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One-Year-Old Baby's 'Leg Almost Cut Off' in Car Attack

By & DEBKAfile.

Of the 14 victims in the car ramming attack at a bus station adjacent to Jerusalem's iconic Chords Bridge on Monday, a 15--month-old baby was seriously wounded.

A spokesperson for Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital announced that the baby is suffering from serious wounds to his leg. He currently is anesthetized and has been put to sleep, and will immediately be given surgery on his leg. The baby's mother is also being treated at the same hospital, having received light wounds in the attack.

At Shaare Tzedek Hospital where the baby was first hospitalized he was classified as moderately wounded, but he was then transferred to Hadassah Ein Kerem after it was found that his situation had deteriorated. Dr. Ofer Merin, head of the trauma unit at Shaare Tzedek Hospital, said "the infant aged around a year-and-a-half has a serious wound to his leg. We decided to transfer him to Hadassah Ein Kerem to save his leg in an attempt at micro-surgery treatment."

Binyamin Sitboun, the father of the infant, was quoted by Yedioth Aharonoth on his way to the hospital as saying, "My child will be okay with God's help, his leg was almost cut off. I wasn't at the site of the incident, they contacted me to tell me that he was hurt and I went flying over immediately."

In the attack, after crashing his car into a fire hydrant and rupturing it, the 21-year-old Arab terrorist from Jerusalem's Beit Hanina neighborhood emerged from his car armed with an ax, but was shot dead before he managed to cause any further casualties. Among the wounded is a 65-year-old woman in moderate condition, and another victim was likewise moderately wounded. Eight more were lightly wounded, and the rest suffered shock.

Three bystanders– a civilian, a security guard, and a soldier– opened fire on the driver as he exited the vehicle, killing him. Police identified the attacker as Abed el-Muhsen Hassuna from Beit Hanina in eastern Jerusalem. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered the erection of hundreds of barriers at bus stops to prevent more car ramming attacks against pedestrians.

According to the latest figures from Israel's Magen David Adom emergency medical service, 22 people have been killed and 229 injured in over 140 separate terror attacks since October. Reports by the Middle East Media Research Institute and The New York Times shed light on the incitement fueling the lethal string of stabbings, shootings, and car-rammings against Israeli civilians, including the spread of popular hashtags such as "Slaughtering the Jews" and violent graphics on Palestinian social media.

"One crude cartoon making the rounds on Facebook, including on the official Palestinian TV page before it disappeared late Tuesday, depicts an Israeli soldier as an ape, accompanied by a pig, over a bloodied youth," The Times wrote. "Another has a close-up of a menacing blade, and is captioned: "This is not difficult. To the closest kitchen, and go in the name of God." In a second report, the Times highlighted some of the extreme "nationalistic" songs stoking the terror, including pop hits such as "Stab, stab" and "Run Over, Run Over the Settler."

The violent messages prevalent on Palestinian airwaves and social media are often the echoes of incitement by top political and religious officials. In November, the Palestinian Authority's official newspaper published an op-ed claiming that Israel was behind the ISIS terror attacks in Paris. A day earlier, the official Facebook page of Fatah posted an image equating Israel with ISIS.

In late October, PA President Mahmoud Abbas said that Israel has been an occupying power since its creation, only two weeks after he claimed that Israel had "executed" a teen terrorist who was actually alive and recovering in an Israeli hospital. A month earlier, Abbas declared that Palestinians would not allow the "filthy feet" of Jews to defile holy places in Jerusalem.

Abbas went on record Monday night as saying that he understands the terrorists and can see why young Palestinians feel the urge to harm Jews. His comment and the bus stop attack coincided with the publication of a new opinion poll released by the Palestinian authority in Ramallah: 67% of those canvassed were in favor of stabbing and car attacks, the most common forms of terror in the current campaign, while 31% were opposed. A second poll showed 79%t of Palestinians in favor of attacking Israeli soldiers and settlers compared with 10% that were against.

