Terror Murder

When I opened my Sunday newspaper the photo of a smiling beautiful young woman of 19 with curly ginger hair stared back at me.  She was Ori Ansbacher and she looked happy and healthy.  But, the caption nearby told the story that she was brutally murdered and mutilated while walking alone in a forest near Jerusalem.  Her killer was an Arab man named Arafat al-Rifaiyeh, aged 29, who left his home in Hebron with a long knife looking to kill a Jew and traveled to Jerusalem where he happened upon Ori alone in the forest.  He was captured by the Israeli police on Saturday hiding in Ramallah.  The horrible thing is that BDS and other Jews-haters justify such disgusting murders.

We Israelis are outraged and disturbed by the continual murders of Jews by so-called lone-wolf Palestinian terrorists, who wish to continue  the work of the Nazis and other anti-Semites, to murder Jews and chase them from wherever they are. We don’t know how her parents came to be living in Israel, maybe their ancestors had been here for generations, or maybe they are Holocaust survivors, but without any doubt Ori had as much right to live here as any Arafat, and  further she had the right to life!  Israeli Amb. Danny Danon has made a complaint to the UN Security Council over her murder, but you probably won’t read about it in your papers in the West.

I saw that the Labor Party of Israel is considering a campaign for the next election supporting giving a State to the Palestinians.  And former C-in-C Benny Gantz who now has the Israel Resilience Party wants another withdrawal. Every sensible Israeli knows that doing such a thing will not lead to peace, on the contrary it will only increase and amplify the ability of the Palestinians to carry out such terrorist attacks.  The Palestine Authority under their dictator Pres. Abbas continue to pay all terrorists who carry out murders of Jews and also pay their family if they are killed or captured.  If this isn’t support of terrorism what is?  Such a policy will spell electoral suicide for the already shrinking Labor Party and every poll predicts a move to the right in Israeli politics.



Young Jewish Terrorists Arrested

A group of Orthodox Jewish youths were implicated in the stoning of Palestinian cars in October on the West Bank.  A woman driver, Aysha Rabi, a mother of nine, was killed when she was hit in the head by a rock thrown through the window of her car.  Last week the Shin Bet (Israel Security Service) announced the arrest of three minors and last Saturday two more were arrested.  There was a demonstration by their supporters, especially upset that they were arrested on Shabbat.  A rabbi gave a ruling that their lawyer could meet with them on Shabbat.

The youths are all students at a Yeshiva in Rehalim near the settlement of Yizhar on the West Bank.  After the meeting with their lawyer, he stated that the youths refuse to say anything to the police.  Their silence will make it difficult for the police to prove their case.  Meanwhile their supporters are spreading rumors about mistreatment of the youths by the Shin Bet, including abusive interrogation methods.

It is not known if the police can prove their case or what will happen to the boys.   The latest news is that the Yeshiva is being investigated and 30 more boys are being questioned.  These arrests make it clear that Israel will not stand by in the case of any Jewish terrorism and especially will act again the loss of innocent Palestinian lives. Tell that to your BDS friends.


Terrorism Surge

Two more IDF soldiers were murdered yesterday at a bus stop near Givat Assaf in the Binyamin region. Sergeants Yosef Cohen and Yuval Mor-Yosef were shot from a car that stopped.  I simply don’t understand why soldiers are not ready to shoot back and why there are no bullet proof barriers at these vulnerable junctions.  A search is underway for the terrorist killers and the whole West Bank is under curfew.  Two Israeli policemen were also stabbed in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Meanwhile the search continues for the killer of the baby who died and seven others who were wounded after the previous drive-by shooting at Ofra earlier in the week. However, the killer of two Israeli workers at the Barkan Industrial site last month was finally located, cornered and killed in a shoot-out with an elite IDF unit in Samaria. There were no Israeli casualties in this incident.

The Israeli Government apparently knew that Hamas had decided to initiate a wave of terrorist incidents from the West Bank because they were forced to agree to a ceasefire in Gaza. Knowing that, they should have been taking more preventive action. PM Netanyahu is under pressure from the right for not taking more resolute action against Hamas.

Roger Waters and other pop singers who claim that Israelis are killing Palestinian children every day, have got their facts reversed. It is Palestinian terrorists who are murdering Israeli Jews every day, including babies.  Further, the so-called demonstrations at the Gaza border are being revealed for what they are,  Hamas organized attacks on the Israeli border.

