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One-Man Terror Wall Eliminates 3 Terrorists in 2 Weeks
IDF Corporal T, a combat warrior in the Shimshon Battalion of the Kfir Brigade, was
named Thursday as the soldier who earlier in the day shot dead an Arab terrorist trying to
conduct a stabbing attack at Gush Etzion Junction in Judea.
In the incident, the terrorist from Hebron approached a bus station at the junction,
but before he was able to wound anyone T, who was stationed at the site, spotted him and
began standard procedures to arrest a terror suspect. The terrorist then whipped out a
knife and tried to stab the soldier stationed with T, but he beat terrorist to the punch,
shooting him dead where he stood.
"As I was securing the Gush (Etzion) Junction we spotted the suspect," described T. "We
called for him to cross the road to us, and when he arrived he pulled out a knife with the
intention to stab my comrade who was with me. At that moment I cocked my weapon and shot
However, this not T's first time eliminating terrorists - just last week he took out
two others. Last Tuesday as he was stationed at the exact same junction, T shot two Arab
terrorists dead after they stabbed and moderately wounded an IDF soldier. The terrorists
had approached the soldiers and were asked to identify themselves, at which point they
whipped out their knives and started stabbing T's comrade before he responded quickly and
eliminated them both.
Outrage After University of California Refuses to Openly Condemn Anti-Semitism
Steps taken by the University of California are not sufficient to battle rampant
anti-Semitism, UC regents stated Thursday, after UC leaders released a statement about
intolerance that did not specifically address hatred against Jews. "To completely
disregard people who brought a problem to your attention, I think is frankly insulting,"
Regent Norman Pattiz stated at a debate over the statement at UC Irvine.
The statement of intolerance was released in lieu of an official statement against
anti-Semitism, local media reports. Campus Jewish groups and regents had campaigned for
the UC board to adopt the official State Department definition of anti-Semitism as
"denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, and denying Israel the right
Regents are livid over the toned-down statement, however - and at least one, Regent
Dick Blum, the husband of US Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), have vowed to "remain
critical" of UC unless further action is taken.
During the hearing, at least 10 students took the stand anonymously to recount
anti-Semitic incidents on university campuses. Among them: graffiti in March proclaiming
"Zionists should be sent to the gas chamber"; similar graffiti and swastikas found on a
different university Hillel Houses in January; the statement "Hitler did nothing wrong"
found etched into a cafeteria table; and the now-infamous interrogation of a Jewish
student board candidate at UCLA in February over her background.
In February, a landmark study by Trinity College revealed that 54% of Jewish American
college students experienced anti-Semitism on campus in 2014 - and 10% specified that
discrimination had been levied against them in student organizations. UCLA was named that
same week as one of the "Top Ten" colleges in the US for anti-Semitic activity by the
David Horowitz Freedom Center, a conservative think tank based in Southern California.
The UC Merced student who stabbed four people on Wednesday was identified on Thursday
as Faisal Mohammad, a Muslim freshman from Santa Clara. The 18-year-old Computer Science
and Engineering major was identified as the attacker by Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke
to the local paper Merced Sun-Star.
The sheriff said investigators, including from the FBI and US Department of Homeland
Security, are still trying to determine the motive of the Muslim student's stabbing
attack. Little is known about Mohammad other than that his 18th birthday came in late
University of California campuses have become home to radical pro-Islamic and
anti-Israel sentiment, as evidenced in a vote to boycott Israel in February at UC Davis,
during which anti-Israel activists shouted "Allahu akbar" (Allah is greater) at Jewish
students and after which a student senator wrote "Hamas has taken over UC Davis."
In the attack Wednesday, Mohammad wounded two students, a female student adviser and a
construction worker who was taking part in a remodeling project on campus; the wounds of
all four were defined as non-life-threatening. One student remained hospitalized Thursday
morning but is expected to recover, and the other wounded student has already been
released. The student adviser suffered a collapsed lung from her wounds, but is recovering
after a successful surgery according to a university spokesperson. The construction worker
was treated at a hospital and later released.
In the attack, Mohammad entered a second-floor classroom as a class began while armed
with a large hunting knife. He stabbed a male student, before 31-year-old construction
worker Byron Price, who was in a nearby room, went to intervene and got cut around the
waisT Co-workers drove him to hospital for treatmenT
Sheriff Warnke praised Price's actions, saying, "without him, the first victim could
have been a lot worse off, or even dead." Mohammad then apparently left the building where
he stabbed another male student outside, and then attacked the female student adviser as
she sat on a bench, stabbing her twice. At that point two university police officers
arrived, chasing the Muslim attacker to a bridge on campus where he was shot dead. One
officer was given an automatic three-day leave from the department, which the local paper
said is standard protocol in "officer-involved shootings."
Report: Israel Wants $5 Billion Per Year in American Aid
Israel has made an initial request for its annual defense aid from the United States to
increase to as much as $5 billion when its current aid package, worth an average $3
billion a year, expires in 2017, congressional sources told the Reuters news agency on
Israel wants $5 billion per year in military aid for 10 years, for a total of $50
billion, the congressional aides told the news agency. According to those sources, Israel
has explained that it wants more money to counter threats it says will arise as a result
of the international agreement on Iran's nuclear program.
Congressional and other U.S. officials cautioned that negotiations on the new aid deal
were still in the early stages and the proposal is not yet at the stage where it has been
formally brought to Congress, which must approve the funds. "First they have to negotiate
with the White House," one senior congressional aide said of Israel, according to Reuters.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is due to visit Washington for talks with President
Barack Obama next week, when the package is likely to be discussed and its broad outlines
may be agreed, the news agency noted. Israeli government spokesmen declined to provide
details on the defense aid talks, but one American official said the Obama administration
was unlikely to fully meet the Israeli request, and predicted the sides would settle for
an annual sum of between $4 billion and $5 billion.
Israel has also secured hundreds of millions of dollars in additional U.S. funding for
missile defense in recent years. In 2013, during his visit to Israel, Obama indicated that
Israel and the United States were opening talks on extending the American military aid to
the Jewish state beyond the end of the current agreemenT
But Netanyahu put the brakes on aid talks with Washington in the run-up to the Iran
deal that was reached in July, signaling his displeasure with the negotiations. Before he
did so, Israeli and U.S. officials said they were looking at a new aid package worth $3.6
billion to $3.7 billion annually.
Recently, however, Israel has indicated that it is ready to move beyond its rejection
of the Iran deal. Senior American officials said after Netanyahu's recent UN speech that
the speech would be Netanyahu's swansong on his public fight against the accord, and
Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon repeated those sentiments during a visit to Washington last
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