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Bedouin Fifth Column Threatens Israel As Radical Islam & ISIS Take Hold In Their Community
Bedouin Teacher Praises Car Ramming Terror Attack In Which Israeli Soldier Was Murdered
How do Bedouins become radical Islamists?
Dr. Mordechai Kedar, expert on Israeli Arabs, says that Bedouins who feel marginalized in Israeli society are attracted to extremist Islam.
Shimon Cohen, כ' בטבת תשע"ז, 1/18/2017
Police reported that the terrorist who murdered a policeman Wednesday morning in Umm Al-Hiran was a member of the Southern section of the Islamic movement and also had associations with ISIS. Arutz Sheva asked Dr. Mordechai Kedar, an expert on Israeli Arabs who lectures at Bar-Ilan university, whether terrorist organizations find a base for their activity within the Bedouin community.
Kedar replied that "this is not new. The Islamic movement, both in the Northern and Southern branches is very active within the Bedouin community. The Northern branch, which has been made illegal, used to make mass constructions of buildings over one day with thousands of volunteers in flagrant violation of the law. However the Southern branch is represented in the Knesset and is deemed legal."
Kedar added that he doubted that the terrorist was associated with ISIS which would be a criminal offence. "Why wasn't he sitting in jail and why hadn't an indictment been issued against him? To say this after his death is strange. I'm not saying that he wasn't connected, but if they knew about it why was he walking around free?"
Does the Bedouin community serve as fertile ground for extremist Islamic groups in general?
"Over the course of the years the Bedouins have been outside the borders of the state. The state doesn't touch them, hardly provides any services of health, education, employent and infrastructure. They live by choice as nomads but are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder and politically they have no representation and this is definitely fertile ground for activities of Islamic movements which say to them: 'we will bring you Islam after the state rejected you.'
Kedar added that "there has been a moral decline among Bedouins who are rebelling against their parents. There are troubling social issues there causing youth to want to connect to something which appears good, ok, serious and honest and the Islamic movement has made great headway with these youth. This is why we see many mosques in the Negev, even though originally Bedouins had a very soft version of Islam. They knew the prayers and Islamic sources a little but had a weaker connection to traditions, and the Islamic movement has entered the moral vacuum as a social and political alternative for a community which finds itself marginalized."
Is the Islamic movement truly just and idealistic or does it just portray itself as such?
During the eighties when it began its activities it consisted of young idealists who did not get involced in financial activities and therefore it grew meteorically.However thirty years on, every movement becomes more tainted and the same ideological youths of thirty years ago have turned into sixty year old family men with pensions, salaries and financial interests.
"Many people see these movements as having undergone a process of corruption and therefore there are new initiatives in Islamic politics stemming from the fact that the older movements are in regression. For this reason there were few demonstrations when the Northern branch was outlawed, as public support for the movement is negligible. Arab society was even relieved when [head of northern branch of Islamic movement] Raad Salah was jailed as when he is in jail he cannot harm others."
What is the main difference between the Northern and Southern branches of the movement?
" Both the Southern and Northern branchs of the movement aim to build an Islamic state on the ruins of the state of Israel, but the question is what they are doing towards this goal. "If you just pray and it remains a dream we can live with this as long as they are not taking any practical steps. However the Northern branch buttressed its ideology with actions, gathering money for Hamas and organizing other activities to agitate and incite the masses. This caused them to be outlawed."
Kedar says that as the older movements become less active and more politicized, new extremist movements are cropping up with disenchanted youth taking the place of the older generation of radicals. He adds that this phenomenon is happening all over the world in every organization and ideology and not just in Israel.
Bedouin education chief praises terror attack in college address
Students furious as Bedouin speaker at Sapir College supports rioters who attacked police yesterday following murder of police officer.
Arutz Sheva Staff, כ"א בטבת תשע"ז, 1/19/2017
A guest speaker at an Israeli college in the Negev provoked an angry backlash after he praised rioters who attacked Israeli police following a deadly terror attack in an illegal Bedouin settlement.
