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Terrorists Caught Infiltrating into Itamar

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

On Friday night four terrorists were caught trying to infiltrate into the town of Itamar, in the Shomron.

An IDF lookout saw four suspicious figures approaching the town and sent out a unit to search for the suspects.

The IDF caught three of the infiltrators who immediately surrendered, while a fourth tried to run away and was also caught.

The terrorists were armed with knives, and equipment for breaking into homes. They were brought in for interrogation.

In another month it is the anniversary of the 2011 Fogel family massacre, when residents of Awarta infiltrated into Itamar with knives, and killed most of the family members on a Friday night.

Bar Mitzva in Judea and Samaria

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

We’ve decided to dedicate the bar mitzva of our second son to life in the communities of Judea and Samaria, with guests and family from Hebron, Itamar, Eli, Gush Etzion, Har Bracha. I have led a number of unforgettable Taglit-Birthright trips. They were inspirational, fun and historically comprehensive, except for one glaring omission. The young Americans never saw the burial place of Abraham in Hebron, the ancient ruins of the Tabernacle in Shiloh, the fantastic mausoleum ruins of Herodian, or the beautiful and picturesque winery at Psagot.

All these things and more, contained in the ancient biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria, are off-limits to Birthright trips and not one of its 25-odd providers crosses the Green Line.

That is, except when this policy is brazenly violated by every single Birthright trip when it visits the Old City of Jerusalem and the Western Wall – a contradiction which is conveniently overlooked.

This refusal to allow young Jewish Americans to witness the smiling children and inspired lives of these sunlit communities in the desert reinforces the fraudulent notion that they are mere settlements, lacking permanence, when many are highly developed and well-integrated towns, with every amenity, including very established educational institutions.

Our family is blessed with six daughters and three sons. We’ve had five bat mitzvot already, but this weekend will be only our second bar mitzva, that of our son Yosef Yitzchak, named after the sixth Rebbe of Lubavitch. And we’ve decided to dedicate the bar mitzva to highlighting Jewish life in the communities of Judea and Samaria, from visiting, with guests and family, Hebron, Itamar, Eli, Gush Etzion, Har Bracha and more. All these communities are beginning to feel the pressure of yet another “peace” deal, which puts them squarely in the cross-hairs as the principal obstacles to said peace.

US Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Israel on a near-weekly basis to foster an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. The principal focus of this deal is Israel’s retreat from the biblical lands of Judea and Samaria in the West Bank. Call it Gush Katif redux.

But just as the withdrawal of Gaza has led to war and eight years of rocket and terror attacks against civilians, Israel’s withdrawal from Judea and Samaria would have much more serious consequences.

Every obituary of Ariel Sharon, whose passing we mourn this week, must of necessity include two themes.

First, that he fought like a lion throughout his life to advance Israel’s security and second, that the final act of his life involved a massive retreat.

I vividly remember the communities of Gush Katif that he dismantled, having taken my children there twice just prior to their 2005 destruction.

Our children were among the last to plant trees in Gush Katif on the Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat, and we did so amid great rejoicing – even though we knew they might be uprooted a few months hence.

The communities of Gush Katif were miraculous, growing green peppers out of the sand dunes of Gaza and sporting a well-stocked zoo to distract the children from the daily horrors that Jewish life in Gaza entailed.

Every tour given to us by a resident involved tragedy. There was hardly a family that had not had a member or friend murdered by Palestinian terrorists, who treated the Jewish residents of Gaza as target practice. To be sure, the IDF responded, and sometimes ferociously. But for all that, the people of Gush Katif, with their beautiful synagogues and scholarly yeshivot, accepted that they were sitting ducks, bringing a civilizing element, agriculture and budding industry to one of the most destitute areas in the world.

Air Force Airlifts Generators for Blacked-out Towns in Samaria

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

The Israeli Air Force has airlifted generators to end an electricity blackout in the Jewish communities of Itamar and Shiloh in Samaria (Shomron.)

The two towns, along with several other smaller communities, have been without electricity since last Thursday because of the savage storm that crippled Israel with more than three feet of snow and torrential rains in low-level areas. Teams of repairmen have been working around the clock to restore the electrical supply to all the hundreds of disconnected homes.

Aharon Katsof, a resident of Aish Kodesh in the Binyamin region of Samaria, told Tazpit News Agency, “We have been without power for five days.  We have been using wood for heat, and gas for cooking. We also lost our water supply, so we melted snow for water. During the first days we had a problem with food supplies, and we were completely cut off.

“At some point the army began to provide us with food. Those who had wood-heating hosted those families who had none. We had communal meals. Today, most cars were dug out of the snow, and so we can get in and out; the siege has been broken.”

Military Court Convicts PA Terrorist for Murdering Jew in Samaria

Monday, July 15th, 2013

An Israeli military court has convicted a Palestinian Authority terrorist for the April murder of 31-year-old Eviatar Borovsky, who lived in the community of Itamar, in northeastern Samaria.

Zagal stabbed Borovsky to death as the father of five waited at a bus stop at the Tapuach Junction. Border Police officers shot and wounded Zagal at the scene of the attack.

