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May 5, 2016 / 27 Nisan, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Gush Etzion’

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.

 

Hana Levi Julian

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.

Hana Levi Julian

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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Large Scale Military Exercise in Gush Etzion

Monday, January 11th, 2016

A large scale military exercise has begun in Gush Etzion – including Beitar, and will continue until Wednesday afternoon.

The exercise will include the IDF, police, MDA and other emergency services.

Residents should expect to see a lot of security related personnel, traffic and activities, and are asked to be careful.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Arabs Flip Over Arab Taxi on Gush Etzion Road

Sunday, January 10th, 2016

Arabs piled up stones across the road approximately one kilometer west of the T-junction in Gush Etzion.

As a result, an Arab taxi-van driving on the road hit the stone roadblock and flipped over.

Jewish Press News Briefs

US Condemns Adding Legally Purchased 10 Acre Compound to Gush Etzion

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

State Dept. Spokesman John Kirby on Friday told a press conference in DC that the Administration is “deeply concerned about the [Israeli] Minister of Defense’s decision to expand the existing settlement boundary of the Gush Etzion Regional Council to include a former church compound, which effectively creates a new settlement on 10 acres in the West Bank.” Kirby noted that “some 70 percent of the West Bank’s Area C has already been unilaterally designated as Israeli state land, or within the boundaries of these regional settlement councils.”

The Oslo II Accord divided Judea and Samaria into three administrative divisions: the Areas A, B and C. The distinct areas were given a different status, according to the amount of self-government the local Arabs would have over it through the Palestinian Authority, until a final status accord would be established. Areas A and B were chosen in such a way as to contain only Arabs. Areas surrounding Areas A and B were defined as Area C. Fewer than 100,000 Arabs lived in Area C (PA sources inflate this number to 300,000 Arabs in Area C), in 532 residential locations. An estimated 420,000 Jews live in Area C in 235 Israeli towns, villages and outposts.

The compound in question includes 8 buildings at a strategic location on Route 60, connecting Hebron and Jerusalem, facing the al-Arroub refugee camp. The compound was built in the 1940s by an American missionary and served as a hospital for tuberculosis patients and later as a hostel for pilgrims, until the Presbyterian Church that owned it had run into financial difficulties and was forced to sell it.

The area in question is a church compound named Beit Beracha (Beit al Baraka), purchase by an American association supported by Jewish millionaire Irving Moskowitz, the benefactor of many Jewish settlement endeavors in eastern Jerusalem. According to Ha’aretz, the purchase was done through a pro-Israeli Norwegian Christian woman, who founded a front company in Sweden that presented itself as a religious entity looking to purchase the American church. The sale was made in 2010, then in 2012 the Swedish company was liquidated and the property was picked up by the Moskowitz association.

After an article in Ha’aretz exposed the operation, the Gush Etzion Regional Council officially requested to add the compound to its municipality, and a few weeks ago Defense Minister Ya’alon, whose office is the highest authority in Judea and Samaria, gave his approval and the local IDF commander signed the appropriate decree.

According to State Dept. Spokesman Kirby, “the new decision only expands this significant majority of the West Bank that has already been claimed for exclusive Israeli use. Along with the regular retroactive legalization of unauthorized outposts and construction of infrastructure in remote settlements, actions such as this decision clearly undermine the possibility of a two-state solution.”

Kirby reiterated that “our longstanding position on settlement activity is clear and has not changed. We view it as illegitimate and counterproductive to the cause of peace. Continued settlement activity and expansion raises honest questions about Israel’s long-term intentions and will only make achieving a two-state solution that much more difficult. As we’ve previously made clear, we continue to look at both sides to demonstrate with actions and policies a genuine commitment to a two-state solution, and actions such as yesterday’s decision, we believe, does just the opposite.”

The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) said in a statement: “Adding the al Baraka compound to the Gush Etzion municipality was examined according to criteria set up by the professional echelon, approved by the political echelon, and executed according to the law.”

And that was that. Ten acres of land were added to the Jewish side, everybody was upset, life goes on.

JNi.Media

Discounted Guns to Be Sold to Beitar Illit Residents Amid Terror Attacks

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

By Alexander J. Apfel/TPS

Beitar Illit (TPS) – In an effort to bolster security in the ultra-Orthodox city of Beitar Illit, located in Judea, which has experienced several knife attacks, the city municipality announced that a sale of handguns and various gun accessories will take place on Wednesday evening, January 6 in the Matnas on 2 Breslev Street. Representatives from the area’s security division will provide assistance to those seeking a gun license.

“Due to the current security situation, there will be a discount sale this evening in Beitar Illit where Glock handguns, accessories and holsters will be sold at extremely cheap prices. Representatives from the security division of the town will also provide assistance to applicants for gun licences,” related a local announcement.

In an interview with TPS, a Beitar Illit municipality spokesperson, who asked to be unnamed, explained that residents of the city should acquire guns for self defense as the community is flanked by three Arab villages in the Gush Etzion bloc. A terror attack back in November was perpetuated by an Arab villager from the local Husan village.

“Beitar Illit is located in Gush Etzion. The whole of Israel is in a stormy period and a large majority of Beitar Illit residents don’t carry a weapon,” the spokesperson said. He added that the precarious security situation combined with the cultural and religious nature of Beitar Illit rendered the area a particularly sensitive target for terrorist attacks.

“It is a haredi town so most of the residents don’t do the army, they don’t understand guns but they do want to. Therefore the municipality decided to put on an advisory evening where license forms will be distributed and explanations will be given on what they need to do to acquire a gun.”

The spokesperson also said that many of the terrorist attacks attempted or carried out thus far were thwarted by civilians who carried a gun. However, given that there is a conspicuously low number of civilians who have a licence to bear a firearm, “security guards, the police and ministers have called upon the residents to carry weapons. The people themselves understand the need also,” he said.

He added that “more and more people are applying for weapons throughout Israel.” Indeed, statistics shared with TPS by a spokesperson at the Ministry of Public Security seem to corroborate that many people in Israel do see the need to acquire a gun license.

According to the ministry, between October and December 2015, there were 13,124 applications for a gun license, of which 7,500 were approved. Between the months of May and July 2015, there were just 1,500 applications.

In the beginning of October as the terror cycle escalated, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, called upon civilians who were legally permitted to own a gun to carry them in the streets.

“Every time there is tension, I instruct people who are licensed to carry weapons and are experienced in using them to carry their guns with them. You’ll see that in many cases, those who neutralized terrorists were citizens who weren’t necessarily police officers,” Barkat told Army Radio.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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