shalit deal.

Al-Arouri's role in plotting terrorist atrocities hit headlines during the summer, when it was revealed that he had personally ordered the kidnap and murder of three Israeli teenagers. The abduction and murder of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Sha'ar and Eyal Yifrah was a major factor in triggering the current escalation in violence.

The sources said that the terror network has included Hamas sympathizers from both Turkey and Qatar, which has enabled Hamas not only to enact terror against Israelis, but also against the PA. 

Qatar is home to Hamas's political chief, Khaled Mashaal, and the oil-rich gulf state is a long-time backer of Hamas.

Palestinian Arab sources leaked news of the foiled plot less than 12 hours after Israeli security forces announced they had foiled a Hamas attempt to assassinate Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) using rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs). 

On Sunday, Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar declared that the group was intending to widen its terror scope throughout Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and that it intends to continue to lead the Palestinian Arab camp which advocates for armed struggle until Israel is destroyed.

by Tova Dvorin

Yisrael Beytenu MK Alex Miller's bill to blacklist the Islamic Movement in Israel will be reviewed by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday, and if passed, would strike a major blow against Islamists blamed for the continued Arab rioting in Jerusalem and elsewhere. 

The Islamic Movement's northern branch, headed by Sheikh Raed Salah, was named by Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz as the prime culprit behind the rise of Arab rioting in Jerusalem and in northern Israel last week. Katz has long called to blacklist the movement and jail Salah for incitement, but no full-scale legal action has been issued to blacklist the group until now. 

"The northern branch of the Islamic Movement openly undermines the State of Israel’s sovereignty through cynical use of its [Israel’s] institutions and basic values as a Jewish and democratic state," the explanatory note for the bill reads. 

The Islamic Movement is actually banned in several Muslim states - in part, due to links to the Muslim Brotherhood - and has been repeatedly involved in the violent "Nakba Day" protests opposing Israel's existence earlier this year.

Salah himself has a long history of violence and incitement, and officially declared the rioting across Israel "the third intifada" in a series of remarks Thursday.

Salah told Al-Jazeera "residents of the (West) Bank [Judea-Samaria - ed.] should not respond to occurrences in Al-Quds (Jerusalem) from a position as observers of the situation, but rather residents of the Bank want to emphasize their commitment to the holiness of Al-Aqsa (Mosque) and the holy city."

"The (Palestinian) Authority should provide them an environment of freedom and not act to oppress their processions as happened in Hevron and Shechem (Nablus)," continued Salah, calling for demonstrations that frequently feature violent clashes with IDF forces. 

Several legal actions have already been levied against Salah, who was given a suspended eight month sentence in March for incitement regarding the Temple Mount. 

Last year, he labeled Israeli leaders "terrorists" and "enemies of Allah" in a speech to Muslims in Be’er Sheva; he was also jailed for five months in 2010 for spitting at an Israeli police officer. 

Ra'ed Salah has a long history of anti-Israel and anti-Semitic comments.

During a speech at a 2007 demonstration he accused Jews of using children's blood to bake blood, invoking the infamous medieval blood libels used to trigger murderous pogroms in both Europe and the Middle East. 

Salah also spent a brief period in jail for transferring money to Hamas, and famously "reminisced" fondly over the drawing of swastikas as a child, in a 2009 interview with a London-based Arabic language TV station.

by Mark Langfan

In a scathing two-page letter by 43 Republican senators to US President Barack Obama dated this Wednesdasy, the senators, led by Mark Kirk and Marco Rubio, warned that they were "alarmed" by reported plans to bypass Congress and reach a nuclear deal with Iran.

