Israeli girls protest and stand vigil at the site of Thursday’s terror attack in Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion.
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The Shabak reports that the Arab driver in Thursday afternoon’s terror attack near Alon Shvut has admitted to his intentions.
Muhammad Arfaaih from Hebron, born in 1993, was released from prison a year ago, after previously being arrested for throwing stones at vehicles and carrying (cold) weapons.
Arfaaih admitted he ran over the children on purpose, to commit a terror attack, and the Shabak are investigating if incitement from the Palestinian Authority on the Internet and Facebook inspired him to commit his attack today.
Four young boys have been injured by a vehicle in Gush Etzion in what is suspected as a terrorist hit-and-attack.
Security forces have found and are questioning the Palestinian Authority driver of the black Subaru car that hit the youth but have not confirmed that it was a terrorist attack. However, an eyewitness at the scene said it appeared that the driver intentionally hit the boys before speeding off.
The vehicle struck the victims at the entrance to the community of Alon Shvut. One person suffered moderate injuries, and three others were injured lightly. They were standing at the same spot where Hams terrorists last summer kidnapped and later murdered three yeshiva students.
In a separate attack, two people were lightly injured in an Arab rock-throwing attack on their tourist bus.
Nearby, an explosive device reportedly was thrown from a house in Bethlehem over the wall separating the city from Rachel’s Tomb (Kever Rachel).
Security forces shot the terrorist, whose condition is not yet known.
In Samaria, The IDF shot and injured a Palestinian Authority terrorist was throwing rocks at soldiers patrolling the security fence.
Approximately 10,000 men and women mourned Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein at eulogies and the funeral for the Torah sage who left Yeshiva University and moved to Israel, where he was a leading national religious rabbi and head of the Hat Etzion Yeshiva in Gush Etzion.
He was 81.
Hundreds of the mourners, many of them former students, flew last night to Israel to attend the funeral.
Rabbi Lichtenstein was buried in Jerusalem after eulogies at the yeshiva he headed in the community of Alon Shvut.
His son Rabbi Moshe Lichtenstein told mourners Tuesday of his father:
You were a soldier of Torah who stood at guard duty. You were general of Torah.
You were a scholar and a devoted father. You have established an entire world.
One morning I saw you sitting in a room in conversation on the telephone, and I did not understand why you did not go for morning prayers. When you finished, you told me you were talking with a mother whose son was murdered in a terrorist attack. She did not even know you, and you give her support and guidance.
Another son, Rabbi Yitzchak Lichtenstein, related that his father “did not know what anger was and never engaged in slander.”
Rabbi Lichtenstein was born in France shortly after the Nazi occupation. His family escaped to the U.S. when he was seven years old. He earned a doctorate in literature at Harvard University after learning at Yeshiva University, where he eventually returned to teach and learn under Rabbi Joseph Soloveitchik, whose daughter he married.
Rabbi Lichtenstein moved to Israel one year after answering the late Rabbi Yehuda Amital’s request to help lead the new Har Etzion Yeshiva in Alon Shvut, where he lived until his death Monday.
Police have closed the entrance to Alon Shvut, where eulogies for Har Etzion Yeshiva Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein will begin around 10 a.m.
Rabbi Lichtenstein, who lived in Alon Shvut, died on Monday at the age of 81.
Thousands of mourners who are expected to attend the eulogies and burial may park their cars in the parking lot of the nearby Etzion army base.
Eulogies are expected to continue until approximately 12:30, when the road from Alon Shvut to Rosh Tzurim will be closed for nearly an hour while the funeral procession takes place. He will be buried n Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his sorrow over the passing of Rabbi Aharon Lichtenstein Monday.
“Rabbi Lichtenstein’s knowledge found expression in his literary works. He served generations of students,” said the Prime Minister.
He added, “When I gave him the Israel Prize a year ago, I saw before my eyes a great rabbi, teacher and educator, a Zionist man, sharp-witted and a keen thinker. Rabbi Lichtenstein will be remembered as a Zionist-Torah leader of the highest order, who raised thousands of students at the Har Etzion Yeshiva in the Gush Etzion community of Alon Shvut.
“He loved the Land of Israel, the People of Israel and the Torah of Israel.”
In November 2014, Palestinian Authority terrorist Maher Hamdi el-Hashalmoun murdered Dalia Lemkus (26) and attempted to kill two more people at a bus stop near Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion.
Dalia Lemkus lived in Tekoa and was the daughter of Olim from South Africa. SHe had been attacked by a terrorist in 2006, and survived.
Hashalmoun expressed no regret for his actions, and even justified them based on his Islamic religious faith.
Hashalmoun initially tried to run the Jewish hitchhikers over with his car, and when that failed, he got out of his car and began stabbing people.
He was shot by another civilian who was passing by.
Lemkus’s mother demanded the death penalty for the terrorist, but the court, which never imposes the death penalty on terrorists, settled for two life sentences, and awarded the Lemkus family with NIS 4 million compensation to be paid by Hashalmoun.