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US official: Teen killed in Kiryat Arba was American citizen

Man in his 40s seriously hurt, woman in her 60s lightly wounded in Netanya stabbing just hours after deadly attack near Hebron

An ambulance and soldiers are seen outside a house in Kiryat Arba where a 13-year-old Israeli girl was stabbed to death in her bedroom by a Palestinian terrorist on June 30, 2016. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)
An ambulance and soldiers are seen outside a house in Kiryat Arba where a 13-year-old Israeli girl was stabbed to death in her bedroom by a Palestinian terrorist on June 30, 2016. (AFP/Menahem Kahana)

The Times of Israel liveblogged Thursday’s events as they unfolded.

PM: World must condemn Kiryat Arba attack as it did Orlando, Brussels

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls on the international community to condemn today’s terror attack in Kiryat Arba that killed an Israeli teenage girl as it did recent terror attacks in the US and Belgium.

“The whole world must condemn this murder just as it condemns the bombings in Orlando and Brussels,” Netanyahu says during security consultations with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman in the wake the attack.

“We will not be broken,” he says.

An ambulance and soldiers are seen outside a house in Kiryat Arba where a 13-year-old Israeli girl was stabbed to death in her bedroom by a Palestinian terrorist on June 30, 2016. (AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA)

An ambulance and soldiers are seen outside a house in Kiryat Arba where a 13-year-old Israeli girl was stabbed to death in her bedroom by a Palestinian terrorist on June 30, 2016. (AFP PHOTO/MENAHEM KAHANA)

Mother of slain teen: Murderous terrorist killed my daughter

The mother of the 13-year-old Israeli girl murdered by a Palestinian terrorist pays tribute to her daughter, who she says was a “happy girl.”

“My daughter was sleeping, peacefully, calmly, a happy girl,” says Rina Ariel, according to the Srugim website. “A murderous terrorist came to her bed, inside Kiryat Arba, and killed her.”

Hallel Yaffa Ariel was stabbed to death earlier today by a Palestinian terrorist who broke into her room and attacked her as she slept.

“I’m a mother, I am small, I don’t say anything,” Rina Ariel says. “I’m only asking that everyone will see the pain, come to offer comfort, come to strengthen, come to say that Kiryat Arba is ours, a place where we can live and not perish, and sustain our love of the place and of Israel. May Hallel rest in peace.”

Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, was killed in a stabbing attack in her bedroom in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, June 30, 2016. (Courtesy)

Hallel Yaffa Ariel, 13, was killed in a stabbing attack in her bedroom in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, June 30, 2016. (Courtesy)

Boris Johnson takes himself out of running for British PM

British MP Boris Johnson, a prominent campaigner for Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, says he will not be a candidate for leadership of Conservative Party.

Johnson’s decision means Justice Secretary Michael Gove and Home Secretary Theresa May are front-runners in the race.

They and others will compete to succeed Prime Minister David Cameron, who resigned last week after his call to remain in the EU failed.

— AP

Turkey: Istanbul bombers from Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan

A Turkish official says the terrorists who carried out Tuesday’s deadly suicide attacks at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport were from Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.

Forty-two people were killed and hundreds more wounded in the attacks.

— AP

Corbyn accused of comparing Israel, Islamic State

British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn comes under fire for what critics say is a comparison between Israel and the Islamic State.

“Our Jewish friends are no more responsible for the actions of Israel or the Netanyahu government than our Muslim friends are for those of various self-styled Islamic states or organizations,” says Corbyn in response to the findings of the party’s inquiry into anti-Semitism. He rejects claims that he is drawing a parallel between the two, saying “Of course I’m not.”

The inquiry finds that while there is an “occasionally toxic atmosphere” in the party, Labour is not overrun by racism of any form.

Labour councillor Sam Stopp, who represents the London district of Wembley, calls for Corbyn to resign over the comment.

Labour anti-Semitism report: Party not overrun by racism

An internal investigation into allegations of anti-Semitism in Britain’s Labour party finds that while there is an “occasionally toxic atmosphere,” the opposition party is not overrun by racism of any form.

The BBC reports that the inquiry, which was headed by veteran human rights campaigner Shami Chakrabarti, made 20 recommendations on combating racism and anti-Semitism. The recommendations include avoiding terms such as “Zio” and refraining from making comparisons to the Holocaust, Hitler or Nazis during discussions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

There was “too much clear evidence… of ignorant attitudes,” Chakrabarti says.

