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For Alon Shvut Terror Victim , this was Second Terror Stabbing

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Dalia Lemkos (26) of Tekoa HY”D has been identified as the murder victim in the Alon Shvut terror attack today.

The terrorist first tried to run over his victims with his car at an Alon Shvut bus stop, but when that failed, he got out of his car and stabbed Lemkos in the neck. She was seriously wounded and was pronounced dead at the scene.

This wasn’t Lemkos’s first time in a terror attack.

On February 26, 2006, Dalia Lemkos was stabbed by terrorists in Gush Etzion. In an eerily similar attack, she had been waiting at a hitchhiking station when an Arab terrorist attacked the hitchhikers, stabbing two of them including Lemkos. Her injuries in the 2006 attack were not life-threatening.

The Lemkos family made Aliyah from South Africa, and lived in Tekoa for the past 15 years. Dalia Lemkos was a volunteered at Yad Sarah, and was an MDA ambulance driver.

Her funeral is tentatively scheduled for Monday morning at 10 AM in Tekoa.

Israel’s Third Intifada Ratchets Up

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Another cluster of terror attacks on Monday sent Israeli hearts racing and Jewish blood flowing through the streets in Tel Aviv and Gush Etzion, as others ducked in trains and on the roads.

In Tel Aviv Monday afternoon, an Arab terrorist repeatedly stabbed an IDF soldier after attempting — but failing — to grab his gun. By the time Magen David Adom medics arrived, the soldier had no pulse and was not breathing. Medics miraculously managed to restore both long enough to rush the 20-year-old soldier to nearby Tel Hashomer Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.

He succumbed to his wounds several hours later at Tel Hashomer’s Sheba Hospital.

A 59-year-old man struggled with the attacker in an attempt to stop him and was also injured in the process; he is being treated at Ichilov Hospital but is expected to be released shortly. The terrorist, a resident of Shechem (Nablus) attempted to escape but police chased him to a building a block away, where he was trapped and arrested.

Halfway across the country and barely an hour after that deadly attack, a second Arab terrorist attempted to run people over with his car at the entrance to the town of Alon Shvut. He then got out of the vehicle and began stabbing those standing nearby at the hitchhiking post.

One of three who were injured – 26-year-old Dalia Lamkus of Tekoa – died of her wounds. Lamkus was stabbed before in a 2006 terror attack in the same area, according to Israel Hatzolah. A 50-year-old man who tried to stop the terrorist is in fair condition, with stab wounds to the stomach. A third victim, approximately age 20, is listed in good condition, also with stab wounds.

The terrorist, who has been identified as Mahr Hashalmon, was alleged to be a member of Hamas and a resident of nearby Hebron, although the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the attack shortly after. Hashalmon apparently spent five years in prison before he was freed in a prisoner swap deal, according to journalist Ehud Ya’ari of Israel’s Channel 2 TV. His terror spree was finally stopped by a security guard who shot him but did not kill him. The  is listed in serious condition, according to Magen David Adom.

Israelis were busy ducking in vehicles driving on Route 31 as Arabs hurled rocks at Jews passing the Negev Bedouin town of Hura, home to various terror cells and lone wolf “wannabes.”

Passengers on the #384 Egged bus from Be’er Sheva to Ein Gedi were traumatized when their vehicle came under fire from stones hurled by Arabs along Route 31. One person was slightly injured but reportedly did not require medical care. The bus was replaced with a different vehicle, and police launched a search for the attackers.

Further north, another road terror attack Monday night involved Arabs hurling rocks at a bus and a police car, both with Israeli license plates, in the city of Nazareth. There were no reports of anyone physically injured in that attack.

Arabs are also attempting to experiment with “hit-and-run terror” in the Negev as well. A 20-year-old woman walking on the sidewalk in Be’er Sheva suddenly found herself to be the object of unwanted attention early Monday evening when she became the target of an attempted copycat terror attack.

Two male youths from the Negev Bedouin town of Tel Sheva attempted to run the woman over, according to Israel Hatzolah. The two teens were arrested, according to the report, and their intended victim managed to escape injury.

