web analytics
December 26, 2014 / 4 Tevet, 5775
 
At a Glance

Posts Tagged ‘Judea’

Border Police Foil Arab Axe Attack

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Border Police officers blocked an axe-toting Arab from carrying out a terror attack near Jerusalem early Thursday morning.

Officers operating near the Palestinian Authority village of Beit Jala, close to Jerusalem, noticed an Arab man trying to hide an unusual object underneath his clothing, a spokesperson said.

The suspect, a 29-year-old resident of Bethlehem, was ordered to drop to the ground. When he did, an axe dropped to the ground along with him.

“The alertness and preparedness of the soldiers as well as their determination and readiness to engage [with the suspect] prevented a terrorist attack,” said the Border Police spokesperson.

Security personnel immediately arrested the suspect. During questioning he told investigators he was planning to travel to Jerusalem to attack an IDF soldier.

Israel Fights Back Against the Jerusalem Intifada

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Israel has begun to get serious about cracking down on Arab attackers who are determined to harm Jews in Jerusalem and around the country.

On Monday alone, by 10 pm security personnel had recorded a total of 39 terror attacks carried out against travelers on the roads of Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

Most involved Arabs hurling rocks and firebombs at vehicles as they passed by. Such attacks can be lethal, and indeed have sometimes led to deaths or severe injuries.

Late Monday and early Tuesday, Jerusalem District Police arrested 22 Arabs in connection with recent rioting and attacks on Jews.

Among the detainees were six children around 12 years old, who were suspected of hurling firebombs – also called Molotov cocktails – at Jewish homes in the mixed southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tor. Four teens confessed to hurling firebombs at police and security personnel in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan and elsewhere in the city, citing their “hatred for Jews.”

Three other teens were detained on suspicion of hurling rocks at the Jerusalem Light Rail, which has sustained damage to about half of its passenger cars due to constant attacks – most in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat.

“The Jerusalem Police will continue its determined and uncompromising activity and lay its hand on whomever is involved in the rioting in the city, and will act to bring them to justice,” the police said in a statement. More arrests are expected.

In fact, the Jerusalem District Police have apparently been kept far busier in recent months than those in Judea and Samaria, according to data published by the Hebrew-language 0404 website.

Within the past two months, Jerusalem police have arrested more than 700 Arabs suspected of hurling rocks and firebombs and other terrorist activity in the Jerusalem area. So far charges have been filed against 250 of those suspects who were detained.

Widespread arrest operations have taken place in Arab neighborhoods where rioting has occurred. Among those is Shuafat, where massive demonstrations and violence utterly destroyed the infrastructure and equipment for three of the stops on the Light Rail line.

For the past two weeks, all vacations for police officers were cancelled. The number of arrests in Jerusalem has also been double those carried out by the IDF in Judea and Samaria over the past two months.

Travel Terror Continues Around Tekoa, Jerusalem, Judea

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Arab terrorists were out in force on Wednesday, attacking travelers along the roads and rails of Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

By 10 pm, there were at least 21 reports of deadly Arab ambushes with rock attacks and firebombs aimed at Israeli vehicles, according to the Hebrew-language 0404 website.

A bus traveling towards Tekoa in eastern Gush Etzion came under attack by Arab road terrorists who hurled rocks and firebombs at the driver and passengers. The window of the bus was shattered but miraculously no one was physically injured.

“They hit the bus with a hail of stones,” one of the passengers told the 0404 website, “then hurled a bottle of paint at the windshield of the driver.”

The Jerusalem Light Rail also came under attack Wednesday, with Arabs in the northern neighborhood of Shuafat again hurling rocks at the cars as the train passed through the area.

None of the passengers were physically injured though a number were traumatized, and the train was damaged in the attack. Nearly half of the cars in the Light Rail fleet are out of commission due to intifada attacks by Jerusalem-area Arabs, most of them in the Shuafat neighborhood.

