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July 31, 2015 / 15 Av, 5775
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Rock-Throwing Arab Killed While Attacking IDF Commander, Soldier Hurt at Qalandia

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

An army commander shot and killed a Palestinian Authority Arab on Friday morning who had attacked the brigade commander’s vehicle.

The incident took place northeast of Jerusalem near the Arab village of Al-Ram, security sources said.

IDF Binyamin Region Division Col. Israel Shomer was driving to the Kalandiya checkpoint separating northern Jerusalem from Ramallah when his vehicle was attacked.

An Arab mob began hurling rocks at the vehicle. According to security sources, it appeared the attack on the commander’s vehicle was a planned ambush.

The terrorist was identified as Muhammad al-Qasba, 17.

“The commander reacted exactly as expected, given that the incident presented an immediate risk to life,” the security source pointed out.

No injuries were reported among IDF personnel. However, the commander’s vehicle was damaged. A photo shows the windshield is smashed, with a large hole directly in front of the driver’s side – making the lethal nature of the threat obvious.

The IDF deployed a large force to the area following the attack and “return fire” since it is clear there will be more riots to follow in the wake of the attacker’s death.

One IDF soldier has already been injured — albeit lightly — by a bottle hurled by a Palestinian Authority Arab while she was guarding the Qalandiya checkpoint Friday morning. The soldier was treated at the scene for the injury.

Terror groups and extremist imams in the mosques have been whipping local Arabs and Palestinian Authority citizens into a frenzy of hatred for the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. In particular they seize the opportunity to address their followers in sermons during and after public prayers on Fridays at the mosques.

In addition, the Da’esh (ISIS) terror organization has also exhorted Muslims worldwide to “rise up” during Ramadan and attack local authorities – police, military personnel, political figures – and other targets.

The “Sinai Province” terror group (formerly Ansar Bayt al Maqdis) ambushed Egyptian military personnel and police in more than 15 separate attacks Wednesday, killing dozens and wounding more. The Egyptian army retaliated and eliminated more than 100 of the terrorists in a two-day operation in the Sinai Peninsula. The mop up is continuing with cooperation from Israel, which has also gone to high alert along its southern border with Sinai.

Last week there were three different ISIS attacks on three separate continents that left more than a hundred dead and several hundred wounded, almost all of them civilians.

Jerusalem Arabs Attack Light Rail in Shuafat, Again

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Arabs hurled rocks at the Light Rail in two separate attacks Thursday night as the train passed through the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat.

None of the passengers were physically injured in either attack, although some were traumatized by the events.

In addition, at least one of the cars was taken out of service due to damage from the attack. The line has lost millions of shekels due to the necessity of having to repair the cars over and over again after they’ve been damaged by rock-throwing Arabs.

Jerusalem District Police are sweeping the area in a search for the attackers.

Last year the Israeli government approved an amendment to the penal code that stiffened the punishment for hurling rocks at motor vehicles.

The amendment allows judges to imprison a convicted attacker for up to 20 years for throwing rocks or other objects at a moving vehicle.

Such an act can and has been deadly in the past; it is generally intended by those who hurl the rocks to cause severe injury, if not the death of the drivers or their passengers.

Ministerial Committee Approves Tougher Stand on Stone Throwers

Monday, June 1st, 2015

The Knesset’s Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved a bill on Sunday (May 31) proposed by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked to increase the severity of the punishment for stone throwing. The bill, initially proposed by the previous justice minister, Tzipi Livni, will amend the existing law to cover cases in which the stone thrower’s intent to inflict casualties cannot be proven – as in cases of attacks on buses or police vehicles, when the aim may be “merely” to harass or draw attention. Shaked’s aim is to diminish the current disparity between the maximum punishment stipulated by law (20 years) and the relatively light sentences given in practice – a result of the difficulty in proving intent. The new bill will make it possible to convict stone throwers without proving their intent to injure; the penalty in these cases will be up to 10 years in prison.

