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IDF Foils Gush Etzion Terror Attack Planned by Nephew of Kidnap-Murderer

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

The IDF has foiled a plan by terrorists to stab Jews in Gush Etzion, and of the two terrorists who were caught Tuesday is the nephew of one of the Hamas kidnap-murderers of three yeshiva youth last June.

Soldiers had been placed on high alert Monday after reports that the nephew, 34-year-old Mohammed abu Eisha, was reported missing.

Tuesday’s terrorists, one of them armed with a knife, were caught as they approached Tekoa located across the highway from Nokdim, the home of Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman. A security officer at Tekoa was suspicious of the two men who were approaching the community, and he called the IDF, whose soldiers arrested them.

The security officer may have identified abu Eisha from pictures that Israel security personnel circulated Monday night.

Abu Eisha is from Hebron and the second terrorist, Jabrin Muntaz, 17, is from Yatta, a large city immediately to eh south of Hebron. They admitted they were planning to kill Jews.

Abu Eisha was part of the Hamas terror cell that kidnapped and murdered Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrah and Gilad Shaar, last June.

Gush Etzion has become the most popular target for terrorists the past year. The three teenagers who were murdered fell into the hands of their Hamas captors west of the Gush Etzion junction.

Last month, there were at several terrorist attacks at or near the junction, including a hit-and-run attack and two stabbing attacks at the intersection, including the murder of Dalia Lemkus, 26, of Tekoa,

It is not clear why terrorists are targeting the area.

There usually are a number of Jews at the bus stop-hitchhiking station at the junction, but the IDF maintains a constant presence there. Furthermore, there are several smaller, more rural and less protected Jewish communities in the area.

Gush Etzion is home to a large number of English-speaking Israelis, particularly in Efrat, Alon Shvut and Neve Daniel.

The area is constantly mentioned as being in the “consensus” to be under Israeli sovereignty in the event of the creation of the Palestinian Authority as a new Arab country.

If terrorists can make life unbearable for Gush Etzion residents and create public pressure to remove it from the consensus, no other Jewish community in Judea and Samaria would stand a chance of remaining a home for Jews.

 

Funeral of Gush Etzion Terror Victim Dalia Lemkus [photos]

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

The sister of Gush Etzion terror victim Dalia Lemkus, murdered while hitchhiking on Monday, appealed to Israelis during the funeral for her sister to continue hitchhiking and not give Arab terrorists “the satisfaction” that they can stop Jews from living a normal lives.

Lemkus, 26, was from the community of Tekoa, east of Efrat, and was run over by the terrorist’s car. He then got out of the car and stabbed the victim along with two others, one of whom is in serious condition.

She previously had survived a terrorist stabbing attack several years ago and afterwards told her sister Michal she would not stop hitchhiking. “Do you think I am going to let them defeat me?” she asked rhetorically.

Michal Lemkus told hundreds of mourners at the funeral, “I want to scream at everyone, ay my country and especially at myself, ‘Don’t stop hitchhiking.’”

Her appeal was opposite the attitude of Israel’s center-left establishment after previous terrorist attacks on hitchhikers, which have prompted the media’s asking why people take the risk.

Are they right?

Yes, it would be a lot less risky to live in Tel Aviv, except that another funeral was held today for a soldier who was stabbed to death on Monday by an Arab terrorist near a Tel Aviv train station.

The body of Daliah Lamkus being escorted from the site of the funeral to the cemetery in Tekoa.

The body of Daliah Lamkus being escorted from the site of the funeral to the cemetery in Tekoa. Photo: Marc Gottlieb

 

Friends and family mourn during the funeral ceremony of Dalia Lemkus at the Jewish Tekoa on Tuesday.

Friends and family mourn during the funeral ceremony of Dalia Lemkus at the Jewish Tekoa on Tuesday. Photo: Flash 90

 

Michal Lamkus, speaking at the funeral of her sister Dalia Lamkus. Photo: Marc Gottlieb

Michal Lamkus, speaking at the funeral of her sister Dalia Lamkus.

