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October 9, 2015 / 26 Tishri, 5776
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Terror Suspects Arrested in Shechem for Drive-By Parent Murder in Samaria

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Israeli soldiers combined forces with members of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) Friday night in Shechem to arrest Palestinian Arabs suspected of involvement in the terror attack that killed Rabbi Eitam Henkin and his wife Na’ama, and orphaned their six children.

The two parents were shot to death while driving in their car with four children Thursday night.

“The forces made significant progress in the investigation and operated in order to gather intelligence, identify and detain viable suspects,” the IDF said in a statement. Forces searched extensively in the area, hunting for the perpetrators of “the heinous terror attack,” which took place on a main route between the Samaria Jewish communities of Elon Moreh and Itamar.

The IDF immediately deployed four battalions in the Judea and Samaria region “in order to prevent an escalation of violence.” IDF Spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said in his statement, “This murder’s barbaric nature is incomprehensible. The IDF is determined to find those responsible for this horrendous attack and bring them to justice.”

On Saturday evening, the Shin Bet added, “In the past 24 hours, there has been a significant development in the investigation. The investigation is continuing and a media ban is in place on all other details.”

Gas Station Terror Cell Captured

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Released for Publication: Israeli security forces captured an Arab terror cell from the village of Awarta near Shechem.

The two terrorists were involved in the arson attack on a gas station in the town of Eli in the Shomron on August 14, 2015. They firebombed the gas station, burning down the pumps and sprayed the logo of the PFLP terror organization at the site of their attack. The gas station did not explode.

The two were identified as Majdi Izzat Qawariq Galal, born in 1993, and Ahmed Essam Atta Abda, born in 1992.

During the interrogation, they said they burned down the gas station to avenge the attack in the village of Duma in July.

The operation to capture them was done in cooperation with the IDF, police and Shabak

IDF Soldier Injured at Joseph’s Tomb Protecting Jewish Visitors

Monday, September 21st, 2015


A mob of Palestinian Arabs rioted at the Tomb of the Biblical patriarch Joseph on Sunday night while Israeli Jews were praying at the site.

Twenty bus loads of Jewish visitors traveled to the tomb under the protection of the Israeli army, according to a report by Tazpit.

At least one IDF soldier was injured in the violence. He was evacuated to a nearby medical center, where he was treated and released this morning (Monday, Sept. 21).

During the Ten Days of Teshuva, as the intermediate days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are called, it is customary to visit the graves of ancestors and loved ones.

While the visitors were praying, the Arab rioters started to go wild, burning tires, and hurling stones and firebombs (Molotov cocktails).

Joseph’s Tomb is located in the ancient city of Shechem (known today also by its Arabic name, Nablus).

Jews require the protection of IDF soldiers to safely reach and pray at the site despite a deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority ensuring access to the tomb.

Last month Arab terrorists attempted to torch and destroy the ancient tomb. The raging Arabs hurled rocks, bottles and firebombs at Jewish worshipers and IDF soldiers at the tomb in the wee hours of a Saturday morning on August 1.

The attack came in retaliation for an arson attack on a home in the nearby Arab village of Duma.

It is still not clear who perpetrated the attack, which killed three of the four family members who were home. However, it is believed by many that Jews torched the home due to Hebrew-language graffiti scrawled at the site.


Border Guard Police Foil Terror Attack at Tapuach Junction

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Israeli Border Guard Police foiled an attempted terror attack by a Palestinian Arab at the Tapuach junction in Samaria.

Had that attacker escaped, he could have entered a Jewish community or even reached Jerusalem and there possibly have perpetrated an even greater attack.

The 20-year-old terrorist, a resident of Shechem (Nablus), approached the security personnel standing guard at the site, pulled out a knife and attempted to stab an officer.

Another Israeli officer raised his weapon and the wannabe attacker fled, but was caught a few seconds later. He was taken into custody and transferred to security personnel for questioning.

