News Digest — 9/28/22

Brother Of Terrorist From Tel Aviv Shooting Eliminated

Two terrorists were shot and killed during a gun battle with IDF forces and Border police officers in the northern Samaria city of Jenin Wednesday morning (28th).

Israeli security personnel were deployed to Jenin early Wednesday morning (28th) for an arrest operation aimed at apprehending a relative of a terrorist who carried out a deadly shooting attack in Tel Aviv earlier this year.

In April, 29-year-old Raad Khazem, a Palestinian Arab terrorist from Jenin, opened fire on Israelis in Tel Aviv, killing 27-year-olds Tomer Morad and Eitam Megini and wounding eight.

Khazem was shot and killed during a gunfight with Israeli counter terror forces while holed up in a Jaffa mosque after the attack.

Days later, one of Khazem’s brothers was shot and wounded while attempting to flee arrest in the Jenin area. 

On Wednesday (28th), IDF forces surrounded the home of the Khazem family, while attempting to arrest a relative of Raad Khazem.

Terrorists opened fire on the IDF force prompting soldiers to return fire.

According to Palestinian Authority (PA) outlet WAFA, IDF forces used tear gas to disperse rioters gathered at the scene as they hurled rocks at troops.  The Israeli military said that a bomb two terrorists were preparing inside the house exploded while they were handling it, setting the house on fire.

The WAFA outlet also reported that six terrorists were wounded Wednesday morning (28th), including two listed in serious condition. 

Both of the terrorists listed in serious condition succumbed to their wounds, the Israeli military said, identifying one as Abed Khazem, a brother of Raad Khazem.



Police Chief Tours Tense Temple Mount As Jewish Visits Resume For Rosh Hashanah

Israel Police Commissioner Yaakov “Kobi” Shabtai on Tuesday (27th) toured the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City amid heightened tensions over the flashpoint holy site during the Jewish Holidays.

Images showed Shabtai, Jerusalem District Police Commissioner Doron Turgeman and other policemen on the Temple Mount as Jewish visits to the compound resumed on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, after scuffles between officers and Palestinians there and elsewhere in the Old City the previous day.

According to police, there were no “irregular disruptions” during Tuesday’s (27th) visits.

“However, a number of masked youths inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque chanted incitement and tried to carry out provocations there,” a police statement said.

Police accused the masked suspects of “desecrating“ Al-Aqsa, releasing a video showing one of them banging a wooden object against a door to the mosque and a column, as well as playing soccer outside with some of the others.

Officers arrested a member of the group, an 18-year-old east Jerusalem resident, for suspected incitement.  Police said a man in his 40s from central Israel was separately arrested for incitement.

“So far the incidents in Jerusalem have been contained,”  Shabtai said.  “We are ready for any scenario.”

Police said that while touring the Temple Mount and the rest of the Old City, Shabtai was briefed on the force’s “enhanced deployment” in Jerusalem and elsewhere over the High Holidays.

The presence of Jewish visitors on the Temple Mount is opposed by Palestinians and Hamas who have warned of violent “repercussions” over visits during the High Holidays – which began Sunday evening (25th) and will run into mid-October, when the number of Jews who tour the site typically rises.

The Gaza-ruling terror group, Hamas, regularly describes itself as the primary force defending the Temple Mount, which houses the Al-Aqsa Mosque, against Israel.

The hilltop compound has long been the focus of tensions, but Palestinians have voiced increasing anger at the rising number of visits by Jews, which according to an activist group nearly doubled to a record high of over 50,000 during the past year.

The Temple Mount is the holiest place in Judaism and is revered as the location of both ancient temples.  The compound is Islam’s third holiest site and is managed by Jordan – from whom Israel captured the Old City and the rest of eastern Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War – as part of a delicate arrangement with the Jewish state.

Shabtai’s visit Tuesday (27th) also came after a second straight night of clashes between police and Palestinians in eastern Jerusalem, while Israeli forces remain on high alert in the West Bank as part of a months-long anti-terror campaign.



