Vrijdag, 23 mei 2014: Terroristen in Gaza vuurden een raket af op Israël die – overigens zonder veel schade aan te richten – neerstortte in open terrein in het gebied van Shaar Hanegev.
Zo te merken aan de activiteiten van de vele Palestijnse terroristengroupies de voorbije week lijkt het op 23 april 2014 afgesloten eenheidsakkoord tussen rivalen Al Fatah, Hamas en de Islamitische Jihad zijn vruchten af te werpen. Hieronder geef ik u een overzicht dat begint op zaterdag 17 mei tot en met vrijdag 23 mei 2014.
Het is terreurnieuws waarvan ik nergens in de westerse pers ook maar één gram iets over heb vernomen. Maar het is niet om dat het Westen er niet over bericht dat er niks is gebeurd, integendeel. Met Hamas en de Islamitische Jihad, die zich steeds maar sterker en openlijker manifesteren op de Westbank en in
Oost-Jeruzalem, laat dit zich het ergste vermoeden voor de zeer nabije toekomst. Hamas zal het eenheidsakkoord gebruiken om zijn terreur naar de Westbank te importeren.
Normaal gezien en dat volgens de Oslo Akkoorden van 1993/1994, moeten de veiligheidstroepen en de uitgebreide politiemacht van de Palestijnse Autoriteit zèlf de orde handhaven in de door henzelf bestuurde gebieden in Area A en B, maar die laten alles oogluikend betijen. Totdat Israël het zaakje op een keer flink beu wordt en er weer harde klappen vallen. Waarop de westerse pers wakker schrikt en Israël de zwarte piet toeschuift voor al wat er misloopt.
Hoe dan ook, premier Benjamin Netanjahoe heeft reeds aangekondigd dat nadat het eenheidsakkoord tussen Hamas en Al Fatah wordt geïmplementeerd, Israël de PA van Mahmoud Abbas verantwoordelijk zal houden voor elke raket en mortiergranaat die er vanuit Gaza op haar grondgebied wordt afgevuurd. Dat zal Abbas niet leuk vinden wanneer hij telkens de rekening van Hamas of de Islamitische Jihad moet betalen.
Weekoverzicht 17 t/m 23 mei 2014 van de Palestijnse terreur
Zaterdag, 17 mei 2014:
♦ Hamas officials say two men were wounded in separate clashes with the IDF Saturday. Gaza’s healthy ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra claimed a 16-year-old youth was shot near the security barrier with Israel in Khan Yunis, according to AFP. He also claimed a 36-year-old fisherman was shot while he was aboard his boat in the Mediterranean off Gaza City. The IDF said it was not aware of the two incidents in question, but did say troops had opened fire at a Palestinian man who was approaching the security barrier on foot. Terrorists have repeatedly attempted to sabotage the barrier or place explosives aimed at IDF patrols in the past.
Zondag, 18 mei 2014:
♦ The IDF arrested 13 Palestinian Arab terrorists overnight, it announced Sunday, in light of increased tensions in Judea and Samaria. A military spokeswoman told AFP Sunday that the suspects – all wanted for “illegal activities” – were apprehended in Hevron and Bet-Lehem, as well as in two Arab settlements north of Ramallah. Security forces and IDF staff increased patrols in Judea and Samaria last week, after two Palestinian Arab anarchists were killed during violent clashes outside the Ofer Prison. The clashes, in honor of anti-Israel hate-fest “Nakba Day,” sparked heightened tensions in the region as Palestinian Arab media blamed Israel for “police brutality.” An investigation revealed that the two men had crossed a security fence before the IDF acted, shooting them with rubber bullets.
♦ Jewish residents of Jerusalem suffered from 157 separate terror-related incidents in March, IDF Radio revealed Sunday, in a record upswing in attacks from Palestinian Arab terrorists. Terror attacks against Jewish Israelis have been on the rise in Jerusalem, which saw 150 incidents in February and 140 in January. On average, Palestinian Arabs attack a Jewish Israeli 2.5 times per day each month; the number of attacks per month has not dipped below 80 since November 2012. The attack rate is highest near Jewish holy sites, the survey shows, including the City of David near Silwan, Jerusalem’s Old City, and the Mount of Olives. 80% of attacks include throwing projectiles, and of those, 2% are firebombs or Molotov cocktails; most attacks do not cause injuries or damage. The attack rate highlights the continuing inefficiency of Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich, analysts say, who was deemed a “catastrophe” last week by a senior official who spoke to Arutz Sheva on condition of anonymity. Aharonovich, despite being appointed to an important task, has proven himself unable to deal with criminal and nationalistic violence, stated the source, adding “we see his lack of success in the violence in Israeli society and Arab terror in eastern Jerusalem.” Aharonovich has also faced specific criticism for his handling of Islamist violence on the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site, with Likud MK Moshe Feiglin calling for the Prime Minister to fire him. Last week, Aharonovich apologized to the father of Shelly Dadon z”l, the 19-year-old resident of Afula who was murdered two weeks ago. The apology was for announcing on Monday that her murder might not be nationalistically motivated, despite earlier reports hinting the perpetrator escaped to a nearby Arab village after the murder. A Shin Bet study revealed in December that the rise in terror attacks across Israel is also linked with peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA).