Report: Hamas is Funding ISIS in Sinai


Hamas, the Iran-sponsored terror organization that rules the Gaza Strip, has been funding the ISIS affiliate in the Sinai region of Egypt with tens of thousands of dollars per month in weapons sales trafficked from Egypt to Gaza, according to Yedioth Ahronoth's military analyst Alex Fishman.

The shipments "primarily consist" of materials that Hamas needs to fuel its domestic rocket manufacturing capability as well as military equipment. Hamas, in return for ISIS' smuggling services, also provides logistical support. Fishman cited an example of how ISIS terrorists were wounded and could not be smuggled into Gaza for treatment, so Hamas sent medical personnel into the Sinai.

Fishman highlights the impact that Hamas has had on the growth of ISIS' Sinai branch, writing, "Egyptian security officials note that it is solely thanks to Hamas' monetary and professional support of ISIS in the Sinai that the branch has, in the last few years, turned from a gang of Bedouin with light weapons into a well-trained, well-armed group of 800 militants."

Additionally, Hamas provides training and supplies to ISIS, even equipping them with the Kornet anti-tank missile, which allows the group to target the Egyptian military's armored vehicles. The group carries out attacks against Egyptian security forces; is responsible for the downing of Russian passenger plane in November, killing all 224 people onboard; and has targeted Israel.

On its blog, the IDF lists four attacks on Israel for which the group has claimed responsibility. The report also said that Israeli officials believe that in the event of an escalation, the ISIS branch in the Sinai would assist Hamas against the IDF. Moreover, Fishman notes that Iran provides a "bulk" of Hamas's financial support.

Times of Israel journalist Avi Issacharoff in September highlighted Iran's continued support for Hamas when he wrote that after the nuclear deal, Iran had "significantly increased" its funding to both Hamas and Hizbullah. In the two months after the deal, Issacharoff wrote, "Iran has sent suitcases of cash – literally.".

Judge Orders Review of Pollard's Parole Conditions

By Reuters &

A judge on Monday ordered a federal commission to provide further justification for subjecting Jonathan Pollard to restrictive probation conditions following his release last month from prison after 30 years, Reuters reported.

According to the news agency, U.S. District Judge Katherine Forrest in Manhattan said the Parole Commission had provided little basis to justify why Pollard must wear an electronic bracelet and have his work computer monitored. She ordered the Parole Commission to in particular assess whether it believed that Pollard still possessed confidential information.

"If there is secret information Jonathan Pollard could disclose, then restrictive conditions could be necessary," Forrest said, according to Reuters. If Pollard does not have such information, the judge continued, his conditions may need to be modified. Forrest called her decision to send Pollard's case back to the commission for further review "the first step, and I think this is the right step."

Pollard's lawyers appealed the terms of his probation on the day of his release, saying the electronic bracelet's use unjustified, and noting the computer conditions would prevent him from taking an investment firm job. Eliot Lauer, Pollard's lawyer, said in court no one had ever suggested any information his client had remained sensitive three decades later.

The Justice Department argued the strict conditions were "reasonably related" to the circumstances underlying Pollard's crime to ensure among other things that he does not disseminate classified information. Rebecca Tinio, a Justice Department lawyer, said the "majority of the information Mr. Pollard had 30 years ago remains classified."

Israel's Jumbled Postal Service; 'Mistakenly Sent to Thailand'


There is even a hashtag now, decrying the Israel postal Authorities lack of reliability. #afraidofisraelpostalservices. The hashtag has been circulating on Facebook and Twitter for the past few weeks as horror stories of mail that had been sent to other countries, or never arriving at their destination abound.

Sometimes these missing packages or letters are birthday cards containing checks, while others are official summonses to court for appearances that have cost businesses to miss court appearances and suffer significant losses. Yet others are packages purchased online from abroad that have hampered the otherwise burgeoning online shopping industry for Israelis.

