A Jewish-owned car was shot at near the town of Emanuel in the Shomron. No one was injured in the attack.
An alert level was raised in the town in light of the shooting.
A Jewish-owned car was shot at near the town of Emanuel in the Shomron. No one was injured in the attack.
An alert level was raised in the town in light of the shooting.
UPDATES BELOW. Saturday night 9:40PM: A 9 year old girl in the town of Psagot, near Kochav Yaakov in the Binyamin region, has been shot in the chest, in what is apparently a terror attack. Medics are working to save her life.
The girl was taken to Sha’arei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem.
UPDATES (Latest first): (All photos: Hillel Mayer / Tazpit News Agency)
1:28 AM (Sunday) IDF will soon begin allowing Psagot residents stuck outside the town to go home. Each resident will need to show ID, and will be brought in by an IDF armored vehicle. Private cars will need to stay outside.
1:04 AM (Sunday) UPDATE: Searches continue with Psagot. IDF keeps status at highest alert that a terrorist might still be within the town. Kochav Yaakov and Adam, searches continue for possible terrorist. Anatot alert cancelled, 2 figure seen entering and exiting the town, escaping to nearby Arab village.
1:01 AM (Sunday) Residents stuck outside of Psagot being redirected to other towns to spend the night.
12:46 AM (Sunday) Alert still on in Psagot. (Long night ahead.)
12:31 AM: Unconfirmed report that the girl had been shot 3 times. A knife was also found near the steps to the home.
12:28 AM: IDF repeats warning to Psagot residents – DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOMES.
12:15 AM NEW ALERTS: Additional armed terrorist spotted in Kochav Yaacov. ”Abir Layla Gimmel”.
Towns of Adam and Anatot call “Abit Layla Bet” alerts, after holes in security fence discovered.
12:14 AM (Sunday) Girl in recovery room.
11:49 PM Girl currently undergoing surgery.
11:37 PM Psagot Security forces captured one terrorist inside the town, according to town residents.
11:33 PM UNCONFIRMED Terrorist may have been captured inside the town of Psagot.
11:26 PM IDF pursuit has now entered Ramallah, in coordination with PA police.
11:15 PM New reports of shooting at a IDF officer (not policeman) on a motorcycle between Psagot and Beit El. No injuries.
11:09 PM Arab sources report IDF inside Al-Birah, next to Psagot, where it is believed the terrorist came from. Arab sources claim they hear exchange of gunfire.
11:02 PM IDF has found the hole in the fence the terrorist apparently used to enter the town.
10:51 PM Girl was initially treated by her neighbor, the Jerusalem MDA director. He received phone call from MDA that there was a shooting in Psagot, and realized it was his neighbors house.
10:41 PM The girl saw the shooter. He shot her with a rifle.
10:37 PM IDF going house to house in Psagot to make sure terrorist is not inside any home. Instructions to residents: If you hear knocking on your door, do not open the door. Answer from within the house.
10:33 PM The IDF is treating situation under assumption that the terrorist is still inside the town. Residents have been told to remain indoors with windows and doors locked. Personal weapons on hand.
Noam’s parents are with her in the hospital.
10:24 PM Tazpit News Agency reports: The girl is currently in the Sha’arei Tzedek trauma center. She was shot in the shoulder, near the neck. The bullet exited her back. She is conscious.
For prayers, her name is Noam bat Michal / Noam Glick.
10:14 PM Tazpit News Agency reports that there is an initial, unconfirmed report that the shooter wore a black ski mask, and shot the girl from the steps of the house. IDF is checking for snipers. The house faces the Arab village of El-Birah.
10:00 PM Emergency teams on site.
9:56 PM There is currently an additional siren going off in Psagot. Details still unclear.
9:54 PM Residents of Psagot have been ordered indoors.
An IDF soldier was fired upon by Arab Terrorists and critically wounded in Hebron on Sunday evening.
