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November 29, 2015 / 17 Kislev, 5776
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IDF Expects Terror to Continue for ‘Weeks to Come’

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

The IDF expects the current wave of terrorist attacks, including rock-throwing and firebombings, to continue “in the coming weeks.” In a letter obtained by The JewishPress.com and sent by a brigade commander to residents under his command in Judea and Samaria, he wrote:

The challenge we face is not a short-term issue and from what I know, it will continue in the coming weeks with the understanding that there are many factors that influence the security situation.

The IDF, Border Police, police and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and civilian security forces continue to work night and day to return to residents a sense of security. The army has significantly beefed up patrols and guard posts on Highway 60, the major artery linking northern Samaria with Gush Etzion, Kiryat Arba-Hebron and the southern Hebron Hills. The brigade commander also wrote:

I promise we will get through this period and, God willing, return security and the feeling of security.

However, government policy is another matter. Residents of Judea and Samaria have lived for years with the same cycle of calm and violence. The calm is maintained when a large number of soldiers patrol the highways. Then, the United States and European Union work on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and demand that Israel “boost the popularity” of Mahmoud Abbas and reduce the presence of soldiers,. The next step is another escalation of violence that gives Abbas another chance to complain that the IDF is interfering with the daily life of Arabs by patrolling the roads and setting up checkpoints.

Terrorists Wound Woman at Gush Etzion, Try to Kill Soldier in Hebron

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Knife-wielding Palestinian Authority terrorists wounded a woman at Gush Etzion and tried to stab and kill a soldier in Hebron Wednesday afternoon. The woman, around 30 years old, suffered moderate wounds in the attack outside the Roza Restaurant, located several hundred yards from the Gush Etzion junction and next to the Rami Levy supermarket. Several people nearby were treated for shock. The terrorist was arrested.

Less than an hour earlier, Israel forces in the Jewish neighborhood of Tel Rumeida in Hebron shot and killed a terrorist as he tried to stab soldiers.

This was the third straight day that terrorists tried to kill soldiers in the area between Hebron and Gush Etzion. In all cases, the terrorists were killed.

Yesterday, two knife-wielding Palestinian Authority Arabs stabbed a 19-year-old soldier guarding a hitchhiking station at Gush Etzion.

On Monday, a soldier was serious wounded with stab wounds in his neck before security forces shot and killed him in a village adjacent to Hebron.

A new pattern has emerged in stabbings, with attackers trying to kill soldiers even though it is clear they have no chance of escaping and not much more of a chance of escaping alive. In one incident, an Arab teenager who was selling chocolate-covered marshmallows to drivers lined up at a Jordan Valley checkpoint, suddenly stopped hawking the snack, pulled out a knife and started making a 200-foot run at guards. He immediately was shot and killed.

Jewish Press Guide for Drivers Faced with Arab Rock-Throwers

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

What do you do when you are driving on an Israeli road and a rock hits your car?

It has become a common event. Rock-throwing began in the first intifada in the late 1980s throughout Gaza, Judea and Samaria.

Israel now is becoming energy self-sufficient. It always has been and always will be rock self-sufficient, especially in Judea and Samaria, where Arabs have plenty of free ammunition.

Rock-throwing periodically returns to popularity, and it has become one of the favorite pastimes of Arab youth who have been educated for a generation by the Palestinian Authority to hate Jews, Israel and Zionism.

The most popular highways for terrorists to pledge their allegiance to the “resistance” and throw rocks and firebombs are on the well-traveled roads connecting Kfar Saba to central Samaria and northern Samaria with the southern Hebron Hills via, Ofra, Beit El, Gush Etzion, Hebron-Kiryat-Arba and Susiya to the south.

I have been stoned, pardon the expression, several times. Thank God, no one has been injured, even when a rock once crashed the side window of our two-week-old car, leaving a young woman, who was to be married two weeks later, with glass all over her.

Here are a few pointers for novices from my own personal experience, but first of all, no one should stop driving on the highways because of the fear of being attacked. That simply is surrendering to the enemy.

The aim of the rock-throwing terrorists is multi-fold:

— Kill the driver or passenger with a direct hit or cause the drive to lose control of his vehicle and kill everyone in the car;

–Scare the Jews off the roads and then scare them into the sea.

Here are several tips for drivers. They will not guarantee that you won’t be hit or hurt, but they might lessen the chance.

Try to stay between two vehicles with Palestinian Authority license plates. When there is one in front of you and one in back of you, your car is a more difficult target for rock-throwers to identify and hit.

Of course, keep your doors locked and windows up in case they decide to carjack you, or open your door and attack you while you’re stopped at a light or when the car in front blocks you. However, be careful you don;t get trapped between two Palestinian Authority “resistance” drivers who suddenly realize they can trap you.

Keep an eye out for rocks on the road. That is a sure sign that the terrorists are waiting for you.

Drive like a jerk.

When I pass through hot spots like Beit Omar, south of Kiryat Arba, I suddenly speed, then I slow down, and then I speed again. It confuses the rock-thrower who gauges the speed of the car.

