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Forest Fires near Jerusalem Force Partial Closure of Tel Aviv Highway

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Dozens of firefighting crews and six helicopters are battling wind-whipped fires in the Greater Jerusalem area, and Highway 1, connecting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, has been closed to trucks and other heavy vehicles near the western entrance of the capital.

No injuries have been reported, but at least three homes have sustained damage.

One of the fires broke out in a plastics factory. Last week’s huge inferno that firefighters prevented from spreading to Yad VaShem broke out because of carelessness and was not an act of arson by Arabs.

Two  fires in the hills of Jerusalem, south and southwest of the city, threatens homes in the communities of Even Sapir, where the plastics factory is located, Moshe Oar and Amanda, near Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital. All employees were evacuated form the factory.

The road to Hadassah Hospital also was closed.

A smaller fire broke out near Tzur Hadassah, located in western Gush Etzion and less than a mile from the Haredi city of Beitar Illit.

Fire officials said that firefighting crews are close to bringing the blazes under control.

Angela Merkel Adds Germany’s Voice to Condemnations

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has added her voice to the chorus of world leaders who have weighed in with condemnations following the discovery of the bodies of Eyal Yifrach, 19, Naftali Frenkel, 16 and Gilad Sha’ar, 16, who were murdered by their terrorist captors.

Merkel said she was “shocked” by the murders, calling it a “detestable act for which there is no excuse,” according to her spokesperson Steffen Seibert. He added the chancellor’s thoughts were with the families and friends of the teens.

The boys were kidnapped on June 12 while hitchhiking home for the Sabbath from their studies at yeshiva in Gush Etzion.

Initial forensic examination of their bodies indicates they were murdered shortly after they were kidnapped.

Their bodies were found in a cave located in a field near the Palestinian Authority Arab village of Halhul, just north of Hevron, in Judea.

Local Arab residents spent the day in fierce clashes with IDF soldiers and other security forces searching for the teens – clearly aware of what they would eventually find in their midst.

The Arabs hurled rocks and white paint at the windshield and windows of the IDF humvee ambulance that came to carry the boys’ bodies out of the area.

The clashes were similar to lethal road terror attacks visited upon drivers who travel on Highway 60, the main artery running from southern Judea north through Jerusalem and into Samaria.

The attackers did not succeed in distracting the IDF soldier driving the ambulance from successfully transporting his precious passengers out of the area and straight to the Abu Kabir Forensic Institute.

Settling and Sovereignty is the Zionist Answer – Hebron and Gush Etzion First

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

As a Zionist answer to the despicable murder of our three boys, a pioneering group of Jews headed by Women in Green went up to Givat Oz – a hilltop overlooking Tzomet HaGush – in order to create a new Jewish presence in the area.

As since the beginning of Zionism, the land of Israel is sometimes built with blood and tears. The hill is adjacent to the historical community of Migdal Eder, which was dismantled in 1927, in a forest near to Bet Fajjar, on approved State land.

The pioneers cleaned out an abandoned structure on the site and settled it, calling upon the government to immediately apply sovereignty, starting with Hevron and Gush Etzion. This call was made by the Women and Green, together with the Professors for a Strong Israel, headed by Aryeh Eldad and Matot Arim. Davidi Perl, mayor of Gush Etzion, together with his deputy, Moshe Savil, came to bless the new Givat Oz endeavor. The mayor said, “Our answer is clear and determined – we will continue to expand and build here and now. Here we will build a new community and many more in the near future. We will build and settle and hold strong to the land.”

The local police chief and army commanders came to visit and promised to safeguard the place.

This morning there will be Tefilat Shacharit at 6am. At 10am the public is invited to come and help refurbish the building (painting and cleaning).

Directions: Drive to Tzomet HaGush and turn toward Migdal Oz and Bet Fajjar. After a few hundred meters turn right onto the dirt path and continue up into the forest.

Update: Jewish Girl Rescued From Beit Jala Knew Kidnappers

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Update: Police report the girl knew the Arabs who took her, from previous encounters she had with them.