The body of Dalia Lamkus being escorted from the site of the funeral to the cemetery in Tekoa. Photo: Marc Gottlieb

The body of Dalia Lamkus being escorted from the site of the funeral to the cemetery in Tekoa.

 

 

 

What Do They Mean She’s a ‘Settler’?

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

I wanted my mother to come and see how absurd it is for the entire world – including virtually the entire Jewish world, and that includes most Jews who think of themselves as pro-Israel – to refer to the Jewish towns and communities beyond the 1949 Armistice Line as “settlements” in the “West Bank.”

But I never anticipated she would be at my side as we heard and saw, from a distance of just a few miles, a horrific terrorist attack.

This was the attempt by an Arab terrorist to run down and murder several Jews – any Jews, it didn’t matter who – with his car. When he failed to hit anyone, he jumped out of his car and began stabbing Jews who were just standing on the side of the road at a bus stop.

It happened yesterday, and by now most people who care about Israel have heard about Nov. 10, a day of rage, sadly one of many, a day of disparate attempts to murder as many Jews as possible. Attacks took place within the ’49 Armistice Lines and outside of them. It doesn’t matter, they want to kill us wherever we are.

One of the stabbing murders took place in Tel Aviv.

Just a few days ago one of my daughter’s friends, a young woman who is studying in Israel also this year, told us she really likes to go to Tel Aviv.

“Why?” I asked her.

“Because I never have that weight on my shoulder, wondering if there is going to be some horrible terrorist attack, like we have in Jerusalem.”

But now they’re everywhere.

Everywhere Jews try to live normal lives in their own state, the one country Jews are supposed to feel safe. The one place from which we can’t be thrown out, hunted down or forced to convert. So far it’s still true, but even here it is becoming harder and harder and in my opinion it is because we apologize when we try to protect our people.

For some inexplicable (to me) reason we still have a greater fear of offending those who either hate us or who sympathize with those who do, than we do of constantly burying our own. Our own who die as a direct result of hatred towards us.

My mother and I were just starting our walk back from another residential area here in Efrat when we heard the first siren. I was on the phone with my younger daughter, it was around 5:00. We were discussing when she was going to walk over to the house for dinner. Her classes had ended for the afternoon and she didn’t have to be back at the seminary until 8:30 p.m.

She remarked that she could hear the siren over the phone and also outside of her building. Mom and I walked down to the main road to start back when the catch in my stomach grew. I kept hearing more sirens and seeing ambulances and police cars race by and out of Efrat, heading east.

There were too many.

My mother said there must have been a car accident, but I didn’t think so.

I could see from where we were walking that the emergency vehicles were congregating near a place I know well. Alon Shvut. It’s one of the Jewish communitites in Gush Etzion. It’s right next to where the big supermarket and the gas station are.

It’s also right next to the spot from which the three Jewish teenagers were kidnapped in June. The boys – we all called them “Our Boys” whose abduction set off a manhunt for two weeks, ending with the discovery of their bodies. Our boys: Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftale Fraenkel.

Cabinet to Vote Sunday on Cutting Gush Etzion Off from Jerusalem

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

PM Netanyahu’s Cabinet is set to vote on Sunday on part of the path of the Gush Etzion security barrier, according to an IDF Radio (Galei Tzahal) report on Thursday night.

For years, Arab and Jewish residents of Gush Etzion have strongly protested against this security fence, as both sides are against its construction. They managed to get the construction of the fence frozen until now.

In 2006, radical leftwing groups filed petitions to have the path of the fence moved onto the pre-67 side of the 1949 armistice line, rather than including Gush Etzion.

The entire fence, besides being an eyesore on some of the most pristine and beautiful landscapes in Israel, would cut off Gush Etzion from Jerusalem, and part of the fence would split Gush Etzion in two.

