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The Daily TIP: Two Israelis Killed in Brutal Terror Attack; Seen as Assault on Coexistence

Posted by Tip Staff - October 08, 2018

Two Israelis Killed in Brutal Terror Attack; Seen as Assault on Coexistence
Jewish Community Center in Northern Virginia Defaced with Swastikas
For First Time Since Downing of Russian Plane, Netanyahu Set to Meet Putin
Israeli Dance Company Embarks of Four-Week Tour of Latin America

Two Israelis Killed in Brutal Terror Attack; Seen as Assault on Coexistence

A Palestinian terrorist killed two Israelis and wounded a third in a terror attack on Sunday at a factory in the West Bank’s Barkan Industrial Park, hailed as an oasis of coexistence for Israelis and Palestinians, The Times of Israel reported.

The two victims of the terrorist attack have been identified as 28-year-old Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel and 35-year-old Ziv Hajbi, both parents of young children.

The suspect, named as 23-year-old Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na’alwa from the village of Shuwaykah near the Palestinian city of Tulkarem, was employed at the park as an electrician. He entered the factory at around 7 a.m. with a semi-automatic Carl Gustav rifle hidden in his bag, the military said.

Inside, he tied-up Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel before shooting and killing her at close range. Also killed in the attack was her co-worker Ziv Hajbi. A third person working at the industrial complex was shot and wounded, though she managed to crawl under her desk and survived.

After the attack, the assailant fled the scene, still armed with the submachine gun, the military confirmed. The attack was later determined by Israeli authorities to be an act of terror because of a suicide note left by the perpetrator, in which he reportedly left political and religious messages.

United States envoy Jason Greenblatt said that Sunday’s terrorist attack was an assault on peace. “The Barkan industrial center is a beacon for coexistence and a model for the future. Today's terror attack is reprehensible and should be universally condemned. Join me in praying for the wounded and sending comfort to the families of the victims,” Greenblatt tweeted.

The industrial zone is home to 164 factories and employs 7,200 workers, including 4,200 Palestinians and 3,000 Israelis, according to the Samaria Regional Council which has jurisdiction over the park.

“We believe in a vision of peace,” the logistical manager of the park said after the attack. “We create real coexistence and peace here. We opened factories and invested millions of shekels.”

Jewish Community Center in Northern Virginia Defaced with Swastikas

An unknown vandal spray painted swastikas on a Jewish Community Center in northern Virginia, The Washington Post reported Sunday.

It was the second time that the JCC had been vandalized in 18 months. In 2017, Dylan M. Mahone was arrested and charged with "hate-related offenses," for vandalizing the JCC, a nearby church, and community college, with anti-Semitic graffiti and stickers.

The vandalism was discovered Saturday morning. Video from security cameras showed an individual wearing dark pants and a hooded sweatshirt spray painting the building at 4:30 in the morning. Police have released stills of the suspect.

“We were shocked the first time that this happened. So, we’re not shocked that it has happened again, but we are profoundly disappointed,” David Yaffe, president of the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia’s board of directors, said. “We know this does not reflect the feelings of the local community or of the Northern Virginia community, but it is sad that this is taking place in 2018.”

According to the Anti-Defamation League, there were 1,986 anti-Semitic incidents in the United States in 2017, marking a nearly 60 percent increase over 2016. The anti-Semitic incidents included "physical assault, bomb threats and cemetery desecrations to vandalism and harassment," The Post reported.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D - Va.), condemned the vandalism, writing, "An insidious rise in hateful actions and anti-Semitism is happening in Virginia and across the country. We must meet it with fierce condemnation and an over-abundance of love and unity. We cannot allow hate to fester."

For First Time Since Downing of Russian Plane, Netanyahu Set to Meet Putin

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he will soon be meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin, which would be the first meeting between the two leaders since errant Syrian fire downed a Russian military plane last month, The Jerusalem Post reported Sunday.

Netanyahu announced the proposed meeting at the beginning of Sunday's weekly cabinet meeting. He said that he would meet with Putin "in order to continue the important inter-military security coordination" in Syria. He added that, despite the diplomatic fallout since the incident, "Israel will act at all times to prevent Iran from establishing a military presence in Syria."

However, the Post observed that since the downing of the Russian plane, which the Russian military blamed on Israel, "there have been no reports of Israeli action against Iranian or Hezbollah targets in Syria."

Though the Russian government usually publishes readouts of calls between Netanyahu and Putin, the Kremlin only listed Netanyahu as being one of the world leaders who sent birthday wishes to Putin.

The meeting would be the fourth between Netanyahu and Putin over the past two years. They most recently met over the summer, before Putin met with United States President Donald Trump. At the time, Netanyahu said that he had received assurances from the Russian leader that the latter would not allow Iranian troops near Israel's border.

Despite the tension over the downed plane, Israeli and Russian delegations are beginning a two-day meeting to bolster economic ties between the two countries, The Times of Israel reported Monday. Among the topics to be discussed are trade, pension payments to Russian immigrants in Israel, health, and education.

Israeli Dance Company Embarks of Four-Week Tour of Latin America

The Vertigo Dance Company of Jerusalem is doing a Latin American performance tour from October 7 through November 5, presenting Noa Wertheim’s “White Noise” in Mexico, Panama, Peru and Colombia.

The dance company also was supposed to perform in Nicaragua, but due to anti-government riots going on there, that stop was canceled for safety reasons. The dancers will instead use that time to extend their stays in Mexico and Panama, where they will give dance lessons to children of the Jewish communities, as well as student dancers and young dancers.

The tour was made possible with the assistance of the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage Affairs in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Israeli independence.

(via Israel21c)

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