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October 8, 2015

A hanging in Iran

On 10 October 2015, the 13th World Day Against the Death Penalty is raising awareness around the application of the death penalty for drug-related offences, to reduce its use.

As the 13th World Day Against the Death Penalty, approaches on 10. October, reports by Iran Human Rights (IHR) show that Iran's use of the death penalty in 2015 is higher than in more than 25 years.

According to a recent report by IHR, more than 800 people have been executed by 8. October 2015. More than 500 of those executed were sentenced to death for drug-related charges. Reports indicate that most of those executed for drug offences in Iran belong to the marginalized groups in the Iranian society. Moreover, unfair trials, use of torture to confessions and lack of access to lawyer are common practice for drug convicts in Iran.

Reports also indicate that some of those executed might even be innocent. Mahmood Barati, a school teacher who was solely sentenced to death for a false testomony by another drug convict, is an example of this practice.

The United Nations' Office for Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) cooperates with Iran in the fight against the drug trafficking. Several European countries contribute directly or through regional projects to this cooperation. IHR and several human rights NGOs have previously called on the UNODC to freeze its anti-narcotic cooperation with Iran. Several countries such as Ireland, Denmark and UK have ceased their funding of the UNODC project in Iran, in order "not to contribute" directly or indirectly to the execution of several hundred people every year.

On the occassion of the 13th World Day against the Death penalty, IHR once again called on the UNODC and the countries funding the UNODC projects in Iran to condition their anti-narcotic cooperation on a moratorium on the death penalty for drug offences. Mahmood Amiry-Moghaddam, the spokesperson of IHR said: " Iranian authorities have admitted that the executions have not contributed to a reduction in the drug crimes. As long as the cooperation between UNODC and Iran continues, the UNODC and countries cooperating with Iran on law enforcement against the drug trafficking must be held accountable for Iran's arbitrary execution of several hundred people for drug offences every year."

Iran: More Than 800 Executions in 2015 as the World Day Against the Death Penalty Approaches Document

Israeli ZAKA emergency response members clean the scene of the stabbing attack in Jerusalem

Magen David Adom said on Thursday that a Palestinian assailant stabbed an Israeli man on Bar Lev Street in Jerusalem, wounding him seriously.

Paramedics who rushed to the scene said that the Israeli, a 25-year-old male, suffered wounds to his upper body, though no other specifics were provided. The victim was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for treatment.

The initial reports indicate that the incident occurred near the Israel Police national headquarters.

Police and security forces were on the scene to investigate. According to police, special forces on patrol nearby tackled the stabber and took him into custody.

The Shin Bet named the terrorist as Subhi Abu Khalifa, 19, a resident of the Shuafat Refugee Camp district. Abu Khalifa has no history of security arrests or offense. The Shin Bet has begun questioning him.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man was attacked shortly after 12 p.m. while walking in the area. His assailant was apprehended by police moments later.

Gadi Miller, a senior MDA paramedic who was the first to arrive at the scene, said he noticed a 25-year-old male "lying on the ground with stab wounds to his upper body."

"MDA paramedics who got to the scene administered life-saving treatment and he was rushed to hospital in serious condition," Miller said.

MDA said that it also treated a passerby who was lightly hurt after accosting the Palestinian stabber.

After the assailant stabbed his victim in the neck, he fled the scene. Soon afterward, he was accosted by a security guard at the nearby light rail station. At this point, the assailant attacked the security guard in an attempt to steal his weapon.

After a brief scuffle, the assailant managed to slip away. Police forces nearby gave chase on foot in an attempt to apprehend the suspect. After managing to track him down, they pinned him to the ground and took him into custody.

The stabbing is the fourth of its kind in the capital since October first and has resulted in heightened police security throughout flashpoint Arab neighborhoods and the Old City.

The wave of violence has killed two Jews and seriously wounded at least five others.

Two terrorists have been killed.

Jerusalem Terror Attack: Israeli Seriously Wounded By Palestinian Stabber Document

Rokstan M, 20

A woman whose family branded her 'unclean' after she was gang-raped in her Syrian homeland has been found murdered in Germany – allegedly on the orders of her own mother.