The inquiry, which was launched following a spate of suspensions of Labour members for anti-Israel and anti-Semitic remarks, also advocates against lifetime bans on members.

Lapid to Labor: Cut ties with UK party over Corbyn’s IS remark

Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid calls on Israel’s Labor Party to sever all ties with its Britihs counterpart after its leader Jeremy Corbyn apparently compared Israel to the Islamic State.

“It is unacceptable that on such a difficult day for the State of Israel, when an innocent young girl was murdered in a terror attack by an evil terrorist just because she was a Jew, the leader of the opposition in the UK compares Israel and ISIS, made worse by being at the launch of a report on anti-Semitism in his own party,” says Lapid, according to a statement released by his office.

“It is an infuriating comparison which is evidence of [Corbyn’s] ignorance. It is pure anti-Semitism. The State of Israel is governed by democratic values, morality and justice, and fights every day against terror organisations who are sworn to the murder of innocents. I call upon the Labor Party in Israel to cut all ties with their counterpart in the UK until the leader of the Labour Party, Jeremy Corbyn, is replaced.”

Turkish official: Istanbul bombers were members of IS in Syria

A senior Turkish government source tells CNN that there is “strong evidence” the bombers who killed 43 people in Tuesday’s Istanbul airport attacks came from the Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa.

The source also says that the leadership of the jihadist group was involved in the planning of the attack.

A Turkish riot police officer patrols Ataturk Airport's main entrance in Istanbul, on June 28, 2016. (Ozan Kose/AFP)

A Turkish riot police officer patrols Ataturk Airport’s main entrance in Istanbul, on June 28, 2016. (Ozan Kose/AFP)

Police launch probe into Israelis who went to Ramallah

Israel Police launch a criminal investigation into the nine Jewish Israelis who had to be extracted from the West Bank city of Ramallah last night when they came under attack from a Palestinian mob.

The nine, all members of the “Two States, One Homeland” peace movement, face charges of deliberately entering a restricted area and endangering the lives of security forces who were sent to retrieve them.

The remains of an Israeli car set alight by a Palestinian mob in the West Bank city of Ramallah on June 29, 2016 (photo: Israel Police spokesman)

The remains of an Israeli car set alight by a Palestinian mob in the West Bank city of Ramallah on June 29, 2016 (photo: Israel Police spokesman)

— Judah Ari Gross

Herzog slams Corbyn’s ‘outrageous’ comparison of Israel to IS

The head of Israel’s Labor party, Isaac Herzog, condemns UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s “outrageous” comparison of Israel and the Islamic State.

“Corbyn’s suggestion of moral equivalence between Israel and ISIS is outrageous, unacceptable, and a betrayal of global Labour values,” Herzog writes in a rare Twitter comment in English. “Corbyn’s views represent a consistent hatred of Israel.”

Corbyn made the remarks while discussing the findings of Labour’s inquiry into anti-Semitism in the party.

US Army’s Andrews base on lockdown after active shooter report

The US Army’s Joint Base Andrews, which houses Air Force One, tweets that the base is on lockdown due to a report of an active shooter.

The tweet instructs all personnel at the base in Washington’s Maryland suburbs to shelter in place and says more information will be released as it comes.

A second tweet from the base says the incident is ongoing at the Malcolm Grow Medical Facility and first responders are on the scene. It instructs everyone to continue to shelter in place, a precaution meant to keep people safe while remaining indoors.

— AP

UN’s Mideast envoy to brief Security Council on Quartet report

The UN’s Middle East envoy, Nickolay Mladenov, is to brief the Security Council in the coming minutes on a long-awaited report on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Mladenov says on Twitter that he plans to discuss the report drawn up by the Quartet of Mideast peacemakers during a Security Council session at 10 a.m. New York time (5 p.m. Israel time).

The Quartet, which has been seeking to foster a two-state solution to the conflict, consists of the United Nations, the European Union, the United States and Russia.

“The report is expected to expose the full extent of Israeli policies beyond settlements construction in the West Bank as well as the need for the Palestinians to stop incitement to violence,” says a source familiar with the report.

— AFP

IDF naval commando asks court to strike down Turkey deal

A reservist in Israel’s elite Shayetet 13 naval unit petitions the High Court to overturn the newly signed reconciliation agreement with Turkey.

