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Road Terror Attacks in Judea, Samaria

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Palestinian Arabs hurled rocks at an Israeli bus traveling through Gush Etzion in Judea at around 5 pm this afternoon (Thursday, Sept. 17).

IDF soldiers were immediately summoned to the scene, according to Hebrew-language media.

No information was available about damage to the bus or the condition of the passengers.

Early Thursday morning, Palestinian Arab terrorists also reportedly fired at Israeli vehicles passing on a road in Samaria.

No one was injured and no damage was reported in the attempted attack, which occurred at around 6 am near the Arab village of Huwara.

IDF soldiers fanned out across the area to search for the shooters.

Thus far, no arrests have been made in either case.

11 Arab Fugitives Arrested in Judea, Samaria

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning IDF soldiers arrested 11 wanted Palestinian Arab fugitives across Judea and Samaria.

Nine of the suspects were wanted for involvement in terror operations, rioting and violence against civilians and security personnel.

Among the suspects were a number of Hamas terrorists as well.

Road Terror Rock Attack Near Beitar Illit in Judea

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Palestinian Arab terrorists attacked an Israeli motorist driving near the Jewish community of Beitar Illit in Judea around midday Wednesday (Sept. 16).

The attackers hurled rocks at the vehicle as it passed on the road near the community. One of the rocks succeeded in smashing the windshield of the car; it was hurled with such force that it slammed through the windshield and landed on the floor of the back seat of the vehicle.

No one was physically injured but at least one person in the car was badly traumatized in the attack and required treatment at the scene.

Palestinian Arabs Declare ‘Day of Rage’ After Duma Mother Dies

Monday, September 7th, 2015

Palestinian Authority Arab groups have declared a “Day of Rage” this coming Friday after morning prayers in response to the death of 27-year-old Riham Dawabshe, the mother in a family of four whose home was attacked in the Arab village of Duma in Samaria.

Judea and Samaria District Police said they have carried out security assessments and prepared for what they expect to be a day of disturbances in the regions, as well as elsewhere around the country.

There were reports Monday at midday of riots and violence near Duma, ahead of the funeral for Riham Dawabshe. In addition, a number of Israeli drivers reported rocks being hurled at their cars as they drove on the road near the village in Samaria.

In a post on Twitter, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro tweeted:

“Condolences 2 famil of Riham Dawabshe & prayers 4 her son Ahmed. Important that those resp. for the terrorist murder be brought 2 justice”

Numerous other posts on Twitter and other social networking sites are referring to the arson attack on the Dawabshe home as the “settler attack” despite the fact that three of the four arson attacks in 2015 on the Dawabshe clan in Duma were village-based. Oddly, the village elders did not request any Israeli investigation into the other attacks. The arson attack in which Riham Dawabshe, her husband Sa’ad and her 18-month-old baby Ali perished was the third in the series of the four mysterious fires so far this year, all of which struck the Dawabshe clan, who make up two-thirds of the village. The most recent was attributed by the village mayor to a “wiring problem” and quickly hushed up. That attack, too, was determined not to require any investigation.

The Dawabshe family’s four-year-old son, Ahmed is alive and in serious condition in Tel Hashomer Medical Center.

The deadly arson which consumed their home has been blamed on ‘Jewish settlers’ due to Hebrew-language graffiti which was found on a wall at the site. But that graffiti was odd and is suspect due to the graphological style in which it was written, and the content, which included a slogan used by an international Chassidic group known for its pacifist outlook and its friendly attitude to strangers from all sectors of the population.

The Israeli government followed the attack with mass administrative detentions and restraining orders on dozens of young residents in Judea and Samaria. Eventually most of those who were detained were released, except for two, who remain in custody.

Israel to Beef Up Security in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told cabinet ministers at the weekly government meeting Monday he plans to increase security in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria due to the rising Arab violence in those areas.

It is not clear how this may or may not affect security arrangements on the Temple Mount.

Netanyahu said that among the security measures to be addressed with be an increase in the number of forces on the ground, and additional armor protection for patrol vehicles in order to raise the level of safety for Israeli citizens.

There has been an increase in the number of terror attacks aimed at Israeli civilians and security forces over the past several months – not only in Judea and Samaria, but in Jerusalem as well.

Data released in a report this month by the Construction Ministry showed there were 580 Arab attacks against civilians and security personnel just in three sections of the Old City of Jerusalem during the months of July and August.

