Attack against soldier in the West Bank foiled

(JTA) – An attack against an Israeli soldier near a West Bank checkpoint was prevented.

The alleged assailant was wielding a screwdriver as he approached a soldier at the Shomron Regional Brigade junction, also known as the Huwwara checkpoint, near Nablus in the northern West Bank.

Other solders subdued the alleged assailant and detained him, according to the IDF.

The junction is a popular hitchhiking post.


Rasmea Odeh, Palestinian woman imprisoned in Israel for terror attack, takes U.S. plea deal

(JTA) – A Palestinian woman who had not told U.S. immigration authorities that she had been imprisoned in Israel for two terror attacks accepted a plea bargain that forces her to leave the country.

Rasmea Odeh, 69, would not spend time in U.S. prison or detention but would lose her U.S. citizenship, according to a Thursday statement by the Rasmea Defense Committee. [Read more…]


Arab-Israeli MK who smuggled phones into jail to serve two years

(JTA) – An Arab-Israeli Knesset member who allegedly smuggled cell phones to Palestinian terrorists in Israeli prisons will resign and serve two years in jail as part of a plea bargain, Israeli media reported.

Basel Ghattas of the Balad Party, which is part of the Arab Joint List, was suspended In January by the Knesset Ethics Committee. The deal was worked out and agreed upon Thursday, the Ma’ariv news site reported. [Read more…]


Palestinian man sentenced to two life terms for assisting in attack that killed father of 10

JERUSALEM (JTA) – A Palestinian man who assisted in a terror attack that killed an Israeli rabbi and father of 10 was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences.

Muhammad al-Amarya was sentenced Wednesday by a West Bank military court for the July 2016 drive-by shooting near Hebron that killed Rabbi Michael “Mikki” Mark, 48, the head of the Otniel Yeshiva. His wife, Chavi, was seriously injured, and two of their teenage children also were wounded. [Read more…]