One bewildered Jerusalemite, Fern Reiss, submitted a photo of a letter she received from the United States that was mailed to Jerusalem. It was stamped with a message that said "Mistakenly sent to Thailand." A friend of hers had a similar situation, and a similar stamp that read "Mistakenly sent to Taipei." The letters finally made their way to the proper address after months of waiting.

Another story that was told to Arutz Sheva regarded an almost missed court hearing. Jerusalem based journalist Michael Chabin relayed the story. "While we've known for years that our postal service in Jerusalem is horribly unreliable - I'm still waiting for the birthday card my mother in NY sent 10 months ago - this however was the worst: Our lawyer's office outside Tel Aviv sent us a letter about a court hearing which we received several days after the court appearance. Had the office not called us right before the date to ask why we hadn't responded, we would have missed the appearance and that would have hurt our chances in the suit, which we initiated."

The problem is affecting the delivery of goods purchased online as well. While items from China appear to be arriving with regular frequency and accuracy, items from Europe are not. There have been numerous reports on a host of Facebook groups including "Unbored with board games"and others where there are lists of complaints of international orders not arriving or being stuck in the Israeli post office.

It has even been reported that some eBay sellers will not ship to Israel as they do not wish to have to ship via the Israeli Postal service and risk the item never being delivered to the purchaser. Many people who have alternate addresses of friends or relatives abroad have taken to shipping items to them instead, and waiting months before they can travel abroad to pick it up the package, simply because they know that they will at some point receive it.

In Modi'in the situation is apparently worse: One disgruntled resident told Arutz Sheva that the post office only has two delivery men for the entire city, and that mail only comes in groups once a month. "I got 3 package notices one day last week, All three of them were delivered to different post office outlets, and had to be picked up from different places! They set our local hardware store as a delivery outlet for picking up packages."

The story gets worse, and even slightly dangerous. Soldiers from the military reserves have also reported that their commands to arrive for reserve service have been lost, or never delivered. One soldier reported that he was surprised to get a phone call from his Liaison Officer a few weeks before he was called for reserve duty. (Generally the military gives two or three months notice for reserve duty of longer than a week). "I had thought it had been cancelled as I did not receive my command," said the soldier who wished to remain anonymous for security reasons.

The liaison officer reportedly answered by saying that she was not surprised that the command had not been delivered. The command arrived two weeks after the phone call occurred and just before the term of service began. The Israeli Postal Spokespersons office has not responded to repeated requests for comment.

IDF Seizes Hundreds of Yasir Arafat Dolls


An IDF force on Monday morning raided a Rotem Toys factory in Tulkarm, located just over the 1949 Armistice lines to the east of Netanya, and seized some of the terror inciting dolls at the site according to Palestinian Arab media. The toy factory's Facebook page lists the "Palestinian dolls" that the company specializes in, reports Walla.

The most popular dolls are "Yasir," replete with the black-and-white kaffiyeh of the arch terrorist Yasir Arafat and made in his likeness, as well as a female Arab woman doll named Zina. Arafat, who was born in Egypt, founded the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) terrorist group and led Fatah, and is held as responsible for numerous attacks over the decades that murdered countless Israelis.

Rassam Hussein, owner of the toy factory, told Palestinian media that the soldiers seized around 700 dolls, as well as all the cloth used in making kaffiyehs - apparently the kaffiyehs worn by the doll Arafat. The owner claimed the soldiers also caused damage to machines at the factory, which has been active for over 20 years and aside from the dolls produces equipment for children's rooms and other toys. The IDF spokesperson unit responded to the reports by saying the incident is under investigation.

Monday's crackdown on terror incitement among Palestinian children comes after 4,000 dolls encouraging rock throwing attacks were seized last Tuesday in Haifa, en route for the Palestinian Authority in Judea and Samaria.

Each doll bore the words 'Jerusalem is ours' and 'Jerusalem, we are coming!'; Palestinian Authority colors; a kaffiyeh; and a rock in its hand. The dolls were seized in containers imported to the PA via Israel from the United Arab Emirates.

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