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July 28, 2016 / 22 Tammuz, 5776

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IDF Reserve Officer Succumbs to Wounds from Gush Etzion Junction Terror Attack

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

An IDF Reserve Officer Eliav Gelman hy”d has succumbed to the grievous wounds he suffered after fighting off an Arab terrorist during an attack Wednesday at the Gush Etzion Junction.

Gelman was targeted by the terrorist but managed to pull out his pistol to defend himself during the attack, which took place at a hitchhiking post at the Gush Etzion Junction, about 15 minutes south of Jerusalem.

A 31-year-old resident of the Jewish community of Carmei Tzur — which he helped to build — Gelman grew up in the Gush Etzion town of Kiryat Arba. He was a father of two and soon to be three: his wife is in an advanced stage of pregnancy.

The Gush Etzion Regional Council said in a statement, “The Council and residents of the region join hands in sending their condolences to Gelman’s family, and embrace them in deep grief.”

Details of the funeral are not yet complete.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

Hana Levi Julian

Second Synagogue Arson Discovered, Holy Ark Burnt

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

Even as condemnations for the arson at the Givat Sorek synagogue< near Karmei Tzur/a> are still reverberating in Israel’s media, a new report has emerged about a second arson where a synagogue and sacred books and articles have been incinerated. According to NRG, a group of soldiers who were training last week in the Yatir Forest, on the southern slopes of Mount Hebron, on the edge of the Negev Desert, ran into the charred remains of what used to be a synagogue in a mobile home.

The soldiers believe the mobile home had been stolen from a different location and transported to the spot where it was discovered, between the Jewish community of Shani-Livne and the Bedouin village of Houra. In additional to the burnt books the soldiers also found burnt tefillin (phylacteries) and other sacred articles.

“We were in the middle of a navigation exercise, when suddenly we noticed a charred pile, and relatively quickly realized it was a synagogue that had been burnt down,” one of the Jerusalem Brigade soldiers told NRG. “We found there siddurim-prayer books, sacred books, talitot, tefillin, and even a holy ark.”

Authorities believe the structure was ignited in recent days. Nearby infrastructure work has begun for a new Jewish community, Hiran, whose residents are staying temporarily in the Yatir military camp. There are a few Jewish-owned farms in the area as well.

On Friday night, Arabs burnt down a synagogue in Givat Sorek, next to Karmei Tzur, named after the three boys who were kidnapped by Hamas, which ignited the 2014 Gaza war. Their bodies were discovered in an area the Givat Sorek hill overlooks.

Yatir synagogue arson 1

David Israel

Netanyahu: ‘I Expect World to Condemn Desecration of a Synagogue’

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed Saturday night that Israel will hunt down and prosecute the arsonists who set fire a few hours earlier to Torah scrolls and holy books in a Judean synagogue next to the Jewish community of Karmei Tzur.

“Last night a synagogue in Givat Sorek, in Gush Etzion, was set on fire by Palestinians,” Netanyahu said in a post on his Facebook page, written in Hebrew and in English. “We will prosecute the perpetrators of this crime.

“I expect the international community to condemn the desecration of a synagogue, an act that is the result of incessant Palestinian incitement,” the prime minister stated.

The small prayer tent is located in a scenic spot overlooking the area where the bodies of three Israeli teens were found, who were murdered by Hamas terrorists after being abducted near their yeshiva in June 2014.

The flames badly damaged the sacred texts. They had been piled up outside the prayer tent before the arsonists set them afire.

Judea and Samaria district police said the footprints of the suspects were found leading to a Palestinian Authority village near the town of Halhul, according to Ynet.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett, chairman of the Bayit Yehudi party, said in a statement that “a red line has been crossed… we will not allow this to go unpunished.”

Hana Levi Julian

Arson Burns Holy Books at Givat Sorek, Near Karmei Tzur

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

Once again, Arabs from the Palestinian Authority violated the sanctity of a Jewish house of worship. They burned the holy books with which Jews pray, first taking time to pile them ruthlessly, carelessly, and then setting them alight.

The holy books were burned Friday night in the synagogue in Givat Sorek, adjacent to the Jewish community of Karmei Tzur in Judea, south of Jerusalem, nestled in the Judean Hills.

The site is located on a strategic hill overlooking the location where the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teens were found in 2014. The synagogue itself is a place where people go to meditate and pray; a site visited daily by Jewish children, teens and adults alike. It’s a house of prayer; a youth center; a tour site.