Commuters on the Jerusalem Light Rail, meanwhile, were “entertained” by the sight of security personnel disarming an Arab who was carrying a knife on the train. Police later told journalists the man did not attempt to stab anyone at the time the discovery was made.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro issued a statement Monday afternoon severely condemning the attack in Tel Aviv (Nov. 10) — the first in the wave of terror that moved through the country on Monday — saying flatly that Arab terror is just plain wrong.

“There is no justification for violence and terror,” Shapiro said. “I wish for a speedy recovery for the soldier.”

Moreover, the escalating attacks on Israelis by Arab terrorists around the country have nothing to do with Arab rage over stagnant final status talks with the Palestinian Authority, as foreign officials and PA leaders keep claiming, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Monday afternoon.

Speaking at a Likud faction meeting Monday after an IDF soldier was repeatedly stabbed in a terror attack near a Tel Aviv train station, Netanyahu said those who incite to terrorism “do not want us anywhere” – including in Tel Aviv.

“We will fight incitement by the Palestinian Authority and radical Islam, and fight those calling to destroy us,” the prime minister vowed.

Knesset Interior Committee chairperson MK Miri Regev (Likud) called on the prime minister to continue with his “hands on” approach to the issue of terrorism across the country.

“The government has to decide on an action plan to restore a sense of personal security to the citizens of Israel,” Regev said.

She called on the public to maintain alertness in the face of recent events, and urged an increased presence in police and security personnel throughout the country.

Regev also called on the justice system to ensure that convicted terrorists receive “severe” punishment. “We must eradicate terror, and at the same time send a clear, unequivocal message” no one is above the law, she said.

Likud MK Danny Danon became one of the first Knesset members to finally, officially use the “I” word at the public microphone.

“We are in an intifada,” Danon told reporters. “I call on the prime minister and the public security minister to make it clear to our enemies who is sovereign in the State of Israel.”

Like Miri Regev, meanwhile, Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai also called for heightened awareness on the part of his city’s residents, although he made it clear that no one should change their daily routine.

“Like Jerusalem, Tel Aviv is also a symbol, and a target that terrorists always seek to strike,” Huldai warned. “Unfortunately the deadlock in the diplomatic negotiations and the absence of any vision in this area will only increase the violent situation,” he said.

Bayit Yehudi party chairman and Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, on the other hand, slammed the government over the spate of recent attacks.

UDATE: Woman Killed, 2 Injured in Alon Shvut / Gush Etzion Terror Attack – 5:43 PM

Monday, November 10th, 2014

5:43 PM Update on injured: one light to moderate condition with stomach wounds and the other with light wounds.

Police update that the victim is a 25 year old woman, not 17 or 14.

5:22 PM The murdered girl is 17 years old. The terrorist is apparently still alive, but in critical condition. It appears the terrorist first tried to run people over and failed, so he then got out and began stabbing.

5:14 PM A 14 year old girl was killed by a terrorist in Alon Shvut (Gush Etzion) on Monday. The terrorist drove up to the hitchhiking post near the entrance to Alon Shvut, got out, and stabbed the girl. A man tried to stop him, and the terrorist stabbed the 50 year old man in the stomach.

An IDF soldier shot the terrorist. It is not clear if the terrorist is dead yet.

5:05 PM A 14 year old girl was seriously injured after an Arab terrorist stabbed her in the neck at the entrance to Alon Shvut. A second man was moderately injured with a knife wound to the stomach. A third person in his 50′s was lightly injured.

An IDF soldier shot the terrorist. It is not clear if the terrorist is dead yet.

4:51 PM Three people injured, one seriously, and two moderately in Alon Shvut, in a stabbing terror attack at the Alon Shvut junction in Gush Etzion. Details are still unclear.

The terrorist has been reportedly killed by the army.

Update to follow.

Alon Shvut Terrorist Was Released in Prisoner Deal

Monday, November 10th, 2014

The terrorist in the Alon Shvut terror attack today, was released in one of the previous prisoner deals, accordng to Ehud Ya’ari (Channel 2).

He has been identified as Maher Hamdi Hashalamun (30), and is an Islamic Jihad terrorist from Hebron, as per the Shabak

He was in jail for 5 years for throwing a firebomb on an IDF jeep.