Furthermore, it usually is an Arab and not a Jew who drives like an idiot, so the rock-thrower probably will figure you are one of them.

It is true that is harder to hit a fast-moving target, but if a rock hits a car that is speeding, the impact could be lethal. However, if there are no Arab cars behind and in front of you, speeding is the best option. By speeding, I mean like a race-car driver.

What do you do if you get hit by a rock?

The first, last and only thing to do is to start exercising your right foot. Firmly place it on the gas pedal and press it through the floor. It helps the blood circulation in the foot and also gets you out of Dodge as fast as possible.

What happens if you are met with a barricade of rocks?

That happened to me in the first Intifada in Hebron. You can be an idiot and get out of your car and tear apart the barricade, making you a sitting duck for a sniper or setting yourself up to be blown up when you touch an explosive device.

Simply stay in your car, hit the gas pedal and drive through or around the barricade. If your tires get punctured, just keep driving. The government will pay the bill.

Others recommend, a very sharp and fast reserve out of there.


Do NOT shoot. That is not a typo. Do NOT shoot, unless you want to go to jail

Shooting at a rock-throwing terrorist is a disproportionate response that is going to get you a lot of bad publicity in the United Nations as well as a prison term, unless you can prove that your life was on the line. That is pretty hard to do after the rock has been thrown and all you have to do to get out of danger is to speed away. Don’t play Lone Ranger because Tonto is not around to help you.

There are rare instances when a gun can save your life, but there have been too many instances of cowboys pulling the trigger before putting the brain in gear.

One example: Several years, ago, one young man approached a checkpoint and heard a shot. He pulled out his gun and was promptly shot by alert guards. The man is lucky to be alive today.

Don’t be afraid. Consider driving in Judea and Samaria as an experience.

And don’t forget to say the traveler’s prayer before driving,. It is not insurance, but it can’t hurt.

Happy motoring.

Update: 55-Yr-Old Jew Stabbed by Arab Near Meitzad in Gush Etzion

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

One Jew was wounded Sunday morning in an Arab terror attack at the entrance to Metzad, a hareidi-religious community of 535 people, located in the Gush Etzion block in Judea.

According to the IDF, “Initial reports suggest two assailants disguised as ultra-Orthodox men attacked the Israeli in Gush Etzion. The Israeli responded to the attack, firing towards the assailants before they fled the scene. Forces are currently searching the area for the perpetrators.”

Moments before, the victim exited his car due to the hail of rocks hurled at the victim’s car and those already on the road. One of the terrorists then attacked the Israeli, stabbing him in the chest, and then fled.

The 55-year-old Israeli victm was treated at the scene and then rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem, where he is listed in fair condition.

At about the same time, Border Guard Police officers detained an Arab during a routine search on Sunday morning as he tried to cross a checkpoint at the Tapuach Junction.

The suspect was held for questioning by security officials.

TPS /Tazpit contributed to this report.

Forest Fire in Gush Etzion’s Gevaot Forest

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

A forest fire was blazing in the Gush Etzion bloc in Judea on Sunday morning.

Fire officials ordered the closure of Route 367, in order to keep motorists safe from the flames in the Gevaot Forest.

It is not yet clear how the fire got started.

Stabbing Attack Near Gush Etzion Checkpoint

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

An IDF soldier who was stabbed in the upper back, near Gevaot (Lamed-Hey crossing) in Gush Etzion around 7:30 AM. The IDF tracker was on operational duty at the time, guarding an Arab olive harvest, according to Channel 2.

The soldier is reported as lightly injured, according to emergency services, and is being transported to Shaare Tzdek hospital.

The terrorist was shot in the leg an was listed as moderately injured.

A report from TPS/Tazpit indicates that the terrorist is from the village of Surif in Hebron/Gush Etzion, and was a neighbor of the two terrorists from yesterday’s attack in Beit Shemesh.

2 Hurt, Terrorist Dead in Gush Etzion ‘Ram-and-Stab’ Terror Attack [video]

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Two people were injured Tuesday in a Palestinian Arab terror attack that took place at the main junction in Gush Etzion on Highway 60.

The terrorist “attempted to ram his car into pedestrians waiting at a bus stop in the Gush Etzion junction,” the IDF said in a statement.

“The attacker then left his car and attempted to stab the pedestrians. A civilian and soldier were both injured and evacuated for medical treatment. Security forces on scene shot the attacker,” the IDF said.

Israeli security forces at the site of a terror attack near the Gush Etzion junction where a Palestinian Arab man tried to run down pedestrians at a bus stop. He then left his car and tried to stab them.

Israeli security forces at the site of a terror attack near the Gush Etzion junction where a Palestinian Arab man tried to run down pedestrians at a bus stop. He then left his car and tried to stab them.

A 20-year-old soldier and a 30-year-old civilian were wounded in the attack. The civilian was hit by the car but was fully conscious. The younger victim was walking around and had wounds on his arms and legs. Both were evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center.
The attacker hit and knocked over at least two of the concrete security barriers, including one was that was struck so hard it “came out of the ground,” said an eyewitness.

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