It’s also important to note that the arsonists took the time to pile up the holy books before setting them afire. In Karmei Tzur, the residents have taken this very hard, the Gush Etzion spokesperson sources said.

“It is difficult to come to terms with the fact that in the very heart of the country, something like this takes place, which reminds us of some of the darkest events in our history, not even a hundred meters away,” residents said.

“It is dangerous to allow this to continue,” they said. “It is necessary, and possible, to put an end to this,” they added.

Davidi Perl, head of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, said, “These difficult pictures send chills over one’s entire body. I am sure the survivors of Kristallnacht and the founders of Gush Etzion never dreamt they would see burnt holy books under Israeli rule. The Israeli government must take control over the Arab rampaging that is turning Israeli lives and society upside down.”

Tazpit News Service contributed to this article.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Colonel: IDF to Build Bridge to Bypass Terrorist Village in Judea

Sunday, May 26th, 2013

A senior IDF officer said that since the IDF is unable to stop the terrorist attacks on Route 60, between the Gush Etzion Junction and Kiryat Arba (Hebron), and specifically the section that passes by the Arab villages of El Arub and Beit Ummar, the army will instead be building a bypass road and a bridge, The Jewish Press was told by reliable sources.

Etzion Brigade commander Col. Yaniv Elalouf said in a closed meeting with local residents of Efrat that the bypass road would move Israeli traffic around 200-300 meters away from El Arub and 400 meters away away from Beit Umar. The road would also be raised on a bridge in that section, and come out near Carmei Tzur.

The officer said that the current proximity of Arab houses to the main highway provides the terrorists with the cover needed to to easily attack Israeli motorists and then quickly escape. By building a bypass bridge and road, the terrorists would be forced out into an open area to commit their terror attacks (or use longer range weapons).

The officer estimated that the road would be finished within a year to a year and a half.

The officer said that the road is not being built because we are afraid, but because the IDF is unable to contain the attacks.

The road will likely cost millions of dollars to build, at a time when the government budget in general and the IDF portion of it in particular are being cut. But there’s a more profound cost to this decision, in morale and in the continued IDF failed strategy of dealing with terrorism in Judea and Samaria.

No one is doubting any longer that a full-fledged third intifada has been brewing there, encouraged by statements made by visiting President Barack Obama, as well as more recent statements by visiting Secretary of State John Kerry. But the IDF’s approach to this acute problem of lawlessness and murder, is to name it “popular terrorism” — meaning it is somehow legitimized by the fact that a lot of Arabs support it — and to invent mad plots of “containing” it.

It begins with rules of engagement that essentially turn any IDF man on patrol into a potential prisoner, should he actually try and do his job (IDF Soldiers Humiliated by Arab Rioters: We Are Sitting Ducks). This has resulted in so many IDF units fleeing the scene of confrontation, they’ve become a running gag in the daily entertainment of Arab youths. Watch the Jewish soldiers run, M-16 rifles and all, from kids who throw rocks at them.

The other face of this shameful attempt to “contain” violent criminals, is through technology. IDF soldiers on patrol have been issued vests that improve their ability to sustain blows (IDF Latest Response to Arab Riots: ‘Nerf’ Bullets). And wherever Arabs make it a habit to pelt Jews with rock and firebombs, Israel responds by erecting fences, paving alternative roads and now, how majestic, actually build a bridge above the troubled area.

There’s only one area where Israel’s security forces appear to enforce a zero tolerance approach — whenever Jews are responding to their violent neighbors. If the IDF and the GSS applied the same zeal to picking up Arab terrorists and keeping them in jail, they wouldn’t really need this bridge to nowhere.

This is a link to a YouTube video of the officer’s appearance last Saturday night.

The following is a translation of the officer’s speech on the video. The video was shot by Natan Epstein of the Tazpit News Agency.

The question is twofold: One, the road leading south from Gush Etzion and Hebron is difficult, I will tell you here, it is the most difficult road in Judea and Samaria. It is the road that poses the toughest challenges in terms of popular terrorism. The other part of the question suggested that parents of children and youths who participate in popular terrorism should be punished.

The proper response to the issues regarding the road from the Gush junction to Kiryat Arba is to pave a new road. I truly and honestly believe that in the near future this road, which everybody has known for a decade, will be paved, 200 to 300 meters west of its current path, avoiding the Al-Arroub refugee camp where the beating down of the protective fences takes place. The new road will run over a tall bridge which will let us pass far away from Beit Ummar – 400 meters – and will return to the highway at the Karmei Tzur junction.

Jewish Press Staff

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