Police believe the victim, named only as Rokstan M, 20, was stabbed to death by her father and brothers in the twisted logic that she had brought disgrace on her family through the sex attack.

Shortly before she was found dead in an allotment garden in the eastern German city of Dessau, she apparently had a premonition of her fate.

Writing on her WhatsApp profile, she said: 'I am awaiting death. But I am too young to die.'

Rokstan had been living in a house for single women before returning to her family a few days before she was murdered and buried in a shallow grave.

The killing has served to pull into sharp focus the cultural gulf between Germans and the more than one million refugees expected to arrive in the country this year.

Rokstan had arrived in Germany two years ago following her ordeal.

Authorities say she was well integrated into society and worked as a translator for asylum seekers navigating their way through German bureaucracy.

Author Mark Krüger, who employed her to interpret interviews he conducted with refugees for a book he is writing, said: 'Rokstan told me her terrible fate after she had helped me with translations.'

He listened to a tape she made in which she said: 'I was taken by three men. Ever since that time my family have regarded me as unclean.

'My mother and my brothers mistreat me. They say that I deserve to die.'

Her body was found on Friday in the family's allotment in Dessau. An autopsy showed she had been stabbed several times.

Local prosecutor Christian Preissner said: 'There is the suspicion that the act was carried out by persons in her close circle with a culture motive in the background.'

The father and brothers are wanted for questioning but are nowhere to be found.

The Federal Police believe the father, Hasso, has fled Germany and is now in either Turkey or Syria.

But author Krüger claimed the mother actually ordered the killing and once tried to hire a hit man to carry it out.

'Rokstan heard this from a friend,' he said.

The mother Roda insisted: 'I had nothing to do with her death.' Police have made no arrests in the case so far.

Syrian Gang Rape Victim Who Fled To Germany After Her Ordeal Is Stabbed To Death In Honour Killing Document

Palestinians dependent on UNRWA (file photo)

First Step to Resolve the Palestinian Problem: Eliminate UNRWA Article

Dawoud al-Marhoon was just 17 when he was arrested (IG)

Second Saudi Teenager Set to Be Beheaded for 'Protesting' Document

Police stand near the location of the stabbing near Azrieli Mall in Tel Aviv, October 8, 2015. (Tomer Appelbaum)

Four Stabbed in Tel Aviv in Fifth Terror Attack Since Wednesday Document

October 7, 2015

Israeli security forces attend the scene of the foiled attack.

Two Israeli Border Police officers were injured when a Palestinian man rammed his car into a West Bank checkpoint near Jerusalem.

The driver sped up as he approached the Maale Adumim checkpoint in an attempt to run down the security forces on Wednesday evening, police said in a statement.

Israeli soldiers fired on and injured the driver, Channel 2 reported. The driver was taken to Shaare Tzedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for treatment.

The ramming came at the end of a day marked by several Palestinian attacks on Israeli targets.

Palestinian Car-Ramming Attack Injures 2 Israeli Police Officers Document

A baby injured on October 3, 2015 in stabbing attack by Arab terrorist in Jerusalem, being treated by medics (Twitter)

UN Secretary General Condemns Israel for Killing Terrorists Who Stabbed, Murdered Israeli Civilians Development

Police pursue terror suspect who attacked IDF soldier

A suspected terrorist stabbed an IDF soldier before snatching his gun on Wednesday in the southern city of Kiryat Gat, initial reports say.

A police spokesman said that, upon initial investigation, the suspect approached an armed IDF soldier after stepping off of a bus and attempted to snatch his weapon.

The soldier resisted his assailant and as a result of the struggle sustained a light stabbing wound to his head.

The suspect continued with the snatched weapon to an adjacent residential building, where he took refuge until being confronted and shot down by police forces minutes later.

Police sappers were on the scene for fear that the suspect had been in possession of an explosive device.

Terror Attack: Assailant Stabs IDF Soldier In Attempted Weapon Snatch In Kiryat Gat Document

Magen David Adom ambulances and police officers near the scene of a stabbing attack in Jerusalem, October 7, 2015

A teenage Palestinian woman stabbed an Israeli man near the Lions' Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem on Wednesday morning and was then shot at the scene.

She was shot by her victim, who was stabbed in the back, police said.

