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May 5, 2016 / 27 Nisan, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Gush Etzion’

IDF Soldiers Attacked in Beit Fajar Near Gush Etzion Junction

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Two IDF soldiers were attacked Tuesday night by Arab terrorists in Beit Fajar.

The soldiers came under a hail of rocks after accidentally entering the Arab village, not far from the Gush Etzion junction, in an unprotected vehicle.

The windshield of the vehicle was smashed but they nevertheless managed to make it out of the village and head back towards Gush Etzion without injury.

The IDF has launched an investigation into the incident.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Releases 12 Year Old Terrorist From Prison

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Israel this week released a 12-year-old female Arab terrorist from prison, one of the youngest ever to be incarcerated. She was sentenced to three months in jail after attempting to kill a Jew in Gush Etzion.

Dima al-Wawi, a resident of the Palestinian Authority, pleaded guilty to attempted manslaughter in a plea bargain deal.

She was released Sunday, a month and a half earlier than her scheduled release date, in response to a special request from her parents.

She was arrested in February after being found with a knife outside the Gush Etzion Jewish community of Karmei Tzur.

The girl confessed to having planned to carry out a stabbing attack.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Arabs Still Trying to Kill Israelis: Saturday Night List of Attacks

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Arab terrorists are still busy trying to kill Israelis with stoning and firebomb attacks on the roads and in mixed Jerusalem neighborhoods. A brief review of the events on Saturday night shows the terror wave is not yet over, regardless of the statistical analyses coming out of the government offices.

Plain and simple, Israelis are not yet safe from Arab terrorists who are being egged on by the Palestinian Authority government.

Following is a brief roundup of terror attacks that took place around the country on Saturday night.

Stonings in Binyamin Region Arab attackers hit Bus No. 140 to Beit El on Highway 60 in Samaria, between the Jewish community of Adam and the Arab village of Hizme, north of Jerusalem.

No one on the bus was physically hurt, but the windshield on the bus was broken by one of the rocks.

A second Israeli bus, No. 143, also came under a hail of rocks hurled by Arab terrorists on the road. No one was physically hurt but the windshield of the bus was smashed.

On highway 437 in the Binyamin region, Arab terrorists hurled rocks at an Israeli bus traveling along Highway 437 in the Binyamin region, north of the Arab village of Hizmeh.

None of the passengers were physically injured. The windshield of the bus was damaged.

Motorist Firebombed Arab terrorists hurled a firebomb at an Israeli motorist traveling along Highway 55 near Bnei Elias, also on Saturday night.

No one was physically injured and no damage was reported.

Karmei Tzur Attack Foiled Three Arab terrorists from the nearby Judean village of Beit Omer approached the security fence of the Jewish community of Karmei Tzur in Gush Etzion on Saturday evening.

The terrorists hurled a firebomb into the community through the fence, before fleeing when security personnel arrived. The firebomb landed harmlessly. No one was physically injured and no damage was reported.

Jewish Homes Attacked in Ma’ale Zeitim Arabs hurled firebombs at Jewish homes in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ma’ale Zeitim on Saturday night in the eastern section of the capital.

No one was physically injured in the attack. It is not clear whether there was damage to any of the homes.

Hana Levi Julian

Soldier Attacked with Ax, Terrorist Killed near Gush Etzion

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

An Arab terrorist armed with a hatchet attacked an IDF soldier in El Arub, which is between the Gush Etzion junction and Kiryat Arba. The attack happened early Thursday afternoon.

According to Hatzalah, the soldier was hit in the head, but was protected by his helmet and only lightly injured. The terrorist had been hiding in the bushes and attacked as the soldier passed by.

The terrorist was shot and killed by a second soldier who pumped 4 bullets into the terrorist.

Scene of terror attack in EL Arub - April 14, 2016

Scene of terror attack in EL Arub – April 14, 2016

Jewish Press News Briefs

Founder of Work-Sharing Hub in Gush Etzion: “If We Build It, They Will Come”

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Gush Etzion (TPS) – It started in an add-on to an Industrial Zone building. Less than a year later, it has a home of its own and a team to match.

Welcome to Hub Etzion, the first-ever work-sharing space in its region for Israel’s booming high-tech sector, The fantastic growth, in the Gush Etzion area just south of Jerusalem, has put smiles on the faces of the hub’s founders.

“We are really changing people’s perspectives,” Rachel Moore, co-founder of the hub, told Tazpit Press Service (TPS). “The work environment, with all the entrepreneurs, enables workers to believe they can succeed. A translator came to work here, not very ‘high-tech,’ and within two months she had told me she started to think bigger.”

Hub Etzion, also founded by Amy Shuter, started operating in May 2015 and officially launched six months later. The hub is mainly home to start-up founders but also hosts accountants, translators, web designers, and graphic designers.

The hub’s office is small, 340 square meters and approximately 20 workers. But Moore told TPS she aims to continue her hub’s trend of continued growth.

