Israeli military announces successful completion of Operation Brother’s Keeper with 422 terrorists arrested

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at news conference 
By: Aryeh Savir

(Scroll down for video) The Israeli military said that they have successfully concluded Operation Brother’s Keeper with the arrests of hundreds of terrorists in the West Bank, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

The IDF and security forces set out 19 days ago to find the three boys, who were abducted by Hamas terrorists.

The IDF has vowed to continue its operations to eradicate the terrorist infrastructure, primarily in Judea and Samaria, but with the burial of the three boys, the IDF can now summarize and announce that the mission has essentially been completed.

422 terrorists were arrested during the operation, 335 of them Hamas members, and 12 of them organization leaders. 56 of those arrested were released during the Shalit deal and will now go back to prison for violating the terms of their release by returning to terrorism.

The IDF believes that it has dealt a significant blow to Hamas’ political, military and civil infrastructure.

The IDF targeted Hamas’ “ Dawa” network, a social-welfare system that fuels support for Hamas violence. The infrastructure is further used for the funneling of funds and recruitment. The IDF confiscated 1.2 million shekels ($347,000) in 84 operations, dealing a severe blow to Hamas’ financial viability.

The IDF literally turned every stone and entered every pit looking for the boys. 2218 homes were searched, as well as tens of caves and tunnels. During the hunt, a large amount of weapons were uncovered and confiscated.

17 illegal buildings were demolished during the operation, and last night, for the first time in several years, the IDF demolished the home of Hamas terrorist Ziad Awad, who was arrested for the murder of Baruch Mizrachi on Passover eve this year.

In summary, the IDF believes it has achieved several of the operation’s objectives and has significantly hindered Hamas’ ability to operate in Judea and Samaria.

In the meantime, tensions are constantly mounting on the Gazan front, with the amount of rocket attacks constantly increasing, including rockets that were fired at Israeli civilian targets from Gaza last night. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, before the start of the Security Cabinet meeting last night, stated: “We have three tasks. First, to reach the murderers and all those who participated in the kidnapping. Whoever was involved in the kidnapping and the murder will bear the consequences. We will neither rest nor slacken until we reach the last of them and it does not matter where they will try to hide. We will reach them all even if it takes time. This is our first goal and it will be carried out. Second, we must vigorously strike at Hamas members and infrastructures in Judea and Samaria. We have already arrested hundreds of Hamas activists. We have closed dozens of institutions. We have demolished homes. We are still active. Third, is that we must act against Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Hamas is continuing to encourage the abduction of our citizens and it is directly responsible for firing rockets and mortars at our territory, including in the past few hours. The IDF has been active in recent days against Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip and here as well we are still active. If need be, we will expand the campaign. Anyone who thinks that they can achieve anything by using terrorism against us, will continue to be mistaken and will achieve the opposite results. Hamas is responsible. Hamas has paid and Hamas will continue to pay."

Tens of thousands attend funerals and mourn loss of three kidnapped yeshiva students (photos videos)

Candle lighting ceremony 
By: Aryeh Savir and Anav Silverman

(Scroll down for photos and videos) Ten of thousands of Israelis attended the funerals and mourned the loss of three kidnapped yeshiva students, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

The families of the three murdered Israeli teens conducted separate services and eulogies before laying their children side-by-side in a joint funeral in the Modi’in cemetery.

Thousands gathered together in the home communities of Gil-ad Sha’ar, 16, Naftali Frankel, 16, and Eyal Yifrach, 19, whose bodies were discovered on Monday evening, not far from the site where they were abducted in Gush Etzion, by Hamas terrorists nearly three weeks ago.

Israel’s government ministers spoke at all the services. Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon spoke at the service of Eyal Yifrach in Elad. “The song of their lives was stopped. They were kidnapped and murdered just because they are Jews,” said Ya’alon. “Even in these hours, our security forces are looking for their murderers and we will not rest until we find them. Before us stands a cruel enemy, a terror organization that seeks to kill us. We will not be afraid and they will pay a heavy price. Dear Yifrach family, Iris and Uri, these hours of personal grief are shared by all of us. May their memories, Gilad, Naftali and Eyal, be blessed,” said Israel’s Defense Minister.