The man was initially treated near the scene of the attack, the Magen David Adom emergency medical service said in a statement.

The stabber, 18, was in critical condition, while the Israeli man was moderately wounded.

"Upon arriving, I saw two patients," MDA paramedic Aharon Adler told The Times of Israel. "One of them, an approximately 30-year-old male with stab wounds to his upper body, fully conscious; alongside him, a young woman with gunshot wounds. According to him, she came up and stabbed him twice from behind. And then she was shot.

"Her condition was worse than his," he added.

The two were rushed to the nearby Western Wall plaza for treatment before an ambulance took them to the hospital, Adler said.

Both the stabber and her victim were evacuated to the Hadassah Hospital in the capital's Ein Kerem neighborhood.

The attack took place near where a Palestinian man stabbed two Israeli men to death Saturday night. The wife of one of those murdered and her toddler child were also wounded in that attack, while the stabber was shot dead by security forces.

The stabbing incidents came amid escalating violence and clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank, where terror attacks killed four Israelis in total in the past week.

Four Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces, including two terrorists who stabbed Israelis in Jerusalem.

Palestinians have reacted violently over allegations that Israel has been seeking to curtail Muslim rights at Jerusalem's Temple Mount, which houses the al-Aqsa Mosque, and to alter longstanding rules that ban Jews from praying there. The Israeli government has repeatedly denied the allegations, asserting that it is not planning to change the status quo at the flashpoint compound holy to both Jews and Muslims.

Palestinian Woman Stabs Israeli Man In Jerusalem, Is Shot Document

The smashed window of an Israeli vehicle after an attack by rock throwing Palestinians near the West Bank settlement of Tekoa, October 7, 2015.

An Israeli woman was injured on Wednesday morning when Palestinians threw rocks at vehicles in the West Bank and allegedly tried to pull her out of her car.

Seven Israeli vehicles were damaged by rock-throwing Palestinians near Beit Sahour, on the road from Jerusalem to the West Bank settlement of Tekoa.

Witnesses said that a mob opened the door of the woman's car when it came to stop and tried to pull her out. She was kicked multiple times, and was lightly wounded. The car's front windshield was smashed.

The woman, 38, was treated by Magen David Adom paramedics near the scene of the attack and then evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem for further medical attention, MDA said.

Josh Hasten, a resident of the nearby settlement of Elazar, was among those attacked by rock throwers on the Tekoa-Jerusalem road Wednesday morning.

"As I slowed down, I saw a mob of 40 to 50 masked Palestinians on the side of the road. They were holding rocks and cinder blocks," Hasten told The Times of Israel. "As they approached my car, I took out my gun and fired one round in the air. The shot obviously scared them and they ran up the hill away from the road."

He added, "I have no doubt that I would be dead now if I hadn't used my gun. They were going to kill me."

The Tekoa-Jerusalem road has seen a spate of attacks against Israeli vehicles in recent weeks, amid escalating violence in the West Bank and Jerusalem, where Palestinian attacks have killed four Israelis in the past week.

Four Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces, including two men who had stabbed Israelis in Jerusalem.

In East Jerusalem overnight Tuesday, police uncovered 15 Molotov cocktails ready for use on the roof of a house in the Arab neighborhood of A-Tur.

The discovery came the day after police found firebombs on the roof of a mosque in the same area.

Police arrested seven East Jerusalem Palestinians overnight on suspicion of involvement in rioting and attacks against Israelis.

Police were also looking into reports that Molotov cocktails were thrown at a car on Route 6, Israel's major north-south artery overnight Tuesday.

The firebombs were reportedly thrown near the Arab town of Tira, apparently hitting the road without causing injury or damage.

Roee Zamir, an Israeli man, posted on his Facebook page that while he was riding in a car on Route 6, two Molotov cocktails were thrown at the vehicle.

Zamir said he reported the incident to police, who took half an hour to respond and then searched on the wrong side of the highway for traces of the incendiary devices.

Israeli Woman Injured in West Bank Rock-Throwing Attack Document

Former UN General Assembly President Ashe accepted more than $1 million in bribes for help obtaining lucrative investments and government contracts, according to federal court documents unsealed Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

Ex-UN General Assembly Head Among 6 Held in Bribery Scheme Article