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Fears for the life of U.S. yeshiva student Aaron Sofer, have grown along with the number of theories of what happened to the 23-year-old man, last seen hiking with a friend before they became separated near Jerusalem.
Police have not ruled out any motive, but there are at least two signs that he was not kidnapped by Arab terrorists.
ZAKA rescue official Chaim Weingarten told the Kikar Shabbat website, “If he was abducted we would expect to find eyeglasses or an article of clothing but this is not the case.” Earlier reports that searchers found some personal items of Sofer have not been confirmed.
In addition, no terrorist group has claimed responsibility for kidnapping or, God forbid, murdering Sofer, although that does not eliminate the possibility.
His hiking partner, whose identity has not been revealed, reported on Friday that Sofer was missing after they were walking in a heavily wooded area of the Jerusalem Hills, not far from Jerusalem’s western neighborhoods of Givat Shaul and Ein Kerem.
The two yeshiva students were hiking during the traditional three-week break from Torah studies, between Tisha B’Av and Rosh Chodesh Elul, which began Tuesday and Wednesday. The most likely possibilities behind Sofer’s disappearance are that he fell into a ravine, and another theory is that he might have been the victim of a hit-and-run driver.
The annual three-week vacation is often marked with tragic news of those yeshiva students who are not experienced swimmers of hikers. Many of them have become drowning victims, and others frequently get lost, resulting in widespread searches that often require the police or the IDF to call in helicopters to find and rescue them.
The search for Sofer is complicated by the dozens of paths and trails in the forest and by the thick vegetation. Sofer’s family clings to hope that the yeshiva student will be found alive.
“Please bring him back,” said Sofer’s brother-in-law, Yaakov Wicentowsky.
Palestinian terrorists threw stones at Jewish-owned cars in the Wadi Joz section of Jerusalem Wednesday. Three children were injured and treated on the spot. A 22-year-old man was arrested, and police told Israel Radio the man has confessed to other incidents as well.
In Shuafat, in northern Jerusalem, Palestinians threw rocks at the Jerusalem light rail. No injuries were reported, but the train sustained damage.
A forest fire is raging out of control in the Jerusalem corridor. According to reports on Israel Radio, six teams of fire fighters are battling the blaze near Shoresh and Ein Rafa, with an additional five teams working to put out a fire near Ma’aleh HaHamisha and Kiryat Anavim (Telz Stone).
Heavy traffic is reported on the Jerusalem – Tel Aviv highway due to limited visible because of smoke from the fire.
Three children were hurt Monday night when an Arab hurled rocks at the car they were riding in as it traveled through eastern Jerusalem.
The children were treated by medics at the scene, according to sources quoted by the Hebrew-language Ynet website.
Jerusalem District police arrested a masked Arab, age 22 in connection with the incident after he attacked officers.
During questioning over the incident the suspect reportedly confessed to having carried out rock attacks against other Israeli motorists as well.
A 22 Jerusalem-Arab in Wadi Joz, Jerusalem, arrested by police for throwing rocks at vehicles.
Welcome to Lifta spring. One of Jerusalem’s best kept secrets.
Green, water and swimming near the entrance to Jerusalem… if you know where to look.
Great for a hot summer day.
Lifta spring is first mentioned in the Bible in the Book of Joshua, as the water of Niphtoach.
15:8 And the border went up by the valley of the son of Hinnom unto the south side of the Jebusite; the same is Jerusalem: and the border went up to the top of the mountain that lieth before the valley of Hinnom westward, which is at the end of the valley of the giants northward.
15:9 And the border was drawn from the top of the hill unto the fountain of the water of Nephtoah, and went out to the cities of mount Ephron; and the border was drawn to Baalah, which is Kiryat Yearim.