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May 27, 2016 / 19 Iyar, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Karmei Tzur’

Arabs Still Trying to Kill Israelis: Saturday Night List of Attacks

Sunday, April 17th, 2016

Arab terrorists are still busy trying to kill Israelis with stoning and firebomb attacks on the roads and in mixed Jerusalem neighborhoods. A brief review of the events on Saturday night shows the terror wave is not yet over, regardless of the statistical analyses coming out of the government offices.

Plain and simple, Israelis are not yet safe from Arab terrorists who are being egged on by the Palestinian Authority government.

Following is a brief roundup of terror attacks that took place around the country on Saturday night.

Stonings in Binyamin Region Arab attackers hit Bus No. 140 to Beit El on Highway 60 in Samaria, between the Jewish community of Adam and the Arab village of Hizme, north of Jerusalem.

No one on the bus was physically hurt, but the windshield on the bus was broken by one of the rocks.

A second Israeli bus, No. 143, also came under a hail of rocks hurled by Arab terrorists on the road. No one was physically hurt but the windshield of the bus was smashed.

On highway 437 in the Binyamin region, Arab terrorists hurled rocks at an Israeli bus traveling along Highway 437 in the Binyamin region, north of the Arab village of Hizmeh.

None of the passengers were physically injured. The windshield of the bus was damaged.

Motorist Firebombed Arab terrorists hurled a firebomb at an Israeli motorist traveling along Highway 55 near Bnei Elias, also on Saturday night.

No one was physically injured and no damage was reported.

Karmei Tzur Attack Foiled Three Arab terrorists from the nearby Judean village of Beit Omer approached the security fence of the Jewish community of Karmei Tzur in Gush Etzion on Saturday evening.

The terrorists hurled a firebomb into the community through the fence, before fleeing when security personnel arrived. The firebomb landed harmlessly. No one was physically injured and no damage was reported.

Jewish Homes Attacked in Ma’ale Zeitim Arabs hurled firebombs at Jewish homes in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ma’ale Zeitim on Saturday night in the eastern section of the capital.

No one was physically injured in the attack. It is not clear whether there was damage to any of the homes.

Hana Levi Julian

Small Synagogue at Karmei Tzur Demolished in Civil Administration Pre-Dawn Stealth Move

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

A small synagogue recently rebuilt at the site of the Givat Soreq outpost on the outskirts of Karmei Tzur was demolished by Civil Administration forces before dawn Thursday in accordance with instructions from the Defense Ministry, according to the Hebew-language 0404 website.

It was in this same synagogue that sacred texts were set ablaze two months ago by Arab terrorists, a hate crime carried out by those in nearby Halhul.

Just a few days ago, holy books had been donated to the newly-rebuilt house of worship. But by Thursday 9 am, not a trace remained of the solid cement-block structure upon which the community’s rabbi had placed a mezuzah.

Outraged residents told 0404, “Thousands of illegally-built Arab homes and other structures exist, but the Defense Minister in his ignorance destroys a synagogue established in the memory of three Israeli teens who were kidnaped and murdered (by Hamas terrorists). It’s clear that it’s worth it to continue burning – because instead of dealing with the Arabs, the Jews are destroying themselves.”

It would indeed seem that perhaps the defense establishment has become confused about who it’s supposed to be defending and where retaliation is appropriate in political or military terms.

Karmei Tzur has been under siege from its Arab neighbors since the start of the current wave of terror, and has not shied away from the challenge.

Barely two weeks ago, about 500 Israelis marched from Karmei Tzur to the Gush Etzion junction to demonstrate against terror.

The marchers blocked Highway 60, a main north-south artery, in both directions as they demanded that deterrence be restored. The move came in the wake of a series of deadly attacks in the Gush Etzion region.

The timing of the demolition of the synagogue and the stealth with which it was carried out raises the question of whether the move came in retaliation for the community’s activism.

At the start of this month, Arab squatters returned to the Wadi Rashrash valley near Karmei Tzur – six months after they had been ejected by the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT). Arabs had started to build a road there and were using the wadi as a garbage dump.

The area has been under processing for declaration as state land for some time. The violation was reported but it is not clear whether the government followed up.

Karmei Tzur has been repeatedly traumatized during this wave of terror. On February 24 one of the community’s founders and leading residents, IDF reserve Captain Eliav Gelman was killed in a stabbing attack at the nearby Gush Etzion junction. He was stabbed by an Arab terrorist who was then shot by IDF soldiers, who also hit Gelman by accident in the crossfire. Gelman was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem but could not be saved. He is survived by his pregnant wife and two young children.

Earlier that month, on February 9 an armed 16-year-old female Arab terrorist tried to infiltrate Karmei Tzur at the start of the day, dressed for school.

