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Posts Tagged ‘Efrat’

Pre-Sabbath Stoning Attacks in Judea, Samaria

Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Arab terrorists hurled stones at Israeli motorists Friday just before Shabbat, traveling on Highway 60 in Judea on the segment known as the Gush Etzion-Jerusalem Highway, between El Khader and the northern entrance to the Jewish community of Efrat.

Efrat is located about six minutes south of Jerusalem.

No one was physically wounded in the attack.

Arab terrorists also hurled rocks at Israelis near Sha’ar Ohad the Jewish community of Beit El. There were no reports of physical injuries, and IDF soldiers were deployed to the area.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Almost Shot After Stoning Soldiers

Friday, October 28th, 2016

An Arab threw stones at a civilian vehicle driving past the T-Junction in Gush Etzion, causing damage to the car.

The car was full of soldiers who got out an shot at the terrorist.

It was originally thought that the soldier hit him, but a search of the site indicates otherwise. The terrorist ran away.

The T-junction is the crossroad connecting Tekoa, Nokdim and Efrat.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Arabs Released From PA Prison; Jews Ask Why the Left-Wing Didn’t Help

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

By Andrew Friedman/TPS

Efrat Mayor Oded Revivi, Dr. Yitzhak Glick and other residents of Gush Etzion expressed satisfaction Tuesday that the Palestinian Authority released four Arab residents of the village of Wadi Nis, but they added sharp criticism for Israeli and international NGOs that remained silent throughout the crisis.

Four residents of the Palestinian Authority village Wadi Nis, adjacent to Efrat, were arrested by Palestinian Authority officials last week for attending a reception marking the Jewish Succot festival in Efrat. The gathering was hosted by Revivi and attended by senior military and police commanders in the Judea and Samaria region.

Palestinian Authority officials initially said the men would be charged with “normalization with Israel,” considered a crime in the Palestinian Authority, but later statements indicated the men were being held in protective custody.

Speaking to Tazpit Press Service (TPS) by phone Tuesday, Revivi said Israeli officials were virtually the only voices that called for the men to be released. He noted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s call on the international community to work to help free the men, and added that efforts to secure the mens’ release included senior IDF officers.

Revivi also said that several members of the US Congress and State Department did act to get the men released. But he, Netanyahu, Glick and others added that repeated pleas to foreign diplomats, Israeli left-wing groups and international organizations to intercede with the Palestinian Authority on behalf of the detained men fell largely on deaf ears.

“I contacted every member of Meretz and B’tselem to get them to press the PA to release them,” said Dr. Yitzhak Glick, a resident of Efrat and member of Shorashim/Judur, a local co-existence group that brings Jews and Arabs from the Gush Etzion region together. “Zahava Gal-on was the only one to respond, and even she only wrote me a formalistic note that she would try to ‘do something’, but nothing more.

“Even Gershon Baskin, who’s got top-level contacts throughout the Palestinian world and goes around the world crowing about how he negotiated the deal for Gilad Shalit’s release, told me there was nothing he could really do. So I have to ask – where were B’tselem, Human Rights Watch and the rest of the groups that are normally so concerned with Palestinian rights?” Glick steamed.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Peacemaking Arab Neighbors Freed from PA Prison for Visit to Efrat Mayor’s Sukkah

Monday, October 24th, 2016

Four Arab guests who came to visit Efrat Local Council head Oded Revivi at his ‘Sukkah of Peace’ last week during the Jewish Festival of Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), later imprisoned for their neighborly act by the Palestinian Authority, have been released.

The four were freed after the intervention of IDF Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), according to a report by Israel’s Channel 2 television news.

Their release Sunday night, the start of the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, came after a call to the international communition hours earlier by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who appealed to world leaders on behalf of the Palestinian Authority citizens who had done nothing more than act as good neighbors and who were punished by their government in response.

The four were arrested and accused of “meeting baby killers” the day after having visited the Efrat mayor’s sukkah, where they sat with Jewish neighbors and talked about peace.

“Where is the outrage of human rights organizations,” Netanyahu asked in his call to world leaders. “There isn’t any. To their great disgrace, they are silent. These groups prove again and again they have no real interest in human rights, but are interested only in shaming Israel.”

