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Posts Tagged ‘Rachel’s Tomb’

Palestinian Authority Terrorists Escalate Attacks Around Jerusalem

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Palestinian Authority terrorists attacked Israelis in multiple areas around the holy city of Jerusalem and at the holy resting place of the Biblical matriarch Rachel, just one day after the holiest day on the Christian calendar and the start of Chanukah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights.

On Monday afternoon, Arab terrorists attacked the Tomb of Rachel itself, aiming for the security forces who protect the tomb and those who come to pray at the site.

The tomb of the matriarch is located just south of Jerusalem, and slightly north of Bethlehem.

The attackers hurled an improvised explosive device (IED) at security forces guarding the tomb. No physical injuries were reported.

In three other separate attacks, Arab terrorists also hurled rocks at Israeli security forces Monday in a number of outlying neighborhoods around the capital city of Jerusalem.

Israeli forces came under attack in Shuafat, in Betunia and in Issawiya, according to security sources.

No injuries were reported by midday, and Israeli forces were using standard riot dispersal methods to deal with the attacks.

Hana Levi Julian

Pipe Bomb Attack Near Rachel’s Tomb

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Arab terrorists attacked an Israeli driver near Rachel’s Tomb, located between Bethlehem and the southern outskirts of Jerusalem, on Tuesday night.

A pipe bomb was hurled at the car, shattering the back windshield of the vehicle. Miraculously, the bomb didn’t explode.

The driver of the car was not physically injured. However, she suffered severe trauma from the attack.

Hana Levi Julian

21 Suspects Arrested for Attacks at Rachel’s Tomb

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Over the past two months, Israeli security forces have arrested 21 Palestinian Authority Arabs for violent attacks against civilians and security personnel at Rachel’s Tomb, the resting place of the Biblical matriarch Rachel.

Among the suspects taken into custody were 16 minors; five adults were among those arrested.

The sacred site, located between Bethlehem and Jerusalem, is protected by the IDF and fortified by concrete barriers to prevent terrorist attacks.

The suspects are accused of rioting, hurling stones and carrying out attacks with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), Israel Police said.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Soldier Wounded at Rachel’s Tomb

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

An IDF soldier was wounded late Wednesday afternoon near the Tomb of the Biblical Matriarch Rachel, while operating in the Aida neighborhood of Bethlehem, just south of Jerusalem.

The soldier sustained shrapnel wounds to the face when his unit was attacked by Arab terrorists who fired metal ball bearings at the troops.

One of the metal balls hit the eyeglasses worn by the soldier. Shards from his shattered glasses pierced his eyes.

The soldier was treated at the scene and then evacuated to Jerusalem’s Sha’are Zedek Medical Center for further care.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Teens Arrested in Bethlehem for Terror Activity

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Israeli security forces have arrested a cell of Palestinian Authority teenagers suspected of attacking Jewish worshipers and security forces at Rachel’s Tomb, in northern Bethlehem, police announced Thursday morning.

The seven suspects, all residents of Aida refugee camp located adjacent to the site, are suspected of throwing rocks and improvised pipe bombs towards the prayer site on several occasions in recent months. Police say the suspects, all aged 16 and 17, produced the explosives, planned and carried out the terror attacks by themselves. The pipe bombs were thrown from an area under full Palestinian Authority control (‘Area A’).

While the attacks caused no casualties, they caused extensive damage to the site and endangered worshipers. The compound is commonly believed to be the burial place of the Biblical matriarch Rachel.

Police and Border Police forces arrested all seven cell members during the past week. The last three arrests took place on Wednesday night. Police claimed that the suspects admitted to participating in many attacks on Israelis at Rachel’s Tomb.

The investigation also revealed that the cell members had learned how to assemble the explosives from the internet. They purchased the materials themselves, assembled the pipe bombs and would then gather together near Rachel’s Tomb mainly on Friday afternoons. After hurling the explosives and throwing rocks they would return to their village.

The suspects’ remand has been extended at a military court, and three were arraigned on Wednesday. Police said the investigation is ongoing, and that more arrests are expected.

In a related story, IDF forces discovered and seized two pipe bombs overnight in Nur Shams, an Arab village near Tulkarem in Samaria. In the village of Qarawat Bani Hassan, troops discovered and confiscated weapon parts found inside a house.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Stone-Throwing Terrorists Attack Rachel’s Tomb

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

A gang of some 15 Arab terrorists hurled stones Thursday afternoon at worshipers who were entering and leaving the Tomb of Rachel, on the outskirts of Bethlehem, a few minutes south of Jerusalem.

The sacred grave site of the Biblical matriarch is frequented by Jewish women in particular, who appeal to the soul of their Jewish ancestor for intervention with God on their behalf.

Israeli security forces used riot dispersal methods in order to bring the violence to a rapid conclusion. No injuries were reported and all personnel reported safely to base.

Hana Levi Julian

DM Liberman Approves New Children’s Hospital for Bethlehem

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has approved the construction of a new children’s hospital for the Arab community in the Palestinian Authority-controlled city of Bethlehem, according to a report published by Haaretz.

Under the plan, the new medical center would be built near Beit Sahour in the northwestern section of Gush Etzion in Area C — an area under the complete legal and security control of the State of Israel. It would be built with funds donated by international organizations, including groups in the United States.

Although Liberman was quoted by Haaretz as saying the move is part of a plan to fight terrorism he revealed in August, it will still require the approval of the Civil Administration and will have to go through the regular planning process steps undertaken by all other building projects.

Israel has been forced to create a massive security infrastructure to keep visiting worshipers safe at the Tomb of the Biblical Matriarch Rachel, located at the entrance to Bethlehem, on the outskirts of Jerusalem, including the establishment of a military outpost at the site.

The checkpoint established there is staffed on either side by Israeli security personnel and by Palestinian Authority special police as well. Israelis are not allowed to enter Bethlehem.

Hana Levi Julian

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/dm-liberman-approves-new-childrens-hospital-for-bethlehem/2016/09/02/

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