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August 30, 2015 / 15 Elul, 5775
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2 Israeli Police Stabbed, 1 Terrorist Dead in Sabbath Attacks

Saturday, August 15th, 2015

Over the Sabbath, two Israeli security officers were stabbed in two separate attacks, and a gas station was torched.

The first stabbing came early Sabbath morning when an IDF soldiers was stabbed by a Palestinian Authority Arab at the Ofer checkpoint on Highway 443 north of Jerusalem.

Highway 443 is the old Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway, which runs partly through Samaria.

Nasim Yousef Gomhour, 19, is a resident of Beit Anan, a suburb of the Palestinian Authority capital of Ramallah, in Samaria. Gomhour arrived at the Ofer checkpoint from west of Beit Horon, according to a report by Israel’s Channel 10 news, and asked the soldiers for some water.

When the soldier turned to get him the water, Gomhour pulled a knife and stabbed him. Other soldiers on the scene shot the attacker.

The wounded soldier was rushed by military vehicle to a nearby hospital. According to a subsequent report by the Hebrew-language Ynet website, the stabber told investigators he had decided to stab an Israeli soldier after he had been struck by his father in an argument.

The second stabbing occurred during a routine security check at the Beita junction near the Huwara checkpoint.

A Palestinian Authority Arab pulled out a knife and stabbed a Border Guard Police officer in the back.

Security personnel immediately opened fire and shot the attacker, later identified by the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency as Rafik Kamal al-Taj.

The wounded officer was treated at the scene before being taken to the hospital, according to a statement by the Border Police spokesperson. The injured terrorist was critically injured and later died of his wounds.

On Friday night, a gas station located on Highway 60 near the Samaria Jewish community of Eli was set ablaze by unknown arsonists who managed to escape detection. No arrests have been made.

9 Homes May Face Demolition in Gush Etzion’s Derech Ha’Avot

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

Nine homes in the outpost Derech Ha’Avot are facing a new threat of demolition if the High Court rules in favor of a petition by the Leftist Yesh Din NGO.

The group claims all nine of the homes, which are under construction, are located on private land belonging to residents of the nearby Arab village of al-Khader.

Derech Ha’Avot (Footsteps of the Patriarchs) was established in 2001 as a neighborhood of Elazar, formerly a moshav, located along Highway 60 in Gush Etzion. Today the community is 60 families strong.

The Civil Administration has determined that most of the land in the community rests on property that is not private and never was privately owned by any Palestinian Authority Arab. It therefore can be declared state land.

However, the Yesh Din NGO has declared its intent to appeal this ruling. In addition, the organization has succeeded in winning a High Court ruling to order the demolition of 17 homes built on what it claims is private Palestinian Authority property within the outpost. Derech Ha’Avot has until mid-September to appeal that ruling.

The Gush Etzion Regional Council is proposing a land swap – or re-parceling plan – known as “united and divide” in order to save those 17 structures. This would offer alternative land in the same area to the Palestinian Authority owners, in exchange for the 17 lots on which the current structures are located, so they may be declared ‘state land.’

Because of all this wrangling, the bureaucratic procedures to declare the outpost property as state land cannot be completed until court proceedings have finished.

Yesh Din meanwhile continues to tie up that process with a petition to halt construction, claiming that no building can take place until the outpost is ‘legalized.’

Four cases were opened against the outpost, and then closed. A fifth was filed jointly by Peace Now together with the alleged Palestinian Authority Arab land owner in 2008, and then closed two years later when the State declared its intention to legalized the outpost.

In a petition to the Supreme Court submitted in 2008 by the leftist Peace Now organization together with Munir Mussa, the alleged owner of the land on which a single house was in question, subsequently demanded the entire outpost be evacuated.

IDF Tightens Rules for Soldiers in Judea, Samaria

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

The IDF tightened its rules of engagement yesterday for combat forces in Judea and Samaria, making defense of self and others much more difficult.

Publication of the new regulations was met with utter disgust by the troops who will be forced to carry them out.

The new rules are frankly dangerous to the soldiers, creating an unacceptable risk to their lives before they’re allowed to fire at attackers.

Christian combat soldiers who spoke with the Hebrew-language 0404 website made it clear they “will not hesitate to operate in accordance with the gunfire procedures that were in place prior to the announcement.”

The stringent new rules of engagement have tightened the regulation that previously required troops to fire at an attacker’s lower extremities in life-threatening situations. Under other circumstances in which there is a risk, a threatened soldier has only been allowed to fire in the air.

IDF soldiers who belong to the Christian community told the 0404 website that if they are confronted with a situation in which they feel threatened, they will not hesitate to shoot directly at a terrorist, even if the situation differs from permitted circumstances outlined in the new regulations.

One of the three soldiers from northern Israel who spoke with the website said, “Whoever throws a firebomb (Molotov cocktail) at me is clearly trying to kill me, and someone who wants to kill me is someone I will kill first.”

Another soldier said that his family had contacted him to ask whether news of the more stringent rules was really true. When he confirmed it, “My mother told me she does not care about the new directives and said that if I am in danger, I should not think twice [about firing to defend myself.]”

A third soldier from Nazareth sent a message to 0404, commenting, “The ‘Rules of Engagement’ sent shivers down my spine. A strong army stands in fear before a small enemy. No, no, absolutely not. I have one thing to say: One hundred mothers will weep and my mother will not cry. I am a Christian of Nazareth serving in the Kefir Brigade and I represent the Christian community.”

