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Terror Stoning Attack Near Tekoa in Eastern Gush Etzion

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Arab terrorists attacked Israeli motorists traveling near the junction leading to the Jewish community of Tekoa on Monday evening, located in Judea’s eastern section of Gush Etzion.

The Israeli vehicle was hit by stones hurled by the Arab attackers as it neared the junction. No one in the vehicle was physically injured but the vehicle itself was damaged.

Stoning attacks can be lethal, but Arab road terrorists also employ other means of killing as well, including vehicular ramming attacks.

In 2012, Tekoa resident Dr. Shira Abramson, a doctor at Shaare Zedek Medical Center and mother of seven, was killed in a head-on collision with an Arab truck near the junction. Abramson’s husband, well-known rabbi and musician David “Harpo” Abramson, had died of a heart attack just two years earlier.

Hana Levi Julian

Dozens of Terrorists Attack IDF Soldiers in Hebron

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

Dozens of Arab terrorists launched a stoning attack on IDF soldiers who were stationed in Hebron on Tuesday afternoon.

The troops responded with riot dispersal methods used specifically for breaking up violent demonstrations.

No physical injuries were reported. All military personnel returned safely to base.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Terrorist Attacks Rising Against Israelis in Judea and Samaria

Wednesday, September 21st, 2016

While world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly are pontificating about creating and keeping peace, Palestinian Authority terrorists are escalating their attacks on Israeli civilians on the roads and elsewhere in Judea and Samaria.

An Israeli driver came under a hail of rocks Tuesday as Arab terrorists attacked his vehicle in Gush Etzion. The car was hit while traveling on the road near the Jewish community of Ma’ale Amos in Judea.

No one in the vehicle was physically injured, but the vehicle itself was damaged.

Further south, in Judea, terrorists hurled a firebomb towards the security fence of the Jewish community of Karmei Tzur, in Judea.

Israeli drivers were attacked while traveling on the road past the Arab village of Tuq’ua, near the Jewish community of Tekoa.

The vehicles came under a hail of rocks in Arab terror stoning attacks Tuesday night, according to the Hatzoloh emergency response service in Judea and Samaria.

IDF soldiers are searching for the terrorists in the latter two attacks. No physical injuries were reported.

Hana Levi Julian

Obama: Israel Recognizes It Cannot Settle Palestinian Land

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

U.S. President Barack Obama offered one-line solutions to nations around the world Tuesday during his speech at the United Nations General Assembly.

Speaking of the decades-old dispute between Israel and the Palestinian Authority that evaded even Obama’s two-term attempts at peace-making, the American president offered this view:

“Surely Israelis and Palestinians will be better off if Palestinians reject incitement and recognize the legitimacy of Israel, but Israel recognizes that it cannot permanently occupy and settle Palestinian land.”

He had a lot to say about events in the Middle East in general:

“Just as force alone cannot impose order internationally, I believe in my core that repression cannot forge the social cohesion for nations to succeed.  The history of the last two decades proves that in today’s world, dictatorships are unstable.  The strongmen of today become the spark of revolution tomorrow.  You can jail your opponents but you can’t imprison ideas. You can try to control access to information but you cannot turn a lie into truth.”

He also had a great deal to say specifically about Syria, about the formation and evolution of Da’esh (ISIS) and the issue of radical Islamist terror, which he continued to refuse to label as such.

“We know that ISIL … depends on perpetual war to survive … Part of our job together is to work to reject such extremism that infects too many of our young people. Part of that effort must be a continued rejection by Muslims, of those who distort Islam, to preach intolerance and promote violence. It must also involve a rejection by non-Muslims of the ignorance that equates Islam with terror. This work will take time. There are no easy answers to Syria.”

Ultimately, he said, nations need to work together to prevent mass killings and torture.

“We also have to recognize that we must work more effectively in the future as an international community, to build capacity for states that are in distress, before they collapse.

“That’s why we should celebrate the fact that later today the United States will join with more than 50 countries to enlist new capabilities, infantry, intelligence, helicopters, hospitals, and tens of thousands of troops to strengthen United Nations peacekeepers.

These new capabilities can prevent mass killings and ensure that peace agreements are more than words on paper. But we have to do it together…. to establish security where order has broken down, and to support those who seek a just and lasting peace.”

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu Orders Increased Police at Temple Mount, Reinforces Ban on Lawmakers Ahead of Jewish Holy Days

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a security assessment in Jerusalem prior to leaving for New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly, and ahead of the Jewish holy days in the Hebrew month of Tishrei.

Attending the meeting were Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, Israel Policy Deputy Inspector General Zohar Dvir, Jerusalem District Police Commander Yoram Halevy, the deputy Director of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency), an IDF representative and personnel from the National Security Council.

The prime minister ordered police to increase forces particularly in the Old City of Jerusalem and around the Temple Mount, underscoring that “determined action be taken against any attempt to violate order there,” according to his media adviser.

Netanyahu also requested that Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein take action to “continue to prevent parliamentarians and ministers from going up to the Temple Mount during this sensitive period,” his spokesperson said in a statement.

In addition, the prime minister “directed that activity be increased against Palestinian incitement on social networks, including expanded action vis-à-vis Facebook and other platforms, with the goal of removing inflammatory content. He also instructed that a response team be established to refute disinformation about Israeli policy on the Temple Mount.”

In addition, Netanyahu received an update on IDF operations and reinforcements along the roads and in the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria.

