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Israeli Parents Shot to Death in Palestinian Terror Attack

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Eitam Henkin, an officer in the elite Sayeret Matkal commando unit of the IDF, had no chance when a burst of gunfire slammed into his car from two different firearms on Thursday night. He and his wife Na’ama were killed within seconds before the horrified eyes of their four young children.

The lethal drive-by terror attack that killed the two Israeli parents took place shortly before 9 pm on the road between the Jewish communities of Itamar and Elon Moreh in Samaria, the IDF said.

At least two terrorists targeted the vehicle as the Henkins drove past the Arab village of Beit Furik. The couple, both in their thirties, lived with their children in the Jewish community of Neria, north of Ramallah, in Samaria.

Medics who arrived at the scene said they were forced to declare both the father and mother dead when they found no vital signs in either body. Both bore multiple gunshot wounds in the torso.

Military sources said bullets were found at the scene from two different firearms, a rifle and a handgun.

Their four children were rescued from the vehicle and taken to the Itamar Junction where they received initial treatment from Magen David Adom (MDA) medical personnel.

The 4-month-old baby, and four-year-old, seven-year-old and nine-year-old boys, were taken with light injuries to a nearby medical center for further treatment.

IDF Spokesman Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner said, “Gunshots fired at a civilian vehicle, slaughtered two parents in front of their children. The IDF is operating to pursue and locate those responsible for this ruthless, heinous barbaric attack.”

The route between the communities of Itamar and Elon Moreh was closed off for the time being, the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit added.

One of the first to arrive on the scene, MDA paramedic Boaz Malka said, “It was a very difficult scene. We saw a vehicle in the middle of the road, and a man in his thirties lying next to it with wounds in his upper torso. Inside the car sat a woman in her thirties, also with severe wounds to her upper torso. They were without any signs of life, and unfortunately we were forced to pronounce them dead on the spot.”

IDF soldiers fanned out across the area to search for the murderers.

The attack took place barely 24 hours after Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas announced from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly that his entity had renounced the internationally-recognized 1994 Oslo Accords.

Abbas declared the PA no longer considers itself obligated to meet its responsibilities under the agreement it signed with Israel at that time.

Education Minister and Bayit Yehudi party chairman Naftali Bennett issued a statement following the attack, saying the PA leader’s “call to arms was taken up tonight in Israel, and it is red with blood. A people whose leaders encourage murder will never have a state,” Bennett vowed, adding, “This must be made clear. Now the time of talking is done and the time for action has come.”

In the hour before the attack, Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stood before the UN General Assembly and slammed the incessant incitement and propaganda used by the Abbas government to whip up the Palestinian street.

Violent Palestinian Arab attacks on Israeli civilians and security personnel with a corresponding uptick in anti-Israel Palestinian Authority government incitement has escalated over the past several months, particularly over the past several weeks and especially since the start of the Jewish high holy days.

5 Arab MKs Travel to Jordan to Meet with King Abdullah II

Sunday, September 20th, 2015

Five Arab Knesset members from the Arab Joint List are traveling to Jordan today (Sunday Sept. 20) to meet with King Abdullah II, according to a report on Israel Radio.

MK Ahmed Tibi told the interviewer on the government-run radio network that he and his fellow lawmakers will discuss “the change in the status quo at the Al Aqsa mosque” on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Palestinian Arabs have continued organized disturbances at the site for more than a week, forcing Israel Police to personally escort every single Jewish visitor to the site in order to ensure their physical protection. As a result, a number of police officers were injured in the line of duty.

It is likely the meeting between the Hashemite king and the Israeli Arab lawmakers will focus on the escalating Arab violence and the tensions at the site, which is under the legal custodianship of Jordan, and has been since the signing of the peace treaty with Israel in 1994.

Israel’s Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has stated repeatedly this week, publicly and in discussions with world leaders, that his government has no intention of changing the status quo on the Temple Mount.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Jordan, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United States have all weighed in on the importance of bringing the violence under control at the site, although most of the parties appear to be blaming the Israeli government for the attacks on Jewish visitors by Palestinian Arab rioters.

The five Mks are expected to travel to the Turkish capital for talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan following their meeting with King Abdullah II in Amman.

Peter Beinart’s Cocoon

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

In the New York Review of Books, Peter Beinart is upset that the organized American Jewish community doesn’t invite Palestinian Arabs to speak at their events. He believes that American Jews don’t give enough empathy to Palestinian Arabs.

For the most part, Palestinians do not speak in American synagogues or write in the Jewish press. The organization Birthright, which since 1999 has taken almost 350,000 young Diaspora Jews—mostly Americans—to visit Israel, does not venture to Palestinian towns and cities in the West Bank. Of the more than two hundred advertised speakers at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s (AIPAC) 2013 Policy Conference, two were Palestinians. By American Jewish standards, that’s high. The American Jewish Committee’s Global Forum earlier this year, which advertised sixty-four speakers, did not include a single Palestinian.

