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A Zionist Response to the Murder of Our Boys

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Israelis heard the news early Monday morning, June 30. The search was over. Yes, the search was over, but the boys were dead.

The response throughout the land was palpable: the air of hope and unity was punctured, replaced by raw anguish.

But by 2:00 the following morning, some Israeli women responded by taking action. Their action was not one of vigilantism, nor was it to raise their fists at the intractable enemy.

Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar, the indefatibable Women in Green, along with a group of supporters, went to a lovely little hill just off from the Gush Etzion Junction – the site of such despair – and began clearing the area.

Since July 1, Kassover and Matar have been joined by dozens and dozens of Israelis and of visitors. They are reclaiming a bit of land that has been set aside (the site has long had official approval for tourism development), and are developing it as a functioning and vibrant tourist site.

They also renamed the hill. Previously the site was known as Givat Oz (Hill of Strength). The new name incorporates the initials of the three boys who were kidnapped and murdered – Gilad, Eyal and Naftali – and the acronym created also happens to mean great wisdom. The site is now known as Givat Oz v’Gaon.

Nadia Matar, that steadfast soldier in the war to reclaim the land, spoke with The Jewish Press about the new site.

“This is a Zionist response of the Jewish people to the incomprehensible act of killing our boys,” Matar said. “Our enemies think they will scare us away with their acts of terrorism, but they are wrong. We cling to the land ever more strongly in response to their efforts.”

The area is being cleared by hand. People show up on a daily basis to help move the rocks, clean the lone remaining stone building, and set up picnic tables for meals and chairs for lectures and services.

people came to help clear the land at Givat Oz v'Gaon.

people came to help clear the land at Givat Oz v’Gaon.

“This will be a camping site,” Matar says. “This past weekend, the first of Givat Oz v’Gaon, we had already 70 or 80 people who brought tents to spend Shabbat here. The residents of the nearby kibbutz Migdal Oz came to join us for seudat shlishit (a meal before evening services) and swelled the crowd to between 200 and 300 people.”

The residents of Migdal Oz came by a road that connects the back of the kibbutz to the Gush Etzion junction. This is also significant, Matar explains, because for quite a long time the kibbutzniks did not use the road as there had been frequent attacks by Arabs from nearby towns.

“Now, with a strong Jewish presence between the kibbutz and the Gush junction, this road is also being ‘reclaimed’ as our response to terrorism,” Matar shared with a sense of satisfaction.

Ruthie Lieberman lives in nearby Alon Shvut. Her home was used by people who participated in the searches for the boys; she and her family lived through it with great intensity.

“The families got up from shiva yesterday,” Lieberman said. “And I found myself on this site today, helping to clear the land, to plant new trees – the ultimate act of positive Zionism.”

Lieberman and her daughter, Merav, planted one of the three trees planted in memory of the three boys.

 

Ruth Lieberman and her daughter, Merav, plant a tree in Eyal Yifrach's memory at the new site created to honor the boys, Givat Oz v'Gaon.

Ruth Lieberman and her daughter, Merav, plant a tree in Eyal Yifrach’s memory at the new site created to honor the boys, Givat Oz v’Gaon.

Terrorists Open Fire on Kibbutz Migdal Oz

Friday, May 9th, 2014

Terrorists shot a few bullets towards Kibbutz Migdal Oz on Thursday night, according to a report by News 0404.

Migdal Oz is located just across the road from the town of Efrat, in Gush Etzion.

The IDF apprehended two suspects after a search.

Terrorist Arrested in Migdal Oz Shooting

Saturday, January 18th, 2014

On Saturday night, a Palestinian Authority terrorist shot towards the entrance of the town of Migdal Oz in Gush Etzion. The shooting was done with a homemade gun. Three shots were fired.

IDF forces captured the terrorist, and no one was injured in the attack.

Terror Network Apprehended Near Bethlehem

Friday, March 29th, 2013

The Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Bet), in coordinated efforts with the IDF and Israel Police, arrested a large terror network over the course of January and February of this year. The network was based in Beit Fajjar near Bethlehem. The network’s operatives, members of Fatah-Tanzim, carried out a large number of shooting and firebomb attacks using improvised weapons against the Israeli town of Migdal Oz. None of the attacks resulted in casualties.

Following investigations, the members of the network confessed to having carried out the attacks as well as having planned more shooting attacks in the Gush Etzion region. Their arrests prevented the operatives from executing their plans. The investigations led to the confiscation of six improvised weapons and a dummy explosive device.

Among the leaders of the network arrested by security forces are: Rafat Mohammad Isa Takatka (32), Rafat Mahmoud Musa Hian (31), Anas Halami Taleb Takatka (24), Sachiv Abed Eljamil Hassan Takatka (24) and Ahmad Anwar Mohammad Takatka (27).

Indictments were brought against the terrorists in the military court in Judea for severe security violations including: shooting at a person, membership of an illegal organization, manufacturing weapons and possession of explosive objects.

There has been a significant increase in terror activity in and around Beit Fajjar, and therefore more than 50 operatives from the village have been brought in for questioning in order to prevent further acts of terror.

Terror Cell Caught Near Migdal Oz

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Minutes after the Shabbat began, IDF forces captured four Arabs near the entrance to Kibbutz Migdal Oz in Gush Etzion.

The four were all armed with knives, and during the initial interrogation admitted that they were planning to stab a soldier.

Migdal Oz has been the site of repeated terror attacks emanating from nearby Beit Fajr.

IDF Captures Palestinian Shooter in Gush Etzion

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

On Monday, the IDF cleared for publication that on Sunday night IDF forces arrested an Arab terrorist, right after he shot at the gate of Kibbutz Migdal Oz, in Gush Etzion.

IDF saw the terrorist shoot at the south gate with an improvised gun, and began a 10 minute chase, which resulted in his capture.

Over the past few weeks, there has been an increase in Palestinian terror attacks in Gush Etzion, including shooting at buses, roadside bombs, firebombs, and of course stone throwing. Kibbutz Migdal Oz has been a particularly favorite target of theirs.

It is not known at this time, if the terrorist is linked to other shootings in Gush Etzion.

 

Improvised gun used in a Palestinian terror attack in Gush Etzion.

Drive-by Firebombing at Migdal Oz

Sunday, January 6th, 2013

Overnight Palestinians threw a firebomb at IDF troops near the entrance to Migdal Oz. No one was injured in the drive-by attack. IDF troops are searching for the terrorists. In the past, the terrorists have escaped into nearby Beit Faj’r.

Migdal Oz has been the repeated target for Palestinian firebomb attacks.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/drive-by-firebombing-at-migdal-oz/2013/01/06/

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