The commando asks the court to strike down the compensation payment to the families of the 10 Turkish nationals killed during violent clashes with Israeli troops who boarded their flotilla ship as it was was trying to break through the Israeli blockade on Gaza.

He writes in the petition that the payment of compensation and accompanying apology from Israel harm him and his IDF comrades who daily put themselves in harm’s way, Army Radio reports.

US condemns ‘unconscionable’ Kiryat Arba attack

The US State Department condemns today’s terror attack in Kiryat Arba in which a 13-year-old girl was murdered as she slept.

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the outrageous terrorist attack this morning in the West Bank where a 13-year-old girl, Hallel Ariel, was stabbed to death in her home,” says the statement from spokesman John Kirby.

“This brutal act of terrorism is simply unconscionable. We extend our deepest condolences to her family. We also understand another individual who was responding to the attack was wounded by the attacker. We extend our hopes for a quick and full recovery.”

Mother of Kiryat Arba terrorist: My son is a hero

The mother of the Palestinian terrorist who killed an Israeli teenage girl as she slept in her bed early this morning tells a Hebron news channel that her son was “a hero” who made her “proud.”

“My son died as a martyr defending Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” the Palestinian Media Watch organization quotes the mother of Muhammad Tarayrah as saying. “Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, he [my son] has joined the martyrs before him, and he is not better than them. Allah willing, all of them will follow this path, all the youth of Palestine. Allah be praised.”

Muhammad Nasser Tarayrah, 17, from the Palestinian village of Bani Naim was the terrorist who killed 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel in her bedroom in Kiryat Arba on June 30, 2016. (Facebook)

Muhammad Nasser Tarayrah, 17, from the Palestinian village of Bani Na’im was the terrorist who killed 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel in her bedroom in Kiryat Arba on June 30, 2016. (Facebook)

Jewish Labour MP: I was attacked at event on party’s anti-Semitism inquiry

Jewish Labour MP Ruth Smeeth says she was verbally attacked by supporters of leader Jeremy Corbyn during an event in London to unveil the findings of the party’s inquiry into anti-Semitism.

“This morning, at the launch of the Chakrabarti Inquiry into antisemitism, I was verbally attacked by a Momentum activist and Jeremy Corbyn supporter who used traditional antisemitic slurs to attack me for being part of a ‘media conspiracy,'” she writes on her website.

Smeeth continues: “It is beyond belief that someone could come to the launch of a report on antisemitism in the Labour Party and espouse such vile conspiracy theories about Jewish people, which were ironically highlighted as such in Ms Chakrabarti’s report, while the leader of my own party stood by and did absolutely nothing.

“People like this have no place in our party or our movement and must be opposed. Until today I had made no public comment about Jeremy’s ability to lead our party, but the fact that he failed to intervene is final proof for me that he is unfit to lead, and that a Labour Party under his stewardship cannot be a safe space for British Jews. I have written to the General Secretary of the Labour Party and the Chair of the Parliamentary Labour Party to formally complain about this morning’s events.

“No-one from the Leader’s office has contacted me since the event, which is itself a catastrophic failure of leadership. I call on Jeremy Corbyn to resign immediately and make way for someone with the backbone to confront racism and antisemitism in our party and in the country.”

UN envoy: Quartet report highlights terror, settlements, Gaza

The Middle East Quartet’s upcoming report on the stalled Israeli-Palestinian negotiations will detail three trends that undermine hopes for peace, the UN’s special envoy to the region, Nickolay Mladenov, tells the Security Council.

Mladenov names the three areas of concern as terror, violence and incitement; Israel’s settlement policy in the West Bank; and the fact that Gaza is currently not under the control of the Palestinian Authority.

“Violence, terrorism, and incitement to violence are fundamentally incompatible with advancing a peaceful two-state solution,” he says.

The Quartet hopes to publish the report tomorrow morning, Mladenov tells the Council.

— Raphael Ahren

PM mulls second controversial ambassador to Brazil

Less than a year after Brazil’s unprecedented rejection of a former settler leader as Israeli ambassador, Netanyahu is considering a candidate reportedly with no diplomatic experience to represent the state in Latin America’s largest nation.

Yossi Sheli, a former businessman who once was barred from public office for three years, has no state advocacy credentials, Ynet reports.