Company Commander Superintendant Roi Amos praised the quick action of the IDF fighters whose alert actions saved the lives of their fellow officers and others at the site.

“The soldiers were alert and prepared,” he said. “This is precisely the reason the incident ended this way; we’re talking about a situation of a few seconds.

“Vigilance and operational preparedness are the only manner in which one can cope with such incidents. First and foremost things went as expected from each Border Guard Police officer during an actual terrorism attack when he is tested and must protect his life and the innocent lives of others.”

9 Jews Arrested in Israel Security Hunt for Duma Terrorists

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Nine Israeli Jews were arrested by security forces overnight in two small Jewish communities, Adei Ad and Givat HaBladim, as Israel continues its hunt for the terrorists responsible for the attack on Duma 10 days ago.

The tiny communities are nestled in the hills of Samaria near Shiloh and Kochav HaShachar respectively. The Honenu civil rights legal organization is working to determine the reason behind the overnight raids in these specific villages.

The arrests follow the widening dragnet in the hunt for the terrorists who firebombed a home in the Palestinian Authority village of Duma, near Shechem ten days ago. Sa’ad Dawabsheh, 32, the father; and his 18-month-old baby Ali died as a result of the arson; the mother, Riham and their four-year-old son Ahmed are still listed in critical condition in Tel Hashomer Medical Center in Tel Aviv.

Although evidence on the scene includes Hebrew graffiti on the walls of the torched home, it is still not 100 percent certain that Jews were behind the terrible destruction and murder that was wrought, due to questionable calligraphic and content elements. A gag order has been clamped on the investigation.

Last Thursday, Israeli police also raided the Jewish community of Geulat Tzion in the nearby Samaria town of Shiloh in connection with the investigation. Eight Jews were detained in that roundup, according to Honenu, including a young couple and their child.

According to Honenu, all of the detainees were arrested on suspicion of entering a closed military zone. However, none of those arrested had seen any notice or posted sign that the area was a closed military zone, the group said.

On Sunday, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon also issued administrative detention orders for two additional suspects, Eviyatar Slonim and Meir Ettinger, the latter being the grandson of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane. Both were scheduled to appear for arraignment in court Sunday but the order by Ya’alon now allows their detention to be extended up to six months without a court appearance.

According to a statement by the Defense Ministry, the administrative detention order was issued upon the recommendation of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet).

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.

Arab Terrorists Attempt to Torch Joseph’s Tomb

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Arab terrorists attempted Friday night to torch the Tomb of Joseph, the Biblical figure whose grave is located in the ancient Samaria city of Shechem (Nablus).

The attack came in retaliation for the arson murder of a 22-month-old Arab toddler in the nearby village of Duma. The child’s parents and sibling were also badly wounded in the attack, allegedly perpetrated by four Jews who were seen fleeing from the scene. An IDF helicopter airlifted the family to a Tel Aviv hospital for medical care and Israeli soldiers are continuing to hunt for the suspects.

Nevertheless, Hamas terrorists jumped on the excuse to declare a “Day of Rage” on Friday and Arabs across Israel and the Palestinian Authority territories have since been rioting and attacking Israeli forces.

Late Friday night, Arabs tried to destroy the ancient tomb of the Biblical Jewish ancestor buried in Shechem.

“Dozens” of “protesters” from the Balata neighborhood hurled rocks, bottles and firebombs at Jewish worshipers and IDF soldiers at the Tomb in the wee hours of the Sabbath morning on Saturday, according to sources quoted by the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency.

Attempts to torch the Tomb were squelched by PA security forces, according to Ma’an.

Arabs frequently attempt to attack Jews who visit the site in monthly visits facilitated by the IDF via a security cooperation agreement with the PA, which guards the site.

“Sources said the protesters considered burning Joseph’s Tomb, a holy place for Israelis – particularly nearby settlers – as a form of ‘real response’ to the burning” of the todder, Ali Dawabsheh, Ma’an reported.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/arab-terrorists-attempt-to-torch-josephs-tomb/2015/08/01/

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