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Israeli Military Forces Capture 7 Terror Fugitives

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Israeli security forces captures seven terror suspects in various locations across Judea and Samaria late Monday night.

The fugitives are accused of terrorist activities and attacking Israeli civilians and security forces.

Two of the suspects were arrested in Hebron; they were the brothers of the 19-year-old killer of 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel. Muhammed Tarayrer, 19, climbed in the window of the girl’s bedroom and stabbed the eighth grader dozens of times while she was sleeping in her bed last Thursday morning.

Two members of the Hamas terrorist organization were picked up in the city of Shechem. A third Hamas terrorist was arrested in the nearby Arab town of Awarta, and a fourth was tracked down in Tubas, an Arab village north of Jericho.

IDF soldiers also carried out a weapons raid in the town of Beit Fajr, near the Palestinian Authority town of Bethlehem. All of the soldiers returned safely to base.

Hana Levi Julian

Naomi Returns To Bethlehem; Last Time Jew Does So Without Military Escort

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

{Originally posted to the humor website PreOccupied Territory)

Bethlehem, Judah, June 7 – The widow of the late tribal leader Elimelech came back to her hometown today after ten years in the land of Moab, marking the final time for about three millennia that a Jew will enter the city without need of an armed escort, local sources are reporting.

Naomi and her daughter-in-law Ruth, also widowed from Naomi’s son Mahlon, returned to Bethlehem this morning now that the famine that drove her and Elimelech away has subsided, and hunger no longer hovers over the land. The pair entered the town by themselves, causing a stir, both because the people were shocked to see how Naomi had aged and that they were witnessing the last time a Jew would be able to enter Bethlehem safely not in the company of several men carrying weapons to fend off Arab attackers, at least for three thousand years.

“Is that Naomi?” the townspeople were heard to exclaim, surmising that the withered old woman, once so vigorous and youthful, had decided to come back into the town while it was still possible to do so unaccompanied by soldiers. “Don’t call me Naomi,” she responded, according to witnesses.

“Call me embittered, for the LORD has made it exceedingly bitter for me,” presumably referring to her dire economic circumstances and the fact that for many centuries hence, a Jew would need serious protection upon entering her beloved hometown, lest he or she be attacked by hate-filled Palestinians bent on making Bethlehem judenrein again.

“She doesn’t look too good, she and that Moabite woman,” said a bystander who asked to remain nameless, but who described himself as a relative. “They’re going to have a tough time of it now. I imagine they’ll have to sell some of the family’s ancestral holdings, which will eventually be taken over by Arabs as if it had always been theirs, and then those Arabs will resort to violence to keep Jews from reestablishing their presence here. Also, that daughter-in-law of hers is from Moab, and that’s not such a popular thing around here. At least not with me.”

Other observers had a more favorable assessment. “That takes guts, coming back here under such embarrassing circumstances,” said an elder named Boaz. “I imagine that many, many years from now, the descendants of these fine women will similarly disregard the physical dangers of reestablishing their presence in their ancestral homeland. Of course, it can’t hurt to to have a few strong youths, like my field hands, for protection.”

PreOccupied Territory

Terror Attack Foiled Near Jerusalem Suburb

Saturday, May 14th, 2016

Border Guard Police stopped a Palestinian Authority Arab from carrying out an attack against Jews Saturday night.

The suspect, a 36-year-old resident of Bethlehem, was arrested Saturday afternoon after he was found with a brand-new Israel Police uniform., still in the package and ready to be worn for carrying out an attack.

The uniform was discovered when the taxi in which the suspect was riding was searched at the Mishor Adumim checkpoint at around 12 noon.

Security personnel had received a tip about the would-be terrorist prior to the arrival of the taxi at the checkpoint. When the vehicle arrived and the suspect was identified, Border Police surrounded the taxi and made the arrest.

“Upon receiving the intelligence, we deployed a large police unit and rapidly located the suspect, arresting him shortly after,” the unit commander said in a statement.

“Thanks to precise intelligence, determination and the vigilance of our security forces, we were able to make the arrest before the suspect was able achieve his goal,” he added.

