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Pre-Ramadan wave of bloody anti-Israel terrorism erupts

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International media contorted themselves to avoid using the words “terror” or “murder” in headlines describing ISIS and Hamas-inspired stabbings and shootings in Israel, lest antisemitic Islamists be offended. (Image: StandWithUS Twitter)

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Pro-Palestinian terrorists were hailed by the likes of ISIS and Hamas as the bodies of innocent Israelies piled up after 3 separate killing sprees.

On Tuesday evening, a 27-year-old from the West Bank village of Ya’bad near Jenin opened fire in Bnei Brak before entering Ramat Gan, leaving five fatalities before being shot dead by motorcycle cops. One of them, 32 year old Amir Khoury, was killed in the gunfight. Khoury was an Arab Israeli from the northern town of Nof Hagalil whose father was a veteran of the Tel Aviv police department.

Diaa Hamarsheh, 26, who was in Israel illegally and had previous convictions for terror links and weapon smuggling. Two alleged accomplices were apprehended nearby. Among the victims were two foreign workers.

Hamas stated on the terror group’s website, “The Islamic Resistance Movement blesses the heroic operation against the Zionist occupation soldiers in the so-called ‘Tel Aviv’ area, which led to the killing and wounding of a number of Zionist occupiers… Responding to the crimes and terrorism of the occupation is a legitimate right for all our people until the occupation is removed from our land.”

Palestinian Islamic Jihad also praised the murders, promising “this is the harbinger of our people’s operations to come deep inside the [Zionist] entity.”

Death toll mounts

The Tuesday bloodshed came on the heels of the murder of four Israelis in Beersheba last week, and the shooting of two Border Police officers in Hadera on Sunday night.

The Beersheva terrorist was Mohammed abu Alkiyan, from the Bedouin town of Houra (Hura), ran over a cyclist before abandoning his vehicle and slashing civilians near a shopping center last Tuesday. He was shot dead in a close-quarters encounter with a bus driver and another civilian. He had previously arrested for promoting ISIS to students at a school he taught at and was released from jail in 2019.

In the Hadera attack about 50 km north of Tel Aviv, two other ISIS operatives opened fire at passersby and police officers from a bus stop, wounding six and killing Border Police members Yazan Falah and Shirel Aboukrat, both 19.  Falah was from a Druze village, and Aboukrat, whose family immigrated to Israel from France in 2006, was from Netanya.

Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack in a statement posted on its Telegram account and a video circulated showing two masked loyalists pledging allegiance prior to the attack. Hailing from the Arab-majority Israeli city of Umm al-Fahm in the northern district of Haifa, the duo were neutralized by undercover officers who rushed from a nearby diner.

“Israel is facing a wave of murderous Arab terrorism,” Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said late Tuesday. “The security forces are at work. We will fight terrorism with persistence, diligence and an iron fist.”

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PA President condemns killings

Palestinian President Abbas condemned the killing of the Israeli civilians in the most recent attack: “The killing of Palestinian and Israeli civilians will only lead to a deterioration of the situation at a time when we are trying to reach a stabilization on the eve of the month of Ramadan… The cycle of violence shows that a comprehensive, just and stable peace is the shortest, most correct path to security and stability for both peoples,” he said.

On Twitter, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan also condemned the attack. “We are appalled by the terrorist attack tonight near Tel Aviv and stand with our Israeli allies in the face of such barbarism… This is the third such attack in eleven days. We have offered all relevant support to Prime Minister Bennett and his government.”

All of this mayhem occurred in midst of the political reverberation caused by the Negev Summit, with Israel hosting 4 foreign ministers from Arab countries and the US Secretary of State. The summit was held in Sde Boker, home of Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion.

As a result of the security crisis, for the first time since Operation Guardian of the Walls in May 2021 Israeli Police was put on its highest alert level and six companies of Border Police were called up. The IDF sent 4 more battalions to the West Bank (for 8 in total), there was an overnight arrest operation in Ya’bad, and known ISIS sympathizers inside Israel were being apprehended.

On Sunday morning, 19-year-old Israeli Border Police officers Yazan Falah, a Druze Israeli, and Shirel Abukrat, a Jewish Israeli born in France, took a photo together. Hours later, they were murdered by Islamist gunmen in Hadera. (photo: Twitter)

World Jewish Congress, American Jewish leaders react

Reacting to the killing spree in Bnei Brak, World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder pronounced:

“Once again, Israelis have been murdered by a Jihadist terrorist, with the Bnei Brak slayings following on the heels of the killings of four Israelis in Beersheba last week and of two border police officers in Hadera on Sunday.

“This latest string of attacks, targeting civilians, is proof that we cannot afford to drop our guard. No one should have to walk down the street, ride their bike, or drive their car knowing that the next moment might be their last.”

The leadership of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations issued a statement pointing the finger at the Palestinian Authority:

“We call on this critical (Negev Summit) coalition, as well as the entire international community, to reject ‘pay-for-slay’ incentives by the Palestine Authority (PA) that promote the killing of Jews and Israelis for profit. The actions of these terrorists will continue to benefit their family members for years, as they are provided with a pension as a reward for such murderous martyrdom.

“Until this despicable practice is eliminated, the PA cannot be a legitimate partner for peace. Similarly, nations funding the PA must seriously consider the connection between their money and the spilling of civilian blood.”

Marty Gold is the Editor-in -Chief of TheJ.ca. Known for investigative reporting, he has specialized in covering municipal and provincial politics, and a wide range of sports and entertainment, in newspapers, magazines, online, and on his first love, radio. His business and consulting experience includes live events and sales, workplace safety, documentary productions, PR, and telecommunications in Vancouver, Los Angeles and across Canada, and as a contestant on CBC-TV Dragons Den.

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