“We want to triple the number of employees,” said Moore. “At first, people would tell us nobody would use our services, claiming that everyone would go to Jerusalem. They would ask us what a hub was, but now after our growth, they say they have heard of us.”

The hub’s office was originally built only as an add-on to a building located in the Gush Etzion Industrial Zone and owned by Sam Michelson, a local entrepreneur originally from the United States.

“I built an extra space and had various ideas of what to do with it,” Michelson told TPS. “The most interesting idea was to build a hub, so that people in Gush Etzion could get together, work, and share ideas.”

Michelson said that his plans for a hub were not moving forward, but by coincidence Rachel Moore had the same concept as Michelson.

“She asked me if she could rent the space to build a hub in Gush Etzion, and I was thrilled,” Michelson told TPS. “ It is exciting to have a dream and then find out that someone else has the same dream and is actually going to do it.”

Michelson and Moore created a team that has only grown in number.

“Within a few months, this has really become a place where people come together and share ideas,” noted Michelson.

“We worked very hard to bring investors from abroad and succeeded,” Moore said to TPS. “Sam said we should just get some people to sit at a table here and simply start working and to be early adopters. This way we could see if there was demand, and we could also create facts on the ground.”

Members of the hub see the importance of a healthy and welcoming work environment.

“We have to pay attention and focus on the character of the place,” said Chai Sokoloff, a user experience and user interface designer. “Having a quality work environment is crucial in attracting more start-ups.”

Having attracted investors and companies from all over Israel and abroad, the hub has overcome inevitable hurdles. These include efforts by the anti-Israel BDS movement to sanction and boycott Jewish-Israeli businesses in Judea and Samaria.

“It is interesting to see each company’s strategy for dealing with BDS,” Sokoloff explained to TPS. “We work with a start-up with customers all over the world. We are proud they are here, but there only online presence connects to headquarters in the US. For now, they feel have no choice.”

Moore made it clear to TPS that she and her hub remain undeterred about its location in Judea.

“I want to succeed while saying out loud, without shame, that we are in Gush Etzion,” she said. “We have nothing to apologize for and nothing to hide. I think once we do this, more people will also open such places.”

In addition to facing challenges posed by BDS, residents and businesses of Gush Etzion also face the threat of terror attacks. Moore recalled a recent incident in which she invited Jackson Wightman, owner of a major Canadian public relations firm, to visit the hub.

“We asked [Wightman] to come and speak in Gush Etzion,” Moore told TPS. “Several days before he was scheduled to visit, there was a terror attack at the Gush Etzion Junction, and I was sure he would cancel.”

“He then sent an email, and I was afraid to read it. But he wrote: ‘I saw there was an attack, I hope everyone is okay, and I’m excited to come over and speak.’

“He came and spoke and then returned to Canada with a completely different image of what the ‘West Bank’ was,” added Moore, who remains hopeful and optimistic.

“I think we are starting to change the perception of Gush Etzion,” said Moore. “At first, people told us that nobody would come from central Israel. And when we recently had a conference on digital marketing attended by 80 people, only a third were residents of Gush Etzion.

“We always said ‘if we build it, they will come.’ And we were right.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Terror Attack at the Gush Etzion Junction

Friday, March 18th, 2016

Initial reports of a stabbing attempt at the Gush Etzion junction on Friday afternoon, just after 3 PM.

The terrorist has been killed. A second terrorist has been captured, according to a Hatzalah Yo”sh report.

The terrorist had gotten out of a car and approached some soldiers to stab them. A soldier and a citizen shot the terrorist before anyone could be injured.

Two more terrorists connected to the attack were arrested, according to a Rotter report.

An Arab who was filming the attack has also been arrested, possibly under suspicion that he was filming the attack with advance knowledge.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Beit Fajjar Locked Down Following Ariel Terror Attack

Friday, March 18th, 2016

The Arab settlement of Beit Fajjar (Beit Fajr) in Gush Etzion was locked down by the IDF, allowing no entry or exit except for emergencies, according to Haaretz, following the terror attack on Thursday in Ariel.

The two terrorists who stabbed the female soldier as she stepped off the bus were residents of Beit Fajjar. The woman was stabbed 6 or 7 times in the neck and upper body before being shot by nearby IDF soldiers.

The residents of Beit Fajjar has an extensive history of terror attacks, in particular, repeatedly attacking the Jewish community of nearby Kibbutz Migdal Oz as well as a number of the attacks at the Gush Etzion junction, including the murder of Hadar Buchris in November 2015 and a stabbing attack in December 2015.

Beit Fajjar’s terrorists are mostly associated with Tanzin/Fatah – the military wing of the PA/PLO.

Presumably, the two traveled out to Ariel to commit their terror attack, after deciding that Gush Etzion is too well guarded, as most terrorists in the Gush end up dead before, during or after their attacks.

Apparently in Ariel too.

Shalom Bear

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