Sheli was barred from public office after admitting he had not declared his political affiliation, despite being a Likud member, at a time when he acted as chairman of the Israel Postal Company’s board of directors and director-general of Beersheba municipality.

In 2012, Sheli signed a plea bargain in which he admitted to the charge of breach of statutory duty without permission. According to the deal, he was forbidden from serving the state until June 2015.

The Prime Minister’s Office has already approached the Committee for Appointments in the Foreign Service seeking its approval for Sheli’s nomination, Ynet says.

— JTA

Livni hits back at Corbyn: Not all Brits are to blame for him

Zionist Union MK Tzipi Livni takes to Twitter to mock UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s comparison of Israel to Islamic State.

“Corbyn’s words imply a serious lack of moral judgement,” she writes in English. “Just as all Muslims are not to blame for ISIS, not all Brits are to blame for Corbyn.”

Germany issues Hebrew condemnation of Kiryat Arba attack

Germany issues a condemnation in Hebrew of the Kiryat Arba terror attack earlier today that killed 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel in her bed.

The stabbing of a 13-year-old girl in her sleep marks a new record in acts of atrocity and cruelty,” the statement says.

“No religion, no political conflict and no personal frustration can justify the malicious murder of a child in her sleep. It is incumbent on all those responsible for decision-making in the region to act together to eradicate the hatred that is filling people’s heads and to promote human values.”

Funeral for slain Kiryat Arba teen gets underway

The funeral procession for 13-year-old Hallel Yaffe Ariel is taking place, hours after she was murdered in her bed in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba.

He father recites kaddish (Jewish mourners’ prayer) in the family’s front yard, while her mother cries over her body. After the prayers, the group of several dozen mourners begins walking toward the Old Hebron Cemetery, where she is to be laid to rest.

The procession moves to the courtyard of a local school where family and members of the community are to speak. Hundreds of mourners turn out at the school, among them Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel and Education Minister Naftali Bennett.

The father of 13-year-old terror victim Hallel Yaffa Ariel, left, weeps at her funeral in Kiryat Arba on June 30, 2016 (photo: Judah Ari Gross)

The father of 13-year-old terror victim Hallel Yaffa Ariel, left, weeps at her funeral in Kiryat Arba on June 30, 2016 (Judah Ari Gross/Times of Israel)


— Judah Ari Gross

We will keep building, Bennett vows at funeral for Kiryat Arba teen

Bennett tells mourners at the funeral for terror victim Hallel Ariel that Israel will continue to implement its construction policies on both sides of the Green Line.

“We will build, in Sarona and Kiryat Arba, in Jaffa and Jerusalem, in Itamar and Beersheba,” he says.

Echoing a similar sentiment from Netanyahu earlier today, Bennett says there is no difference between jihadist terror attacks in Kiryat Arba and in Paris, and warns that anyone who does make a distinction “brings the next terror attack upon himself.”

He also pays tribute to Hallel, who was killed in her bed as she slept.

“You didn’t need to be here today. You should have been dancing or volunteering,” Bennett says. “You are a link in the chain of Jewish heroism standing up to anti-Semitism. Our enemies think they can break our history of living in Hebron. They are wrong.”

— Judah Ari Gross

Man seriously hurt in stabbing attack in Netanya

A man in his 30s is in serious condition after a stabbing attack in Netanya.

The attack took place near the city’s market, Israel Radio reports.

The attacker is shot and subdued, Channel 10 says.

2 people hurt in Netanya stabbing

Magen David Adom says it has treated two people for stab wounds in Netanya.

The victims are a man of about 40, who is in serious condition, and a woman of about 60 who sustained moderate wounds.

The two are taken to Laniado Hospital in the city.

 

Local media: Netanya stabber is shot dead

Local media reports say that the stabber who wounded two people in Netanya a short time ago has been shot dead.

The attacker left a man in serious condition and a woman with moderate wounds before he was stopped.

Security forces hunting for possible Netanya accomplice

Security forces are searching the area of this evening’s stabbing attack in Netanya for a potential accomplice of the attacker, who wounded two people before he was shot dead.

The area of the attack, near the city’s market, is closed off to the public. Police say that the motive for the attack has yet to be ascertained.

A-G ends probe into Silvan Shalom sex abuse allegations

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit closes the preliminary investigation into alleged sexual offenses by former minister Silvan Shalom due to lack of evidence.