Hana Levi Julian

Day 3: Arab Peacemakers Still Imprisoned by Palestinian Authority; Human Rights Groups Silent

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Efrat Local Council head Oded Revivi says he’s concerned about the fate of four Palestinian Authority Arabs who were arrested and taken into custody on Thursday for the “crime” of visiting their Jewish neighbor’s sukkah.

The Arab visitors paid a visit on Wednesday to the Sukkah of Peace, an annual celebration of the Jewish Festival of Sukkot – the Feast of Tabernacles – in Gush Etzion, Judea, hosted by Revivi.

“Three days have passed and our visitors from Wadi Nies are still being held,” Revivi told JewishPress.com on Saturday night. “They have not been released from the Palestinian Authority prison.

“It’s not clear to us where they are or what their condition is. It bothers me to see that humanitarian organizations, human rights groups are not making any outcry about this situation.

“I’m also puzzled by the indifference of the Israeli media to the plight of these four Arabs, who simply expressed their desire for peaceful co-existence and good relations with their neighbors, and chanted slogans of peace.”

The celebration in the Sukkah of Peace attracted more than a hundred guests on Wednesday, and was an opportunity for Arab leaders from nearby Bethlehem and Hebron to mingle with senior IDF and Israeli Police officials, as well as others in the area.

Revivi told JewishPress.com he is trying to intervene on behalf of his Arab guests, but “the fact that human rights groups and Israeli media have taken no interest in this is very disturbing,” he said.

Hana Levi Julian

PA Arrests Arabs Who Visited Jewish Sukkah of Peace

Friday, October 21st, 2016

The Palestinian Authority on Thursday arrested three of its residents who on Wednesday committed the crime of paying a visit to the Sukkah of Peace, an annual celebration of the holiday of Sukkot and the Jewish outreach to our neighbors, offered by Oded Revivi, head of the Efrat local council in Gush Etzion, Judea, Israel’s Channel 2 News reported.

The celebration attracted more than a hundred guests, and was an opportunity for Arab dignitaries from nearby Bethlehem and Hebron to mingle with senior IDF and Israel Police officials, including IDF Operations Dept. Head Major General Alon Nitzan, Judea and Samaria Police District Commander Superintendent Moshe Bareket, Judea and Samaria Division Commander Brigadier General Lior Carmeli, and Etzion Brigade Commander Roman Gofman.

Maj. Gen. Nitzan commented that many disputes can be resolved in this kind of gathering, “including security challenges.”

Revivi told the news channel that he and his council are trying to intervene on behalf of his arrested guests. “Everyone who was present at the sukkah on Wednesday felt the excitement that surrounded this unique event,” Revivi said. “Officers and civilians, Jews and Muslims, sitting together and examining ways to create better neighborly relationships, and how to forge a future of peace.”

“The fact that the Palestinian Authority has chosen to summon for questioning our Palestinian neighbors who had come to drink coffee with us only shows what a great challenge we’re dealing with,” Revivi noted.

JNi.Media

Welcome to Breichot Shlomo (Solomon’s Pools)

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

The Kfar Etzion Field School gave a special tour during Succot to Breichot Shlomo / Solomon’s Pools, just north of the town of Efrat in Gush Etzion.

Solomon’s Pools consist of 3 large pools that are an integral part of the water network that supplied ancient Jerusalem and the Second Temple with water. Much of the network was built by Herod, but parts (the lowest pool) are of earlier, Maccabean origin.

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The tour is a rare one, as unfortunately, this historic and amazing site was placed inside Area A – under Palestinian Authority control.

Of course, the Palestinian Authority generally neglects this important Jewish archaeological site as they have no historical connection to it. The Palestinian Authority police use it as a hang out and dump their garbage all around the area.

Along the way, the group visited (and some entered) an ancient Jewish burial cave.

burial-cave

A cave that was part of a separate water system.

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An exposed section of the water tunnel system that feeds into Solomon’s Pools.

underground-waterway

The tour was under IDF protection, as some of the locals decided that the best use of their time was cursing the Jews and throwing stones (but from a safe distance, no one was in any danger, but it did add a touch of excitement to the tour).

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There’s even a possibility that the gardens mentioned in King Solomon’s Song of Songs (Shir Hashirim) are located in this area.

The hike, which left early in the morning from the Dagan Hill in Efrat, took around 3 hours, and involves some climbing, but participants both young and old thoroughly enjoyed it.

Photo of the Day

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