Posts Tagged ‘Gush Etzion’
Palestinian Authority terrorists targeted Gush Etzion Sunday morning and lightly wounded a four-year-old boy, who was treated by Hatzalah medics.
Soldiers are looking for the culprits.
The attack occurred at the junction of Highway 60 with Jewish communities in Gush Etzion, which has become a popular target for Palestinian Authority Arabs trying to murder Jews.
In the last two months, they have killed one woman and wounded several people with different means of trying to kill them – knives, guns, rocks, firebombs, and hit-and-run driving.
On December 12, a PA Arab began attacking Jews near the Gush Etzion tunnels, throwing chemicals onto a family in a car, into the face of a Jewish hitchhiker, and then trying to stab people with a screwdriver.
The terrorist was neutralized by a bystander, M. who was driving home when the attack happened.
M. (24) described to Israeli site, Walla, how he stopped the terrorist in Gush Etzion.
M. a lifelong resident of the Gush was waiting at the traffic light near El Hadr when he saw the Arab terrorist running towards him holding a screwdriver.
He heard people screaming to stop him, and he quickly realized what was going on.
M. drove his car forward and clipped the terrorist, the terrorist fell, but he quickly got up and continued to run.
M.then got out of his car, pulled his gun and shot the terrorist twice.
Four Border Policeman then ran up, reached the terrorist and arrested him, at which point the terrorist was transported to the hospital.
After the event was over, M. says he was concerned about what just happened, what he did and if he would get in trouble because of it, but the police at the scene calmed him down and told him he did exactly what he should have done.
An interview, in Hebrew, with Moshe Claud Kamon, who was attacked in Gush Etzion, near the El Hadr junction by a terrorist who threw a chemical in his face.
The terrorist also attacked a family, and threw a chemical on 3 children and their mother in a car.
2:24 PM The attack was more extensive than previously reported.
The terrorist was shot in the leg by a citizen who was driving by as Border Police were chasing after the terrorist near the El Hadr junction.
At the time of the chase, the terrorist was chasing after another victim, this time to stab him with a screwdriver.
Just previous to that, the terrorist had thrown the chemicals on the family in a car.
The mother and her 3 daughters are being treated at Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem.
(Updated) Another man, who was hitchhiking, had liquid chemicals thrown at his face, and is being treated at Hadassah Ein Karem.
2:07 PM UPDATE: The male victim has been downgraded to lightly injured. Four, not three children were injured.
The terrorist was moderately injured with a gunshot to the leg.
At 1:35 PM MDA received an emergency call that 4 children were injured after having a chemical thrown at them near the Husan / El Hadr traffic light (between Beitar and near the Gush Etzion tunnels).
At the scene MDA treated a man in his 40′s and three children ages 8 to 10.
IDF reports that a Palestinian Authority terrorist attacked the family.
The man had the chemical/acid thrown at his eyes and face, and is in moderate condition. The children were hit in the lower extremities are are lightly injured.
IDF soldiers shot the attacker, and he is in serious condition.
Additional details to follow as they become available.
The High Court has rejected an attempt by Israeli Arab Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi of the Balad party to block the parliament from banning her activity.
One after another, the five-member panel of justices scored Zoabi for her claims that she backs non-violence. Zoabi clearly identifed with the Hamas kidnap-murderers of three yeshiva students in Gush Etzion in a broadcast interview on Radio Tel Aviv last June, before it was known that the boys had been murdered.
Zoabi was barred for six months from all Knesset activity other than voting in response to a flurry of complaints from her colleagues — including Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein — about a statement she made regarding the abduction and particularly brutal murder of Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frenkel and Gilad Sha’ar were not guilty of terrorism.
“Is it strange that people living under occupation and living impossible lives, in a situation where Israel kidnaps new prisoners every day, is it strange that they act this way? They are not terrorists. Even if I do not agree with them, they are people who do not see any way open to change their reality, and they are compelled to use means like these until Israel wakes up and sees the suffering, feels the suffering of the other.”
The complaints charging Zoabi with incitement led the Knesset Ethics Committee to ban Zoabi at the end of July from making speeches, submitting legal questions or initiating debates from the plenum or in committee for half a year. It was the maximum punishment the committee was allowed to impose.
On October 7 Zoabi tried to appeal the ruling in committee, calling it a violation of freedom of speech. That effort failed, and the ban was confirmed by the full plenum at the end of October.
However, Zoabi has still won a victory: despite breaking the laws of the state by repeatedly visiting enemy nations and participating in events clearly as an advocate for an enemy entity (the Palestinian Authority), Zoabi has yet to be charged with treason.
Moreover, despite her verbal support for an enemy during wartime in July – when Israel was facing impending conflict with the Hamas terrorist organization, as she obviously knew, being a privileged lawmaker – Zoabi is free.
Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein ruled in the current case that Zoabi’s statements in July did not constitute criminal incitement.
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.