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Posts Tagged ‘Gush Etzion’

Settlement Mayors Congratulate Trump on Historic Victory

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

By Andrew Friedman/TPS

Yochai Damari, head of the Mount Hebron Regional Council, congratulated US President-elect Donald J. Trump Wednesday, saying the election had “stunned the world.”

Damari added that the “revolution of 2017” brought to mind the Likud Party’s first election victory in 1977, known in Israeli politics as “the revolution.”

“There is no question that Trump’s statements are the most supportive of Israel and the settlement movement in recent years. I hope this change leads to a revolution – a revolution in consciousness, a revolution in thought and a revolution in action regarding our approach to settlement in Judea and Samaria. That sort of consciousness could serve as an opening and an opportunity towards real peace,” Damari wrote.

In Gush Etzion, acting Mayor Moshe Savile invited the president-elect to visit the region, “the place where the greatest leaders of the Jewish people emerged.

“Trump was successful by connecting with people on the ground. Here in Gush Etzion, he will find the simple people who are building future collaborations.

“I hope this leads to a new beginning, brave and connected to reality, not one that is built on the winds blowing in the halls of a variety of government offices.”

*This is a developing story. TPS will provide additional details as they become available.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Young Jewish Child Hurt in Stoning Attack Near Tekoa

Sunday, October 30th, 2016

A five-year-old child was hurt Sunday afternoon when Arab terrorists attacked the car in which he was riding as it traveled south between the Jewish community of Tekoa and the Amos Junction in eastern Gush Etzion.

The child was injured by flying glass from the windshield as it was smashed upon impact from the rocks that were thrown. He was treated at the scene and then evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem with a head injury.

Travelers in a second vehicle, traveling north, also came under a stoning attack on the same road by Arab terrorists at around the same time, but escaped injury, although their vehicle was also damaged.

Israeli security forces were deployed to search the area for the attackers.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Almost Shot After Stoning Soldiers

Friday, October 28th, 2016

An Arab threw stones at a civilian vehicle driving past the T-Junction in Gush Etzion, causing damage to the car.

The car was full of soldiers who got out an shot at the terrorist.

It was originally thought that the soldier hit him, but a search of the site indicates otherwise. The terrorist ran away.

The T-junction is the crossroad connecting Tekoa, Nokdim and Efrat.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Junior Terrorists-in-Training Caught With Knives in Gush Etzion [video]

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Two young armed terrorists-in-training were caught in Gush Etzion by IDF soldiers Wednesday night after an extended search near Kibbutz Migdal Oz in Judea, south of Jerusalem.

The two culprits, both from the nearby Arab village of Beit Fajr and younger than 10 years old, were carrying knives. They were spotted near the kibbutz security fence as two suspicious-looking figures who appeared to be hiding.

During the initial questioning, the children admitted to having been sent, armed with knives, in order to carry out a terror attack.

Lt. Col. Peter Lerner, IDF Spokesperson, said, “When two eight yearold children are sent on a mission to attack Israeli civilians it is clear that the hateful rhetoric that echoes within Palestinian society abuses the most vulnerable of minds.”

Palestinian Authority terrorist groups such as the Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas terror organizations as well as the Fatah-linked Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades all run annual summer camps to train children from ages as young as possible in various ways to murder Israelis and Jews.

Arabs living in the Palestinian Authority are brainwashed from the cradle to the grave with the understanding that they will be heavily rewarded spiritually as well as financially for dedicating their lives to the destruction of the State of Israel and the physical annihilation of their Jewish neighbors.

Hana Levi Julian

Arabs Released From PA Prison; Jews Ask Why the Left-Wing Didn’t Help

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

By Andrew Friedman/TPS

Efrat Mayor Oded Revivi, Dr. Yitzhak Glick and other residents of Gush Etzion expressed satisfaction Tuesday that the Palestinian Authority released four Arab residents of the village of Wadi Nis, but they added sharp criticism for Israeli and international NGOs that remained silent throughout the crisis.

