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February 13, 2016 / 4 Adar I, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Gush Etzion’

Arab Terrorists Attacking Buses, Cars on Highway 60

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Arab terrorists in the Palestinian Authority hurled rocks at Israeli buses and cars as they passed the Arab village of Beit Omar Tuesday evening.

The attacks took place along Highway 60 in Judea. No physical injuries were reported and there were no reports of damage to the buses or vehicles.

Howling Winter Storm Drops Snow, Sleet, Hail and Rain

Monday, January 25th, 2016

The wind is still howling through the Negev and the snow has piled up in the ski resort of Mount Hermon, where operators already had closed down the access road before the first flakes fell.

By 9 am some 50 centimeters (20 inches) of snow had fallen at the ski resort.

Snow has continued to fall in the Golan Heights and the Galilee, with some gusts of up to 80 kilometer-per-hour (50 mph) winds.

By 10:30 am, the white stuff was drifting down on to the holy city of Jerusalem. At midday, a shopper in the capital told em>JewishPress.com that the supermarket he was in was flooding from “who knows where.”

A Jerusalem supermarket is flooded by a winter storm.

A Jerusalem supermarket is flooded by a winter storm.

“J.R.” reported it was “freezing, just freezing” in Jerusalem and that “everything – you name it – is coming down from the skies.”

Hail pelts a car parked in Jerusalem.

Hail pelts a car parked in Jerusalem.

Snow was continuing to fall in Jerusalem, Gush Etzion and Kiryat Arba at 1:30 pm Monday. Rain, sleet, and some hail mixed with snow were spotted in the northern Negev as well.

Roads around the Dead Sea region – in particular, Highway 90 – closed down due to flooding.

Freezing and close to freezing temperatures are expected to continue in Jerusalem and points north.

Temperatures are expected to be a bit warmer in Tel Aviv and Be’er Sheva.

Kerry’s State Dept ‘Appalled’ by (Unnamed) Terrorist Attacks on Israelis

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Apparently attacking two defenseless women, one the mother of six, the other a pregnant woman, was too much for even Secretary of State John Kerry’s State Dept. to ignore.

About midday D.C. time on Monday, Jan. 18, the U.S. State Department issued a statement condemning the barbaric attacks on two Israeli women in less than 48 hours. One of the women was murdered at the door of her own home as several of her children watched or heard in horror. The other victim, a woman five months pregnant, was stabbed in a clothing store in her home community, who remains in Shaare Tzedek Meical Center’s Trauma Unit.

The U.S. acknowledged the horrific attacks on the two Israelis, mentioning each by name.

This is the full, six sentence, one paragraph condemnation issued by Kerry’s State Department’s spokesperson John Kirby:

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks over the past two days against Israeli civilians. We were appalled and deeply saddened by the death of Dafna Meir, a mother of six, who was attacked on Sunday in her own home. We extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends and community. Today, a pregnant Israeli woman, Michal Froman, was stabbed in the West Bank. We wish her a full and complete recovery. These horrific incidents underscore the importance of affirmative steps to restore calm, reduce tensions and bring an immediate end to the violence.

It is appropriate for the State Dept. to condemn these brutal attacks, as they do others even when far less brutal, when they occur in the region.

The title of the statement uses the term “West Bank” to note where the attacks took place, rather than simply stating Israel. On the other hand, at least neither the title nor the statement itself describes the places where the women were attacked as “settlements,” as did, for example, the BBC  and even the JTA, in their reports.

At least as significant is that while the U.S. condemned the savage attacks, no responsibility was placed on any actors. The “terrorist attacks” happened, but nothing was said about who committed the acts, or who directed the attacks. In both instances it is already known that Palestinian Authority Arabs were the terrorists who knifed the women, one to death. One of the terrorists was an Arab who had been welcomed in to work in the community where he stabbed to death the mother of six. The other terrorist was an Arab teenager from nearby Bethlehem who entered the yishuv through a hole in the fence surrounding the community.

Not assigning blame when Palestinian or Israeli Arabs stab, slash, shoot or ram innocent Israelis is part of the modus operandi of John Kerry’s State Department, as it also was when State was run by now presidential-candidate Hillary Clinton.

This time, at least, the victims were particularized, but the people and entity responsible were not. That’s a problem that allows the responsible parties to remain anonymous and blameless on the world stage, where Israel, Israelis and, in particular, the Israeli government is always named and blamed.

Just wait to see what is the response to the new dictate by the chief security officer for Gush Etzion, the area south of Jerusalem in which the pregnant woman was stabbed. Arabs will now be barred from entering any of the Jewish towns in the area. Collective punishment? Apartheid? It’s coming. Four…three….two….one.

Standing Together at the Gush Etzion Junction

Monday, January 18th, 2016

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IDF Bans Arab Workers From Gush Etzion Communities

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Etzion Brigade Commander Colonel Roman Gofman issued an order Monday morning to remove immediately all Arab workers from the Gush Etzion communities, including from stores and businesses.

The order follows a severe escalation in deadly Arab terrorist attacks on Jews in the region.

On Monday morning, a pregnant woman in her 30s was stabbed by an Arab terrorist in the eastern Gush Etzion town of Tekoa while she was busy working in a clothing warehouse.

The woman, who was seriously wounded, was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Early Sunday evening, an Arab construction worker employed in the Jewish community of Otniel, in the south Hebron Hills, entered a home in the community and viciously stabbed a young mother to death.

Daphna Meir, z’l, was laid to rest Monday morning in the Har HaMenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul neighborhood after a funeral that began in Otniel.

As drastic as the ban may sound, it is unlikely to last very long.

This is not the first time the IDF has imposed such measures on Arab workers in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

Last July (2015) the IDF issued a region-wide ban out of concern that some Arab employees might take revenge on their Jewish coworkers or employers over the arson murder attack on a family in the Arab village of Duma.

A similar ban on Arab workers in the region was also ordered in November 2015: that edict was issued after 21-year-old Hadar Buchris was stabbed to death in an attack at the Gush Etzion junction.

The attack on Buchris had been the third attack of the day in the region, and the second at the junction in four days – but the ban was temporary, as is obvious by the fact that Daphna Meir, z’l, was laid to rest today.

 

Pregnant Woman Stabbed in Tekoa, Terrorist Dead

Monday, January 18th, 2016

An Arab terrorist stabbed a pregnant Israeli woman in her 30s in a clothing warehouse in the Jewish community of Tekoa on Monday morning.

The victim was working at the warehouse when she the terrorist entered the building and attacked her.

The public is being asked to please pray for the good health and speedy recovery of Michal bat Esther and for the healing and good health of her unborn child.

The community is nestled in the hills of in eastern Gush Etzion, just a few minutes south of Jerusalem, located in the shadow of the Herodian.

The victim was seriously injured in the attack. She was treated at the scene by Magen David Adom paramedics before she was rushed to Sha’are Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

The terrorist was shot and killed by an armed civilian from local security forces.

A woman and her six-month-old baby were injured on October 1, 2015 in Arab stone-throwing attacks; two other children in the car were also badly traumatized.

A month later, Arab terrorists again attacked cars traveling near Tekoa.

The attackers again threw stones and firebombs at passing Israeli motorists, TPS reported. A security vehicle from Tekoa was damaged in one of the attacks.

Flowers in Gush Etzion

Sunday, January 17th, 2016

Winter time in Israel is when everything blooms due to the abundant rain.

Here are some wild flowers growing in Gush Etzion.

Daffodils growing in Gush Etzion

Daffodils growing in Gush Etzion

Flowers in Gush Etzion

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