…Guidelines like Hillel’s—which codify the de facto restrictions that exist in many establishment American Jewish groups—make the organized American Jewish community a closed intellectual space, isolated from the experiences and perspectives of roughly half the people under Israeli control. And the result is that American Jewish leaders, even those who harbor no animosity toward Palestinians, know little about the reality of their lives.

Beinart grudgingly admits:

This lack of familiarity with Palestinian life also inclines many in the organized American Jewish world to assume that Palestinian anger toward Israel must be a product solely of Palestinian pathology. Rare is the American Jewish discussion of Israel that does not include some reference to the textbooks and television programs that “teach Palestinians to hate.” These charges have some merit. Palestinian schools and media do traffic in anti-Semitism and promote violence.


Still, what’s often glaringly absent from the American Jewish discussion of Palestinian hatred is any recognition that some of it might stem not from what Palestinians read or hear about the Jewish state, but from the way they interact with it in their daily lives.

Beinart is at least as guilty of willful blindness as the American Jewish establishment he is insulting. His “Open Zion” site all but ignores the Palestinian Arab hate and antisemitism, just as he attempts to minimize it and contextualize it here as a natural result of things Israelis did. He says that most terror attacks are the result of anger at Israeli actions from the first intifada, without mentioning who started the first intifada. No doubt Israel’s initial reaction was more severe than would be acceptable today, but at the time Palestinian Arabs from the West Bank and Gaza would travel freely to pre-1967 Israel and Israelis would visit freely to Arab areas, without fear.

The restrictions that Beinart is so upset about today came because of Palestinian Arab terror, not the other way around.

Moreover, while Beinart talks about checkpoints that exist today, what does he think would happen if a two-state solution that he so passionately supports would occur? They wouldn’t be checkpoints – there would be national borders. Try commuting to another country every day, let alone an enemy country, and see how painless it is.

American Jewish leaders have access to The New York Times, the BBC, the Guardian and, yes, Open Zion. Jewish Americans read Thomas Friedman and Roger Cohen. The idea that they somehow live in a pro-Likud bubble is ridiculous. They know far more about Palestinian Arab claims and grievances than readers of Open Zion know about the day to day incitement against Israel and Jews in Palestinian Arab lives – not just “textbooks and television programs” but virtually every newspaper, every school, every media.

This is the stuff I expose along with MEMRI, Palestinian Media Watch and others.

Beinart would like to pretend that we cherry pick the worst examples. To an extent that is true. That’s how the media works – to show the worst in order to illuminate the facts – something Beinart is doing in this very essay.

However, as someone who reads quite a bit of Arabic media daily, I can assure Beinart and my readers that the hate isn’t an anomaly, while people like Salam Fayyad are the silent majority. No – within the “cocoon” of Palestinian Arab life, there is zero tolerance for any viewpoint that is the least bit conciliatory to real coexistence and peace. The hate is pervasive, not anomalous. Anyone who would speak to an American Jewish organization would, by that very fact, lose all legitimacy from their own people.

Rocket Attacks 8-9 a.m.

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

From personal messages received from family and friends, and from scanning the online sources – just in the past fifty minutes:

* Ashdod: Four separate rocket attacks in past twenty minutes [8:45am]] * Eshkol region: Damage to property is reported [8:40am] * Ashdod: Incoming Palestinian Arab missile warning [8:35am] Kiryat Malachi: Palestinian Arab rocket hits a residential neighbourhood, perhaps a school, perhaps other targets as well. Ynet says five injured,three of them severely [8:35am]. TOI is reporting that a four-storey building was demolished in the attack and people remain trapped inside the shattered structure. More details when we have them, but it sounds like a seriously bad outcome * Ashkelon: Two incoming Palestinian Arab rockets from Gaza intercepted in mid-air [8:30am] * Ofakim: School building is hit by incoming Gazan rocket during the night; no injuries [8:30am] * Ashdod: A residence is hit by a Palestinian Arab rocket; no injuries [8:25 am] * Gan Yavne: Volley of six rockets is fired at this residential neighbourhood [8:24 am] * Eshkol region – four more incoming rockets in one volley [8:15am] * Be’er Sheba: yet another incoming rocket, probably GRAD. No injuries. [8:15am] * Shafir region, near Kiryat Malachi: Rocket explodes in open area; no one hurt [8:05am] And on the Gazan side? We don’t know much beyond what the Hamas spinners want us to know. Since that’s notoriously unreliable, we can say what we know from Israeli sources, including Times of Israel. * More than a hundred separate sorties were carried out against terrorist targets in Gaza by IDF planes and other resources overnight. These included five rocket launching squads.