Police are now interrogating the girl under suspicion.

Police say that it appears the girl got into the car of her own free will, but then the two men drove her to Beit Jala and locked her up in a building against her will.

The police know the identity of the two men, and will be arresting them soon.

In what appears to have possibly been another kidnapping attempt on Monday night, police rescued a 21 year old girl from Beit Jala, an Arab village just south of Jerusalem. The girl was grabbed from near Beitar Ilit in Gush Etzion, according to the Judea and Samaria police spokesman.

Between 10 and 11 PM, police say they received a phone call about a girl who was just kidnapped by two Arabs in a white car.

The girl works in the cafe/mini-market in the Sonol gas station near Beitar Ilit. She had met with a girlfriend after work and afterwards, as she was on her way home, a white car stopped, forcibly grabbed her, and drove off.

A local Beitar blogger claims the girl managed to call her friend and said she was kidnapped.

Using the missing girl’s number which they had from the girlfriend, the police and army were able to triangulate the missing girl’s position from the cellphone she was carrying.

The army and police found and retrieved her from a building inside the village of Beit Jala.

Beit Jala is in Gush Etzion, just opposite the neighborhood of Gilo in Jerusalem. It is best known for the shootings they used to do from the village into Gilo.

The girl was taken to the Gush Etzion police station where she is with her mother, as police question her further as to the exact circumstances around the event, and to confirm that it was a kidnapping.

Police are searching for the two suspects.

We will update this story when we have more details.

Ramadan Kareem رمضان كريم from the IDF

Sunday, June 29th, 2014

You can always find the most unusual stuff on Yoni Alper’s Terror Watch Facebook page.

With Ramadan fast approaching, and the IDF not scaling back the search for the 3 boys, Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel, who were kidnapped by Hamas, the IDF has taken steps which can be interpreted as propaganda, pressure, sympathy, biting humor, cynicism, or perhaps a little bit of them all.

During operations last night, the IDF began handing out lollipops to Arabs throughout Judea and Samaria. Presumably they hand them out right before they uncover the hidden tunnels and weapons caches under the furniture.

The lollipops come with a label that says:

“Ramadan Kareem, here is some candy after Hamas embittered your life in the West Bank. You are welcome to share!”

Ramadan Kareem IDF

I wonder though, if the IDF subsequently finds a bomb factory or semi-automatic machine gun under the floor boards, do they take the candy back?

Of course, with the Arab penchant to imagine that Israel is poisoning them, or adding aphrodisiacs to the bubble gum, sweet or not, it’s hard to imagine the candy becoming all too popular.

IDF Search Update

Friday, June 27th, 2014

The IDF search for kidnapped boys, Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shear and Naftali Fraenkel continues on.

Overnight the IDF arrested nine Palestinian Unity Government (PUG) suspects, and searched 49 sites and homes in the Hebron area.

The army found handguns and explosives in last night’s search.

In the village of Idna an explosive device was thrown at the soldiers. None were injured.

The government has decided, that, even with Ramadan approaching, the IDF will continue the search unabated.

Last night the IDF released the names of two of the Hamas terrorists believed to have been involved in the kidnapping. They hope this will provide more incentive for the PUG population to turn them in.

Beitar Man May Have Seen Kidnap Vehicles

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

A Hareidi man, Elijah David Berliner from Beitar Ilit in Gush Etzion, reported to the police on the night of the kidnapping that he saw suspicious vehicles stopped near the Tzomet HaGush junction, which is in the area where the boys were kidnapped from, according to a report on NRG and Mishpacha (Hebrew/Israel edition).

Berliner, a teacher, told investigators that he was returning from a wedding, and while waiting at the junction he saw two cars, a white van and a gray car stopped in an unusual manner near the junction. He then saw a black car with no license plates drive up to them, stop for a bit, and then continue on.

It is believed that the gray car was the one found burnt out near Hebron.

No further information can be reported due the gag order on the kidnapping investigation.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/beitar-man-may-have-seen-kidnap-vehicles/2014/06/26/

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