Written by Ben Niran

Jerusalem Light Rail Damaged in Hail of Rocks at Shuafat Station

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

The Jerusalem Light Rail was damaged this morning (Wed. March 25) after it came under an attack by Arab terrorists hurling a hail of rocks.

The barrage began at around 8 am, as the train moved through the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, where the line services Arab commuters who work at jobs in the capital.

No passengers were physically hurt in the attack, although a number were traumatized, as often happens. Arab attackers have “doubled down” on the Light Rail as an easy target to go after and it is not yet clear which authority should be making the final decision about which steps to take for its protection.

Several of the cars were damaged, with windows having been damaged along with some other hey elements of the equipment. Thousands of shekels’ worth of damage was added to the millions of shekels’ worth that has already been caused by the intifada this past year alone.

Security forces were summoned to the area to search for the attackers, who remain at large thus far.

“This has become an ongoing nightmare,” one of the passengers told the Hebrew-language 0404 website. “It’s beyond me to see how we can stop it. But in Tel Aviv, this would not have happened.”

Arabs Attack Egged Bus in Jerusalem

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Passengers on an Egged bus traveling through eastern Jerusalem came under attack by rock-hurling Arabs Sunday morning.

One person was injured by a rock that was thrown in the attack, which took place of Sultan Suleiman Street. The windshield of the bus was smashed as well. Other passengers were traumatized by the event.

Police launched a search for the attackers.

Such attacks are intended to kill and sometimes have succeeded. In past years there have been several incidents in which rocks were hurled at the windshields of cars as they passed groups of attackers.

Sometimes the vehicles crashed, killing their occupants – and the incident was chalked up to an “accident” rather than the terrorist murder that it was. In other cases the vehicle stopped, with the driver unable to continue, due to the smashed windshield or because of injury; the terrorists then rushed at the car to finish off the hapless victims.

Israeli lawmakers recently passed a bill lengthening the prison sentence for those convicted of hurling stones at moving vehicles.

Egged Bus Attacked Traveling to Western Wall in Jerusalem

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

An Egged bus was attacked by Arab terrorists as it traveled Sunday morning on the road to the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Arabs hurled rocks at the Israeli public bus, smashing the windshield and several windows on the vehicle as it reached the Nablus Gate at the Old City entrance.

An IDF soldier was treated at the scene for light wounds to his hand from flying glass.

A dragnet was thrown around the area as Jerusalem District police opened a search to hunt down the attackers.

IDF Kills 1 Terrorist, Wounds Another in Samaria

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Israeli paratroopers shot and killed a Palestinian Authority Arab terrorist Saturday night after he hurled a deadly firebomb at an Israeli motorist traveling in Samaria.

After a brief manhunt the forces shot and captured the second terrorist who also had been targeting Israeli motorists on the same road; he suffered a leg wound. That attacker was hurling firebombs at passing vehicles as well.

The IDF force set out to hunt down the third terrorist as well, who also was attacking passing Israeli vehicles on the road, located near the Jewish community of Yitzhar.

The IDF emphasized to media in its statement that the soldiers were operating according to the rules of engagement.

“I want to bless the soldiers who responded appropriately to the terrorist this evening,” praised Samaria Regional Council head Gershon Mesika. “Unfortunately we already know the awful results that can occur from rocks and firebombs hurled in the name of terror. Still, we must strengthen the soldiers who deal day to day with the enemy and, as we have seen tonight, not hesitate to respond.

“It is crucial that every terrorist know that the moment he intends to throw a rock or a firebomb at an Israeli soldier or an Israeli citizens, his fate is in his own hands.”

Israeli vehicles that travel between the Jewish community of Kedumim and the PA Arab village of Burin are at extremely high risk because the road has become tantamount to a rock-throwing and firebomb field for Arab terrorists in the area.

Since a young girl was critically injured in a terror attack on the road more than a month ago, however, Israeli security forces are taking the matter more seriously and have begun to intensify their protection of motorists in the area. The child and her father were both burned – the little girl nearly died – when their car was struck by a firebomb hurled by Arab road terrorists.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/idf-kills-1-terrorist-wounds-another-on-samaria-road-near-yitzhar/2015/01/31/

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