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September 30, 2016 / 27 Elul, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Nahal Brigade’

IDF Rescues Dozens of Breslov Hassidim from Arab Mob at Joseph’s Tomb

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

The IDF on Monday night was sent to rescue a group of about 60 Breslov Hassidim from an Arab mob that was pelting them with stones outside Jospeph’s tomb, Walla reported. The Hassidim entered the tomb compound on a Bus with PA plates, without pre-arranging the visit with the IDF and without security guards. As soon as the bus entered the city of Shechem it was hit with a barrage of stones and the driver eventually escaped, deserting the Haredi Jews on the bus. Soldiers from the Granite Battalion of the Nahal Brigade stormed the area and chased away the attackers. Medical teams treated two Hassidim who had been injured by stones. One of the injured, age 17, was evacuated to hospital in Petach Tikvah.

This is not the first time Hassidim go on their own to pray at Joseph’s tomb without coordinating the visit with the IDF. Protocol calls for assembling a large force to secure the Jews at the tomb, which is located in Shechem, one of the most volatile Arab cities in Judea and Samaria.

More than 30 Hassidim were detained by the soldiers until police arrived to investigate. A few Hassidim tried to escape in the direction of Har Brakha, an Israeli community on the southern ridge of Mount Gerizim, but were captured and handed over to police.

The IDF Spokesperson said in a statement: “The IDF stresses that the entry of Israeli citizens into Area A is dangerous and constitutes a violation of the law.”

Israel Police said in a statement: “We consider tonight’s event very seriously. Uncoordinated visits without security are dangerous to the visitors as well as to the security forces who are sent to rescue them.”

David Israel

IDF Expands Operations Against Hamas in Judea and Samaria

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

In response to last week’s kidnappings and constant terrorism in Judea and Samaria, the IDF intensified its efforts to weaken Hamas.

IDF soldiers conducted a special operation Monday night in the city of Nablus, arresting dozens of terrorist suspects and uncovering hundreds of weapons in the area. The mission emphasized a key objective of the IDF operation: to weaken Hamas’ terrorist infrastructure inside Judea and Samaria. The operation involved hundreds of forces from the Nahal Brigade, who uncovered guns, explosive devices, grenades and ammunition throughout the city. Soldiers arrested 41 terrorist suspects, bringing to 191 the number detained since the operation began. The IDF is determined to reduce constant acts of terrorism in the region, many of which involve Hamas. graph eng

Even as Israeli security measures prevent Hamas violence, the organization’s members plan attacks as part of terror cells. For example, a Hamas-run cell from the region carried out the bombing of a Tel Aviv bus in November 2012, wounding 26 innocent civilians in the attack. Each year, the Israel Security Agency (ISA or Shin Ben Security Service) exposes several of these cells and arrests their members.

On a regular basis, terrorists attempt to break through security fences and attack Israeli civilians in Judea and Samaria. In October 2013, a terrorist infiltrated an Israeli community and attacked a 9-year-old girl who ultimately survived her injuries. Two years earlier, Palestinian terrorists broke into a home in Ariel and brutally stabbed five members of the Fogel family as they lay sleeping.

IDF soldiers are often the targets of attacks in the region. In September of last year, a Palestinian terrorist kidnapped Sgt. Tomer Hazan and murdered him in Judea and Samaria. Last November, a terrorist from the area stabbed Pvt. Eden Atias, a 19-year-old IDF soldier, while he slept on a bus.

Weapons in the hands of terrorists

Each month, IDF forces in the region report discoveries of weapons caches like the ones found Monday night. The soldiers perform frequent searches of Palestinian homes, where they uncover weapons inside of walls and in other hiding places. Just a few weeks ago, Israeli security forces caught a Palestinian man with 12 pipe bombs strapped to his body as he approached troops at Tapuah Junction.

Firebombs

Terror attacks are especially common inside of Judea and Samaria. Every month, Palestinians hurl dozens of firebombs at civilians and passing cars. The attacks instil fear in the region’s residents and risk lives on a daily basis. Just last month, forces reported nearly 100 firebomb incidents throughout the region. firebombs -eng

Rocks can kill

Other violence comes in the form of rock throwing, a terror act that threatens to injure and kill civilians. In 2013, the IDF recorded more than 2,400 rock throwing incidents in Judea and Samaria. Thirty percent of these attacks were directed at civilian vehicles, and the incidents injured 116 people in total. Rocks may appear harmless, but they threaten lives.

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Explosives

Terrorists use sophisticated explosives to harm as many innocent people as possible. Explosive devices were especially common during the Second Intifada, when they killed hundreds of Israelis in attacks on buses and in other public places. Earlier this year, four IDF soldiers were injured when an explosive device detonated under their patrol jeep. EXPLOSIVE -eng

Shootings

Though not as common as other kinds of terror, shootings repeatedly occur in Judea and Samaria. In September 2013 Palestinian sniper fire killed Sgt. Gabriel Koby, age 20, as he performed routine guard duty in the city of Hebron. SHOOTINGS -ENG

IDF Spokesperson's Office

IDF Denies ‘Nahlawi’ Soldier Punished for Aiming Gun at Arab Youths

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

The IDF issued an official denial Thursday that “David the Nahlawi” (David  the Nachal) soldier was punished for being seen in a video cocking his gun and aiming it at Arab youths in Hevron.

According to the statement by the Israeli army, the Nahal soldier was punished for “acting in a violent manner towards his commanders.”

The Arutz Sheva website quoted Chief IDF Rabbi Avichai Ronsky, who said that David’s commander had confirmed the IDF Spokesperson’s version of the story. “He told the rabbi that David had attacked two of his commanders and had been court-martialled and punished for that offense, not for what the video showed,” Arutz Sheva reported. “The commander said that he and his fellow soldiers expressed full support for him.”

The video referenced in the army statement shows at least three Arab teens threatening the soldier, a member of the IDF Nahal Unit. He was facing the gang alone at the time of the incident, and first warned one of the teens to stop provoking him after the youth had pushed him.

However, the Arab teen continued to behave in a threatening manner – whereupon the soldier cocked his weapon and pointed at him. A second teen simultaneously leaped at him from behind, wearing on his hand what appears on the footage to be a set of brass knuckles. The soldier then kicked the first youth away from him and swung around to confront the new threat.

Not seen in the footage, labeled with a watermark “Youth Against Settlements” and posted online April 29 by the Arab provocateurs themselves, are the provocations that preceded the scene. The soldier warned the cameraman in a longer version to stop videotaping the incident, and he called for backup.

The incident has ignited the largest ever protest seen against the IDF, with thousands of soldiers from all units expressing their support for David. A Facebook page in support of the soldier had collected more than 97,000 “Likes” by midday Thursday local time.

Hana Levi Julian

American Oleh Improving after Collapse during IDF Training

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

An immigrant to Israel who collapsed during army training and was placed on life support spoke and started breathing on his own.

Matthew Klein, 20, formerly of Los Angeles, opened his eyes in a Tel Aviv hospital on Monday and spoke for the first time in more than a week Yediot Achronot reported. His friends and army buddies were at his bedside.

Klein had collapsed Aug. 18 while on a training run with his Nahal Brigade unit.

The Israeli military determined that despite the heat and humidity, the run was within the protocol for health and safety guidelines for training in hot weather.

Klein’s mother arrived in Israel the day after his collapse.

Klein made aliyah more than a year ago after participating in a gap-year Young Judea Israel Program, the Los Angeles Jewish Journal reported. He is a graduate of the Shalhevet high school in Los Angeles.

JTA

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