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October 13, 2015 / 30 Tishri, 5776
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Furious Israelis Protest Deadly Arab Terror Attacks in Judea, Samaria

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Furious Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria came out in force Thursday night to demonstrate against the continuing deadly terror attacks that once again left Israelis dead, and others wounded.

The IDF fanned out to search for the perpetrators, who managed to escape following the attack.

In several locations around Samaria, there were reports of Jewish protesters hurling rocks at Arab motorists driving on the roads, according to the Hebrew-language HaKol HaYehudi website.

Hundreds of Jews poured out of their homes in communities where protests were held in various locations around Judea and Samaria.

Some 150 Jews from Kiryat Arba protested at the entrance to the city near the Harsina neighborhood along Highway 60. The protesters reportedly walked to Hebron and threw stones at some of the Arab homes in the city. Police blocked the mob and prevented the situation from escalating there; the group then began to march towards the nearby Arab towns of Beit Anun and Halhul.

Also at the Givat Assaf Junction and the Gidon Junction on the Alon Highway, hundreds of Jews demonstrated, blocking the movement of Arab vehicles.

Arab terrorists continued their attacks as well, however.

A 28-year-old Jewish woman was injured by Palestinian Arabs who were throwing stones near the Yitzhar Junction. The woman was evacuated to Beilinson Medical Center in Petach Tikva, to be treated for an eye injury.


The Palestinian Authority’s Hebron intelligence chief was also attacked late Thursday night, struck by stone-throwers as he drove through Samaria.

It is unclear who perpetrated the attack, which took place in the exact same spot where Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife Na’ama were murdered by Arab terrorists just a few hours earlier.

The intelligence chief’s vehicle was smashed by the rocks and the official himself was injured in the attack. He was taken to a nearby medical center for treatment, according to Ynet. The incident is under investigation.

The IDF has deployed four additional battalions to Judea and Samaria in the wake of the lethal terror attack that took the lives of Rabbi Henkin and his wife Thursday night.

The first of the supplementary units is to arrive on Friday and will assist the existing units in searching for the murderers as well as other terrorists in the region.

Hotovely: Terrorist Murder ‘More Proof Palestinians Do Not Want Peace’

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

The terrorist murder of Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife Na’ama in front of their four children in Samaria Thursday night proves “Palestinians do not want peace,” Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said in a statement.

The Likud minister drew a line from the attack straight to the Palestinian Authority’s abdication of its obligations under the Oslo Accords in a speech on Wednesday by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas.

“Abbas is inciting and the on the ground they are incited, and this is how the murderous mechanism that motivates murderous terror attacks in Judea and Samaria works,” she said.

“This type of incident is more proof that the Palestinians do not want peace but rather hatred, not dialogue but rather incitement and hatred. I strengthen the hands of the security forces in their search after the lowly murderers.”

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, a member of the Bayit Yehudi party, drew a similar conclusion. “This murderous incident that leaves behind a family orphaned of its parents is an outcome and direct continuation of Abbas’s mask of lies at the UN yesterday,” he told journalists.

“The responsibility is his, and his alone, and he must give an accounting for it. The response to the awful murder must be the annexation of Area C, an expansion of the settlement in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria,” he said, calling for the myriad of blocs under full Israeli control in Judea and Samaria to be annexed.

Likewise, Likud’s Culture Minister Miri Regev noted that 24 hours after the speech by Abbas, “a husband and wife were murdered in Israel. In his every word, Abbas encourages the murder of Jews and permits their blood. He inherited the path of [Yasser] Arafat and continues his criminal way that snatches the lives of innocents,” she said.

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon vowed in his statement to pursue and capture the terrorists.

“This murderous terror attack this evening is a clear continuation of the incitement against the State of Israel and its civilians, and repeated attempts to carry out terror attacks,” Ya’alon said.

“The war against terrorism requires determination from us, a steel hand, and patience. We are fighting against a bloodthirsty relentless enemy, and with great sorrow we sometimes absorb losses on the way,” he added.

“At this time, the IDF and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) are pursuing the murderers. We will pursue them and we will not be silent until we place our hands on the murderers, and those who sent them.”

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.

Arab Stone-Throwers Clash with IDF Near Ramallah

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Palestinian Arabs clashed with IDF troops near the Palestinian Authority Arab capital of Ramallah, in Samaria, on Tuesday afternoon.

The rioters, who were mostly teens and young adults, were hurling rocks and other items at IDF soldiers to protest the ongoing violence at the Temple Mount compound.

