Thursday, December 1, 2016

Stabbing Attacks and the Israeli Law That Deals With Them

Nadene Goldfoot                                          
Israel is a very tiny country surrounded by Arabs who would like to drive them all into the sea, and after 67 years of its existence, are still trying to drive out the Israelis.

Lately they have been doing this with many stabbing attacks, mainly in Jerusalem.  Another form of attempted murder is by ramming crowds with a car.
While attending a meeting at my home town, Portland, Oregon's City Hall yesterday, I heard about an incident that was told in the form of a strong accusation against Israel.  It was about a child who was put in prison for 15 years.  This was something I hadn't heard about and figured someone had their facts from a source telling tales and not facts, since most of the people at the meeting were all BDS anti-Israel attendees.  I asked the lady what her source was.  A Palestinian was her answer.  Hmm.
I tracked down the incident.  A very slanted story was published on November 7th about it that I found.  On October 12th or 15th, Ahmed Manasra, 13 years old and his 15 year old cousin, Hassan Khalid Manasra,  carried out a stabbing attack on Israeli people; a 12 year old boy riding his bike and a man  in a town north of Jerusalem, a town past the "Green Line.". As it turns out, the "town" turned out to be a neighborhood in East Jerusalem which is a section of unified Jerusalem called Beit Hanina, Israel's capital.  The victims were seriously injured.   Ahmed's cousin was shot and killed by an Israeli passerby while they were attacking 2 people. The family called this neighborhood "an illegal Israeli settlement."   " The total area of Beit Hanina is 16.3 sq. kilometers (6.3 sq. miles)." Ashland, Oregon is about the same size with 17.1 sq kilometers (6.59 sq. miles).   
Stabbing people with the intent to kill is a serious crime in Israel.  This is no secret.  Israel has had to change it's laws to include those under 14, so the court system now follows the Youth Bill which was approved by the country's assembly in August when repeated attacks by young Palestinians were occurring.  The Israeli parliament said that the incidents warrented "a more aggressive approach, including toward minors."   Manasra happens to be the youngest Palestinian to carry out such a horrible stabbing attack.  These boys were starting up something had had been quelled after Israelis had suffered for many months a long wave of violence that caused great alarm across Israel.
Since October 15th, the Palestinians have reported that about 35-40 Israelis have been killed like this in Judea-Samaria (West Bank).  Two visiting Americans had also been stabbing victims by Palestinians.                                                  

This reference blames Israel for a rejection of peace so that the Palestinians can claim their state.  It so happens that it has been the Palestinians who have rejected any peace discussions.  Normally, they want the results first with them getting what they want before they will talk.  Evidently the French Initiative went along like that.
This court case called for prison for a teen.  The country knew the law and the punishment.  Israel does not have a death penalty, so is much more lenient than their neighbors.  The biased report also stated that a fine was involved for the family to pay  of more than $47,000.

Reuters in Jerusalem stated that the Manasra was 14 years old.  He somehow got injured trying to stab others and wound up in the Israeli hospital.
"Two other minors, aged 15 and 17, were handed 11-year sentences for attacking a group of Jewish worshippers at Damascus Gate, a central entrance for Palestinians to Jerusalem's Old City and the scene of many attacks. One person was lightly hurt in that attack."

"Today, Jewish, Muslim and Christian residents of Jerusalem are allowed to live anywhere in the city.   Claims by top Palestinian leaders, including PA President Mahmoud Abbas, that Israel is sinisterly “Judaizing” Jerusalem are not borne out by the demographic facts. From 1967 to 2007 the Arab population of Jerusalem grew by 380% while the Jewish population grew by approximately 250%, according to the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies. In 1967, Arabs made up 25.8% of the Jerusalem population. Today, that number is closer to 35%. •

Jerusalem is the City of David.  It was created as a Jewish city and shall remain as such.  Palestinians who stab and ram cars into people or any other means of harming the population will be duly punished.  It is a fair procedure with lawyers and a court system.  

An 11 year old in Pennsyvania in 2014 was convicted of murder of a pregnant woman and her unborn child.(Brown was arrested in February 2009, at the age of 11, and charged as an adultwith two counts of first-degree murder in the fatal shooting in Wampum, Pa. of his father's pregnant fiancée, 26-year-old Kenzie Houk, and her unborn child).   They are dealing with an occasional murder.  Israel has been dealing with uprisings.  

As of November 16th "The recent series of attacks against Israelis is the direct result of incitement by radical Islamist and terrorist elements, calling on Palestinian youth to murder Jews. ​​

A year of terror – 13 September 2015 to the present

 Since 13 September 2015, 42 people have been killed in terrorist attacks and 577 people 
(including 4 Palestinians) injured.
There have been 166 stabbing attacks and 89 attempted stabbings; 109 shootings; 47 vehicular (ramming) attacks; and one vehicle (bus) bombing.


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