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Terrorist's Family Sues Israel, Receives Pension
The family of a terrorist whose actions were caught on camera has won a lawsuit against
the State of Israel and will receive a pension from the State.
Mohammed Khatib, a resident of Kafr Manda, an Israeli-Arab town in the Lower Galilee,
was filmed by security cameras as he snatched a security guard's gun in the Old City of
Jerusalem in August of 2007. He was filmed grabbing the weapon and firing on the guards
before being shot to death. He managed to shoot three bullets and wound one of the guards
in the shoulder before being killed.
According to the National Insurance Act, a person who commits a crime of a
nationalistic nature is not eligible for a pension. However, Channel 10 News reported on
Thursday, Khatib's family filed a lawsuit and was able to convince the court that Khatib's
actions only looked like a terror attack.
"The behavior of the plaintiff, as recorded by the camera, does not support the
conclusion that the incident was nationalistically motivated, because the plaintiff opened
fire after the guard went after him and almost caught up with him," wrote Judge Maha Samir
Ammar, according to Channel 10.
According to the report, the family also sought to start criminal proceedings against
the security guard who shot Khatib, but the Jerusalem Magistrates Court ruled that the
guards acted in self defense.
The police responded to the ruling by saying that there is no doubt that the terrorist
acted for nationalistic reasons. The lawyer who represented Khatib's family rejected the
police's claims and told Channel 10, "Unfortunately, the police are misleading the public
about an unfortunate incident that began in an incomprehensible way."
Saudi Scholar Puts Out Hit on Assad
A Saudi scholar has offered a $450,000 reward for assassinating Syrian President Bashar
Al Assad. "We announce a reward of $450,000 for whoever kills the assassin Bashar Al
Assad, whose massacres of women and children have horrified the world," Ali Al Rabieei
said on his Twitter account.
The death bounty was announced in response to the Houla massacre of at least 108 people
including 49 children and 34 women were murdered. Some were killed by
artillery and tank fire but most were killed "execution style," according to a UN report
that cited witnesses who said Assad-allied Shahiba militiamen were behind the
Shabiha thugs are known to frequently work closely with soldiers and security forces,
but the regime never acknowledges their existence allowing it to deny
responsibility for their actions.
Satmar Rebbe It's Me or Your Smartphones
Rabbi Aaron Teitelbaum, the Satmar Rebbe of Kiryas Yoel in New York State, gave his
followers an ultimatum on Shavuot: rid yourselves of your smart phones or get a new
As Satmar hassidim gathered around the rebbe at the end of the holiday, he took a
strong line against smartphones, telling his disciples that it is 'forbidden' for them to
have a computer in one's home as has been his position for many years.
There are exceptions regarding computers with filtered Internet access when strictly
necessary for earning a livelihood, he said. He then went on the address smartphones,
stating all "klei kodesh" (holy vessels) fundraisers, Torah students, Torah
teachers, educational supervisors, institutional administrators, ritual slaughterers and
scribes may not have such a device without exception.
The rebbe also called on directors of Satmar institutions worldwide to begin enforcing
this within four weeks, permitting a grace period to acquire an acceptable phone. Anyone
who does not comply, the rebbe said, will no longer be permitted to continue in their
position with any Satmar institution. The Satmar rebbe also said that a woman may not have
a smartphone under any circumstances.
Meanwhile, Rabbi Avraham Tzvi Wosner in Monsey NY ruled this week in accordance
with his grandfather's ruling that those who possess smartphones or have unfiltered
Internet access are not kosher witnesses. According to the report, Wosner's decision was
made at a wedding when he learned one of the witnesses possessed a phone that was not
"kosher." He ordered another witnesses be found.
Yishai: Israeli Women Afraid to Report Rape by African Migrants Due to AIDS
In an interview with Ma'ariv, Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai said Thursday that
many Israeli women have been raped by illegal African migrant workers "but do not complain
out of fear of being stigmatized as having contracted AIDS."
Yishai stated that the solution to the current problem is "more prisons and migrant
detention camps," and that Israel must "prepare more military bases where we can jail all
of them without exception." Yishai further stated that the "infiltrators, along with the
Palestinians, will bring a quick end to the Zionist dream," adding that "there is not
another country that is as sensitive as Israel is to the rights of foreigners. We have
enough worries with issues of health and welfare in this country, and we don't need to
import more worries from Africa."
Yishai also told Ma'ariv that "south Tel Aviv has turned into the garbage can of the
country" and implored all those who speak out against him to "take the infiltrators and
put them in their neighborhoods so that they see them every day, so that their children
will try and play in the same pre-schools."
In response to Yishai, the head of the Association of Rape Crisis Centers in Israel,
Michal Rozin, said that reports reveal that 87% of the referrals they receive report that
the rape was committed by someone close to them, rather than by a stranger.
According to Rozin, most of the women that are sexually abused do not report it nor ask
for help, adding that the reasons usually have to do with "feelings of guilt, shame,
loneliness and fear, rather than the worry of contraction AIDS. Politicians must not
cynically use rape in order to express their positions on refugees and asylum
Reut Michaeli, the head of the Hotline for Migrant Workers also responded to Yishai's
comments, stating that the Interior Minister has "found the magic formula for making it to
the headlines every other day without any parliamentary achievements."
Yishai's comments came a day after dozens of protesters gathered near the central bus
station in south Tel Aviv demanding the deportation of African migrants from Israel.
The protesters were calling "leftists are traitors" and holding up signs saying "south
Tel Aviv, not South Sudan." The right-winged activist Baruch Marzel said that they hope to
hold demonstrations on a daily basis, adding that they will not stay quiet "until the
Prime Minister and the Foreign and Interior Ministers will start to act, rather than
At one point of the demonstration, the protesters attacked Hananya Vanda, an Israeli
citizen of Ethiopian origin who they mistakenly identified as an immigrant. After they
realized Vanda is Jewish, the protesters said that they did not mean to attack him.
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