The senators were alarmed at "reports that your administration plans to circumvent Congress and unilaterally provide significant sanctions relief under a comprehensive nuclear agreement with Iran."
US Secretary of State John Kerry insisted Wednesday that the US and Iran would reach a nuclear deal by November 24, indicating the stage may be set for a titanic battle between the Obama Administration and the incoming Republican-majority US Senate on the exact terms of any Obama-Iran nuclear deal.
Most noticeably absent from the signatories to the senators' missive was Senator Rand Paul, who has a history of not signing any pro-Israel letters. By contrast Senator Ted Cruz, Paul’s likely Republican nomination presidential contender, was a signatory to the Rubio-Kirk Letter.
The Senate Republican letter goes on to state, "Reported plans to circumvent Congress suggest that your negotiators may be concluding a weak and dangerous deal which...would ensure the ultimate failure of any agreement, and runs directly counter to Secretary of State John Kerry's April 2014 statement to the Senate that your administration was absolutely obligated by law to come back to Congress in order to lift sanctions as part of the final deal with Iran."
Arutz Sheva reported in October that Ben Rhodes, a senior White House adviser, had been secretly taped bragging that a nuclear deal with Iran was Obama’s foreign-policy "signature" equivalent of "ObamaCare," and that they working to structure a deal that would evade any congressional approval or ratification.
The senators point out an even more alarming fact, saying that "the negotiators' objective disregarded clear expressions from the Senate emphasizing the need for a multi-decade agreement requiring Iran to fully suspend its enrichment and reprocessing activities, to dismantle its illicit nuclear infrastructure, and completely disclose its past work on nuclear weaponization."
As Arutz Sheva also reported, Iran has failed to explain to the UN atomic agency its research into "neutron initiators" and "exploding bridge wires" which are the principal parts of the "nuclear military dimension" still outstanding.
And shockingly, in an Iranian letter to the IAEA dated June 4, Iran claimed that since the P5+1-Iran Joint Statement failed to reference the "Possible Military Dimension (PMD)" issue, Iran no longer has to answer any questions regarding any of its military nuclear experiments.
This would indicate Iran believes the Joint Statement trumped and superseded any prior IAEA/UN Security Consul nuclear mandates of Iran. And consistent with Iran’s letter, as late as this week, Director General Yukiya Amano of the IAEA said Iran had failed to answer any remaining questions concerning the "possible military dimensions" of Iran’s nuclear program.
The senators further expressed that "we also remain concerned about the full range of Iran's threatening behavior. As the State Department has reported, Iran remains of the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism. Iran's military forces, terrorist proxies, and illicit financial activities are perpetuating slaughter in Syria, and selling extremism and instability throughout the region."
With the Republicans poised in control of the US Senate for the next two years, the Republican senators threatened that "unless the White House genuinely engages with Congress, we see no way that any agreement consisting of your administration's current proposals to Iran will endure the 114th Congress and after your presidential term ends."
In light of Obama’s unilateral executive action over immigration and the Iranian nuclear file, there are anticipations for a very tense two month period until the new Congress and Republican Senate majority is sworn in.

by Nir Har-Zahav, Ari Yashar

Anonymous vandals on Friday threw acid on the car of Sheikh Samir Assi who serves as the Imam of Akko, a mixed Jewish and Arab city located near Haifa.

After the horrific terrorist attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem's Har Nof neighborhood this Tuesday - in which two Arab terrorists murdered four Jews at prayer with hatchets and guns and also killed a Druze police officer before themselves being shot dead - Assi initiated a call for interfaith tolerance.

The imam was one of the organizers of an interfaith meeting of religious leaders with the Jews who pray at the synagogue that came under attack.

Police estimate that the attack on Assi's car was committed by Muslim extremists who opposed his gesture of solidarity, but note that all angles of investigation are being pursued.

"Jewish and Arab residents of the city of Akko proved that they know to honor each other and to live together amid mutual honor and understanding," stated Akko Mayor Shimon Lankri. 

The mayor continued "this incident is very troubling and there is nothing left but to hope that the radical sources will be taken care of with the full severity of the law."

Despite Lankri's assessment of coexistence in Akko, it has been documented that some Arab residents of the city have been flying flags of the Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist group, hinting at the extremist undertone lurking among the city's Arab community.

