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Palestinian Terrorist Who Killed American Teen Gets Four Life Sentences

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(JNS.org) Palestinian terrorist Mohammed Abdel Basset al-Kharoub, who murdered American teen Ezra Schwartz, 18, in November 2015, received four life sentences from Israel’s Ofer military court.

Schwartz, a Massachusetts native, was studying in Israel for his gap year before his planned attendance of Rutgers University...

US Boycotts UN Human Rights Session Targeting Israel

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(JNS.org) The U.S. State Department announced Monday that it plans to boycott a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that will examine alleged Israeli human rights abuses against the Palestinians.

“As an expression of our deeply held conviction that this bias must be addressed in order for the council to realize its legitimate purpose, the United States decided not to attend the council’s Item Seven General Debate session,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in a statement.

Agenda Item Seven mandates that the council discuss alleged Israeli human rights abuses at every session. Israel is the only country in the world with such a specific mandate...

Israel Plans Mass Evacuations in Event of New War

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(JNS.org) Israel is developing contingency plans to evacuate up to 250,000 civilians living in border communities in the event of a war breaking out with Hamas, Hezbollah or other Islamic terror groups.

The contingency plan, codenamed “Safe Distance,” was initiated in response to Hezbollah and Hamas’s stockpiling of large new weapons caches capable of striking all of Israel’s territory. According to a senior Israeli security official, since its war with Israel in 2006, Hezbollah has significantly expanded its arsenal to a stockpile of approximately 150,000 missiles.

The implementation of the evacuation plan would leave the traditional targets of terrorist rocket...

18 Palestinian Terror Suspects Arrested in Connection With WhatsApp Group

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(JNS.org) Israeli police have arrested 18 Palestinian terror suspects this week in connection with their membership in a suspicious chat group on the popular messenger app WhatsApp.

The chat group, dubbed “The Road to Paradise,” included Palestinian terrorist Muhammad Ibrahim Mattar, who initiated a pre-dawn stabbing attack last week at the Lions’ Gate entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City. In the attack, Mattar, 25, stabbed two Israeli border guards with a large butcher’s knife. The terrorist was shot by the injured guards and later died of his wounds.

Arrests of the WhatsApp group’s members came a day following Mattar’s stabbing attack in the Old City. The Israel Police...

Shin Bet Arrests Gazan Who Diverted Money From Aid Projects to Hamas Military

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(Ilana Messika/TPS) The Israeli Security Agency (Shin Bet) arrested on February Gazan Muhammad Murtaja, 29 years old, coordinator of the Gaza branch of the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) organization, a humanitarian assistance program run by the Government of Turkey. Murtaja is suspected of membership in Hamas’ military wing (Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades).

The investigation revealed that Murtaja was recruited to Hamas in late 2008 and since 2009 has served in the group’s military wing. His activities have included, among others, military training and exercise, the manufacturing of weapons and explosive devices, as well as the digging of terror tunnels. Murtaja...

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