Maandag, 19 mei 2014:
♦ Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s senior security adviser has lent his support to recent calls for the PA to abandon security arrangements established with Israel in the 1993 Oslo Accords. Tawfiq Tirawi, who also serves as a member on Abbas’s Fatah faction’s Central Committee, and is the former head of the Palestinian General Intelligence Service, made the statements Sunday in an interview with Dunya Al-Watan. Speaking about the demands of terrorist organization Hamas that the PA cease security arrangements with Israel as part of formation of a unity government, Tirawi added that he supports stopping the arrangement. Tirawi said that “a communications channel in the security field” has always been managed on the basis of the PA interest to achieve security stability. Senior PA security officials last Thursday said the arrangements were on the brink of collapse following the massive violent Arab protests for “Nakba Day,” commemorating the “catastrophe” of Israel’s establishment. About 150 rioters besieged Ofer Prison, located just outside Ramallah, demanding the release of jailed terrorists while hurling rocks and burning tires at IDF forces. During the course of the protests, two Arab rioters were killed.
♦ The Israeli defense establishment is concerned by a video that was recently released by Gaza terrorists and which appears to suggest that trains travelling in southern Israel are exposed to rocket fire. The video shows a train travelling from Ashkelon to Sderot, clearly exposed to rocket fire from the Gaza side of the border. The video was filmed from Beit Hanoun and shows the train at a distance of just a few hundred meters from the position from which the video was taken. The defense establishment is now trying to figure out how to prevent rockets or anti-tank missiles from being fired at trains. The IDF Spokesperson’s Unit said in response, “The IDF has given its recommendations to the political echelon which will make the decisions on this issue.”
Dinsdag, 20 mei 2014:
♦ An IDF raid on the Jenin refugee neighborhood in Samaria Tuesday exposed weapons and improvised explosive devices, as well as knives and various kinds of ammunition. In the course of the raid, local terrorists fired live rounds at the soldiers and hurled firebombs. No one was hurt and no damage was caused. The IDF force arrested one suspect for questioning. Palestinian Arab sources told Voice of Israel public radio that the suspect is a member of Hamas.
♦ Meanwhile, Palestinian Arab activists and radical leftists have uploaded an edited video that claims to show security camera footage of the IDF shooting two Arab youths, in an incident that took place last Thursday, on “Nakba Day.” The youths hurled rocks at IDF soldiers at the Bitunia checkpoint, not far from Beit El. The footage appears to show them dropping to the ground as they walked away from the IDF position. The IDF said that the video is heavily edited in order to give a false picture of what really took palce. “On Thursday, a violent and illegal disturbance took place at Bitunia,” it insisted. “The video is edited in a tendentious manner and does not reflect the violence of the riot.”
Woensdag, 21 mei 2014:
♦ Two attacks on IDF soldiers near the security fence of Gaza occurred on Wednesday. Three mortar shells were fired at IDF forces conducting activities to expose terror tunnels just over the fence in central Gaza. Likewise an explosive charge was detonated near an IDF routine patrol near the security fence in southern Gaza. No injuries among the soldiers were reported, although the blast caused light damage to engineering equipment. Walla! reports that the blast apparently damaged a bulldozer. IDF forces responded by opening fire at points on the other side of the fence where they suspected the presence of terrorists surveying the effects of the bomb. An IDF source noted “terror sources are manipulating the space adjacent to the fence to place explosives and to use terror against IDF forces and citizens of the state of Israel.” The attack is just the latest in a long string of explosives placed by terrorists targeting the IDF on the Gaza fence, with a blast in late April causing no injuries, and two more discovered and neutralized before they could cause damage in late March. Terror activity in the Hamas-enclave of Gaza appears to slowly be on the rise since the unity deal signed with Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction in late April. Hamas declared that regardless of the deal, it would continue armed “resistance” against Israel.
