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Arabs Wound Child in Rock Attacks on Old City Buses

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Arabs hurled rocks at Israel buses in the Old City of Jerusalem twice in several hours Thursday and injured 10 people, one day after one or two possible terrorist attacks that sent two men to the hospital with serious wounds from separate stabbing attacks.

The second rock attack on a bus at the Shechem Gate, also known as the Damascus Gate, sent a 14-year-old boy to the hospital with serious wounds. A previous barrage of rocks on three Egged buses took place nearby and caused injuries to several people.

Police have not stated if Wednesday’s knife attacks were carried out by terrorists. One of the victims told a medic that his attacker was an Arab who attacked out of nationalist motives.

The police spokesman was not available for comment Thursday.

 

Ombudsman Bares the Facts in ‘Wild West Bank’

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

The State Comptroller, Israel’s version of an ombudsman, issued a critical report Wednesday exposing wholesale lawlessness in Judea and Samaria, known in most media as the West Bank but which in fact are the “Wild West” Bank in some areas.

State Comptroller Shapira wrote that “everyone does as he sees fit” in Judea and Samaria. He cited Jews as well as Arabs for building and taxpaying violations, but most of his accusations towards Jews stem from lack of manpower to collect property taxes.

The Comptroller said the lack of investigations is costing the government millions of dollars. Some of that money is being kept in the pockets of Jews, but a vast majority of it is in the satchels of Arab residents in the area.

The southern Hevron Hills, where I live, easily wins as the most lawless area in Judea and Samaria. As for illegal building, Shapira’s report was couched in words that were politically correct. He stated that both Jews and Arabs violate building laws, but he wrote elsewhere in the report that with the exception of approximately five percent of Arabs in Judea Samaria, none of them pay fees for property and leases on buildings.

The report’s claim that Jews build illegally prompted Peace Now to demand to threaten a petition to the Supreme Court to order enforcement of regulations.

Peace Now should be careful what it wishes, because it might get what it wants – in the face.

The fact is that building inspectors usually pounce on Jews for building even a porch without a permit. The Comptroller’s charges against Jews in Judea and Samaria are probably true when it comes to outposts. There is no doubt that Jews build there faster than authorities can move. However, when the Defense Ministry wants to, it has no problem ordering the Border Police to bring in bulldozers in the middle of the night, pulling young women and babies out of their beds, and plowing over their houses.

Adding insult to injury, authorities invite Arabs to move in and pick up the property. That policy has been a lot less frequent since Ehud Barak did Israel a big favor and quit politics – again.

Enforcement of building regulations in Judea and Samaria is near zero when it comes to Arabs. A case point is Highway 60, the only road that connects Arad, to the south, with the southern Hevron Hills, Kiryat Arba, Gush Etzion and Jerusalem.

The European Union – the same body that has announced it will not be involved with any financial dealings with Israelis in Judea and Samaria, the Golan Heights and what was once Jordanian-occupied Jerusalem – has poured tens of millions of dollars into the southern Hevron Hills, paying Arabs to move in and donating everything from schools to wind turbines.

Illegal building is rampant and violates all building codes. Dozens of homes and stores now border Highway 60, without the legal distance to keep the buildings from literally siting on the highway’s shoulders.

As for lack of manpower, the police have no problem conducting criminal investigations against Jews within 24 hours after an Arab files a complaint.

When a Jew files a complaint against an Arab, it is – without exaggeration – almost always ignored. If the police every get around to investigating, they often end up according the Jew. The reason for the lack of enforcement against Arabs is not a lack of manpower. It is from a lack of will and an unstated police policy of “malign neglect” when it comes to Jews outside of the main population centers in Judea and Samaria. It was the same government attitude towards Jews in Gush Katif that contributed to the lack of security against Arab terrorists and created a sentiment that the country would be better off without Jews living in Gaza.

No one at the time listened to warnings that Israel also would be worse off with missile attacks on Ashkelon, Rehovot, and Tel Aviv.

The Comptroller also cited lawlessness on the highways in Judea and Samaria.

Traffic safety is a deadly joke.

Occasionally, when the police want to punish Jews for “price tag” attacks, they set up roadblocks and give out tickets for worn tires or broken windshield wipers.

Arabs are rarely stopped, at least not in the southern Hevron Hills. Massive complaints by area residents recently brought out the police for a brief traffic check, but when police give out tickets to Arabs, that usually is the end of it. The Arab drivers do not need Israeli licenses, so they don’t pay fines. They often drive without licenses and with unlicensed cars.