The head of the Department of Education in the Bedouin town of Hura, Yusuf Al-Atawneh, spoke at Sapir College in Sderot, touching upon the riots which broke out at Umm al-Hiran yesterday following the terror attack which left 34-year old Erez Levy dead. The terrorist was an Israeli Arab employed by the Education Ministry.
According to a report by Channel 2, Al-Atawneh refused to condemn either the riots or the ramming attack killed officer Levy.
Many students were outraged at the invitation of the speaker, writing to the college administration: "Instead of supporting our people, you help our enemies. This is a college of leftists."
A number of students left the lecture hall in protest. "The session was supposed to be about the issue of education in the outlying areas of the country." a third year student at Sapir College said. "At one point the Director of Education [in Hura] rose, and instead of speaking about education, he started talking about the incident yesterday. He supported the Bedouin's version of events and claimed that there was a police whitewash. It offended our sensibilities."
"I did not come to this college to hear someone speak against my country in this way," said the student. "It's just a shame that the college brought him - he used this platform to preach and incite against the state. This college is a college of extreme leftists who are trying to impose their views on students and to brainwash us."
Sapir College released a statement expressing regret for the incident. "Regretfully, during sessions that dealt with education, in the Department of Management and Public Policy at Sapir College, an educator gave a speech about the political events of recent days, which are unfortunate events, instead of dealing with the content [of the session]. His comments provoked strong reactions from the audience and the discussion was discontinued in order to calm the situation."
The college added: "It should be noted that the conference was planned many months ago, including the scheduling of speakers, and that the stated comments do not at all reflect the positions of Sapir College. We regret the incident. Immediately after the situation calmed down we held a discussion which included all opinions on this issue."
Footage taken by police helicopter of operations on the ground shows Umm Al-Hiran vehicle attack.
Arutz Sheva Staff, כ' בטבת תשע"ז, 1/18/2017
Footage taken on by a police helicopter of operations on the ground shows clearly the terrorist's vehicle in the Umm Al-Hiran ramming attack.
In the video, it can clearly be seen that the terrorist drove with no lights and then increased his speed to ram directly into the policeman at the scene.
An Israel Police spokesman said, "At this time, Israeli Police Forces are working together with the Border Police and the Israel Land Authority to complete the court-ordered demolition of the illegal Arab settlement Umm Al-Hiran.
"Earlier, a terrorist rammed his jeep into police forces, crushing two policemen. As a result, we were forced to declare the death of Sergeant Major Erez Levy, and to transfer an additional officer to the hospital. The terrorist, who was associated with the Islamic Jihad terror group, was neutralized.
"Israel Police and the Border Police arrived in Umm Al-Hiran, near Hura, late last night, in order to secure the area, after extensive discussions with the settlement's residents.
"We will continue investigating the attack, as well as the terrorist's possible connection to ISIS.
"Israel Police call on the Bedouin sector to condemn the attack and purge from within it anyone who is ideologically extreme or connected in any way to terror," the spokesman concluded.
'My husband was not killed. He was murdered. Period.'
Wife of murdered police officer slams those who try to say attack was not terrorism, recounts how she learned of her husband's murder.
Arutz Sheva staff 19/1/17
Clara Levy, the wife of officer Erez Levy, who was murdered in a terrorist ramming attack in Um al-Hiran yesterday, rejected the attempts to argue that the attack was not nationally motivated.
"My husband was murdered. Period." she told Channel 2. My husband was not killed. My husband was murdered in the line of duty. I know who my husband is. He protected everyone with his own body. He was the first to go inside, the first to give."
Levi said that she woke up at 4:20 AM Wednesday morning after her husband had left for his police shift that night. She checked that her mother and children were sleeping soundly and texted her husband to come back to bed.
"I wish," Erez replied.
Levi texted back: "I love you, my life. Take care of yourself."
Later that morning, she received news of the attack. She again messaged her husband. "Erez, I saw on the news that there was an evacuation in the Negev. One dead. Call immediately. I'm worried." By then, Erez was already dead.
When officers arrived at her home to tell her that her husband was not coming back, she told one of them emotionally: "I will open the door for you on the condition that you tell me he is wounded. If he is wounded, I will help him get back to himself. If not, then get out of here."