♦ Another incident testifying to the ongoing unrest occurred Monday, when an IDF Navy force opened fire at Arab boats as they breached the permitted zone in the waters off of southern Gaza. The boats were lightly damaged and two of the people aboard them were taken for questioning.
Donderdag, 22 mei 2014:
♦ The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency or “Shin Bet”) has arrested a Palestinian who was planning to kidnap Israelis. The arrest, in cooperation with Israel police, took place in recent weeks and was announced by the Shabak Thursday. The Palestinian, Murad Mahmoud Hassan Ali-Hassin, 25, had been living in Israel illegally, and was a member of Islamic Jihad. He had previously served time in an Israeli prison for attempting to stab an IDF soldier. Under questioning, the suspect admitted that he had planned a terrorist attack in northern Israel, in the area of the town of Misgav. Among other things, he was planning to kidnap either an IDF soldier or a civilian, with the intention of holding him or her hostage to extract concessions from the government. He also tried to recruit other Palestinian Arabs illegally in Israel to engage in terror acts, he said. Last month he attempted to break into a home in Avtalyon, a town near Karmiel in northern Israel, armed with a knife, which he was prepared to use. He had nearly achieved his goal when he was discovered by residents of the home, at which point he fled. In addition, the suspect threw several firebombs at cars in northern Israel. He missed the vehicles, but managed to start a brush fire in a field on the side of the road. Ali-Hassin was indicted in a Haifa court Thursday morning. He has been charged with a variety of crimes, including attempted murder, attempted kidnapping, attempted robbery, weapons possessions, and others crimes. According to the Shabak, “the results of this investigation once again proves the danger of the danger of illegal foreigners in Israel.” Any gaps in the security fences on Israel’s borders must be closed up immediately, the security service said, adding that in recent months there had been a significant increase in cases of illegal Palestinian workers becoming involved in terror attacks – among them the 2013 murders of IDF soldiers Tomer Hazan and Eden Atias.
Vrijdag 23 mei 2014:
♦ Terrorists in Gaza fired a rocket which struck southern Israel on Friday, without causing casualties or damage, following a weeks-long lull, the army said. A spokeswoman told AFP it struck open ground in the Shaar Hanegev area.
♦ Also on Friday shots were fired at Israeli soldiers operating near the Gaza border fence, military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Peter Lerner said. “Forces fired in response. No injuries reported,” Lerner wrote on Twitter.
- Arutz Sheva:
♦ Rocket hits Shaar Hanegev area in first such attack since the beginning of the month [lezen]
♦ Illegal Arab Worker Planned Kidnapping – and Nearly Succeeded – Islamic Jihad terrorist discovered breaking in to house in northern Israel, planned to take hostages; door Yaakov Levi [lezen]
♦ Gaza Terrorists Target IDF with Mortars, Bomb – Three mortars fired and bomb detonated against IDF forces near security fence, damage but no injuries reported. Troops respond with fire; door Ari Yashar [lezen]
♦ IDF Exposes Weapons, Bombs in Jenin – Hamas terrorist is arrested in the operation. Terrorists resist IDF force with firebombs, live gunfire [lezen]
♦ Navy Fires at Gaza Boats, Injuries Reported – IDF naval force fired at Arab boats that strayed from permitted zone. Gaza press reports two wounded by Egyptian navy; door Gil Ronen [lezen]
♦ Abbas Security Adviser Calls to End Security Arrangements – Senior Fatah official wants to end arrangements with Israel, claims many Jews support ‘one-state solution of Palestine’; door Dalit Halevy en Ari Yashar [lezen]
♦ Trains May be Exposed to Gaza Rockets, Video Shows – Video by Gaza terrorists appears to suggest that trains travelling in southern Israel are exposed to rocket fire; door Uzi Baruch [lezen]
♦ IDF Arrests Thirteen Terrorists Overnight – Palestinian Arabs wanted for ‘illegal activity’ apprehended across Judea and Samaria; door Tova Dvorin [lezen]
♦ Rise in Terror Attacks Against Jews in Jerusalem – Attacks by Palestinian Arabs steadily climbing – but who’s to blame?; door Netanel Katz and Tova Dvorin [lezen]
♦ Hamas Claims Two Wounded in Clashes with IDF – Israeli army confirms troops fired at a man approaching the security fence with Gaza, but not aware of other incident [lezen]