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Iran sentences two U.S. citizens to 10 years in prison


An Iranian court has sentenced an Iranian-American businessman and his elderly father to 10 years in prison on charges of cooperating with the United States, Iranian media reported on Tuesday, the latest sign of an intensifying crackdown against Iranians with ties to the West.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in October 2015 detained Siamak Namazi, a businessman in his mid-40s with dual U.S.-Iranian citizenship, while he was visiting family in Tehran. The IRGC in February arrested his 80-year-old father, Baquer Namazi, a former Iranian provincial governor and former UNICEF official who also has dual citizenship.

Both men were sentenced to 10 years in prison for spying and cooperating with the U.S. government, said Tehran prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi, according to the Fars news website, without specifying when exactly the sentences had been handed down.

The U.S. State Department’s deputy spokesman, Mark Toner, said the father and son had been “unjustly detained” in Iran, and called for their immediate release.

Read more at: Reuters 

Netanyahu to cop hurt in Jerusalem attack: You prevented catastrophe

bibi-visit-copPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday visited a police officer injured in a shootout with a terrorist in Jerusalem the day before, thanking him for “preventing catastrophe.”

The gunman from East Jerusalem killed two people when he opened fire on passersby and those waiting at a light rail stop near Ammunition Hill in the north of the capital on Sunday morning. Levana Malihi, 60, a retired Knesset employee, and police officer First Sergeant Yosef Kirma, 29, were killed in the attack and six others were injured before the gunman was stopped by Kirma’s elite police reconnaissance unit Yasam.

Meeting with the officer on Monday, Netanyahu praised the unit, which he said stopped the terrorist from killing more people.

“This unit is the key to preventing catastrophe, and that’s precisely what happened, you prevented a larger catastrophe,” he said

Read more at The Times of Israel.

Jerusalem terrorist attack leaves trail of death and destruction

jerusalem 1As a police helicopter hovered above, dozens of plainclothes and uniformed officers cordoned off the area surrounding the small, white, bullet-riddled car that a terrorist drove during a shooting attack that left two dead and six wounded.

A forensics and bomb-disposal team carefully surveyed the area for explosives and evidence, as Arab children as young as five anxiously watched the scene unfold behind police lines, where journalists aggressively jockeyed for position to film the carnage.

The terrorist died during a gunfight with two Special Patrol officers who pursued him on a motorcycle into the capital’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, but not before shooting them both, as well as an unidentified woman caught in the crossfire.

One of the officers, Adv.- St.-Sgt.-Maj. Yosef Kirma, 29, died an hour after being shot in the head at close range. He was buried on Mount Herzl approximately five hours later at a ceremony attended by his wife, parents, two brothers, and hundreds of officers.  Read more at The Jerusalem Post.

Abbas’s Fatah party honors Jerusalem killer as ‘martyr’

fatah_flag-svgPA leader’s faction declares day of mourning for terrorist who shot dead two Israelis; Hamas leader congratulates his parents in phone call.

Israeli monitor group Palestinian Media Watch noted that the praise for the terrorist, whose identity remains under gag order in Israel, was posted on Fatah’s official Facebook page.

“The one who carried out the operation today in Jerusalem is a pilgrim [to Mecca] martyr, one of the most prominent people in Jerusalem and the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and a released prisoner,” Fatah said, according to an English translation of the Arabic provided by PMW.  Read more at The Times of Israel.