Simchat Torah News Highlights

As Simchat Torah ends for Jews in the Diaspora, Arutz Sheva presents the top headlines from the last 48 hours.

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Netanyahu kisses daughter of Aharon Banita-Bennett in hospital
Netanyahu kisses daughter of Aharon Banita-Bennett in hospital
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Simchat Torah is coming to an end for Jewish communities outside of Israel, so to save our Jewish readers in the Diaspora the trouble of trawling through the news to see what they've missed, here are Arutz Sheva's news highlights from the last 48 hours:

Hamas cell behind Henkin murders apprehended

Security forces release for publication details of the five-man Hamas terrorist cell which murdered Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin in front of their four young children last Thursday evening.

Sources revealed the four children were saved miraculously, after terrorists accidentally shot each other during the cold-blooded execution.

The operation to arrest the suspects involved a daring undercover mission into a hospital in the center of Palestinian Authority-controlled Shechem - documented in dramatic CCTV footage.

The cell was responsible for several other shootings, and had planned more attacks.

Their murder weapon was later seized.


Nationwide demonstrations following terror attacks

Tens of thousands of Israelis took part in protests, prayer-rallies and other events throughout the country during and after Simchat Torah, in defiance and in protest of a series of murderous Arab terrorist attacks.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett joined thousands for a defiant hakafot shniyot at the site of the fatal stabbing of Rabbi Nechemia Lavi and Aharon Banita-Bennett on Saturday night.

Thousands more protested in front of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's residence, demanding tough measures to put an end to the violence.

Protests continued Tuesday; in one incident Jewish Home MK Motti Yogev was recorded facing off against a Muslim woman who hurled abuse at demonstrators.


After tough talk, action

Following his vow to "fight to the death" against Arab terrorism, Prime Minister Netanyahu pledged Monday to deal with terrorists and those inciting them with "an iron fist", ordering security forces to speed up house demolitions of terrorists' families among other measures.

On Tuesday morning, the cabinet approved a wide range of tough anti-terror measures, meanwhile security forces finally demolished the homes of two terrorists involved in earlier attacks.

Meanwhile, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon accused Judea and Samaria leaders of "hyperventilating" over the violence.

In a more tender moment captured on camera, Prime Minister Netanyahu paid an emotional visit to the wife and daughter of murder victim Aharon Banita-Bennett in hospital.


Arabs who taunted, hit terror victim to be punished

Thanks to near-complete video camera coverage in Jerusalem's Old City, the identities of Arabs who mocked, kicked, and hit Adelle Banita-Bennett as she staggered through the streets of Jerusalem's Old City are known, and they will be prosecuted, Israeli officials vowed.

Netanyahu himself ordered that Arab shopkeepers who taunted and spat at Banita-Bennett - whose husband was murdered and two-year-old daughter left wounded in the same attack - be brought to trial, and their shops shut down.


Israel Air Force hits Hamas targets in Gaza following rocket fire

The Israeli Air Force (IAF) conducted airstrikes on terror targets in Gaza overnight Sunday/Monday, hours after a rocket struck the Eshkol region. 


BBC admits it erred with outrageous headline; Al Jazeera apologizes too

After an unusual reprimand by Israel's Government Press Office, the BBC admitted its initial headline describing Saturday night's deadly stabbing and shooting attack in Jerusalem ("Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two") was wrong - but refused to apologize.

Al Jazeera, meanwhile, did apologize for its own outrageous reporting of the attack.


Documents reveal Palestinian Authority paying senior jailed Hamas terrorists

Abdullah Barghouti, Ibrahim Hamad and Muhammad Arman - all serving multiple life-sentences for murder - are being paid thousands of shekels each month by Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian Authority.