* This morning (time not certain), a Palestinian Arab motorcycle was spotted by the appropriate Israeli authorities in Gaza and identified as carrying a rocket. The rocket men, three of them, were permanently removed from the scene.

* The IDF via its air force has been distributing Arabic-language leaflets over Gaza this morning warning residents to keep far away from terrorist bases and weapons depots (the locals know exactly where they are). The message which is echoed by ordinary Israelis is that Palestinian Arab civilians, even those who hate us, are not the targets of the Israeli actions.

Times of Israel is reporting that very few Gazan Palestinian Arab Moslems heeded the call for dawn prayers today; the few vehicles seen on the roads were ambulances and media cars.

Visit This Ongoing War.

When Palestinians Blow Themselves Up, Before Reaching Israel

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Here’s a small and modest experiment.

Since we believe Palestinian Arab casualties that result from Palestinian Arab mis-handling or misfiring of Palestinian Arab explosives, guns, rockets, mortars and the like almost never get reported in the mainstream news media, we will be watching to see how much coverage this incident below gets. It appears at this moment on a Bethlehem-based (and somewhat Hamas-hostile) Palestinian news site.

Shooting themselves and their families, friends and neighbors is an everyday event in the catastrophic societies (both Gaza and Judea/Samaria) occupied and created by the Palestinian Arabs. But the news channels wake up only when there’s an Israeli party to blame.

Man wounded in Gaza explosion  (updated) 08/11/2012 10:35 GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Palestinian man was wounded on Thursday morning when a home-made bomb exploded in central Gaza, a medical official said. Ashraf al-Qidra, Gaza ministry of health spokesman, said that a 23-year-old was moderately wounded in al-Maghazi refugee camp. He was transferred to al-Aqsa hospital in Deir al-Balah.

We don’t know but It’s possible this 23-year-old Gazan’s injuries are related to one of two incidents, both evidently self-inflicted, reported at this hour on the GANSO site:


* 11/08/2012 – 07:50: MU, 08 NOV: Overnight, 1 HMR fired from E of Rafah toward the Green Line. No injuries reported.

* 11/08/2012 – 10:45: 08 NOV, 1010hrs: An explosive device went off E of Al Bureij, MA. 1 Pal. injury reported.

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Accidental Explosion in Gaza Car Terminates One Terrorist Career Prematurely, Puts Two More on Hold

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012


The English-language Palestinian news service Maan is reporting that a car exploded in Gaza City’s Tal al-Hawa neighborhood before dawn on Wednesday. Here are the details it provides:

Ashraf al-Qidra, spokesman of the ministry of health in the Hamas-run government in Gaza, said 22-year-old Ayman al-Sharafa sustained deadly wounds in the incident and was pronounced dead later. Two other men sustained injuries, he confirmed. The cause of the blast was not immediately clear.

The cause of the blast may not be immediately clear in Bethlehem and is likely to remain unclear based on past performance. But it is evidently somewhat clearer in Gaza. There the Arabic-language daily Al-Quds is now saying [“Report: Man killed in Gaza was Hamas operative“] that the “military wing” (their term) of the terrorist organization (not their term) Hamas is mourning what it calls

the death of one of its elements in an internal explosion in Gaza City. Explained in a statement, that the martyr is Ayman al-Yahya Shurafa from the Sabra neighborhood in Gaza City [who] died at dawn today in explosion on a car by mistake during training. Reported our correspondent in Gaza, that the citizen was killed and two others wounded when a mysterious occurred in a jeep in Gaza City… The blast took place near a mosque… south of Gaza City… The blast was caused by the explosion of an explosive device… inside the “pocket”… All of the inside are members of the Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the movement Hamas.

Terrorists inside cars, frequently young men with explosives stuffed into their clothing, are a fixture in streets controlled by Hamas and other like-minded terrorist groups. There’s an understandable reticence on the part of the Palestinian Arab terror organizations to own up to the way they place their own communities and neighbours at mortal risk, using them in effect as human shields. When, as happens often, the young men explode and go to their 72 virgins, their media conceal this by referring to “mysterious explosions” as Maan does today. For its part, the Israeli media term these events “work accidents” without much sympathy.

So it’s a little refreshing when the terrorist thugs come right out and call it what it is, as Al-Quds is doing – though in Arabic only.