One Right- One Left-Wing New Supreme Court Judges to Be Sworn In Today

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

Two of the four new judges appointed to Israel’s Supreme Court will be inaugurated this morning at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, just a week before the retirement of Chief Judge Dorit Beinish.

The two, Noam Solberg and Zvi Zilbertal, served until today as judges in the Jerusalem District Court. Solberg, who lives in the settlement of Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion, is viewed as a conservative, while Zilbertal, whose appointment had the support of Beinish, is considered to the left of his colleague.

High Court of Justice: Residents of Judea & Samaria Can Serve on Supreme Court

Monday, January 9th, 2012

The High Court of Justice on Sunday rejected a petition contesting the appointment of Jerusalem District Court Judge Noam Sohlberg to the Supreme Court. The court ruled that Sohlberg’s status as a resident of a community in Judea does not affect his fitness to be appointed to the bench.

Yesh Gvul, a leftist organization opposed to a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, claimed that Sohlberg’s residence in the community contravenes international law, and as a result, his appointment was “invalid and must be canceled.”

Presiding judge, Isaac Amit, wrote: “I checked the Basic Law: The Judiciary . . . and nowhere did I find that [Sohlberg's] residence in Alon Shvut constitutes a hindrance to his serving as a judge.”

Rabbi Amital Remembered As Symbol Of An Era

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

JERUSALEM – Rabbi Yehuda Amital died July 9 at the age of 86. He was among the heads of Yeshivat Har Etzion in Alon Shvut, and among the creators of the Meimad political stream.

The rabbi was born in Transylvania in 1924. In 1944, under the Nazi occupation, he was sent to a work camp for eight months. The rest of his family – his parents, brothers, and sister – were murdered.

“When my parents and I were separated, my father told me, ‘I’m sure that you will reach the land of Israel,’ ” Rabbi Amital recounted in testimony to the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial project. When he was released from the work camp at the end of the war, he immediately set off for Israel, then British Mandatory Palestine, arriving during Chanukah of 1944.

Upon arrival he resumed his studies, and was soon ordained as a rabbi. When Israel was attacked immediately after declaring independence, Rabbi Amital enlisted in the fledgling Israeli army and fought in the War of Independence.

After the war he learned in Pardes Hana, and was among the founders of Yeshivat Hadarom in Rechovot. He later served as head of the Har Etzion hesder yeshiva in Gush Etzion.

“I took it upon myself to be head of the yeshiva because I knew I needed to take the place of friends who did not survive,” he explained, “That gave me the power to do something. The fact that I was among the few who remained alive gave me strength to act, otherwise I would not have taken the position.”

In 1988, Rabbi Amital was among the founders of the Meimad political stream, which worked with the Labor party for many years. In 1995 he served as minister without portfolio in the Rabin-Peres government even though he was not a member of Knesset.

After leaving politics, he returned to Yeshivat Har Etzion.

Rabbi Amital’s surname at birth was Klein. He decided to change his name after coming to Israel. “There is a biblical verse that says, ‘The remnant of Israel is like dew [tal],’ ” he once explained. “I felt that verse described our situation during the War of Independence, when we were alone and fought alone against nearly the entire world. I looked for a name – I will be like dew [tal] to Israel.”

About the Holocaust, he said, “It has an impact on our entire lives. Everything in Israel has some connection to the Holocaust, everything is affected by the Holocaust on a subconscious level.”

Rabbi Amital was laid to rest in Jerusalem. He was eulogized by Rabbi Yaakov Meidan of Yeshivat Har Etzion.

“This is how eras end. The Jewish people has gone through many upheavals in its 3,000 years, for the good and the bad – the destruction of the Temple, the expulsion from Spain, and more,” Rabbi Meidan began.

“Our task as a people revolved around the question of how to deal with this. How to continue the discourse with God, our faith in Him, and how to mold the oral Torah for the generations to come. Only true leaders filled with a powerful faith in God and a sense of having a national mission can do this,” he continued.

“The eradication of European Jewry was a ‘chassis’ collision in the relationship between the Jewish people and God,” he said. “There were few technicians and repairmen who stood up … to restore the faith and discourse . One of the greatest among them was our teacher, Rabbi Amital.”

Rabbi Amital is survived by his wife, Miriam; their five children; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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