Attack Drones Launched Over Uman Amid Rosh Hashanah Pilgrimage

According to the Ukrainian news agency Babel, Russian troops launched several Iranian-manufactured Shahed-136 drones over Uman to attack Jews who are currently celebrating Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New year) in the city.

According to the report, the information on the attack came from sources in the Ukrainian Special Services.

According to Babel, over the past few days, the Armed Forces of Ukraine have shot down more than ten Shahed-136 drones in the south of Ukraine.  Some of these drones were launched from the territory of the occupied Crimea and directed to Uman.  The Russians wanted to target Jewish religious sites with large crowds.

The Special Services noted that “planned acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens were one of the conditions for Iran’s transfer of drones to Russia.  As is known, this is not the first example of cooperation between the two countries.  But, at present,  the ‘interests of the Kremlin’ can be seen behind these drone launchings.”

Every year thousands of Hasidic Jews descend on the Ukrainian town, where the Hasidic master, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov is buried, to celebrate the Jewish New Year.  Despite the ongoing war in the country, a large number of Hasidim still made the pilgrimage.    



Antisemitic Attacks On Rosh Hashanah Target US Jewish College Students

Jews were targeted with antisemitic attacks on multiple college campuses on Sunday (25th) and Monday (26th) as Jews around the world celebrated Rosh Hashanah – the Jewish New Year.

At the University of Michigan, antisemitic flyers were spread around the campus by a white Supremacist group, the Govim Defense League.  One flyer was entitled “Every single Aspect of the COVID Agenda is Jewish” and listed a large number of health officials who are either Jewish or Shabbos goys that have been influential in fighting the pandemic.

A Shabbos goy is a non-Jew who is sometimes called upon by Jews on Shabbat to do something for them that they cannot do according to the religious rules of Shabbat.  The implication on the leaflet is that since these people help Jews on Shabbat, they will also help with the “Jewish agenda.”

Another anti-Semitic flyer that had been placed in a plastic bag to protect it from the rain implied that Israel controls the world.

Following the finding of the flyers, Michigan Rep. Shadia Martini took to Twitter to condemn them.

“I am horrified and disgusted to hear that Jewish students at the University of Michigan woke up to find rabidly anti-Semitic flyers on their porches in Ann Arbor this morning, on the first day of Rosh Hashanah,” she wrote.

Martini later tweeted an update, saying the Ann Arbor police had been notified and informed her that the flyers had been placed off-campus but in a residential area that is traditionally populated by students.  The police also said they were investigating the incident.

In another attack at Rutgers University, the Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Phi headquarters was vandalized with eggs that were thrown at the house.  It is unclear whether there were students present on Monday (26th), the second day of Rosh Hashanah, as they may have gone home to celebrate the holiday with their families.



100 Babies Born On Rosh Hashanah At Shaare Zedek Hospital

One hundred babies were born on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, including 51 girls and 49 boys.

The first baby of the year was born weighing 8 lbs 3 ozs with the arrival of Hodia and Asher Klein to the hospital, from the Kiryat Yuval neighborhood in Jerusalem.  The Klein couple immigrated to Israel seven years ago from France. This is the birth of their second son, who they chose to have at Shaare Zedek.

“At first I didn’t want to miss the holiday, but my mother, who came especially for the holiday from France, was with me in the delivery room when the holiday arrived.  The lovely staff made sure that we held the Rosh Hashanah service in the delivery room.  It was a special and uplifting experience, even for my mother who didn’t get to be at the first birth.  The staff at the delivery room was charming and attentive and within an hour of the end of the service my second son was born, a gift for Rosh Hashanah,” Hodia Klein said.

Prof. Sorina Grisaru, Director of the Division of maternal-Fetal Medicine at Shaare Zedek, said that “a new year is a new beginning and there is no greater happiness than starting a new year with a new baby in the family.  We are happy for the joy of the families and are proud of our dedicated teams who at any time and on any holiday are ready to provide the best medical care.  A Happy New Year to all the families!”