No injuries have been reported and there were no arrests as of 3:30 pm Israel time.

Stone-Throwing Arab Terrorists Attack Drivers in Gush Etzion

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Palestinian Arab terrorists attacked Israeli drivers in Judea along Highway 60 late Saturday night.

The attacks took place near the Jewish community of Efrat.

At least one vehicle was struck by rocks hurled by the attackers, which smashed the car’s windshield.

Miraculously, no one was physically hurt in the attack.

On Saturday, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) announced that four Israeli Arab teens were arrested for the Jerusalem stone-throwing murder on Rosh Hashana of Alexander Levlovitz.

This past Thursday, the Security Cabinet approved new rules of engagement as well as immediate steps to combat stone and Molotov cocktail throwers.

A new, three-year temporary order sets the minimum penalty of four years in prison for adults who throw stones and Molotov cocktails. Judges may deviate from the minimum sentences but must provide reasons for it.

Israel Moves to High Alert for Yom Kippur

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

Thousands of security personnel and police forces have moved to high alert in advance of the start tonight of the most solemn holy day on the Jewish calendar, Yom Kippur.

As happens every year and for every major Jewish holiday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon has ordered the complete closure of crossings with Judea, Samaria and Gaza. The closure begins at noon today (Tuesday, Sept. 22) and lasts until midnight Wednesday, Sept. 23, several hours after the end of Yom Kippur.

Access to the Temple Mount has been restricted due to the ongoing violence by Palestinian Arabs.

Beginning this morning (Tuesday) police are allowing entrance to the site only to Arabs over age 40 with Israeli identity cards.

Security in the Old City of Jerusalem has also been beefed up in an effort to provide extra protection for the thousands of Jews expected to pray at the Western Wall for Yom Kippur.

Roadblocks have also been placed to stop traffic from entering the western side of the capital from the Arab neighborhoods in the eastern sector, to prevent confrontations.

Israeli Civil Guard volunteers are working together with police to provide armed protection at the thousands of local synagogues in each community around the country as well.

In Israel, no cars or other moving vehicles other than those for emergency purposes are allowed on the roads once Yom Kippur begins.

Public transportation, including buses and trains throughout the State of Israel will halt service today (Tuesday) between 1:30 and 3:00 pm, and resume service tomorrow night (Wednesday) after 8:30 pm.

In Israel’s major cities, the Yom Kippur fast begins as follows: Jerusalem: 6:01 pm Tel Aviv: 6:16 pm Haifa: 6:07 pm Be’er Sheva: 6:18 pm

The fast ends Wednesday as follows: Jerusalem: 7:11 pm Tel Aviv: 7:13 pm Haifa: 7:13 pm Be’er Sheva: 7:13 pm

JewishPress.com wishes all our readers a G’mar Chasima Tova. May you have an easy fast and be inscribed in the Book of Life for a joyous new year with good health, success and prosperity, materially and spiritually.

Israeli Killed While Hiking in Iceland

Monday, September 21st, 2015

A middle-aged Israeli man has been killed in Iceland while vacationing near the southwestern Iceland town of Selfoss, not far from the capital city of Reykjavik.

The man, age 65, fell during a hike on Sunday and subsequently died from his wounds. At the time of the accident he was a participant in an organized tour, according to media reports.

His family was notified by the Foreign Ministry’s department for Israelis abroad. The ministry also was in contact with the tour guide and local officials.

The Israeli embassy in Oslo, Norway is working to bring the man’s body back to Israel for interment.

Last week the city council of Reykjavik announced its decision to boycott all goods produced in Israel “as long as the occupation of Palestinian territories continues.”

The move prompted harsh criticism from worldwide Jewish groups who pointed out that such a boycott must then include any computer built with Intel chips, cell phones with various Israeli-produced microchips, etc.

Iceland’s own foreign ministry issued a statement abdicating responsibility for the decision and saying it did not represent official policy.

“The decision of the city council does not indicate Iceland’s relations with Israel,” Urdur Gunnarsdóttir, foreign ministry spokesperson told the Hebrew-language Channel 2.

By Sunday, Reykjavik Mayor Dagur B. Eggertsson had modified the boycott and narrowed its focus to damage only those Israeli businesses and residents located in Judea and Samaria.

“The decision was poorly prepared. In the past I have taken great pride in preparing all big decisions thoroughly. I’ll admit here and now that I am angry with myself for not doing that,” Eggertsson explained.

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