Barely a few hours prior to the meeting, a terrorist from the Palestinian Authority stabbed and seriously wounded an IDF reservist at a guard post in the Judean city of Efrat, only eight minutes south of Jerusalem. The terrorist had infiltrated the community late Saturday night, and dozens of IDF soldiers, reservists and local security response personnel had spent the entire night searching the city and surrounding fields to track him down.

The attack came on the heels of a series of terrorist stabbings of IDF soldiers and other attacks against Israelis in Judea and Samaria, at least three of which took place in Hebron. In response, the IDF beefed up its forces in the holy city next to Kiryat Arba, but other Jewish communities are still vulnerable.

On Friday afternoon barely an hour before the start of the Sabbath, an Arab couple from the nearby town of Bani Naim carried out a vehicle ramming attack at the Elias Junction entrance to Kiryat Arba on Highway 60, next to the Paz gas station, at the bus stop and hitchhiking post. IDF soldiers stationed at the site shot and killed the male terrorist and wounded the female attacker; but three Israeli teenagers were injured and suffered major trauma as well. All three were treated for their relatively minor physical wounds and the major shock they endured.

Within hours, the IDF surrounded and sealed off Bani Naim, which also was home to the teenage terrorist who climbed in the window of the Kiryat Arba home of 13-year-old Hallel Ariel, z’l, at the start of this summer and stabbed her to death while she slept in her bed.

It’s not known how long the closure will last. But Arab villages have been sealed off before, and when the curfew is lifted, terrorists are free to leave and kill Israelis again, inspired and financially remunerated for their efforts by the government of the Palestinian Authority.

The prime minister is clearly hoping that beefed up police at the Temple Mount and in the Old City will contain, if not entirely eliminate Arab terror attacks while he is meeting with President Barack Obama in New York, and addressing the United Nations General Assembly: a gathering that for the most part could care less these days whether Israelis live or die.

It’s Netanyahu’s unenviable job to remind them of why they should care, if only for their own survival — and Israel’s — and the last thing he wants or needs is trouble at home by Knesset members who take the opportunity while he is away to create “a distraction.”

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Cites Incitement, Arab Video Displays Pallywood ‘Bull’ in Full [video]

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

The IDF Spokesperson’s Office has put together a video tweet bluntly pointing out that Arab terrorists in the Palestinian Authority carried out four attacks against Israeli soldiers this past weekend, all due to government-sponsored incitement. (There were more, but production does take time, etc…)

The fact is, the IDF is extraordinarily tolerant in its verbal response to terrorist attacks on social media; one sees little or no saber-rattling from the Israeli military, be it in English, Hebrew or even Arabic. Scan the social media sites and in general, one sees pictures of sunrises and sunsets, with teenage soldiers barely out of high school framed against the sky. Sometimes a photo of boys putting combat black on the cheeks of girls, and the girls putting combat green on the foreheads of their male counterparts. Occasionally a photo of the soldiers completing their beret march — or, more grim and to the point, one of older and more experienced soldiers on night duty having to track down and arrest fugitives who have carried out terrorist activities, sometimes successfully.

But here’s a perfect example of the kind of incitement that prompts the next generation of Arab teens to become young terrorists — and inspired the above complaint from the IDF.

This video was posted on Twitter right under the tweet from the IDF Spokesperson Sunday evening. It shows a young Arab boy who appears to be caught between his desperate father trying to rescue him from an attack by a vicious Israeli soldier and his fierce, slobbering military K-9 partner, an IDF dog tugging at the other side.

It would be almost credible, except Israeli soldiers don’t yell, even in Hebrew, “Who’s afraid, who!!??” as if to teach someone NOT to be afraid. Secondly, look closely at the canine actor. What is the dog wearing — or rather, not wearing?

The dog in this video is not wearing the official IDF muzzle and body gear, or headgear of any kind, any kind of body gear. IDF K-9 fighters are in uniform as are their human partners. And they have metal muzzles to protect them, as well as those they must track down and ferret out.

Welcome to Pallywood, which stands for Hollywood of the Palestinian Authority. The acting can be quite realistic — but frankly, it’s all bull.


Hana Levi Julian

Congressmen: Judea and Samaria are Not the ‘West Bank’ But Part of Israel

Friday, September 16th, 2016

{Originally posted to the JNS.org website}


US Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) spoke to an Israeli delegation this week about congressional support of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

“I want to say to all the people of Samaria that they are beloved by the American people, and we believe that Judea and Samaria are not the ‘West Bank’ but part of the state of Israel,” Franks told the Samarian Regional Council delegation on Capitol Hill.

The council’s chief Yossi Dagan visited Washington D.C. to meet with more than a dozen Republican and Democrat legislators to discuss the US support of Israel’s presence in Judea and Samaria.

“There are people in the US Congress who, no matter what, will continue to work on behalf of Judea and Samaria, who will continue to do whatever they can to fight on behalf of Israel and ensure that you will never feel alone in this world,” Franks said in the meeting that included Texas congressman Louie Gohmert, who echoed that sentiment.

Dagan urged Congress to pressure the Obama administration to stop demanding that Israel freeze Jewish building in Judea and Samaria.

“The pressure the American government is putting on the Israeli government to strangle settlement and block construction creates a situation where our children are forced to learn in caravans rather than normal buildings, like other children around the world,” Dagan said.

Halting construction prevents children in Judea and Samaria from living close to their parents due to lack of housing, he explained.

“The international pressure has also prevented Israel from expanding the water infrastructure in Samaria as needed, which at the end of the day means both Israeli and Arab residents were left without water for much of this past summer,” Dagan added.

JNS News Service

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