The southern Hevron hills is categorically  the most dangerous place  in the country for motorists. Arab drivers routinely drive on the hilly and curvy two-lane road as if it were the Jersey Turnpike.

They not only pass on a curve, they also often pass another Arab vehicle that is passing on a curve, using the left shoulder to maneuver and assuming that any car coming in the opposite direction is going to play dodge’em.

The most dangerous element in driving on Highway 60  is not Arab terrorists trying to cause a fatal crash by throwing rocks,. It is Arab drivers hell-bent on committing suicide so long as he can kill a few Jews at the same. It is not intentional. They simply don’t care.

That is their lifestyle in the southern Hevron Hills, which was barren of Jews and Arabs until Jews started to move in in 1986, for the first time in 1,500 years. Then the Arabs, sponsored by international leftists, all of a sudden laid claims to land that is not found on any land registry.

They have taken over most of what used to be government land, and as the Comptroller’s report indicates, they have established de facto anarchy in the area, with government help of turning a blind eye.

Judea and Samaria Children Salute IDF for Safer Lives

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

Jews in Samaria marched to an IDF base on Friday with flowers, balloons and gifts for soldiers as an expression of gratitude for their reducing the dangers on the roads, where Arab terrorists have been endangering the lives of Jewish motorists with hundreds of firebomb and rock-throwing attacks.

Jewish residents trying to carry out the smallest and mundane tasks, such as running the minutest errands, have become a dangerous incursion into terror-ridden territory.

Following protests, which included a march on an Arab village that is home to Arab attackers, the IDF stepped up its efforts to combat the phenomena. The result has been a decrease in the attacks against the civilians living in Judea and Samaria and a more stable sense of security.

The IDF has engaged in hundreds of arrests, raids, and stakeouts, and it has added patrols and more forces.

The residents of Judea and Samaria held a special rally, marching from Talmon to the nearby IDF base. Hundreds of residents, entire families marched, bearing backed goods, flowers, drawings prepared by children and other such gifts for the soldiers stationed there. When they got to the base they hung balloons of the parameter fence.

Ravid Sharon, one of the organizers, told Tazpit News Agency, “The IDF has been operating overtly and covertly, and has achieved real results. We can all sense the improved state of security. We are all thankful for the peace and quiet which has returned to the region, and we felt an obligation and a prerogative to thank those who have worked to restore the peace.”

Emily Amrusi, a resident of Talmon who participated in the rally, further added: “When we sleep peacefully at night there is someone awake. Gratitude is a value which is important for ourselves and our children. When the security situation deteriorated we knew to protest. Now that things have improved we are obligated to express our gratitude.”

A personal thank-you letter was also presented to the Benyamin Division Commander, Colonel Yossi Pinto.

Perhaps the expression of gratitude will have some long-lasting effect on the military. In the past, every reduction in rock-throwing attacks has been followed, sooner or later, by an even worse barrage.

Just as a reminder that the Arab terrorists still are around, they threw a firebomb at a checkpoint near Jenin, in central Samaria, Saturday night. No one was injured.

Palestinian Authority Army Cadet Killed in Clash with IDF

Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

A 19-year-old Palestinian Authority army cadet was killed on Monday during a riot southwest of Hevron, where the IDF was patrolling the village of Dura, a hotbed of Hamas terrorists.

Arabs threw rocks at the army vehicles, and the cadet, Muataz Idris Shrawana, was killed either by army gunfire or was run over by a vehicle when he tried to climb on an IDF jeep.

He was training at the American-funded  Palestinian Authority Military Academy in Jericho, and his intentions as a PA soldier were apparent by his participating in the riot.

 

Rock-Throwing Terrorists Injure ‘Latma’ Star

Monday, July 1st, 2013

On Sunday night, rock-throwing terrorists in the Shomron smashed the window of a family car with grapefruit sized rocks, injuring one of the passengers.

Ronit Avrahamof Shapira, one of two “newscasters” in Caroline Glick’s satirical YouTube production “Latma,” wrote on her Facebook page that her husband Laizy, the director of the popular Israeli TV series “Srugim”, was driving the family car when he spotted rocks on the road and warned his wife to protect herself and their children from an imminent rock attack.

The rocks then hit the window, shattering the glass and injuring Ronit in the hands and face as she provided cover for their children. The rocks just missed their heads, but her blood from the shards of glass dripped onto her baby.