Four residents of the Palestinian Authority village Wadi Nis, adjacent to Efrat, were arrested by Palestinian Authority officials last week for attending a reception marking the Jewish Succot festival in Efrat. The gathering was hosted by Revivi and attended by senior military and police commanders in the Judea and Samaria region.

Palestinian Authority officials initially said the men would be charged with “normalization with Israel,” considered a crime in the Palestinian Authority, but later statements indicated the men were being held in protective custody.

Speaking to Tazpit Press Service (TPS) by phone Tuesday, Revivi said Israeli officials were virtually the only voices that called for the men to be released. He noted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s call on the international community to work to help free the men, and added that efforts to secure the mens’ release included senior IDF officers.

Revivi also said that several members of the US Congress and State Department did act to get the men released. But he, Netanyahu, Glick and others added that repeated pleas to foreign diplomats, Israeli left-wing groups and international organizations to intercede with the Palestinian Authority on behalf of the detained men fell largely on deaf ears.

“I contacted every member of Meretz and B’tselem to get them to press the PA to release them,” said Dr. Yitzhak Glick, a resident of Efrat and member of Shorashim/Judur, a local co-existence group that brings Jews and Arabs from the Gush Etzion region together. “Zahava Gal-on was the only one to respond, and even she only wrote me a formalistic note that she would try to ‘do something’, but nothing more.

“Even Gershon Baskin, who’s got top-level contacts throughout the Palestinian world and goes around the world crowing about how he negotiated the deal for Gilad Shalit’s release, told me there was nothing he could really do. So I have to ask – where were B’tselem, Human Rights Watch and the rest of the groups that are normally so concerned with Palestinian rights?” Glick steamed.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Damage to Beitar Illit Car from Arab Stones

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

An Israeli driver reached the outskirts of the Haredi city of Beitar Illit Monday morning with damage to his windshield, which was initially thought to have been the result of drive by shooting, but was more likely the result of a rock that was thrown by Arab terrorists at his car.

Beitar Illit was established in 1984 just east of the green line marking the liberated territories, as part of Gush Etzion, 6 miles south of Jerusalem, by Religious Zionist families. In the 1990s and later, an influx of Haredi families took over the community, while the original group moved on. The city is now home to many Hasidic groups, including Bobov, Boston, Boyan, Breslov, Karlin-Stolin and Slonim. Beitar Illit’s population is estimated at 50,000.

 

David Israel

Day 3: Arab Peacemakers Still Imprisoned by Palestinian Authority; Human Rights Groups Silent

Saturday, October 22nd, 2016

Efrat Local Council head Oded Revivi says he’s concerned about the fate of four Palestinian Authority Arabs who were arrested and taken into custody on Thursday for the “crime” of visiting their Jewish neighbor’s sukkah.

The Arab visitors paid a visit on Wednesday to the Sukkah of Peace, an annual celebration of the Jewish Festival of Sukkot – the Feast of Tabernacles – in Gush Etzion, Judea, hosted by Revivi.

“Three days have passed and our visitors from Wadi Nies are still being held,” Revivi told JewishPress.com on Saturday night. “They have not been released from the Palestinian Authority prison.

“It’s not clear to us where they are or what their condition is. It bothers me to see that humanitarian organizations, human rights groups are not making any outcry about this situation.

“I’m also puzzled by the indifference of the Israeli media to the plight of these four Arabs, who simply expressed their desire for peaceful co-existence and good relations with their neighbors, and chanted slogans of peace.”

The celebration in the Sukkah of Peace attracted more than a hundred guests on Wednesday, and was an opportunity for Arab leaders from nearby Bethlehem and Hebron to mingle with senior IDF and Israeli Police officials, as well as others in the area.

Revivi told JewishPress.com he is trying to intervene on behalf of his Arab guests, but “the fact that human rights groups and Israeli media have taken no interest in this is very disturbing,” he said.

Hana Levi Julian

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