A resident of the community alerted the guard, who then warned the young wannabe stabber to drop her weapon – a kitchen knife – which she did.

The blade had clearly been sharpened, most likely after watching an Internet video of a sermon by one of the numerous radical Islamist clerics who urge their followers to murder Jews. They include detailed instructions on how to carry out those killings, complete with directions on how to sharpen the knives.

Three days prior to that attempted terror attack, Arab arsonists attacked the little synagogue on February 6 at Givat Sorek, the neighborhood on the outskirts of Karmei Tzur.

Hana Levi Julian

Anti-Terrorism Protesters Blocking Highway 60

Tuesday, March 15th, 2016

Some 500 Israelis are marching from the community of Karmei Tzur to the Gush Etzion junction (Tzomet haGush) on this cold and windy Tuesday afternoon.

The marchers are blocking the road in both directions and demanding that deterrence be restored, following all the terror attacks in the Gush Etzion region.

Expect significant delays if you’re trying to get home on Highway 60.

Jewish Press News Briefs

33-Hour Vigil for 33 Israelis Dead from Terror

Monday, February 29th, 2016

The Women in Green organization began a 33-hour vigil outside the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem Sunday to protest the terrorist deaths of 33 Jews since Rosh HaShana.

The event was organized following a condolence (shiva) call to the family of Eliav Gelman in Karmei Tzur, who was killed last Wednesday in a terror attack in Gush Etzion.

The vigil has been attended by activists from Bayit Yehudi and other political parties, including various Ministers and Knesset members.

It is scheduled to end Monday afternoon.

Jewish Press News Briefs

IDF Maps, Prepares to Demolish Home of Gush Etzion Stabber

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Late Sunday night, IDF engineers and combat forces to protect them mapped out the Dura residence of Mamdou Amro. The house will be demolished in accordance with current policy regarding terrorist attacks that result in the deaths of Israelis.

The terrorist, 26, attempted to murder IDF reserve Capt. Eliav Gelman last week in a stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion junction.

Gelman lived with his pregnant wife and two children in the nearby Jewish community of Karmei Tzur. He was hit in the crossfire and critically injured as IDF soldiers were aiming at Amro to stop the attack.

The wounded officer was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem but could not be saved.

The terrorist was also hit by gunfire and seriously injured. He was taken to hospital as well and treated in Jerusalem.

Iran said last week it will pay $30,000 to families of Arabs whose homes are demolished because they murdered Israelis — but it is not yet clear how and when the money will be paid.

Jewish Press News Briefs

IDF Reserve Officer Succumbs to Wounds from Gush Etzion Junction Terror Attack

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

An IDF Reserve Officer Eliav Gelman hy”d has succumbed to the grievous wounds he suffered after fighting off an Arab terrorist during an attack Wednesday at the Gush Etzion Junction.

Gelman was targeted by the terrorist but managed to pull out his pistol to defend himself during the attack, which took place at a hitchhiking post at the Gush Etzion Junction, about 15 minutes south of Jerusalem.

A 31-year-old resident of the Jewish community of Carmei Tzur — which he helped to build — Gelman grew up in the Gush Etzion town of Kiryat Arba. He was a father of two and soon to be three: his wife is in an advanced stage of pregnancy.

The Gush Etzion Regional Council said in a statement, “The Council and residents of the region join hands in sending their condolences to Gelman’s family, and embrace them in deep grief.”

Details of the funeral are not yet complete.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet.

Hana Levi Julian

Update: Terror Attack Foiled at Karmei Tzur in Judea

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

A female Arab terrorist wannabe, age 16 but dressed as a much younger schoolgirl, attempted to infiltrate the Jewish community of Karmei Tzur in Judea on Tuesday morning.

The attempt was noticed by a resident of the community, who saw the young Arab female approaching the gate of the community, and noticed that she looked suspicious.

The resident – a woman – alerted the guard to the situation, who then called out to the young terrorist to drop her weapon – a steak knife.

The latest "jihad" weapon -- an Arab school girl's bag to hide the knife within.

The latest “jihad” weapon — an Arab school girl’s bag to hide the knife within.

The wannabe terrorist immediately complied and dropped the knife.

Last Friday Arabs from a nearby village in the Palestinian Authority attacked the synagogue at the adjacent outpost of Givat Soreq. The site overlooks the area where searchers found the bodies of three Israeli teens murdered by Hamas terrorists in summer 2014.

The neighboring villagers piled up the Torah scrolls and holy books from the prayer tent and then set them afire.

Residents of Karmei Tzur noted that it was not the first time Arabs in the area had carried out such attacks on their community. But to attack a synagogue and burn its sacred texts to ashes is an especially ugly form of anti-Semitism reminiscent of some of the “darkest events in our history,” they said.

Hana Levi Julian

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