Mishor Adumim is the name of an industrial part located in the industrial zone of the Jerusalem suburb of Ma’ale Adumim, about a ten minute drive east of the capital. The park is managed by the Ma’ale Adumim Economic Development Company Ltd.

Hana Levi Julian

Serious Damage to Solomon’s Pools Still Neglected by Palestinian Authority

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

One of the largest and most impressive architectural projects ever built by King Herod in the Second Temple era — the reservoir that fed water to the Second Jewish Holy Temple of Jerusalem — is falling apart.

But because it is under the control of the Palestinian Authority, making repairs to the archaeological wonder called “Solomon’s Pools” is not as simple as it seems.

The site comprises a three-part water reservoir located in the southern section of what is known today as the Arab village of Al Khader, just south of Bethlehem.

The site is therefore located in “Area A” of the Palestinian Authority and completely under its control; as a result, one must coordinate a visit there with the Israeli army.

The main pool is 16 meters deep and 170 meters long, and it was barely half a century ago when local residents stopped using the pool for agricultural irrigation. Before the 1967 Six Day War, residents of eastern Jerusalem were drawing water from the pools as well.

The three large reservoirs, partly hewn into the bedrock and partly built, have a total capacity of well over a quarter of a million cubic meters of water.

They were part of a complex ancient water system built more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans and King Herod. The system provided water to the city and the Second Jewish Holy Temple of Jerusalem – as well as to the desert fortress and town of Herodium.

The pools at that time were fed by two aqueducts, and by several springs in the surrounding countryside, in addition to rain water. Three other aqueducts brought the water from the reservoirs out to Jerusalem and to the Herodium. Remnants of all five aqueducts have been found by archaeologists.

Tour guide Ben Tropper told the Ynet news site that it was unclear whether the initial damage to the pool – a badly damaged wall – had resulted from the harsh weather or neglect.

However, if the damage is not fixed, soon, the reservoir may soon be beyond repair, because the main pool may collapse from the force of the water. The broken section of the wall is approximately 20 meters wide, Tropper explained. This means there is a strong possibility an avalanche could destroy the site.

Concerned citizens have asked the Palestinian Authority to repair and restore the site – or to allow Israel to do it instead.

Hana Levi Julian

ISIS Threatens to Attack Palestinian Authority during Xmas Holiday

Friday, December 25th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority is under a threat of Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists planning to carry out terrorist attacks against during the Christmas holiday season, Israel radio (Voice of Israel) reported Friday.

PA security forces have arrested dozens of extremists.Massive PA forces have been deployed throughout Bethlehem, where Christmas Eve prayers and festivities passed without major incidents

ISIS-linked terrorists are plotting to murder tourists with rifles and bombs.

However, the ISIS threat against the Arab citizens and the Palestinian Authority regime exists through Judea and Samaria. Threats including those in the name of ISIS< have been posted on social media.

The Abbas regime is not Islamic, leaving it ripe for attacks by fundamentalists.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

In Bethlehem, ‘Silent Night’ Over Terrorist Murders of Israeli Civilians

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

City officials in ancient Bethlehem geared up Thursday to welcome Christians to the birth site of the founder of the faith – but hate was there way ahead of them.

Nearly every international journalist arriving in the Palestinian Authority-controlled biblical city for Christmas Eve has written newly twisted descriptions of the violence that has sent rivers of blood flowing in the streets of Israel and the roads of Judea and Samaria. One of the silliest is also as damaging as it is subtle, in that its writing style is held to a passive voice. And since the journalist works for a wire service, the article is flashed around the world to a readership of millions.

The Associated Press article penned by Daniella Cheslow was posted on the Yahoo! news website Thursday evening, and bore numerous references to Israelis killing Arabs, with the implication that the deaths were unwarranted, beginning with the headline, “Christians in Bethlehem mark Christmas amid violence.”

Example: “an outburst of Israeli-Palestinian violence dampened the typically festive mood” – as if Israelis deliberately went out hunting Arabs, rather than the other way around.