Not included in those data are the number of attacks in other parts of the capital, and the number of attacks in Judea and Samaria for the same period.

Just yesterday, (Sunday, August 30) a 46-year-old Israeli Jewish resident of Judea and Samaria barely escaped alive after at least five shots were fired at his vehicle in a drive-by terror attack near the Jit Junction in Samaria.

Palestinian Arab terrorists fired at his car from a passing vehicle near the Jewish community of Kedumim early Sunday afternoon, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

The driver miraculously escaped with a light gunshot wound to his hand. The terrorists, meanwhile, were seen to be driving on into territory controlled solely by the Palestinian Authority, according to a report broadcast on Israel Radio. The IDF is investigating.

9 Homes May Face Demolition in Gush Etzion’s Derech Ha’Avot

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Nine homes in the outpost Derech Ha’Avot are facing a new threat of demolition if the High Court rules in favor of a petition by the Leftist Yesh Din NGO.

The group claims all nine of the homes, which are under construction, are located on private land belonging to residents of the nearby Arab village of al-Khader.

Derech Ha’Avot (Footsteps of the Patriarchs) was established in 2001 as a neighborhood of Elazar, formerly a moshav, located along Highway 60 in Gush Etzion. Today the community is 60 families strong.

The Civil Administration has determined that most of the land in the community rests on property that is not private and never was privately owned by any Palestinian Authority Arab. It therefore can be declared state land.

However, the Yesh Din NGO has declared its intent to appeal this ruling. In addition, the organization has succeeded in winning a High Court ruling to order the demolition of 17 homes built on what it claims is private Palestinian Authority property within the outpost. Derech Ha’Avot has until mid-September to appeal that ruling.

The Gush Etzion Regional Council is proposing a land swap – or re-parceling plan – known as “united and divide” in order to save those 17 structures. This would offer alternative land in the same area to the Palestinian Authority owners, in exchange for the 17 lots on which the current structures are located, so they may be declared ‘state land.’

Because of all this wrangling, the bureaucratic procedures to declare the outpost property as state land cannot be completed until court proceedings have finished.

Yesh Din meanwhile continues to tie up that process with a petition to halt construction, claiming that no building can take place until the outpost is ‘legalized.’

Four cases were opened against the outpost, and then closed. A fifth was filed jointly by Peace Now together with the alleged Palestinian Authority Arab land owner in 2008, and then closed two years later when the State declared its intention to legalized the outpost.

In a petition to the Supreme Court submitted in 2008 by the leftist Peace Now organization together with Munir Mussa, the alleged owner of the land on which a single house was in question, subsequently demanded the entire outpost be evacuated.

IDF Tightens Rules for Soldiers in Judea, Samaria

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

The IDF tightened its rules of engagement yesterday for combat forces in Judea and Samaria, making defense of self and others much more difficult.

Publication of the new regulations was met with utter disgust by the troops who will be forced to carry them out.

The new rules are frankly dangerous to the soldiers, creating an unacceptable risk to their lives before they’re allowed to fire at attackers.

Christian combat soldiers who spoke with the Hebrew-language 0404 website made it clear they “will not hesitate to operate in accordance with the gunfire procedures that were in place prior to the announcement.”

The stringent new rules of engagement have tightened the regulation that previously required troops to fire at an attacker’s lower extremities in life-threatening situations. Under other circumstances in which there is a risk, a threatened soldier has only been allowed to fire in the air.

IDF soldiers who belong to the Christian community told the 0404 website that if they are confronted with a situation in which they feel threatened, they will not hesitate to shoot directly at a terrorist, even if the situation differs from permitted circumstances outlined in the new regulations.

One of the three soldiers from northern Israel who spoke with the website said, “Whoever throws a firebomb (Molotov cocktail) at me is clearly trying to kill me, and someone who wants to kill me is someone I will kill first.”

Another soldier said that his family had contacted him to ask whether news of the more stringent rules was really true. When he confirmed it, “My mother told me she does not care about the new directives and said that if I am in danger, I should not think twice [about firing to defend myself.]”

A third soldier from Nazareth sent a message to 0404, commenting, “The ‘Rules of Engagement’ sent shivers down my spine. A strong army stands in fear before a small enemy. No, no, absolutely not. I have one thing to say: One hundred mothers will weep and my mother will not cry. I am a Christian of Nazareth serving in the Kefir Brigade and I represent the Christian community.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/idf-tightens-rules-for-soldiers-in-judea-samaria/2015/08/12/

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