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July 30, 2016 / 24 Tammuz, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘hebron’

Female Terrorist Caught Near Tomb of the Patriarchs

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

A female Arab terrorist was caught on Thursday morning at around 9:40 AM with a knife in her bag as she approached the Tomb of the Patriarchs, Maarat Hamachpela, in Hebron.

The woman, from the village of Yata, raised the suspicions of the Border Police who told her to stop while they checked her.

The woman was arrested. No one was injured.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Chava Mark Continues to Improve, Shuki Gilboa Getting Better

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Chava Mark, who was seriously wounded in the terror attack last Friday near Otniel, has shown significant improvement.

Hadassah hospital reports that Chava is now completely awake and conscious. Her condition has been upgraded to Moderate.

Chava’s husband Miki was murdered in the attack. Two of her children, Tehila and Pedaya, were wounded.

The condition of Shuki Gilboa, the first response fighter who lost his eye in the Kiryat Arba terror attack in which 13-year-old Hallel Ariel was murdered, is also improving according to the hospital.

Jewish Press News Briefs

US State Dept Questions Israel’s Desire to Reach ‘2-State Solution’

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

The U.S. State Department is questioning whether Israel really wants to make peace with the Palestinian Authority, and whether the Netanyahu government really supports the “two-state solution.”

State Department spokesperson John Kirby told reporters at a briefing Tuesday that Washington is “deeply concerned” over Israel’s decision to approve a tender for 42 housing units in Kiryat Arba and construction of 800 new housing units in Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim.

“If it’s true, this report would be the latest step in what seems to be the systematic process of land seizures, settlement expansions and legalization of outposts that is fundamentally undermining the prospects for a two-state solution,” Kirby told reporters.

“This action risks entrenching a one-state reality and raises serious questions about Israel’s intentions.”

The approvals came in response to two deadly terrorist attacks perpetrated against Israelis within a 24-hour period last week. A 13-year-old girl was stabbed to death by a Palestinian Authority Arab who climbed in her bedroom window last Thursday morning. The killer stabbed young Halle Yaffa Ariel, hy’d dozens of times, her blood spraying all over her room, after he scaled the security fence around Kiryat Arba.

The next day Arab terrorists opened fire at Rabbi Miki Mark, the administrator of the Otniel yeshiva as he drove near the community on Route 60 with his wife and children just a few hours before the Sabbath. The rabbi died instantly as he lost control of the vehicle and the car flipped over; his wife Chava was critically injured. Two of his ten children were also wounded.

Hallel Ariel, hy’d, was an American citizen. So is Chava Mark. But although the State Department issued the standard condemnation of violence perpetrated against U.S. citizens, there was complete silence from the White House.

Israel’s security cabinet met Saturday night to determine a response to the escalation in deadly attacks. By Sunday morning the government ministers were presented with a list of measures that were gauged to signal Israel’s determination not to buckle under the violence, including more boots on the ground in the Hebron area.

The Quartet for Mideast Peace issued a report on Friday (July 1) blaming Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria — even routine building connected with the natural growth in any community, within the municipal boundaries of existing towns — for the violence.

On Tuesday, it seemed the U.S. was joining that bandwagon and adding more fuel to the fire, blaming the approval of badly-needed housing units in existing communities for the Palestinian Authority’s unwillingness to join direct final status talks — and the unprovoked bloodbaths by Arab terrorists against innocent Israeli civilians.

Kirby added the U.S. would continue to “look for leaders in the region to do what they need to do … to demonstrate leadership to take down the violence, reduce tensions.”

Hana Levi Julian

The Arab Heroes Who Saved the Mark Family [video]

Monday, July 4th, 2016

After Jihadi terrorists opened fire on the vehicle of Miki Mark and his family on Friday near Otniel on July 1, 2016, the first people on the scene were an Arab couple from the village of Al-Farar, Islam Albid and his wife, a nurse.

Seeing the overturned car, they immediately stopped and managed to get a door open and pull the trapped and wounded children out of the car.

The couple got the wounded children into their car, tried to calm them down (in perfect Hebrew) and called for a Red Crescent ambulance.