Turkey Condemns Israel Decision to Change Gush Etzion Land Status

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014

Turkey this week condemned a decision by the Israeli government to change the status of 400 hectares (988 acres) of land in Judea near the Gush Etzion community of Alon Shevut from “survey land” to “state land.”

The status change legally allows further development of the area, which originally was authorized for development as an IDF Nahal community by an Israeli cabinet decision in 1982. At that time, the community was called Geva’ot and began in 1984 but closed two years later. Nahal was followed by a host of small pre-fab houses which from 1986 to 1996 became the home of the Shevut Yisrael Yeshiva.

The land is located well within the area that is to remain under Israeli control no matter which which “two state” agreement is worked out with the Palestinian Authority, if by some miracle one ever is. For nearly half a century, the land has been under Jewish sovereignty and largely unoccupied.

The decision by Israel’s government on Sunday could potentially also unfreeze plans that were laid aside in 2012 for construction of 523 housing units on the site. It is located close to the bus stop where three Israeli teens were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists on June 12.

“We denounce Israel’s seizing land, which is aimed at building illegal settlements, in villages in the West Bank, the Turkish foreign ministry said in a written statement this week. “Israel’s decision to dispossess the largest scale of land in the West Bank for the last 30 years displays this country’s practices that violate international law on occupied Palestinian lands.”

Ankara added that it expected the decision to be reversed and warned Israel against taking steps that could harm the cease-fire with Gaza, which it said could “destroy grounds for lasting peace and the two state resolution,” according to the Turkish Hurriyet Daily News.

Arab Rock Attacks on Israeli Drivers in Jerusalem, Gush Etzion

Monday, September 1st, 2014

Arab terror gangs have again attacked Israeli vehicles over the past few hours on main arteries around Jerusalem.

In the early afternoon, Egged Bus No. 161, which travels through the Etzion bloc in Gush Etzion, was the target of a massive rock attack as it drove towards the capital.

Arabs hurled rocks at the sides and windshield of the bus, hoping to distract or even injure the driver enough to force an accident and stop the bus. The deadly strategy, which has been used successfully in the past, would enable the terrorists to finish off the passengers as well as the driver.

The ambush occurred near the Beitar Illit junction and the attackers smashed the windshield of the bus, but did not succeed in distracting the driver, who was well-trained. He kept the vehicle moving and drove out of harm’s way.

Miraculously, no one was physically injured although a number of passengers were traumatized by the incident.

Earlier in the day, a private vehicle was also targeted in a separate attack near Hadassah Medical Center at Mount Scopus.

Private car ambushed in Arab rock attack about 200 meters from the entrance to Hadassah Medical Center at Mt. Scopus on Sept. 1, 2014.

Private car ambushed in Arab rock attack about 200 meters from the entrance to Hadassah Medical Center at Mt. Scopus on Sept. 1, 2014.

The driver of the vehicle told the Hebrew-language 0404 website that he and his wife were attacked by Arabs about 200 meters ahead of the entrance to the medical center.

Early this morning, the Jerusalem Light Rail was also attacked by Arab thugs who hurled rocks at the train as it passed through the capital’s northern neighborhood of Shuafat. The attackers did not succeed in damaging the cars — this time — and none of the passengers were physically injured although some were traumatized.

The Light Rail only returned the route to full service through northern Jerusalem this week, after a forced hiatus due to damage caused by four attacks in a 12-hour span on Aug. 25. Rioting Arabs in Shuafat targeted the train and hurled a rain of rocks and firebombs at the rail cars, damaging several at a cost of tens of thousands of shekels and terrifying the passengers. The route was suspended for a week — cutting off service to thousands of Jewish and Arab commuters who use the line in northern Jerusalem neighborhoods.

The move followed a period in which service was suspended in early July due to the destruction of three stops in Shuafat by rioting Arabs who vowed to permanently stop the train from ever passing through the neighborhood again.

Ya’alon Seeks Peaceful Means to Evacuate New Outposts

Sunday, August 17th, 2014

In Gush Etzion, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has suggested a swap in order to convince residents of a newly-established outpost to leave their homes in communities with fresh wounds attached to the sites.