“You were such an example to your family. Your brothers are missing you, Eyal,” said the weeping father, Uri Yifrach. Eyal Yifrach’s grandfather said at his wake: "I am convinced that Eyal struggled with the kidnappers with all his strength, to show them that we are not afraid, because he was a hero in his soul, a hero in his love to the Land of Israel, a hero of his love for the people of Israel, and certainly did not go like sheep to the slaughter. I'm sure he gave them what he could to prove that we are in our country, our homeland, and we are confident in the righteousness of our way that the Land of Israel is ours.” Eyal’s father asked his son to whisper in God’s ear and ask him to give them strength to cope. “It is hard without you, we need strength,” he said. “We are loving people, we have the love and it will win. We will not break. We cry, but these are tears of strength. We will not give up. We are here and you can do nothing about it. We are a strong nation.”

Finance Minister Yair Lapid spoke at 16-year-old Gil-ad Sha’ar’s service in Talmon, and Education Minister Shay Piron spoke at Naftali Frankel’s service in Nof Ayalon. Both ministers spoke of the unity of the nation of Israel in the face of the heavy tragedy. “We will find the killers and punish them. The real revenge will be in the ability to bridge the gaps among us,” said Lapid. “We need one another on this day. We need one another, not anger, we need no further split, we need love, a common language,” said Lapid. “We are mourning a life which will not be actualized.”

“I remembered all the times we argued, how you would wake me up in the mornings to go to school,” said Shirel Sha’ar, Gil-ad’s sister with her mother holding her. “I told the nation of Israel how much I will miss wrapping you in my tallit during the blessing of the Cohanim, now that tallit is wrapping your body today,” said Gil-ad’s father, Ophir Sha’ar, in a breaking voice. “I believe your story will be told for generations. I was able to speak to you an hour before you set home and heard your loving voice. Your sisters loved and were proud of their only brother,” said Gil-ad’s father.

The community of Nof Ayalon, gathered together to remember 16-year-old Naftali Frankel. “Three young boys killed in cold blood, in a shared fate, which in turn can only make us better people. Your death will lead this nation together onwards. Rest in peace my dear son,” said the father of Naftali Frankel, Avi, in tears. “Those people were out there to hunt, and you were those chosen,” said Racheli, Naftali’s mother. “We are thankful for the army, police, security forces who promised to bring the boys back and they did. We will learn to sing without you. We will always hear your voice within us, Naftali.”

For the past three weeks, life in Israel seemed to have hit a pause. A heavy cloud descended on the nation as a rain of prayers poured forth from a people united in hope. From the moment that the report came out that three teenage Israeli boys had been abducted, hitchhiking home, on Thursday night, June 12, the quick-paced atmosphere of this tiny country slowed down.

The boys, were beloved members of their families, schools and respective communities. Naftali's aunt, Ittael Frankel told me two weeks ago during an interview that "These are very hard days. We are very optimistic. We really believe that with all this help, all the prayers that the country is praying for them, we hope to see them home soon."

"Naftali is a sweet kid -- a combination of fun and serious," his aunt told me in a soft-spoken voice. "He was supposed to take a biology exam tomorrow." I remember the only time Ittael smiled during the interview was when she described her nephew, lovingly calling him "delicious," an "amazing kid."

In my work as a journalist covering Israel in the past seven years, the tragic saga of these three boys struck a very deep chord with me, as it did with millions of other Israelis and people around the world. I didn't personally know the boys, nor their families, mentors or classmates previously. As I interviewed and wrote about them, I felt that I was given an opportunity to get know three special individuals whose families and communities further inspired my faith in the goodness of humanity.

Across Israel, prayer rallies were held at public squares and bus stops almost every day. It felt as if we were all praying for three abducted family members, whose disappearance was the main topic of conversation on public transport, in coffee shops, at work and around the dinner table. During the Sabbath services on the weekend, special prayers were said in synagogues across the Jewish state, with Psalms 120 and 121, designated as the appropriate psalms to be recited for the boys' rescue.

Until the very last day, Sunday, June 29, more than 10,000 people gathered together at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, to pray and sing for the safe return of the boys. The parents spoke as did the newly elected president of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, who asked that all religious leaders around the world, in churches and in mosques, join in prayer for the Israeli teens.

No one could know that the very next day, the boys' bodies would be discovered in a field north of Hebron, in a poorly dug grave hidden by bushes not far from the site of the Gush Etzion junction from where they were abducted.

No one could know that for nearly three weeks, the bodies of Eyal, Naftali and Gil-ad, had been abandoned after being shot by Hamas terrorists, who struck at the heart of a nation that so values its children.

Hundreds of Israelis accompanied the families of the terror victims, as the funeral procession made its way to the Modi'in cemetery where the three boys were buried in a joint-funeral after their families held separate services and eulogies in their respective hometowns. Holding Israeli flags and supportive signs, regular citizens stood at junctions along the way showing their love and solidarity.

