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Assem Barghouti suspected of participating in the murder of 4 day old Amiad Ish-Ran and IDF soldiers Staff Sergeant Yuval Mor Yosef and Sergeant Yosef Cohen, and the injury of numerous others, was arrested this morning. According to Palestinian Authority law and regulations, since he was arrested by Israel for his "participation in the struggle against the occupation", Barghouti is entitled to a monthly salary from the PA of 6,000 shekels [at today's exchange rate, about US$1,637 - TOW]. According to PA law, his salary will increase over time to 12,000 shekels per month
[at today's exchange rate, about US$3,274 - TOW]. Barghouti's starting salary is higher than most other terrorist prisoners, since he has already spent 11 years in prison for past involvement in terrorism. During his first term in prison, Barghouti received an estimated cumulative sum of 447,000 shekels [at today's exchange rate, roughly US$122,000 - TOW]. Additionally, according the PA law and regulations, upon his release, Barghouti was also entitled to a $6,000 one-time release grant and a guaranteed salary paid by the PA even if he did not work... ["Another baby murderer to receive fat salary from the PA", Palestinian Media Watch, January 8, 2019]
shot and injured seven Israeli civilians at a bus stop outside of the Ofra settlement on December 9. Among the wounded was a pregnant woman who gave birth prematurely. Her baby boy died three days later... [The two are the sons] of West Bank Hamas leader Omar Barghouti, from the village of Kobar... [Jerusalem Post, December 20, 2018]That younger brother who was the subject of an intense manhunt for several days was arrested on December 12, 2018 when IDF soldiers, conducting a manhunt, intercepted a cab he was riding in. Saleh died in the subsequent shootout with IDF forces. A second Palestinian Arab suspect also from Kobar, Wa’ed Barghouti, was arrested separately shortly afterward.
Almost all of them belong to one of eight family-clans of which the most prominent is the Barghoutis.
For a thinly-populated Palestinian Arab place, it possesses a rich and strikingly repellent charge-sheet:
- Kobar prides itself (when we checked last July) on having no fewer than 25 of its townspeople incarcerated in Israeli prisons.
- The murderous Barghoutis are close clansmen of, and from the same village (Kobar) as, Marwan Barghouti: convicted murderer, former acolyte of Yasser Arafat and Bishop Desmond Tutu's favored candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize. See "04-Apr-17: Something you rarely read about Marwan Barghouti the killer"; and "18-Apr-17: So what, in reality, is Marwan Barghouti?".
- In relation to Marwan Barghouti, we feel we have a personal account. He personally laid out $500 [archived source quoting a 2004 Jerusalem Post report] for the making of the explosive-filled guitar case that was brought to, and exploded inside, Jerusalem's Sbarro pizzeria destroying it on August 9, 2001 and killing fifteen innocent people including our daughter Malki.
- When another clansman from Kobar, Bilal Barghouti, a senior Hamas operative, was on the run from the Israeli security forces because of his involvement in the massacre at the Sbarro pizzeria (he was later convicted for his part), Marwan Barghouti sheltered him for a time in his home. Bilal Barghouti said for the record that, during his stay there, "he saw a number of weapons, and when he left the house Barghouti armed him with a gun for his use." [Source: CAMERA] Marwan Barghouti is an unindicted accessory after the fact to the Sbarro murders.
- (The Sbarro bombmaker was Abdullah Barghouti, yet another a clansman though we don't think this native of Kuwait ever lived in Kobar. Some background: "20-Jun-13: Abdullah Barghouti, terrorist, bomb-maker, killer of 66 innocents, has some demands".)
- Another clansman from Kobar: Na'el Barghouti whose background is here: "23-Feb-17: The fate of another Shalit Deal murderer and what this means for peace". Starting his career in terror with Fatah back in 1978, he converted as a prisoner to become a religious extremist and now owes his allegiance to the Islamist terrorists of Hamas.
- Kobar is located close to the Israeli community of Halamish (also known as Neve Tuf) where three members of one family, the Salomons, were slaughtered as they sat down to their Sabbath evening meal two summers ago. The attacker was from the Barghouti's home town:
Omar al-Abed, 19, from a Palestinian Arab settlement called Kobar - the home village of the notorious convicted Palestinian Arab terrorist Marwan Barghouti - jumped the fence in the dark and made his way to one of the nearby, brightly-lit houses. He burst into the home around 9:30 pm brandishing a kitchen knife he had purchased earlier in the day for what he admitted to be an intended knife attack on Jews... Times of Israel says the Salomons were celebrating the birth of a baby boy in the family. Also that El'ad's wife, Michal, managed to flee from the carnage and protect their five children behind a locked door in the house from where she called police. That same report quotes the 19 year-old murderer saying he was driven to carry out the killings by the incitement of "the imams on the Temple Mount". This statement ought to be getting much media amplification but almost certainly will not... ["22-Jul-17: Friday night carnage in Neve Tzuf"]
- Also from Kobar: Muhammed Tarek Ibrahim Dar Youssef whom we profiled in "27-Jul-18: A murderous Thursday night knifing attack in suburban Jerusalem; the killer, again, is a child". It's believed Kobar is where the arsonists who set the fires that destroyed a depressingly large number of Neve Tzuf's homes came from ["27-Nov-16: What lies behind the conflagration"].
Kobar's economic basis was bleak as of 2011 which is when some detailed analysis was published. Some 62.5% of its population were categorized at the time as "not economically active". The village was reported to have (and this is the whole list) an olive oil-press and two stone quarries, 14 grocery stores, one fruit and veg store, five "professional workshops", three service stores, and one shop for agricultural tools [source].
We have not yet found published data to show what share of daily life in this violent place is sustained by lifetime Pay-to-Slay stipends from the Palestinian Authority. Whatever it is, it grew larger today.