In Strasburg, France, a Muslim terrorist was shot down a few days after driving a car into a Christmas fair, killing 6 and wounding several.  In Mainz, Germany, a young woman of Jewish-Turkish parentage was raped and murdered by a Muslim man.  He did not know she was Jewish, because although her mother is Jewish she kept this secret, but now he is being celebrated as a hero by the Muslim community because he murdered a Jewish woman.  This recourse to terrorism, to the murder of innocent Jews, is a stain on the Muslim world and indeed on all humanity.

Security at Synagogues

When my wife was the Executive Director of a Synagogue (Beth El of Montgomery County) in MD, USA, they installed a security system.  It was quite simple, but effective.  There was a bullet proof glass window in the office that surveyed the entrance lobby with an intercom.  The inner doors were controlled by a security switch so that they remained locked unless someone actively depressed a red button inside the office. This was installed to primarily prevent homeless people wandering in, some of whom were on drugs and were unstable.

ln one case a man who was dishevelled and dirty came in and wanted to enter the synagogue.  My wife called the rabbi and he went out to talk to him, it turned out he was Jewish and wanted to sit in the synagogue.  They let him clean up and gave him a meal and he came back a few times.  But, usually they were begging and they had to institute a policy of not giving money, otherwise all the beggars in DC would get on the Metro and come out to get a hand-out.  The problem with this kind of vetting is that it breaks down when there are many people entering at once, as on Shabbat.

One of the other parts of the security system was of course a series of motion detectors inside the shool.  Unfortunately this often went off in the middle of the night, and my wife was afraid to go by herself, so I had to accompany her, and meet the police outside and then go in with them.  Fortunately they were all false alarms.  The company said the problem was that the system was so sensitive that it would pick up the movement of mice or cockroaches.  I was glad when she left that job.

About having guards, as Pres. Trump suggests, apart from the cost, it is also not very effective. A determined man with a gun can take a guard by surprise and cut him down, although this would act as a warning to those inside.  Even having a  lay person patrolling at the door is a good thing, because when a potential attacker sees someone patrolling outside, he doesn’t know if they have a gun or not and might move somewhere else, to choose a softer target.  This is what happened with the terrorist who blew himself up in the Park Hotel in Netanya in 2002.  At first his driver took him to Tel Aviv, but all the hotels there had guards, so he said let’s go to Netanya, and they saw the Park Hotel did not have a guard on duty, actually he was sitting at the back of the lobby, and the terrorist walked in and blew himself up in the dining room.  There are no guarantees against such immoral craziness.



Attacks in the the US

Within days of the bomb scare of 13 packages being mailed to prominent Democrats in the US, including ex-Pres Obama and Hillary Clinton, there has been a shooting in a Conservative synagogue in the Jewish neighborhood of Squirrel Hills in Pittsburgh.  At times like these we are so glad that we have effective and proactive police forces and FBI.

In the case of the bomb mailings, the FBI was able to identify the criminal who mailed them from one fingerprint and two DNA samples from the intact packages.  Either these packages were not intended to actually explode, but largely to scare and intimidate, or the perpetrator was incompetent, since none of them exploded and no one was actually hurt.  Within a day the  perpetrator was identified as 56-year-old Cesar Sayoc from near Miami Florida, with ties to NY City, and a previous criminal record.  He was taken into custody in Florida and his van was taken for investigation.  Democrats accusing Pres. Trump of being responsible for these bombs is way out of line. On the contrary, he has directly and sternly condemned them

In the synagogue shooting, the shooter murdered members of the congregation (currently estimated at 11) and injured another 12, including three police officers who went to the scene.  The shooter was captured and has been identified as a white male aged 46 named Robert Bowers.  Pres. Trump called him a “wacko,” but that is not nearly serious enough.  This man no doubt had political and/or anti-Semitic motives, and is likely inspired by the current wave of anti-Semitism sweeping the Western world, using anti-Israel bias as an excuse.  Whether or not he acted now because of the bomb scares, or quite independently we shall soon know.  But there is no doubt that the continued false accusations of the BDS and other pro-Palestinian movements in the US and Europe are leading to a lower tolerance for anti-Semitism, that doesn’t need much excuse to continue murdering Jews.

This might lead to an increase in emigration (aliyah) of young Jews to Israel, and it might have a back-lash against such hate-crimes.  But, taking the long perspective, it is more of the same, the killing of Jews that has always been happening.