Albid told Israel TV that he did it “for humanistic reasons and of course for Allah.”

A few minutes after that, an Arab doctor, Dr. Ali Abu Shruch, a kidney surgeon from the village of Dahariya in the southern Hebron Hills, drove by with his brother and his brother’s wife. They were on their way to pray in Jerusalem.

In an interview on Israeli TV (see video below), the doctor described how he assessed the situation, and freed the mother, Chava Marks, who was being suffocated by the seat belt.

At that point a Red Crescent ambulance and an IDF army jeep arrived. A MDA ambulance arrived a few minutes after that.

It was then, when the doctor checked the father, Miki Mark, that he realized this wasn’t an accident, but a terror attack and they had been shot, and Miki was dead.

During the interview, Dr. Abu Shruch emphasized that he wasn’t a hero. He has an obligation to treat everyone and as a doctor he doesn’t get involved in politics, he was doing his job.

He said his friends have all blessed him for his honorable actions.

The doctor passed a message along to the family saying, “I know the damage to the family is hard, but I want them to know I did all that I could to help them.”

After the funeral, members of the Mark family pointed out that the first people on the scene trying to help save them were Arabs, and one must not think all Arabs are terrorists.

There is hope after all.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Cabinet Approves ‘Strong Measures’ Against Terrorism

Monday, July 4th, 2016

Israel’s cabinet approved ‘strong measures’ against terrorism at its weekly meeting Sunday, just hours after the plans were approved in a late-night security cabinet meeting.

The decision comes in the wake of two major terror attacks this past week, each leaving at least one Israeli dead. Friday’s attack also left a wife and mother in critical condition, a daughter in fair condition and a son injured; the family of 10 children are now fatherless as well.

Among the measures were the denial of work permits for the residents of the Arab village of Bani Naim, home to the killer of 13-year-old Hallel Ariel of Kiryat Arba. It is also the village that has been home to six terrorists in recent months.

Two battalions and a paratroop unit were deployed over the weekend in the Hebron region, not far from Bani Naim. The troops are being used to secure Highway 60 and other roads in the area as well as to investigate the family members of the terrorist who murdered Ariel. Those who are found to be suspects will be arrested “in accordance with their level of involvement,” Netanyahu said.

In addition, the city of Hebron and surrounding Arab villages were to be cordoned off, with curfews in place and only humanitarian and medical cases allowed in and out.

Moreover, a tender for 42 new housing units previously frozen eight months prior was approved by the prime minister and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman. The construction project is to be located in the neighborhood near the home of the Ariel family, not far from the security fence that surrounds Kiryat Arba.

Hana Levi Julian

Thousands Mark Anniversary of Hamas Kidnapped Jewish Boys in Nature Preserve Created in their Memory

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

With a stirring ceremony in the presence of family members of the abducted three youths taken by Hamas murderers in July 2014, the Head of Gush Etzion Council Davidi Perl and thousands of local residents celebrated their memory at the Oz v’Gaon Nature Preserve on the hill above Gush Etzion Junction in Judea. The nature preserve was established in the memory of the three youths.

The event, conducted by Women in Green, which launched the preserve project and has been running it as a site for education, tourism and camping, was opened by Yehudit Katsover, one of the heads of the movement, with the story of how the decision was made to go up to the preserve on the very night in which the bodies of the abducted youths were found. Katsover told the audience that this is the way of Zionism: development and growth emerge out of pain. But she added that “it could also be otherwise; we could and should cut off the enemy’s hope by applying Israeli sovereignty” in Area C of Judea and Samaria (to start, at least).

Oz v'Gaon

Oz v’Gaon

“Without the backing of the people, the parents, the council, the IDF and the various other bodies this would not have succeeded, and this is why we came to say Thank you,” said Nadia Matar, Katsover’s partner in leading the movement. Matar listed the activists and donors who contributed to the event as well as to the two-year-old nature preserve.

Katsover gave the family members of the youths a memento, symbolizing the preserve – a small JNF bench with a dedication.

Uri Yifrach, father of Eyal, Hy”d, read aloud words that Eyal wrote just a few days before he was abducted and murdered, in which he related to the value of having difficulties and pain on the way to achieving a goal. “The path is the value, and without the path, you will not arrive at the destination,” Eyal wrote. “We would be glad to do without the path, and get to the goal, but God put us on the path. We must understand that if the path takes time, this is the will of God. The path will exact casualties, it is difficult and grueling but it takes us closer to the goal. Every step on the path creates life, and when you are on the path, give it your all, take advantage of every moment of your life as if it were your last.”

Bat Galim Shaer, mother of Gil-Ad, spoke of the poem “My life is in your blood” that was heard at the event, and “became for us a daily reality, from the pain and bereavement we strive to grow towards life and activity, and Yehudit and Nadia are examples for us.”

She went on, emphasizing the uniqueness of Oz v’Gaon as a place of daily and continued activity and not a one-time memory or event, “a living, growing and breathing place every single day.”

Oz v'Gaon

Oz v’Gaon

Raheli Frenkel, mother of Naftali, Hy”d, drew a parallel with the murder of Hallel Ariel, Hy”d, on Thursday in Kiryat Arba. “We woke up in the morning and the only thing we wanted to do was to embrace the Ariel family and the memory of Hallel, our lost princess. I heard Rina cry, ‘My life is in your blood,’ and this morning became a song in praise of life for those who choose to live here, of the joy that fills this place with energy, with wonderful youth and with visitors who come from all over the world.”

Frenkel expressed the hope that the Jewish youths of the area and throughout Israel will continue to stream to the preserve, to be joyful and complete the dreams for summer vacation that Hallel Ariel, Hy”d, had, dreams that were not fulfilled.

Davidi Perl drew a connection between the weekly Torah portion of Korah, and the growth and renewal that are apparent to all those who come to the preserve. Perl mentioned the saying about the prophet Samuel, who was a descendant of Korah’s offspring who did not die. “From the pit arose the flowering of prophecy, renewal and the prayer of [Samuel’s mother] Hanna,” he said.

Oz v'Gaon

Oz v’Gaon

“Two years ago, a deep chasm opened with the murder of the three youths and we all fell together into the abyss,” Perl said, adding that “with the spirit of Oz v’Gaon this place was born anew. A call went out from here for a renewal of growth, a flowering of life with great depth on the crossroads between Jerusalem and Hebron. In the place that symbolizes this connection we have put down deep roots, two years of yearning and challenges in which we have lost other victims, two years in which the junction became a symbol of heroism and determination, of the people saying that we will stand for our rights and for our demand for full sovereignty over all of the Land of Israel, as our right and not as a gift of kindness.”

The event concluded with a walk to the observation point overlooking Gush Etzion Junction, which had undergone renovation and new artistic decoration in recent weeks. In the presence of the Head of the Local Council, the recently improved path connecting the junction to the nature preserve was dedicated. After words of blessing and thanks, the ribbon at the path was cut and hundreds of blue balloons were released into the air.

JNi.Media

Local Settlers Enforce Siege after Army Deserts Post Outside Murderers’ Village

Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

Dozens of Kiryat Araba and Hebron Mountain Jewish residents who arrived on Sunday morning at the exit road of Bani Na’im village, home to the murderer of 13-year-old Hallel Ariel and many more terrorists, discovered to their chagrin that the total siege declared by the IDF on the village Friday had deteriorated to a mere dirt barricade on the road, with no soldier in sight to enforce the rule — and with the Arabs bypassing the dirt mound without difficulty.

The Jewish residents decided to take matters into their own hands and enforced the siege themselves, with protest tent and signs, and blocked the village’s access road the way it was supposed to be blocked — earnestly.

Blocking Bani Na'im exit

Blocking Bani Na’im exit

The protesters are demanding that the Israeli government live up to its own rules and enforce the closure around the murderers’ village, and evict from the village the Triara family, which to date has produced three terrorists: one who carried out a ramming attack with his car at the entrance to Kiryat Arba a few months ago, one who murdered Hallel Ariel, and one female terrorist who was killed Friday trying to stab a soldier at the Cave of the Patriarchs.

In addition, the protesters are demanding the eviction of every family connected to terrorism.

David Israel

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