Israel's heart is heavy. There is an overwhelming sadness as the nation attempts to process the difficult end to a heart wrenching chapter that has left many struggling for hope and for answers.

As the grandfather, Ezra, of 16-year-old Gilad Sha'ar said: "I have one wish for all the people who believed the last three weeks since the kidnapping that the boys would return alive: do not stop praying and believing."

 
 
 
 
 

New Jewish community formed in disputed E1 area in response to the Palestinian killing of three yeshiva students

Group of Israelis establishing new community 
By: Aryeh Savir

In response to the killing of three kidnapped yeshiva students, a group of Israelis formed a new Jewish community in the disputed E1 area near Jerusalem, the Tazpit News Agency reported.

During the early hours of Tuesday morning, the group of some thirty Israelis established the new community in the disputed E1 area near Ma’aleh Adumim.

The members of the group announced that their action is in response to the murder of the three kidnapped yeshiva students.

Five months ago, 15,000 protesters called on the government to build in the area. The area is in the municipality of Ma’aleh Adumim, and plans to build there have met international opposition because they hinder plans to establish a Palestinian capital there.

Yuval Aharoni, one of the group’s leaders, told the Tazpit News Agency that: “During these days in which terror tries to impair our lives and harm our national might, this is the time for a proper Zionist response, and to announce with confidence on the continuation of the construction and the development of new communities.” He further shared that this move is backed by the Ma’aleh Adumim municipality and they were visited by the mayor and his deputies.

MK Motti Yogev of Bayit Yehudi, stated that building the Land of Israel is always the right thing to do, and as a response to terrorism this is the proper Zionist reaction. “New communities in Judea and Samaria strengthen the security. Banish the darkness by shining the light brighter,” he said. MK Miri Regev of Likud, called on the government to implement Israeli sovereignty and law on Judea and Samaria. “Those who harm us wish to chase us away,” said MK Ze’ev Elkin of Likud. “Therefore, the proper response is to build. I call on the government to support these actions.”

Women in Green ascended a hilltop near the Gush Etzion Junction called “Givat Oz” last night. The regional IDF commander and Gush Etzion Municipal Head David Pearl, came to congratulate them.

Man arrested after sexually assaulting young girl to ‘help her fall asleep’

Juan Gabriel Moreno 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested for inappropriately touching a girl to “help her fall asleep.”

Police are investigating the man of Oklahoma, after the girl claimed that she was sexually assaulted by him while sleeping at his home.

Authorities in Oklahoma City, said that the victim's mother called police after receiving a phone call from her daughter. According to police reports, the daughter told her mother she needs to come home immediately.

The unidentified victim told investigators that Juan Gabriel Moreno, 33, came into her room and touched her.

The victim told police that she rolled over when Moreno tried to put his hand inside her shorts.

Moreno called the incident a misunderstanding. He told police that he was performing a Hispanic ritual called “Una Bereda,” to help the victim fall asleep.

According to the police report, Moreno said he rubbed an egg on the face of the victim to help her fall asleep faster.

Moreno faces charges of lewd acts with a child.

Man impregnates stepdaughter, 15, and takes her as second wife

Pregnant teen illustration 
By: Aarav Sen

A man was sentenced to jail for incest after impregnating his stepdaughter and then marrying her.

The 34-year-old man of Gweru, Zimbabwe, impregnated his wife’s 15-year-old daughter before marrying her as his second wife.

The two had a romantic relationship and slept together when the girl’s mother was not home.

The matter came to light when villagers began suspecting that there is something going on between the two and they told the mother about the affair.

When confronted, the teenager admitted that she had been dating her stepfather for over nine months and was already pregnant with his child.

The man later married the teenager as his second wife, and they began living together as husband and wife.

The matter was reported to the police, and both the husband and his stepdaughter wife were arrested.

The man told a court that he intended to give his young wife a second child as soon as he got out of jail.

The girl told the court that she was madly in love with her ​​stepfather, and will wait for him while he served his prison sentence.

The man and his stepdaughter wife were arraigned before a Gweru Magistrate Judith Taruvinga, and were charged with incest.

The man was found guilty and was sentenced to a 28 months prison term, while his stepdaughter wife, was also found guilty and sentenced to a five month suspended prison sentence on condition of good behavior.

Police shut down market selling human body parts for religious rituals

Abandoned building illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

Police shut down a market that sold human body parts for religious rituals this week, police in Nigeria said.

Kwara State Police said that they have discovered the criminal hideout of human parts dealers thanks to a tip by a concerned citizen.

