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November 25, 2015 / 13 Kislev, 5776
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IDF Gunfire Hits Arab Stone-Throwers

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

IDF soldiers fired at three Arab stone-throwers who were attacking Israeli motorists traveling Highway 60 in Judea on Saturday night.

The soldiers confirmed they hit and wounded at least one of the attackers as they were throwing stones at the Israeli drivers.

The troops set out to search for the perpetrators, who fled after the soldiers opened fire.

8 Overnight Arab Terror Attacks on Israeli Motorists

Friday, November 6th, 2015

In eight separate cases overnight Thursday night Israeli motorists found themselves with flying rocks and flaming bottle bombs smashing into their cars — sometimes directly at their windshields.

Arab terrorists carried out at least eight such attacks in different locations in the early hours of Friday morning in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

Attackers hurled firebombs along southern areas of Highway 60 in Judea. Arab terrorists hurled rocks and firebombs at motorists who drove past the villages of El Aroub, Tubas, Ein Yabrud and Kfar Na’ama.

IDF soldiers searched the area for the perpetrators after several vehicles reported the attacks, and eventually found some of the weapons.

The forces discovered a stockpile of firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and rocks squirreled away for use as ammunition in attacks against Israeli motorists.

Attacks were also reported at the Mount of Olives and the City of David in Jerusalem, and near the Samaria Arab city of Tulkarm as well.

No information was released about damage to property or injuries to travelers.

Yehuda Glick Attacked 1 Year, 1 Hour, 1 Minute after Murder Attempt

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Rabbi Yehuda Glick escaped injury and even death in a rock-throwing attack Thursday night, exactly one year, one hour and one minute after a Jerusalem Arab tried to murder him.

Glick was critically wounded by four gunshots at point-blank range but made a miraculous recovery.

He was riding last night in a car driven by Rabbi Re’am HaCohen of Otniel, where Glick lives.

The car was pelted in a rock ambush between Beit Omar and Karmei Tzur, one of the favorite places for Palestinian Authority terrorists to try to murder Jews with a direct hit in the face or by causing the driver to lose control of his vehicle and crash.

Glick’s wife told The JewishPress.com that the Arabs had ambushed several Jewish motorists and that a woman in a vehicle ahead of Glick and HaCohen’s was injured.

Glick posted on Facebook Friday morning:

I was saved from rock-throwing. One of the rocks smashed the side window, and I was lucky that the righteous Rabbi Re’am HaCohen was the driver. By his merit, the only damage was to the body of the car.

Blessed is He who has not taken away His loving kindness from me for even a minute.

Rabbi Glick noted that he used Gregorian and not the Jewish calendar to note the timing of the attack because that is the one Arabs used.

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.

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.

Roads Closed Efrat – Karmei Tzur

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

Highway 60 is currently closed in both directions from the city of Efrat to the Jewish community of Karmei Tzur.

The closure follows a vehicle terror attack at the Gush Etzion junction close to the turnoff for Efrat.

Massive Rock-Throwing Attacks South of Gush Etzion

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Palestinian Authority Arabs hurled rocks at dozens of vehicles Sunday morning on Highway 60 south of Gush Etzion, causing damage to several cars but no injuries.

Most of the attacks occurred at Al Aroob and Beit Omar, two hotspots between Gush Etzion and Kiryat Arba-Hebron.

Israeli soldiers guard both areas 24 hours a day, but they are not deployed along the entire stretch of the highway, a maneuver that would require enormous manpower.

IDF guidelines limit soldiers’ ability to shoot at terrorists who throw rocks with the intent of causing fatal injuries or forcing the driver to lose control of his vehicle and crash.

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