Move out, Ya’alon told the Gush Etzion Regional Council, and he would approve legal status for 24 new homes and a new farm instead.

Three outposts were started in July in the memory of the three teens who were kidnapped and murdered by Hamas terrorists in Gush Etzion as they were hitchhiking home for the Sabbath on June 12.

One was located near Bat Ayin and close to where the boys were kidnapped. Another was set up in Tekoa Hey, a hill near the town of Tekoa in eastern Gush Etzion. The new outposts, named Ramat HaShlosha (Heights of The Three) were expected to grow into a Jewish community established in their names in July as a response to the terror attack.

The third was Talmei Chaim, established on Hill 22 just north of Kiryat Aba but within the city limits, and intended to reach towards the area where they boys’ bodies were found.

Two more sites were also established on the night the boys’ bodies were found: one near the northeastern Jerusalem suburb of Ma’ale Adumim and the other near the community of Karmei Tzur, very close to the burial site.

Their bodies were discovered in a field belonging to the Qawasme clan near the Palestinian Arab town of Halhul, north of Hevron and south of Gush Etzion, on June 30.

Ancient Money Box from Second Temple Era Discovered Near Jerusalem–Tel Aviv Highway

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Pottery sherds, or fragments, discovered by an Israel Antiquities Authority inspector several months ago, during extensive work by the Netivei Israel – National Transport Infrastructure Company, Ltd. on the new Highway 1 project resulted in an archaeological excavation. A previously unknown settlement from the Late Second Temple period was discovered, as well as a rare hoard of coins that was found in one of its houses along the new highway connecting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The hoard, which was kept in a ceramic money box, included 114 bronze coins dating to the Year Four of the Great Revolt against the Romans. This revolt led to the destruction of the Temple on Tisha B’Av (the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av), 2,000 years ago.

“One of the significant points of the find is that all the coins were all dated to the same year and each have the same worth,” Pablo Betzer, one of the excavation directors of the Israel antiquities Authority told Tazpit News Agency. “The location of the find is also significant as it was found outside Jerusalem.”

According to Betzer and Eyal Marco, the other excavation director on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, the hoard appeared to have been buried several months prior to the fall of Jerusalem. “It provides us a glimpse into the lives of Jews living on the outskirts of Jerusalem at the end of the rebellion.”

“Evidently someone here feared the end was approaching – perhaps he could see the advancing Roman army and did not want to take a chance. He hid his property in the hope of collecting it later when calm was restored to the region,” Betzer told Tazpit.

The hoard as it was found in the excavation.

The hoard as it was found in the excavation.

All of the coins are stamped on one side with a chalice and the Hebrew inscription “To the Redemption of Zion” and on the other side with a motif that includes a bundle of lulav between two etrogs. Around this is the Hebrew inscription “Year Four”, that is, the fourth year of the Great Revolt of the Jews against the Romans (69/70 CE).

The hoard was concealed in the corner of a room, perhaps inside a wall niche or buried in the floor and was discovered after three weeks of digs in the area. Two other rooms and a courtyard belonging to the same building were exposed during the course of the archaeological excavation. The structure was built in the first century BCE and was destroyed in 69 or 70 CE when the Romans were suppressing the Great Revolt. Early in the second century CE part of the building was reinhabited for a brief period, which culminated in the destruction of the Jewish settlement in Judea as a result of the Bar Kokhba rebellion. This is attested to by three complete jars that were discovered embedded in the courtyard floor.

It seems that the residents of this village, like most of the Jewish villages in Judea, were active participants in both of the major uprisings against the Romans – the Great Revolt and the Bar Kokhba Revolt. As a result of their involvement the place was destroyed twice, and was not resettled.

The Israel Antiquities Authority and Netivei Israel Company are examining the possibility of preserving the village remains within the framework of the landscape development alongside the highway.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/ancient-money-box-from-second-temple-era-discovered-near-jerusalem-tel-aviv-highway/2014/08/05/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: