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Police: Sharp Increase in Terrorist Activity Since Gaza Operation

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Since the commencing of Operation ‘Pillar of Cloud’ the police have recorded many events of terrorist activities and public disturbance in Judea and Samaria, which constitute a sharp increase in terrorist activity in the region. Stones and Molotov cocktails were thrown at cars, roads were blocked and tires were burned, marches were conducted. 201 events of rioting were documented by the police during the period of the operation. 136 rioters were arrested. 18 suspects of stone throwing were released, one suspect of throwing a Molotov cocktail was released; all the rest remain in custody.

On Nov. 20th an Israeli woman was critically wounded near the village of Hussan by rocks thrown at her car. On Nov. 22nd shots were fired at a bus in Gush Etzion, no one was wounded in this incident.

The police have stated that they will not tolerate disturbances, and they intend to use their full authority to bring to justice anyone who chooses to disturb the peace.

Tazpit News Agency has documented the increase events as well. The following is a log of the events documented by the agency, which occurred on Monday, Nov. 19th:

 

During the previous night, at the village Urif (near Yitzhar) – Police were attacked with stones, one policeman was slightly injured.

09:00 – Za’tara (near Tekoa) Dozens of Arabs rioted and blocked the road. The IDF responded with riot control measures.

11:00 – Dozens of Arabs blocked Route 443 in a protest against the Gaza operation. The rioters damaged the security fence.

11:00 – Disturbances of dozens of Arabs in Qalandiya, near Jerusalem.

11:25 – Bridge of Bir Zeit, about 200 Arabs tried to get to the Benyamin Highway, some throwing stones and burning tires. The IDF responded with riot control measures. During the public disturbances a fire bomber was identified as he prepared to throw a petrol bomb at the soldiers. They returned accurate fire. A knee injury was identified.

11:40 – Anun Junction (near Hebron) road blocked to movement of Jews due to some 100 Arabs rioting and throwing stones at IDF forces and Israeli vehicles.

13:30 – Damage caused to several Israeli vehicles due to stone throwing on Route 443.

13:50 – Furik Junction near Itamar, 200 Arabs rioting, burning tires and throwing stones. IDF troops pushed them off the road, which is used by both Arabsand Israelis.

13:55 – Road between Itamar and Elon Moreh blocked by stones. A number of Israeli vehicles were damaged, one of the cars of an Elon Moreh resident on his way to the south after receiving an emergency IDF call up.

14:00 – Dozens of Arabs rioted near the Ofer base, throwing stones and burning tires.

14:00 – About 30 Arabs blocked route 60 near Ofra, IDF forces dispersed the crowd. Stones were thrown at them.

14:00 – Nakhaliel, a number of Arabs trying to infiltrate the community. After arrival of Security forces they fled the scene, leaving PLO and Hamas flags on the fence. The security fence was damaged.

14:30 – Stone throwing at Benyamin, on the Abud bypass road. Stone-throwing continued until the night, causing damage to several Israeli vehicles.

14:30 – Riot of about 30 Arabs throwing stones at IDF forces and Israeli vehicles traveling on the Trans Benyamin road. Disturbances continued until the night, causing damage to several Israeli vehicles.

14:30 – Disturbance of approximately 50 Arabs from the village of Deir Abu Meshal in Benyamin. Stone throwing continued until dark.

15:00 – At Betilu, located near Neve Tsuf, rolling of stones and burning tires by dozens of Arabs. Road closed to Jewish traffic on and off.

16:40 – A terrorist who tried to throw a fire bomb at an IDF force near Beit Hadassah in Hebron was killed by soldiers.

16:30 – Throwing of stones at the bus in El Fower (South Hebron)

17:00 – Hebron – riots of dozens of Arabs in several locations, throwing stones, Molotov cocktails and burning tires.

18:00 – stone throwing at Husan bypass road near Betar. Several Israeli vehicles damaged.

18:00 – Throwing stones at Israeli cars and a bus at the intersection of Yitzhar.

18:30 – Highway 55 near Azzun, near Karni Shomron. Dozens of Arabs threw stones at Israeli vehicles and IDF forces while burning tires. Army responded with crowd dispersal means.

Rocks and Molotov Cocktails Mark a New Intifada in Judea and Samaria

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

The fire from Gaza has been spreading to Judea and Samaria in recent days, with a steady increase in the number of attacks and violent riots against Jewish civilians and against the security forces. Around 10 PM Monday, Arabs threw several Molotov cocktails at an Egged bus near the community of Adam. Arabs also burned two tires on the road, the Jewish Voice reported.

Earlier, around 6 PM, Arabs threw three Molotov cocktails at the car of a resident of Ma’aleh Levonah, near the village of Sinjil. One Molotov cocktail entered the car and ignited a fire. The driver and a passenger escaped the burning car which rolled down into a canyon and burned to the ground.

The car that was burnt by Molotov cocktail Monday night.

The car that was burnt by Molotov cocktail Monday night. Photo: Nadav Kreif, Tazpit news agency.

In demonstrations outside Rachel’s Tomb Arabs threw 73 Molotov cocktails at the tomb’s compound and at the security forces there. Two rioters were seriously injured by a gas grenade that hit their heads, and seven more were injured only lightly from rubber bullets.

During the day the IDF killed two Arabs when they were throwing Molotov cocktails. One was killed near Halhul, while he was throwing a petrol bomb at IDF soldiers. Earlier an Arab was shot and killed while throwing a Molotov cocktail at the Jewish community of Hebron.

In another riot, on the Bir Zeit bridge, north of Ramallah, the IDF shot a terrorist throwing a Molotov cocktail. He sustained injuries in both legs.

During the day, Monday, five Arabs threw Molotov cocktails at a Border Police base in Atarot. Two bottles were ignited inside the base. Near the Jewish village of Ma’aleh Hever, on the southern slope of Mount Hebron, an Israeli bus was pelted with stones. There were no casualties. In northern Samaria, near the community of Hinanit, Arabs threw a Molotov cocktail that did not ignite.

At Noon some 500 Arabs rioted at halhul bridge near Hebron, threw stones at Jewish vehicles and burned tires. Thank God no one was hurt, and IDF forces dispersed the rioters.

Near Camp Ofer, about 100 Arabs tried to cut the fence and were dispersed by IDF forces.

The Tazpit news agency reported that dozens of Arabs from the village of Azzun threw stones at Jewish vehicles and IDF forces and burned tires on Route 55 near the town of Karnei Shomron. A number of Jewish vehicles were damaged, but IDF soldiers tried to fight off the Arabs using only their riot gear.

Despite what appears like an emerging Intifada throughout Judea and Samaria, the IDF spokesman at the Central Command did not report or comment.

In Broad Daylight

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

This is a picture of a Palestinian youth throwing rocks at an Israeli military vehicle as it entered the Arab city of Ramallah on Wednesday, August 29, 2012.

This youth and hundreds, even thousands like him, have been greeting Israeli cars and individuals this way every day of every month of every year since the mid 1980s. There is absolutely nothing new about it.

It’s a dog bites man story.

The Israeli and the Palestinian law enforcement agencies alike also don’t see anything new or special about this habitually and violently inhospitable act.

Likewise, they see nothing special about hundreds and thousands of Arab youths who have lobed flaming objects, most commonly Molotov cocktails, at Israeli moving vehicles, with the expressed purpose of burning alive the people inside.

It’s the dog bite man thing. Whatcha’ gonna’ do.

Then a couple of Jewish 13-year-olds have been accused of doing the same thing.

Without direct proof, to the best of my knowledge, and at the exact spot where several Israeli cars had been pelted with Molotov cocktails on recent nights.

That’s HUGE news. That’s man bites dog. That’s the stuff the GSS can sink its teeth into.

In Israel, 2012, Arab crime is mundane, routine, unimportant. Victims of Arab crime are negligible.

But Jews who beat up Arabs—which they shouldn’t, and Jews accused of firebombing Arabs—which they shouldn’t, are amazing news.

Obviously, a police force without the minimal inclination of catching the real perpetrators is just not going to bring law and order anywhere, much less to an area as sizzling with hatred as Ramallah and its environs.

They’ll tell you it’s a political issue. You’ll have rock throwing and firebombing until Israel pulls back to the 1949 armistice line. But, you know, by the time any political resolution is achieved—probably by the time all of us writing and reading this will have great grandchildren—there’s going to be a Palestinian population out there that just throws rocks and Molotov cocktails, nothing special.

Good luck doing your law and order thing at that point.

Attacks on Jewish Maale HaZeitim Continue, Jerusalem Fire Dept. Slow to Respond

Monday, May 14th, 2012

Despite the arrest of a local Arab man for repeat Molotov cocktail attacks on the eastern Jerusalem Jewish neighborhood of  Maale HaZeitim, assaults on the residential area just across from the Old City of Jerusalem continue, with two offenses occurring in the last 72 hours.

On Friday night, as residents of  Maale HaZeitim gathered in their synagogue to commemorate the Sabbath, a series of fireworks were aimed and fired at the buildings, exploding loudly and catching grass on the perimeter of the neighborhood on fire.

After a quick consultation with the synagogue’s rabbi to determine the permissibility of calling the fire department to extinguish the flames on Shabbat, a resident dialed the emergency number for Jerusalem’s fire department.  According to the resident who placed the call, no one answered the service number.  Hanging up and trying again thereafter, the phone was answered immediately by a fire department representative, who sent a fire truck to the scene.

Residents of Maale HaZeitim told the Jewish Press that the fire truck took approximately 15 minutes to arrive.  By then, the fire had consumed the perimeter grass and extinguished itself.  Fire fighters surveyed the scene, made a report, and left the neighborhood.  The perpetrator has not been apprehended.

The Friday night attack was followed by one in the afternoon on Sunday, on the opposite side of the community.  According to reports by residents of one of the buildings, a bottle of brown oil-based paint was hurled at the homes around 3:30pm, the 20th such attack in the last few months.  The balcony of an  empty apartment in Maale HaZeitim’s “Building 5″ shows splatterings of multiple colors of paint accumulated over the course of several attacks, as well as shards of broken glass from the bottles in which the paint was poured.

Though Maale HaZeitim is under the protection of the Jerusalem Police department like all other Jerusalem neighborhoods, the city also employs a special guard service to provide protection onsite 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Despite this, attacks against the community continue, with residents expressing concern that the guards do not respond quickly to attacks.  One resident told the Jewish Press that a guard apologized to her for failing to respond to a firebomb  attack on her apartment because he had concentrated on studying for his college entrance exams and simply failed to see the assault take place.  Other residents stated that guards are afraid to respond to attacks, for fear of being incriminated by police, treated unjustly in the judicial system,  and serving time in jail for defending Jewish residents.

A Jerusalem police officer, on condition of anonymity, told the Jewish Press that guards often fail to alert local law enforcement immediately when an attack occurs, weakening the potential for a successful police response.  However, on April 30, a coordinated effort by the police, border police, and the local guards resulted in the apprehension of a man who admitted to conducting multiple firebomb attacks on the community.

Maale HaZeitim mothers have expressed concern and outrage that many of their small children have grown fearful of Arabs as a result of recent attacks, and demanded protection from the city and state, as afforded to them by right as citizens of Israel and Jerusalem.

Jerusalem Firebomber Nabbed, Jewish Mount of Olives Residents Relieved

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Jerusalem’s Jewish neighborhood of Maale HaZeitim is resting easier, following the apprehension and arrest of a serial firebomb attacker.

Just after midnight on Monday morning, jubilant residents of Maale HaZeitim, the Jewish neighborhood situated in the Ras al-Amoud Arab neighborhood on the Mount of Olives, gathered near the entrance to their gated community to celebrate the arrest of a man in his 20s, caught throwing firebombs across the wall, into the backyards of residents.

In a mission coordinated between Jerusalem Police, Border Police, and the Maale HaZeitim guard team, forces waited until the attacker turned up for a repeat firebombing.  When the man, believed to be in his mid-20s – lit and threw a homemade firebomb toward the Jewish homes, forces leapt out, grabbing the man and arresting him.  After being interrogated at a local police station, the man admitted to the previous firebomb attacks.  Residents who witnessed the arrests heaped praise on security personnel for protecting them and their families.  News soon spread throughout the community, despite the late hour.

Residents had been terrorized for several nights by Molotov cocktails thrown at their neighborhood.  Property damage was reported, though there were no injuries.  Neighborhood children who witnessed one of the attacks were frightened, with others concerned about what future nights would bring.

Resident and tour guide specializing in the Old City of Jerusalem and its environs, Meir Eisenman, praised local law enforcement for doing its duty to protect the residents of Jerusalem.

He also noted the significance of the Jewish community on the Mount of Olives and the importance of visiting the area.

“As a tour guide, it upsets me when people are hesitant about visiting the Maale HaZeitim, or the Mount of Olives Jewish cemetery – unfortunately, the area has seen a lot of bad press,” he said.  “However, with the new police and security presence in the area, most of the time the area is totally safe.”

“I call on everyone coming to Jerusalem to come visit this beautiful and historic area,” Eisenman said.  “The more people that come, the safer it will get and the more pleasant it will feel.  It’s important that we continue showing our support for this area.”

More Molotov Cocktails Thrown at Jerusalem Jews by Arab Neighbors

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012

The community of Maale HaZeitim in Jerusalem was again targeted with Molotov cocktails in the early hours of Tuesday morning.  Two homemade firebombs were hurled at the homes of residents in the community, just a 15 minute walk from the Kotel in Jerusalem’s Old City.  Damage was reported to property.  There were no injuries.

On April 16, the community was attacked in a barrage of between 7 -10 firebombs.  Guards on the site shot in the air, after which the single attacker fled on foot.  When police came to investigate, they spent a significant portion of their time interrogating the guards as to why they fired their weapons, according to reports by residents at the scene.

No injuries were reported in that attack, though residents reported that children witnessing the attack became hysterical.  Damage to property resulted from fires lit by the bombs.

On February 24, two United States Congressman on tour in the area were targeted in a rock throwing attack a few feet away from the entrance to the neighborhood.

Maale HaZeitim is located on the Mount of Olives, next to the historic Mount of Olives cemetery, containing the graves of Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook, the Ohr HaChaim, Henrietta Szold, Eliezer Ben Yehuda and other notable Jewish figures.

Teen Synagogue Firebomber Charged With Another Attempt

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

The teen loner awaiting trial for the firebombings of two northern New Jersey synagogues has been charged with an additional arson attempt at the Jewish Community Center of Paramus.

Anthony Graziano, 19, was arrested on January 23 and charged with nine counts of attempted murder, bias intimidation, and arson in two attacks in early January – a January 3 Molotov cocktail assault on Congregation K’hal Adath Jeshurun in Paramus and a January 11 attack on Congregation Beth El in Rutherford.

Authorities leveled additional charges against Graziano on Friday after finding several Molotov cocktails in the woods near the Jewish Community Center of Paramus and finding internet searches on Graziano’s computer on how to assemble the potentially lethal homemade bombs as well as searches on news coverage of the bombings. Empty spray paint cans and an abandoned bicycle were also found near the scene. Graziano also owns a firearm purchaser ID enabling him to buy a rifle or shotgun, according to a report by Fox News.

Graziano has pled not guilty to all charges. Prior to the discovery of the bombs outside the Paramus community center, Graziano faced up to 80 years in prison. Now, he faces 95.

This week, Graziano’s attorney will attempt to reduce his $5 million bail and have the trial venue moved because of high levels of media coverage.

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