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Israeli Press Review of 23.06.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 23.06.2016

Major Headlines
  • Four Palestinians get life sentences for murdering Israeli couple

An Israeli military court handed life sentences to four Palestinians found guilty of murdering an Israeli couple in a terror attack in the West Bank last October, the Times of Israel reports.

Eitam and Naama Henkin were shot dead as they were travelling in their car near the West Bank settlement of Itamar on October 1, 2015. Their four small children – the oldest was nine years old – were in the back seat and witnessed their murder, but were uninjured.

Four days later the IDF arrested a four-man Hamas terror cell over the shooting.

“The military court in Samaria handed two life sentences and another 30 years to each of the four members of the Hamas cell that carried out the attack in which Eitam and Naama Henkin were murdered in front of their children,” the IDF said in a statement.

The four were named as Yahia Muhammad Naif Abdullah Hajj Hamad, who carried out the shooting itself; Samir Zahir Ibrahim Kusah, the driver of the car, who has also been linked to previous terror attacks; gunman Karem Lufti Fatahi Razek, who was wounded by gunfire from one of his fellow cell members during the attack; and Zir Ziad Jamal Amar, who cleared the way for the car to carry out the attack, the prosecution said.

According to prosecutors, the four were part of a cell working for Hamas that planned to carry out shooting attacks against Israelis. The men allegedly carried out several earlier shooting attacks against Israeli targets.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Army opens investigation into killing of Palestinian teen

The Israel Defence Forces will open an official investigation into Tuesday's fatal shooting of a Palestinian teen on a key West Bank road that straddles the border with Jerusalem and is often a scene of violence, Ha’aretz reports.

Mahmoud Rafat Baderan, 15, was shot early on Tuesday by IDF forces on Route 443 while traveling with family and, according to a preliminary army investigation, was not involved in any stone throwing on the highway, where three people were wounded earlier due to stone and firebomb throwing.

According to the army, the soldiers involved in shooting the teen were from the Kfir Brigade and the military's police investigation unit's probe will focus on two questions: whether the soldiers opened fire according to protocol and if the forces felt a clear and immediate threat from the family car.

According to the army's open-fire regulations, which were revamped earlier this year, soldiers should not fire at a Palestinian assailant fleeing after an attack unless the suspect poses an immediate threat.

The decision to investigate the incident is the result of army policy to probe any lethal shooting that is not a result of direct combat.

The Palestinian Authority called the shooting a "cold blooded assassination" and said it reaffirms "calls to the UN… to initiate an immediate extensive investigation into Israeli extrajudicial killings of Palestinians; particularly children."

At around 1 A.M. on Tuesday a firebomb and rocks were thrown and oil was spilled onto the highway which runs between Jerusalem and Modi'in. An Israeli bus passenger and two tourists in another vehicle were injured in the incident which occurred near the village of Beit Sira.

An officer and group of soldiers from the Kfir Brigade responding to the incident spotted the injured people, chased after the stone throwers and fired accidentally at a car, killing the Palestinian teen, army investigators found.

The Palestinian Authority has identified the slain teen as Badran, from the village of Beit-Uhr-Eh-Tahta, west of Ramallah. Three other Palestinians wounded in the incident were treated at a medical centre in Ramallah, and a fourth wounded person was taken to Israel for treatment. Sources in the village said two of the wounded are brothers.

Click here to read the full article in Haaretz


  • Israel creates new national holiday celebrating immigrants

Israel - a country made up nearly entirely of immigrants and their descendants — has formally declared a new national holiday celebrating its Jewish immigrants and acknowledging their various contributions to the state, the Times of Israel reports.

The Knesset passed the National Aliyah (immigration) Day into law in its second and third readings on Wednesday, with 21 Knesset members in favour and five opposed.

Literally “ascension,” aliyah is a Hebrew term used to refer to Jewish immigration to Israel.

The new holiday, which falls out on the Hebrew calendar as the 7th day of Cheshvan (late October-early November), was the result of a bill by MKs Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beytenu), formally of the Soviet Union, Avraham Neguise (Likud), Israel’s sole Ethiopian-Israeli in parliament, Hilik Bar (Zionist Union) and Micky Zohar (Likud), and other lawmakers.

The Aliyah Day will be marked by celebrations in the Knesset, a special cabinet session, and events at the president’s residence, in schools, the army, and the police force, the law stipulates.

Nearly all Israelis are the descendants of immigrants, many of whom fled Europe before and after the Holocaust, or were expelled from Arab countries in the early 1950s.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

 

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