Ronit wrote, “In the newscasts tomorrow, people will once again wag their fingers about the ‘terrible terrorism’ in which walls are sprayed with ‘price tag’ slogans, and ignore – once again – an attempted murder, one of many that take place on our roads every day, because who cares?”

“Our partners in peace want us to die. That is what they want. One cannot make peace with murderers. The murderers have blood on their hands and I have blood on my forehead. Shalom.”

Palestinian Authority Rock Throwers Hit Soldier in the Head

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

An IDF soldiers was wounded in the head by a rock-throwing Palestinian Authority terrorists Wednesday afternoon and is being treated in an Israeli hospital for light to moderate wounds.

Arabs attacks soldiers in the Tulkarem area, approximately less than 10 miles east of Netanya.

‘I Aimed my Rifle Above the Rock-Throwing Arab Boy’s Head’

Monday, April 15th, 2013

I confess.

As a Reserve IDF soldier, I may have been guilty of not defending my country. “Come and arrest me, Benny Gantz,” but I feel safe that at the age of 69, I will be ignored.

The incident occurred 23 years ago, during the “First” Intifada, a misnomer for the 27-year terrorist campaign launched by Yasser Arafat and another chapter in the century-old anti-Zionist war.

I was escorting a tourist bus on the hilly curves of Beit Jala, a village that is part of the Bethlehem region.

The Intifada had reached the stage of massive rock-throwing and firebombings of army and civilian vehicles.

The IDF really was prepared to fight armies but not rock throwers. How do you defend citizens against rock-throwers, many of them children?

The military’s R & D geniuses came up with the “Hatzatzit” (gravel maker), a tank-like machine that ground up rocks and, in  an “eye-for-an-eye” fashion, sprayed protesters with pebbles.

They were used against large-scale demonstrations but were not available for every rock-throwing incident in Judea and Samaria.

Rocks are the same as bullets in that they are projectiles that can kill, but when you shoot an M-16 rifle, you are almost certain of scaring the daylights out of someone several hundred feet away, or injuring, if not killing him. It is not a hunting rifle, it is used to defend civilians and soldiers from being killed.

Thrown rocks can be deadly, as we know too well. Many Jewish babies and adults have been killed by the impact of a rock through a car windshield, or by a fatal crash caused by a hurdled rock.

That is the ultimate goal of the rock-throwers nowadays. But in 1990, it was more of a symbol of defiance and a challenge to soldiers. The Arabs had stones. The soldiers had guns. That was not seen as a fair fight, but it’s never a fair fight when a Jew wins.

And how about an eight-year-old who back then had no intention to kill.

I remember when I was eight years old, on a snowy day in Baltimore. Our next-door neighbor’s grandson, a neighborhood mischief-maker, led the charge to pelt passing cars with snowballs. I wanted to be accepted by my buddies, so I joined in.

Bam! I hit a guy’s side window head-on. Bull’s-eye. I was exhilarated. I showed my “friends” I could do it.

I was less exhilarated when the driver slammed the brakes and  angrily burst out of the car to chase after us.

He didn’t call the police. Worse than that, we got a nasty response from our parents.

There is no comparison between my childhood incident and the Arab hatred of Jews. After all, I did not hate the driver. But you could compare my pelting a snow ball with the rocks pelted by one eight-year-old Arab, 20-some years ago. The Arabs had not yet educated their small children to murder Jews. They only encouraged them to harass Jews.

That’s what they did when I was escorting that tourist bus.

I was toting an M-16 semi-automatic. My cartridge had one rubber bullet. That was all the ammunition I was allowed to use on stone-throwers. After that first bullet, the others were live. A rubber bullet can kill but usually does not. A live bullet usually kills or injures, unless you’re a bad shot.

As usual, without warning, a rock smashed into a side window of the bus.

The driver stopped, and I rushed out, with my rifle aiming in the air. I saw an eight-year-old running away, his back to me.

I raised my weapon and aimed.

Twenty years later, our son was a combat soldier in the Golani Brigade. If it were him in my place, I would have said: “Shoot him. Kill him. If you don’t get rid of him now, the blood of ‘who knows many Jews’ will be on your hands in 20 years when he becomes a full-grown terrorist. My son, this Is Israel and not the diaspora. Pull the trigger.”

I aimed the rifle at the fleeing boy’s head.

Twenty-two years later, my second son was serving in a Tank Brigade. If he had been in Beit Jala, would I have told him: “My son, don’t do it. How can you shoot an eight-year-old in the back? So he threw a rock. So what? Remember the snowball I threw?”

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