It would also potentially cut off the planned road from Gush Etzion directly to the Dead Sea, which is only 20 minutes by car.

Gush Etzion Mayor David Perl told Galei Tzahal that Netanyahu previously promised him that the fence was frozen and would not advance further.

Perl promised to continue to fight the fence construction.

Efrat activist Nadia Matar spoke with JewishPress.com and said, “We are very shocked. It is not logical that after the past war this summer, when it was proved that in no way should we ever create a PA state in our heartland, nor should we have fences – that now they are going to vote on this. It’s insanity! We call upon all the cabinet ministers to vote against it.”

It is not clear why the vote is being brought up in the cabinet at this time.

Big Sandwich in a Small Town Deli

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

When you live in a small town, a good deli opening up is big news.

We’re sharing with you a video from Gary’s Deli which just opened up in Efrat, in the Dekel Commercial Center.

Having tasted it, we can tell you its good. Try the pastrami knish (you heard right, a knish, in Israel).

The only thing missing are some Abeles & Heymann salamis hanging over the counter…

Horrors: Bibi Might Consider New Housing for Jews Before UNGA Meets!

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Word has it that land that has not been occupied since Jordan fled the Gush Etzion bloc after it was humiliated in a war nearly 50 years ago (and before leaving was present with no legally recognized rights thereto), may eventually become the site of new housing for Jews.

The area under consideration neighbors the Israeli town of Allon Shevut, and is adjacent to a women’s seminary, Migdal Oz. It is also in close proximity to several other Jewish learning institutions such as the Yeud Mechina and and several yeshivot. It is located  across the road from the large Israeli community of Efrat, in Gush Etzion.

The site is very near to where the three Israeli teenagers, Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach, were kidnapped by Hamas terrorists, and then murdered by them, south of Hebron.

Previously the site was known as Givat Oz (Hill of Strength). The new name incorporates the initials of the three boys – Gilad, Eyal and Naftali – and the acronym created also happens to mean great wisdom. The site is now known as Givat Oz v’Gaon.

In part, a strong local push for the development of housing in this location came as a response to the abduction and murder of the three teens on June 12. As a local community leader, Davidi Perl said, “The goal of the murderers of the three youths was to sow fear and disrupt our living routine and our answer is strengthening settlement and building.’’ 

Some Israeli commenters, and plenty of non-Israeli media responded with disdain for Israel’s consideration to increase housing for Jews in a vibrant Jewish community.

They attacked the decision as “moronic” both because they considered it “punishment” – heaven forbid! – for the kidnapping and murder of innocent Israeli teenagers, and also because steps seemed to be taken to further Jewish life “just before the United Nations General Assembly meets!”

And if no more homes for Jews, ever again, anywhere within or beyond the Green Apartheid Line are ever built, what? The UNGA will issue commendations for Israel? Not in anyone’s lifetime.

But in truth, there have been no housing tenders for Givat Oz v’Gaon. In fact, last year – well before the “moronic” “act of punishment,” the government of Israel invited bids for the building of 1,000 housing units at the site, according to the Belfast Telegraph. And nothing closer to building homes has taken place.

Whether the land will ever be allowed to bear homes for Jews remains a hulking question mark.

But having Jews attack the Israeli Prime Minister for being so “moronic” as to consider allowing still more Jews to live and breathe beyond an attempted Apartheid Green Line is cause enough for despair.

Gush Etzion Rocket Alert Time Shorten

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Pikud HaOref asks residents of Gush Etzion: Efrat, Kiryat arba, Beitar Ilit and surrounding communities to get to their bomb shelters within sixty (60) seconds from when the siren goes off next time. Previously residents had a minute and a half to get to safety.

Jerusalem time remains the same.

Pikud Oref says this isn’t an official change at this point. Just a review of the current instructions.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/gush-etzion-rocket-alert-time-shorten/2014/07/17/

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