The hideout was discovered in an unfinished building along Airport Road, in Ilorin. The building is owned by a 85-year-old woman.

When police arrived at the hideout they found a headless body, human feet and clothes allegedly used to strangle their victims. Police believe that the place was used as a marketplace where people who are involved in ritual activities, bought human parts.

So far, no arrest has been made in connection with the discovery. The 85-year-old owner of the building is being questioned.

Sexy mannequin displays blamed for eight car accidents in just two weeks

Mannequin illustration 
By: Anika Rao

(Scroll down for video) A new store in Oklahoma, is causing a stir with its new sexy mannequin displays.

An adult store, which has recently opened in Oklahoma City, is being blamed for an increase in the number of car accidents in the area.

The Hustler Hollywood store sells a wide variety of sex toys and lingerie. In the past two weeks alone, police have reported eight accidents.

One man involved in a car crash near the store complained that the sexy mannequin display is a “distraction” to drivers.

“I just had a minor fender bender after looking at the mannequins in the window of the new Hustler Hollywood store,” a man identified as Gary said.

A spokesperson for Hustler denied that there was anything too provocative about the mannequins, and described the display as tasteful and decent.

Store management said that they have no plans to take them down.

The Hustler Hollywood has 13 stores with their flagship store in West Hollywood on the renowned Sunset Strip.

Teen cuts 4-year-old girl’s private parts with knife so he can rape her

Girl illustration 
By: Devansh Dutt

People are calling for a teen to be castrated after he brutally raped a young child.

The teen of Tsholotsho, Zimbabwe, was arrested after he allegedly used a knife to cut the private parts of a girl so he can rape her.

The 17-year-old boy took the knife and cut open the private parts of the 4-year-old girl when he realized that her private parts were too small for his organ, according to 19-year-old Alois Ndebele. Ndebele was one of the people who took both the victim and the suspect to a police station in Tsholotsho.

“This guy took the girl’s underwear and shoved it into her mouth so that her screams could not be heard. After the incident, the girl was bleeding heavily and we thought she would not survive because she lost so much blood,” Ndebele said.

Tshakawa Village head Luke Ncube, said that the suspect has a long history of being aggressive and abusive. He said it was time for him to be sentenced to life imprisonment.

Luke Munyedzi, a member of the neighborhood watch committee along with other people, are requesting the teen to be castrated.

“He needs to be castrated because he has proven to be an animal. There is no peace in this area because of rapists like him,” Munyedzi said.

“We call on the government to establish a police station in this area so the police can instill discipline among these youths,” he added.

This incident comes at a time when the government is trying to curb sex crimes by launching the National Action Plan Against Rape and Sexual Abuse.

Drunk New York woman miraculously survives after being run over by three trains

Mary Downey 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

(Scroll down for video) A 22-year-old woman is lucky to be alive after she was run over by three trains.

The New York woman has survived being hit by three trains in Manhattan this week.

Mary Downey, who lives in Woodlawn in the Bronx, was drunk when she fell onto the tracks. She escaped with only a broken shoulder.

The woman fell onto the tracks at the 49th Street station near Times Square at 6:00 a.m., when she was making her way home after a night of partying.

She lost her balance while waiting on the platform, breaking her shoulder on the way down just before a train arrived.

Downey managed to squeeze herself between the rails as the train rode over her, avoiding being crushed to death.

Downey was finally discovered when the third train operator saw the hand waving for help. The subway operator managed to stop, but not before the third car was above her.

Metro staff called 911 and emergency crews arrived to remove Downey from under the train, police said.

The woman was taken by ambulance to Bellevue Hospital, where she was treated for a broken shoulder. Downey was released a few hours later in a wheelchair with a sling.

A group of friends came to support her and later took Downey home with a taxi.

Cable company refuses to cancel subscription of woman because she sounds like a man

Cable TV box illustration 
By: Hydar Tomar

(Scroll down for video) A woman is outraged after a cable company refused to cancel her monthly subscription because she sounds like a man.

56-year-old Norma Clarke of the United Kingdom, said that the company had no problem signing her up for the service.

However, when it came to cancel her Sky subscription, Clarke of Eccles, Manchester, said that the company refused her request because she sounds like a man. “I was not able to cancel my Sky package because the person on the other end of the line did not think I was a woman,” Clarke said.

Clarke suffers from a condition that makes her voice sound like a man. Despite going to several doctors, Clarke has been told that there is no cure for her condition.

However, Clarke said that men liked her weird voice because it is different from ordinary women.