Now Levi is left to raise her two children, a five year old daughter and a two year old son, by herself. "In the end, everybody around me now will go back to their own warm homes, that's the way it is. I will stay to raise my two children, and that is fine. That is my lot."
Body of Arab attacker to be returned to family
High Court orders to release body of Bedouin who killed policeman during evacuation of illegal buildings in Umm al-Hiran.
Arutz Sheva Staff, כ"ה בטבת תשע"ז, 1/23/2017
The High Court ordered tonight (Monday) that police release the body of Yakub Moussa Abu Alkian, the Bedouin who rammed a policeman to death during the evacuation of buildings in Umm al-Hiran and was shot by other officers at the scene.
However, the judges approved a number of restrictions to be imposed at the funeral at the request of the police. The court ordered that "the funeral will be held tomorrow in the daytime and not at night. It will take up to two hours as requested. The funeral procession will leave Umm Al-Hiran towards Hira during daylight hours, to be coordinated with the police. If the police request, the family will employ ushers to maintain order.
"The Israeli police are assumed to make appropriate arrangements for preventing unnecessary friction and ensuring public order," the judges wrote in their decision.
Until now the police have refused to release the body of the Bedouin who ran over Erez Levi.
The investigation into the incident continues and therefore the police have requested to delay the burial of the body, but the court rejected the request.
Islamic Jihad stands behind residents of illegal Arab settlement
Umm Al-Hiran residents get support from terror organization, Islamic Jihad promises not to leave Israeli Arabs to 'fight alone.'
Dalit Levi, כ"ד בטבת תשע"ז, 1/22/2017
Islamic Jihad leader Hadir Habib called last week's events in Umm Al-Hiran "Israeli aggression against our brothers."
The illegal Arab settlement of Umm Al-Hiran in the Negev was destroyed last week after 12 years of negotiations with the residents failed to produce an agreement.
"What happened in Umm Al-Hiran in the Negev, including the demolition of buildings, encourages us to stand hand in hand with the residents in their fight against the occupation," Habib said. "There is no difference between our brothers in the occupied Israel or outside of it.
"The Palestinian military forces will not desert our families, our brothers, in Umm Al-Hiran or within the Israeli occupation. It is the same occupation and the same system," he emphasized.
Habib also called on Palestinian-Arab terror organizations to kidnap soldiers and "settlers" in order to pressure Israel to free jailed terrorists.
All of the terrorists jailed in Israel are guilty either of murder or of attempted murder.
An Israeli police officer was killed in a terror attack in Umm Al-Hiran, when an Arab settler purposefully rammed into him.
'Picked up speed, veered to the right, crashed into policemen'
Interior Minister Gilad Erdan says there is incontrovertible proof that Umm Al-Hiran ramming was a terror attack.
Yoel Domb, כ"ז בטבת תשע"ז, 1/25/201
Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan referred in the Knesset plenum to the riots which occurred last week in Umm Al-Hiran and stressed that according to police reports, policeman Erez Levi Hy'D (may G-d avenge his blood) was murdered in a ramming attack.
"I received the terrible news in the early morning hours. That day a police inquiry took place, testimony was submitted by policemen on the scene and together with the video taken from a helicopter above, the conclusion which issued from the police inquiry was absolutely clear: it was an attack, a deliberate attempt to run over police," said Erdan.
Erdan said that in the unedited version of the video it was evident that the driver, Yakub Moussa Abu Alkian "picked up speed, veered to the right and crashed into a group of policemen, and after passing over them, veered right again in order to escape and was then stopped by a police van in his way.
"This is an illegal village and a person who was not supposed to be on the scene and should not have been driving towards the policemen," said Erdan. "Only one week earlier there had been a ramming attack in Jerusalem and people asked why soldiers didn't shoot and prevent the attack."
Arab Knesset members Issawi Frej(Meretz) and Masud Ganaim(Joint Arab List) angrily protested Erdan's words and were evicted from the plenum.
At the end of the hearing the members of the Knesset rejected the demand of MKs Taleb Abu-Amar(Joint Arab List) and Tamar Zandberg(Meretz) to set up a parliamentary committee of inquiry into the riots at Umm Al-Hiran.