Likewise Arab extremists have reportedly attacked Jewish homes in the city with rocks.

by Ari Yashar

Shurat Hadin (Israel Law Center) on Thursday won a major decision in their landmark case against the Palestinian Authority (PA), achieving a court date in a $1 billion case exposing PA and Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) culpability in numerous terror attacks.

The Israeli-based civil rights organization sued the PA on behalf of 11 families for involvement of PA and PLO members in seven terror attacks between 2001 and 2004 during the Second Intifada.

Now a trial will be held in New York in January, allowing the lawsuit originally brought in 2004 to be heard in court after the defendants' request to dismiss the trial was overruled.

"For years the PA provided funding and every measure of support for the murderous terrorist operations in Israel that devastated the country and left so many civilians dead," said Shurat Hadin director Attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner.

Darshan-Leitner added "the decision and trial will provide an unprecedented opportunity to present to a New York jury all that the evidence that has been amassed documenting the Palestinians use of terrorism as an official policy to advance their goals."

In setting the court date, the US District Court in New York found there was sufficient evidence to present to a jury that the PA and PLO had provided material support for seven attacks that killed American citizens, and that the PA could be tried for being "vicariously liable" on six of the seven attacks.

The decision found there was enough evidence to rule that PA employees conducted terrorist attacks against civilians in Israel, and that the PA and PLO provided weapons, money and other material support in violation of the Anti-Terror laws.

Additionally, the court found the jury could rule that the PA provided safe haven to the terrorists, and gave material support to the terrorist organizations Hamas and Al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, the "military wing" of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction.

Shurat Hadin has been actively pursuing the PA in international courts, recently filing a war crimes complaint in the International Criminal Court (ICC) against Abbas.

It is hoped that the hearings in January will allow further recourse against Arab terrorism, as was achieved in a recent ruling finding the Arab Bank guilty of funding Hamas attacks. Arab Bank has submitted for a retrial on the ruling.

by Ari Yashar

New revelations show the Palestinian Authority's (PA) official daily targeted rabbis as enemies just a week before the horrific attack on a Jerusalem synagogue this Tuesday, in which four Jews were murdered as well as a Druze policeman in an attack with hatchets, knives and guns.

The official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida published an op-ed last Wednesday claiming "the rabbis of the secret societies" are the ones ordering Israel to "set the foundations for an external hegemony," as revealed by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW).

"The Zionist settler ideology does not seek temporary influence or gains...but rather sets the foundations for an eternal hegemony based on the instructions of the 'rabbis' of the secret societies. And all this is in order to take revenge on history and their minority and false persecution complex," read the op-ed.

The same piece said rabbis are "desecrating" Al-Aqsa Mosque, and "are enemies, and they have a hand in everything that is happening: in the issue of ISIS (Islamic State) and its arming, in importing explosives to the Arab lands, in the spread of extremist ideas and the deepening of the doctrinal conflict between Sunnis and Shi'ites. In addition, they are the ones creating the crises. They are the ones igniting the civil wars."

Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has exposed how despite PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's condemnation of the synagogue attack - a condemnation his own PA clarified was a lie as it celebrated the "heroic" attack - PA and Hamas leaders have been busy justifying the murderous attack.


The reactions to the attack on the Lebanese Al-Quds TV and Mayadeen TV channels featured such lines as "the settlers are not civilians," "synagogues represent Israeli settlements and extremism," and "Zionist rabbis...are the greatest terrorists in that racist state...these are no civilians, they are terrorists."

Fatah Central Committee member Amal Hamad also got in on the action, telling the PA's Al-Awda TV that the synagogue attack was justified given the status on the Temple Mount where the Jordanian Waqf (Islamic trust) has banned Jewish prayer and Arab rioters clash with police on a near daily basis.

"It was only natural that the outcome of all that has happened would be the operation that we witnessed yesterday," Hamad said.


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