Example: “Before the celebrations began, Israeli authorities said three Palestinians involved in attacks against Israelis were killed in violence across the West Bank. Another Palestinian was killed in clashes with Israeli troops, a Palestinian hospital official said.” The aforementioned “Palestinians” were not just “involved” parties in those killings; three were the actual murderers and a fourth was directly attacking; all were killed in self-defense. The spurious passivity in which the paragraph is written appears to be a deliberate attempt to mask the mindless hatred that has been whipped up among so many of the Arab youths by their leadership.

Example: “Bethlehem has been a focal point for clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters during the three month-long wave of violence that has gripped the region. While the annual festivities in the city’s Manger Square were set to go on, other celebrations in the city were cancelled or toned down because of the violence.”

Hardly. First of all, the so-called “Palestinian protesters” have been attackers, hurling rocks, boulders, and firebombs (Molotov cocktails) at Israeli soldiers guarding the entrance to Rachel’s Tomb, the gravesite of the biblical matriarch Rachel, which under the Oslo Accords is to remain accessible to Israelis and Jews regardless of who controls the territory.

But in terms of which area has been the focal point of terror, the holy city of Jerusalem claims that dubious honor due to the countless efforts by Arab agitators both in and out of the mosques to ignite riots in the city’s Arab neighborhoods.

As for celebrations ‘cancelled or toned down’ in Bethlehem because of violence: it is very convenient to lay the blame at Israel’s doorstep, but the excuse does not wash well, given the facts. If Arab residents of Bethlehem insist on rioting and attacking Israelis one cannot expect people to feel safe on the street. Tourists don’t want to come to a place that is scary, though a few hardy souls might come to prove their loyalty. One such British citizen went to Beit Sahour — but he quickly regretted that decision.

Still, blaming Israel is always the mainstream media’s first fallback position. Nice try. Better to look at reality: celebrations are indeed ‘cancelled or toned down’ because tourism is down, due to the violence. Tourists don’t like violence.

“We’re in Bethlehem celebrating Christmas … This is the birthplace of the king of peace so what we want is peace,” Rula Ma’ayah, Palestinian Authority Tourism Minister told the Associated Press on Thursday. Yes. “This is a ‘peaceful’ uprising,” Ma’ayah’s boss, PA leader Mahmoud Abbas said on November 16.

Actually, the Palestinian Authority government pays high monthly stipends to convicted terrorists incarcerated in Israeli prisons after they murder Israelis. The more victims wounded and murdered in an attack, the higher the salary. An entire department is devoted to the care and support of convicted Arab terrorists in the PA government, in fact. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself.

“Since mid-September, Palestinian attacks have killed 20 Israelis, while Israeli fire has killed 124 Palestinians, among them 85 said by Israel to be attackers. The rest were killed in clashes with Israeli forces,” wrote Cheslow.

Again, a very slick way of depersonalizing the murderous attacks on Israelis by Arab terrorists, by assigning the blame to “Palestinian attacks.” We won’t talk about the actual Arab killers who are dirtying their hands with the sharp knives that are cutting into the human flesh of their victims, mind you. Let’s not talk about that.

Well, it was actually Arabs from the Palestinian Authority who deliberately murdered those 20 Israelis. Frankly, had other Israelis not been as vigilant and as well-armed as they were, there could have been many, many more dead. Funny how Ms. Cheslow neglected to write about the hundreds of wounded.

According to the Israel Security Agency, in the past three months there have been more than 120 stabbings, 75 grenade and petrol bomb attacks, 46 shootings and 30 vehicular terror attacks, to be precise. Arab terrorists have murdered 21 people and wounded 272 others in the past three months.

While we’re on the subject, it is even more interesting that these statistics are rarely — if ever — mentioned on any site other than JewishPress.com or that of the State of Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Isn’t it odd that so many mainstream news agencies who pride themselves on quality news coverage never manage to find both sides of the story when it comes to the Arab-Israeli conflict?

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Mugger Attacks British Tourist in Beit Sahour

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

An unwary British tourist was stabbed by an Arab mugger after he ventured into the Palestinian Authority town of Beit Sahour on Sunday.

The town is located south of Jerusalem’s Har Homa neighborhood, close to the Gush Etzion community of Tekoa, near the PA town of Bethlehem.

The British victim sustained moderate neck wounds.

IDF sources said the attack “was of criminal intent.”

Hana Levi Julian

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