When Terrorism Becomes Convenient

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

It hadn’t been a full week since a Palestinian Arab went on a bulldozer rampage in the streets of Jerusalem before Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and his cronies used the terror attack to their political advantage.
“Whoever thinks it’s possible to live with 270,000 Arabs in Jerusalem must take into account that there will be more bulldozers, more tractors, and more cars carrying out attacks,” Olmert said, referring to two incidents in which Palestinian residents of east Jerusalem deliberately plowed bulldozers into pedestrians, buses and passenger vehicles, leaving three dead in the case of the first attack.
Olmert’s obvious implication is that there are too many Arabs in east Jerusalem, that their neighborhoods are increasingly fundamentalist and ungovernable, and that Israel must therefore separate itself from part of Judaism’s holiest city.
To drive the point home, Vice Premier Chaim Ramon, a top Olmert deputy, spelled it out to the Knesset: “The main question is, does the government want Jebl Mukaber or Sur Bahir as part of Israel or not.”
Ramon was referring to the Jerusalem neighborhoods that were home to recent perpetuators of terror attacks in Jewish sections of Jerusalem, including the terrorist who gunned down seminary students at the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva in March, killing eight young Torah scholars in cold blood.
But Olmert and other Israeli leaders, and even U.S. Jewish groups, are responsible for the current situation. They allowed Arabs to illegally construct tens of thousands of housing complexes in Jerusalem, in many cases on land purchased by Jews for the express purpose of Jewish construction; turned a blind eye to illegal Arab settlement; and let Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem become lawless Islamist zones.
Several former municipal workers told me that during his 10 years as mayor of Jerusalem, Olmert instructed city workers not to take action against illegal Arab building projects throughout eastern sections of Jerusalem, explaining that the area would one day be handed over to the Palestinians anyway.
The workers charge that Olmert even instructed city officials to delete files documenting illegal Arab construction of housing units in eastern Jerusalem. Those units currently house an estimated 100,000 Arabs, say the workers.
Aryeh King, chairman of the Jerusalem Forum, which promotes Jewish construction in Jerusalem, released an investigation by his group that found Olmert’s city hall deleted files documenting hundreds of illegal Arab building projects in Jerusalem. King said he forwarded his findings to Israel’s state comptroller for investigation.
King also said Olmert told senior municipal workers not to enforce a ban on illegal Arab buildings.
In a statement responding to the allegations, the Jerusalem municipality claimed the threat of Arab violence kept it from bulldozing the illegal Arab homes.
“During the years of the intifada, the municipality had difficulty carrying out the necessary level of enforcement in the neighborhoods of eastern Jerusalem due to security constraints,” the statement read.
In his statements to the Knesset, Vice Premier Ramon said that areas of east Jerusalem, including a large, now mostly Arab neighborhood called Shoafat, are as dangerous to drive through as Jenin, a terror-ridden city in the northern West Bank.
It turns out the Jewish National Fund, the U.S.-based nonprofit that purchases land in Israel for the stated purpose of Jewish settlement, owns much of the neighborhood in which tens of thousands of Arabs illegally reside. A WorldNetDaily investigation last year found that Shoafat was purchased legally on behalf of JNF with Jewish donations in the early 1900s. Those areas are now mostly Arab.
Much of the illegal Arab construction in Shoafat took place over the past 15 years, with some apartment complexes built as recently as 2004.
So both Olmert’s mayoral office and the JNF watched as eastern Jerusalem became largely Palestinian Arab.
Making a bad situation worse, the Israeli government did little to enforce law and order in east Jerusalem neighborhoods. Israeli police officers rarely operate in those zones. Incredibly, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah organization runs community patrols in some east Jerusalem areas.
Now, apparently, a terrorist infrastructure in Jerusalem is launching attacks in the city’s Jewish neighborhoods, creating a general feeling that an ungovernable east Jerusalem must be separated from the rest of the capital and handed over to the PA.
The timing of these recent attacks is quite convenient for Olmert and Abbas, both of whom are committed to the idea of a future Palestinian state controlling most of the West Bank and the eastern portion of Jerusalem.
But with Olmert a lame duck and Abbas virtually powerless, their shared dream is far from being a fait accompli. Israeli forces can go into troubled east Jerusalem hotspots and wipe out the terrorist infrastructure there if they so desire. Israel can allow Jews to build communities in the east Jerusalem neighborhoods that were purchased for that very purpose. Jerusalem need not be divided.
Handing over areas of Jerusalem to the PA will impede Israel’s anti-terror capabilities and result in east Jerusalem becoming an Iranian-backed terrorist entity at war with the Jews. It will lead to more terror attacks, likely including rockets fired into Jewish Jerusalem homes. Christians remaining in east Jerusalem will be persecuted, as they always are in territory handed to the Palestinians. Freedom of worship at Jerusalem’s many important holy sites will be blocked for non-Muslims.
But it’s clear the Olmert government is intent on allowing east Jerusalem to go the way of the terrorists. More terror attacks inevitably will be carried out by Jerusalem Arabs and Olmert along with those who share his thinking) likely will continue using those attacks to gain support for forfeiting neighborhoods to the PA.

When the day comes that Jerusalem is divided, the holy city split and at war, we will have only the morally bankrupt government of Israel to thank for it.



       Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily and a regular contributor to The Jewish Press where his Quick Takes column appears weekly on page 2. 

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