Border Skirmishes

For months Palestinian mobs in Gaza have been attacking the Israeli border with stones, burning tires, rockets and gunfire.  Some people, like Jeremy Corbyn, claim that these are “peaceful demonstrations,” bullshit!  Even a cursory glance at the videos show them as extremely violent skirmishes with the intention of breaching the border and pouring into Israel to cause mayhem and death.  Only those who believe the Palestinians can do no wrong because Israel is a “colonialist, apartheid regime” can support such attacks.

They are called “the march of return,” but this is futile because these violent elements will never get into Israel or be allowed to “return”.  How many of them are in fact so-called refugees?  Precious few, since they would have to be now at least 70 years old, and the majority of the mob are young men out for violent action.  The whole process is really a performance created by Hamas, the Islamist terrorist organization, to gain PR.  For them the more people and the more children killed the better, they care nothing (like ISIS and Hezbollah) for the lives of their own people, as long as it keeps them in the headlines.

Israel has announced many times that they will not allow our border to be breached by a mob.  No country would allow this, certainly not the US or UK (what would Corbyn do if he were PM, would he open the border at Dover to all illegal immigrants?)  The IDF is guarding the border and will use live fire when necessary.  So it is not surprising that in yesterday’s violent attack 7 people were killed and several injured.  They have been warned.  If they want to make this sacrifice for their futile cause, so be it!  We’ll accommodate them.

On a political level, the cause of “return” 70 years after the event of their voluntarily leaving, is ridiculous.  Nowhere in the world are the descendants of refugees themselves considered to be refugees, no one has a “right of return” its a propaganda fiction, that many liberals are conned into believing.  Let them continue to “march” and throw themselves at the border, it is a futile exercise fit only for the insane and the brain-washed.

Meanwhile a dispute had developed between Hamas in Gaza and Pres. Abbas and the PA on the West Bank, because he refused to pay Israel for the gas being piped into Gaza.  So the supply was stopped,  The Qatar stepped in and agreed to pay for it, so against the PA’s wishes Israel started to supply the gas to Gaza again.  But, today after the severe riots at the border Defense Minster Avigdor Lieberman announced that Israel will stop the supply until the rioting stops.  Thai is a good decision, many people consider it strange that Israel should supply gas, water, electricity, food and medicine to its enemy that is attacking us continuously.  Now there is a price to pay for these border skirmishes.

Attacking Coexistence

On Sunday morning a Palestinian Arab terrorist entered the Alon factory at the Barkan industrial park in the middle of Samaria (Shomron) and shot dead two young Israeli Jews and wounded a third.  Then he ran from the scene and is currently being sought by the IDF.  The two murdered Israelis were Ziv Hajbi, a 39 year-old father of 3 from Rishon LeZion and Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel a mother of a one year old baby from Rosh Ha’ayin.  Ziv’s mother said “my son left for work, not for war!”

They were two of the many Jews from Israel who worked at the Barkan park, which is one of the few places where Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs work peacefully together.  In Barkan there are 164 factories, with 3,000 Israelis and 4,200 Palestinians.  It is one of the few places in Samaria where Palestinian Arabs can get decent jobs.  The killer has been identified from photographs from security cameras as Suleiman Na’alwah, 23, from, the nearby village of Shuweika.  Presumably he is a member of Hamas.

This was not only the murder of two Jews by a Palestinian terrorist, but it was also a strike by the Arab terrorist organizations against the coexistence that is being built there.  They don’t want peaceful coexistence, they don’t want economic development, they don’t want their fellow Palestinian Arabs to be working with Israelis, they are against normalization and against peace.  Those misguided and hateful Western liberals who are supporting the fascist party of war, hatred, murder and genocide are totally wrong.  They are prepared to oppose peace and coexistence for their illusory misconception that Israel is an “apartheid,” “racist,” “colonialist” state.  Barkan was and is a small illustration of what can be accomplished when Arabs and Jews work together.  The owners of Alon and Barkan have said they will not be deterred from their path by the murder and hatred of Palestinian Arab terror.

My only question is, why was there not better security so that a Palestinian Arab could enter the facility with a gun.  This was far from the first such attack, several years ago this industrial site was partially destroyed in a deliberately set fire.  The owners must have much better security to protect their Israeli workers from the attacks of the armed terrorists, just as they need to do in London, Paris, Berlin, and Jerusalem.