A Palestinian terrorist stabbed a young British woman to death on Jerusalem’s light rail on Friday. The victim was Hannah Bladon, 21, a theology student at the University of Birmingham who was studying the Bible, archaeology, and religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
The assailant, identified as 57-year-old Jamil Tamimi, a Palestinian from the Ras al-Amud neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem, reportedly had a history of mental illness. "This is yet another case of a Palestinian suffering from personal, mental or moral distress choosing to commit an act of terror to escape his problems," the Shin Bet security service said. After stabbing Bladon several times in the chest, Tamimi was wrestled to the ground by two passengers on the tram.
The Hebrew University expressed its condolences in a statement: "The university condemns such acts of terror and murder that hurt innocents who have come to Jerusalem to learn and to enrich their academic knowledge. The university's administration and staff members are providing all the necessary support to all the students, staff members and families in Israel and abroad. May her memory be a blessing."
Israeli leaders, including President Reuven Rivlin, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the opposition Isaac Herzog, and Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon all sent their sympathies to Bladon’s family. “In the name of all the people of Israel, I offer condolences to the family of the murdered girl,” Netanyahu said.
The United States Department of Justice announced on Thursday that it would seek the prosecution of two Palestinians for the killing of an American national.
Ayad Fatafta and Kifah Ghanimat are being charged in the December 2010 murder of Kristine Luken. According to an affidavit filed in the case, “Fatafta and Ghanimat stabbed to death Ms. Luken, a 44-year old U.S. national who was hiking near an archaeological site while visiting Israel. She died at the scene,” the DoJ statement said.
Fatafta and Ghanimat were later convicted in an Israeli court of murdering Luken and a friend who was hiking with her and survived, the Associated Press reported. Fatafta was sentenced to life in prison plus twenty years, and Ghanimat was sentenced to two life terms prison plus 60 years for the attack and a second crime.
According to court documents, Ghanimat told Israeli authorities “that they were going to kill every Jewish person that they met.” Though Luken was a Christian missionary, her friend Kay Wilson was wearing a Star of David at the time of the attack.
Luken’s step-mother, Meg Luken, told the AP that the family was “very encouraged” by the filing of charges in the case.
Both Fatfata and Ghanimat are serving their prison sentences in Israel. The American charges could be significant if either are freed in a future prisoner exchange.
The DoJ issued an extradition request last month to Jordan for Ahlam Tamimi, who was convicted in the 2001 Sbarro Pizza bombing in Jerusalem. Two of those killed in the attack, Malka Roth and Shoshana Yehudit (Judy) Greenbaum, were American citizens. Tamimi was released in a 2011 prisoner exchange to free Israeli solider Gilad Shalit from Hamas and was deported to Jordan.
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The Iranian government is cracking down on Telegram, an encrypted text messaging app that has gained widespread popularity in the Islamic Republic.
Telegram allows its users to remain anonymous, allowing Iranian citizens to share and access information that is typically censored by Tehran.
The regime is now demanding “Telegram channels with more than 5,000 followers to register with the country’s Culture Ministry,” Al-Monitor reported Thursday.
“In March, Attorney General Mohammed Jaffar Montazeri said that approximately 16,000-20,000 Telegram channels are blocked each week. Montazeri stressed that this practice is not enough to stop the tide of new channels and that Iran must create its own messaging app with servers based in the country,” Al-Monitor added.
The Iranian government has already blocked access to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google Plus. Iran has banned “almost all of the 500 most popular websites on the web,” Quartz reported last August. That same month, Iran announced that it had completed the first of three phases in launching a “national internet,” which would connect Iranian users to a domestic intranet while blocking them from accessing the broader international web.
When Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was asked in 2013 if it was hypocritical for him to have Facebook and Twitter accounts while those platforms were denied to average Iranians, the minister laughed and said, “that’s life.”
On May 7, 2017, the Israeli nonprofit Modern Agriculture Foundation is bringing together international food-tech industry experts, government representatives, academics and students to drive the “clean meat” movement from small-scale production to mass production on a global scale.Clean meat, also called cultured meat, is real meat grown from animal cells in food-production facilities without slaughter. It’s “cleaner” in terms of basic sanitation and environmental friendliness. Clean meat also is meant to reduce animal suffering and health crises caused by food-borne pathogens and drug residues in meat from slaughtered animals. Topics will include technologies and bioengineering tools for mass production of clean meat, regulation and legal issues, and strategies to gain consumer awareness and trust. Dr. Yaron Bogin, head of The Modern Agriculture Foundation, will speak on “Why Israel is Well-Positioned to Advance Cultured Meat.”The Modern Agriculture Foundation partners with academia, commercial companies and the general public to raise awareness and resources for the clean meat field.The conference will take place in Haifa at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s Faculty of Biotechnology & Food Engineering. (via Israel21c)