UPDATE 17:51: Palestinian Authority Terrorist Runs Over 3 IDF Soldiers

Thursday, August 6th, 2015

17:51 Highway 60 has been reopened after soldiers concluded that the terrorist was not carrying a suicide belt.

16:32: Soldiers are checking to determine if the terrorist is wearing a suicide belt.

A Palestinian Authority Arab terrorist attacked IDF soldiers using a vehicle on Thursday traveling along Highway 60 near the Jewish community of Shilo.

Two of the soldiers are in critical condition and suffered head injuries. At least one is hanging on to his life after being flown by helicopter to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem. The other critically wounded soldier was rushed to the hospital by ambulance.

The third soldier was lightly injured, is in good condition and is being treated at Beilinson Hospital in Petach Tikvah, next to Tel Aviv.

The terrorist was shot, and he lost control of his car in which he was trapped when it overturned. He is in critical condition.

The first report of the attack was received at 15:11 (7:11 EDT). Magen David Adom and IDF medics treated the victims at the scene before they were evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.

A helicopter was called to the scene, and the highway is closed until the IDF is certain that the terrorist is not wearing a suicide belt.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated after the attack:

I find it strange that those who hastened to condemn terrorism against Palestinians are silent when terrorism is directed against Jews.

 

Location of Thursday's hit-and-run  terrorist attack.

Location of Thursday’s hit-and-run terrorist attack.

Location of Thursday's hit-and-run  terrorist attack north of Jerusalem.

Location of Thursday’s hit-and-run terrorist attack north of Jerusalem.

From Argentina to Shechem: New Immigrant Joins Soldiers on Front Line [video]

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

The important and challenging task of protecting the city of Shechem (Nablus) and its surrounding area no longer is just a man’s job. The Home Front Command made history by welcoming the first female soldiers to guard the line in Nablus.

Female combat soldiers make up 30% of the force in the newly co-ed David Company and are serving in the volatile area of Shechem, where last month the IDF seized several Palestinian Authority weapons caches.

Driving through the base in an armored vehicle clad with heavy vests and carrying their M-16s, group of female soldiers easily dispels any outdated stereotype about women.

One of the women is Sgt. Jatemliansquy, who was born in Argentina and enlisted in the IDF a year and a half ago, several months after making Aliyah.

She is part of the Search and Rescue unit and says:

We want civilians in the area to feel protected by our battalion.

Since I joined this unit, what I like and what excites me most is that children come with drawings to wish you Shabbat Shalom and to say thanks.

This is one of those things I wanted to hear the most.

Shin Bet Arrests Grandson of Meir Kahane for ‘Nationalist Crimes’

Tuesday, August 4th, 2015

Investigations by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) have led to the arrest of 24-year-old Meir Ettinger, grandson of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, on suspicion of nationalist crimes.

Sources said he was not specifically accused of involvement in last Friday morning’s firebombing of two homes in the Samarian village of Duma, where an 18-month-old baby died in the ensuing fire. The baby’s mother and a brother suffered serious burns.

Ettinger has been described as “the unofficial leader of the hilltop youth and has been barred from Judea and Samaria since January. Police arrested him in Safed (Tzfat).

His grandfather Rabbi Kahane, who was assassinated in 1990 in New York City, founded the nationalist Kach movement that the Israeli government eventually outlawed after Kahane was elected to the Knesset.

Ettinger allegedly was the mastermind who organized the arson of a church on the shores of the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) in June and for which the Shin Bet has arrested five suspects.

It can easily be speculated that interrogations of the suspects exposed enough evidence for the Shin Bet to arrest Ettinger.

He is scheduled to appear in court this morning (Tuesday), where police will almost certainly ask that he remain in custody until the end of judicial procedures.

The government this week approved “administrative detention” for so-called Jewish terrorists, a move that makes it easier for the court to put Ettinger in jail for several months pending a trial.

Ettinger has denied that there is an underground movement in Israel but has written on his website that mosques and churches are places of “pagan worship” and that

He also wrote:

There is no terrorist organization, but there are lots and lots of Jews, much more than what they think, whose ladder of values is completely different from that of the High Court of Justice or the Shin Bet.

Ettinger wrote on Arutz Sheva in May:

The Nationalist Crimes Unit [of the Shin Bet] was created three years ago by Tzipi…to eradicate nationalist crimes, i.e. actions of what are known as Jewish ‘rebels’ who, for their part, feel that they are acting to prevent the further deterioration of the state of Israel.

The officials in this unit harass those they suspect and try to put as many as possible behind bars….

When a Jew’s blood is spilled in a terror attack, they go from yeshiva to yeshiva, town to town, to insure that there will be no response, other than an op-ed column by a family member…..

The fact is that the security services have been acting for a long time now as if the main enemy of the State of Israel is Jewish children who move to the hills of Judea and Samaria (‘Hilltop Youth’) and that helping these youngsters is akin to treason….

The Unit has declared us the enemy.

Biblical Roots, Modern Ties

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

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Ethan Bearman, syndicated US radio host, interviewsYishai on Israeli history and politics — and the Iranian nuclear threat.

Bearman, author of “Liars & Whores: How Big Government and Big Businesses Are Working to Save Their Assets, Not Yours,” and Yishai talk about the biblical roots and modern ties to Judea and Samaria — the area that is home to one out of six Israelis (and the site of the “so-called” settlements); the peace process; the “two-state solution;” and Iran.

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