Mandelblit finds that there is no merit to continuing the investigation into the allegations given the lack of evidence and due to the statute of limitations, Walla reports.

Netanya attacker: 46-year-old Palestinian from West Bank

The terrorist who stabbed and wounded two people in Netanya is identified as a 46-year-old Palestinian from the area of the West Bank city of Tulkarem.

 

UK chief rabbi raps Corbyn for ‘offensive’ comments on Israel

Britain’s chief rabbi condemns comments by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn at the launch of a report on anti-Semitism in the party, in which he appeared to compare Israel to the Islamic State.

Ephraim Mirvis says the remarks were “offensive” and likely to cause more concern about Labour’s stance.

“The comments by the leader of the Labour Party at the launch, however they were intended, are themselves offensive, and rather than rebuilding trust among the Jewish community, are likely to cause even greater concern,” Mirvis says.

Corbyn denies making the comparison.

— AFP

 

Wiesenthal Center: Halt PA funding until it ends incitement

Following the attack in Kiryat Arba that killed 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel, the Simon Wiesenthal Center calls on the international community to suspend funding for the Palestinian Authority until it ends its “promotion of serial hatred of Jews and glorification of murderers.”

“Everyone in the world, from the Quartet to the EU, to the US State Department has a long menu of demands of Israel in order to reach a peace accord with the Palestinians, the center’s dean Marvin Hier and associate dean Abraham Cooper say in a statement.

“After the latest murder of a Jewish girl while she slept in her bed by a Palestinian terrorist — who glorified Hitler on his Facebook page, the Jewish people have their own precondition: The Palestinian Authority and the institutions it funds, from TV to schools, to mosques must end their promotion of serial hatred of Jews and glorification of murderers,” they write.

The statement continues: “It is time for donor nations, NGOs and churches who back the Palestinians to finally demand accountability, policies and actions worthy of a true peace partner, not Murder Incorporated. The most important step that the international community can take right now is to suspend funding of the PA until it proves it is committed to peace, not murder.”

Netanya mayor: We won’t let terrorists disrupt our lives

Netanya Mayor Miriam Feirberg-Ikar strikes a defiant note after a terrorist stabs and wounds two people in the city, vowing that such attacks will not derail residents’ lives.

“We, the residents of Netanya, will not allow a vile murderer to disrupt life in the city,” she says, according to Maariv. “I wish the wounded a speedy recovery, and hope they soon return soon to their normal routine.”

She adds: “This is a despicable act by a terrorist whose sole purpose was to harm Israelis wherever they are, out of a desire to disrupt our lives.”

Netanyahu: You don’t murder a sleeping child for peace

The prime minister posts a video message on Facebook in which he again condemns this morning’s terror attack in Kiryat Arba that killed a 13-year-old girl and lambastes incitement in the Palestinian territories.

“You don’t murder a sleeping child for peace,” he says. “You don’t slit a little girl’s throat to protest a policy you don’t like. You do this because you’ve been brainwashed. You’ve been brainwashed by a warped ideology that teaches you that this child isn’t human.
We will not let barbarism defeat humanity.”

US official: Teen killed in Kiryat Arba was American citizen

A US official says the 13-year-old Israeli girl killed this morning in Kiryat Arba was an American citizen, AP’s diplomatic correspondent Matt Lee says on Twitter.

Hallel Yaffa Ariel was murdered by a Palestinian terrorist who snuck into her bedroom while she slept.

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Mother of Kiryat Arba terrorist: My son is a hero

The mother of the Palestinian terrorist who killed an Israeli teenage girl as she slept in her bed early this morning tells a Hebron news channel that her son was “a hero” who made her “proud.”

“My son died as a martyr defending Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” the Palestinian Media Watch organization quotes the mother of Muhammad Tarayrah as saying. “Praise be to Allah, Lord of the Worlds, he [my son] has joined the martyrs before him, and he is not better than them. Allah willing, all of them will follow this path, all the youth of Palestine. Allah be praised.”

Muhammad Nasser Tarayrah, 17, from the Palestinian village of Bani Naim was the terrorist who killed 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel in her bedroom in Kiryat Arba on June 30, 2016. (Facebook)
Muhammad Nasser Tarayrah, 17, from the Palestinian village of Bani Na’im was the terrorist who killed 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel in her bedroom in Kiryat Arba on June 30, 2016. (Facebook)