The alleged killer was released from an Israeli jail eight months ago after serving three years for rock throwing.

“The proper sentence for a heinous murderer is death,” said Borovsky’s widow, Sophia,. “That is the only proper sentence for a deed such as this.

“I wish this base murderer a death of torment, but it is really useless to put him in jail, when one takes into account that he will be released in one (prisoner) swap or another, and will use his time there for academic studies free of charge, and the high standard of living that the state of Israel gives the murderers of its citizens.”

Zagal’s brother is jailed in the Palestinian Authority for collaborating with Israel.

Rav Ronsky: Your Arms and Legs Will Be Broken

Monday, February 18th, 2013

On Sunday, ahead of the Fogel two-year memorial ceremony in Itamar, Rabbi Ronsky, the Rosh HaYeshiva of the Itamar Yeshiva, and former IDF Chief Rabbi received a phone call from an activist youth who called to protest the inclusion of General Nitzan Alon in the Fogel family memorial ceremony.

Alon, who is the commanding officer of Judea and Samaria, is a controversial figure among many settlers for the rough relationship he’s had with them over the years, ranging from statements he’s made, to the numerous distancing orders he served to Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria.

The caller, who identified himself as Dov Morel, said that Alon had given Morel a military order preventing him from entering Judea and Samaria, and has done the same with 20 other teenagers. Morel said that Alon should not be included in the ceremony.

Rabbi Ronsky told the caller that Alon, like the commanders before him, is a rubber stamp, and the body giving the distancing orders is the Shabak, furthermore he’s done a tremendous amount for Israel’s security.

The two talked for 7 minutes. It was clear that the young caller was obviously in pain from what he felt was unjustly done to him.

The two discussed the Alon, and the Shabak-IDF connection and distancing order decision making process.

At one point towards the end of the conversation, Morel said that they [the activists] would be coming to the memorial ceremony to vocally disrupt Alon’s appearance.

At which point the discussion got heated and Rabbi Ronsky’s formerly calm demeanor changed and he told the caller that if he or his friends disrupt the memorial ceremony for the Fogel family, they would find their arms and legs broken by the students of his Yeshiva.

The audio of the phone call can be heard on HaKol HaYehudi.

The memorial ceremony was held without incident, and a new dorm building for the Yeshiva was inaugurated.

Among the speakers at the ceremony were Tzila Fogel, the mother of Udi Fogel, Chief Rabbi of Tzfat Shmuel Eliyahu, Justice Minister Yaakov Ne’eman, Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz, and IDF Central Command Chief Nitzan Alon.

Ha’aretz Journalist to Pay Settlers $50 Thousand for Slander

Monday, November 5th, 2012

Long-time Ha’aretz columnist Neri Livneh has been ordered by a court to pay NIS 200,000 ($50,000) in compensations for slander to two residents of the settlement Itamar.

The complaint was filed last March, by Attorney Doron Nir Tzvi, legal advisor for the Committee of Samaria Residents, following Livneh’s appearance on the Channel 1 TV program “Politics,” where she described Itamar residents’ behavior as “especially aggressive,” adding that “every two years a murderer comes out of there,” Walla reported.

The law suit claimed that Livneh referred to the two plaintiffs as murderers who apparently were products of the settlement.

The court ruled that Livneh must to pay damages for slander after the journalist failed to file a defense statement in time and had not requested an extension to do so.

Last week Livneh, a veteran columnist at Ha’aretz, was called in for a hearing, as part of a wave of cutbacks in the paper.

Members of the Committee of Samaria Residents were pleased with the decision and said that “this verdict is a warning signal to anyone who wants to lash out in an unrestricted and malicious manner against Jewish settlers. The false and irresponsible statement reflects the attitude of many in the media towards the Jews of Judea and Samaria and it’s a good thing that the court took a harsh approach against her.”

Livneh has not yet issued a response.

Awarta Arabs Return to Itamar, Site of the Fogel Massacre

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

On Sunday morning, the IDF escorted Arab residents of Awarta into the town of Itamar, to allow the Arabs to harvest their olive trees that are located within the town’s perimeter.

On March 11, 2011, two Palestinians from the town of Awarta massacred the Fogel family. Those murdered were Udi (father) and Ruth (mother) and three of their six children Yoav (11), Elad (4), and Hadas (3 months). The baby, Hadas, was decapitated by the Palestinian terrorists.

Three other children survived the attack.

The terrorists received assistance from other family member in their village, three of whom were subsequently arrested, while other members of their clan in Awarta, called the murderers “heroes”. Before the arrests, a number of Israeli Leftist organizations arrived in town of Awarta to show support to the Arabs.

The terrorists had used the previous olive harvest to scout out the town.

During last year’s harvest that followed the Fogel massacre, Arab olive pickers jeered at the Jewish residents and said they would slaughter them next.

This year, as dozens of Arabs arrived to harvest the olives, dozens of angry Itamar residents showed up to protest, and threw stones at the Arabs. No Arabs were injured. And most of the Arabs left following the incident.

Residents of Itamar said they don’t understand how the army could let the Arabs of Awarta in again to endanger their lives.

The Fogel massacre was not the first terrorist attack in Itamar that originated from Awarta.

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