Arab snipers fired on a military position, one soldier was hit in the neck and is in critical condition. The shooting was exactly where the baby, Shalhevet Pas, was killed years ago by an Arab sniper.
The soldier was airlifted to Hadassah Ein Karem hospital in Jerusalem.
The Hebron area is currently under complete lockdown and large security forces have gathered at the scene. Searches are underway for the attackers.
This attack takes place during the traditional Sukkot celebrations currently underway in Hebron.
Originally published at Sultan Knish.
The majority of Americans do not want to invade or bomb Syria. The majority of American leaders do. Such a disparity between the leaders and the people is not wholly unique, but it arises in this case not from the usual disparities of power or corruption.
Americans don’t want to fight Syria because it is no threat to them. American leaders admit that Syria is no threat to America. They want to bomb Syria because they feel that they ought to do it. And they feel that way because behind the power of the West stands the will of the East.Long before Animal Farm of 1984, George Orwell wrote a short essay about his time in the east. It’s titled “Shooting the Elephant.”
Orwell’s narrator is told of an elephant that has run riot and he dutifully follows up the report. “We began questioning the people as to where the elephant had gone and, as usual, failed to get any definite information. That is invariably the case in the East; a story always sounds clear enough at a distance, but the nearer you get to the scene of events the vaguer it becomes.
“Some of the people said that the elephant had gone in one direction, some said that he had gone in another, some professed not even to have heard of any elephant.”
Substitute chemical weapons for elephant and the story becomes a familiar one.
Eventually, Orwell encounters a dead body and sends back for an elephant gun while a crowd gathers behind him eagerly waiting for him to shoot the elephant. “I had halted on the road,” he writes. “As soon as I saw the elephant I knew with perfect certainty that I ought not to shoot him. It is a serious matter to shoot a working elephant – it is comparable to destroying a huge and costly piece of machinery – and obviously one ought not to do it if it can possibly be avoided.”
It is likewise a serious matter to start a war. But the issue, whether with Obama’s red line or Orwell’s elephant is credibility.
“But at that moment I glanced round at the crowd that had followed me. It was an immense crowd, two thousand at the least and growing every minute. It blocked the road for a long distance on either side. I looked at the sea of yellow faces above the garish clothes-faces all happy and excited over this bit of fun, all certain that the elephant was going to be shot. They were watching me as they would watch a conjurer about to perform a trick. They did not like me, but with the magical rifle in my hands I was momentarily worth watching. And suddenly I realized that I should have to shoot the elephant after all. The people expected it of me and I had got to do it.”
We now have to go into Syria because the crowd expects it of us. They have been clamoring for us to do it forever, listening impatiently to our excuses and dismissing them. And our function in the region has come down to shooting the elephant. It’s what the crowd wants us to do. And our leaders find themselves with no other role in international affairs except the hollow role of puppets.
“And it was at this moment, as I stood there with the rifle in my hands, that I first grasped the hollowness, the futility of the white man’s dominion in the East.
“Here was I, the white man with his gun, standing in front of the unarmed native crowd – seemingly the leading actor of the piece; but in reality I was only an absurd puppet pushed to and fro by the will of those yellow faces behind.
“I perceived in this moment that when the white man turns tyrant it is his own freedom that he destroys. He becomes a sort of hollow, posing dummy, the conventionalized figure of a sahib. For it is the condition of his rule that he shall spend his life in trying to impress the “natives,” and so in every crisis he has got to do what the “natives” expect of him. He wears a mask, and his face grows to fit it.”
The United States, which had never intended to become an empire, now finds itself wearing a mask. Its leaders assert that it has to shoot the Syrian elephant to protect its credibility because the crowd of the Saudis, Qataris, Emiratis and the Turks want us to do it.
They expect us to do it. They have gathered to see us do it. They will see us do it.
Even Obama, for all his complicity with the power plays of the Muslim Brotherhood, seems unenthusiastic about shooting the Syrian elephant. But he knows that it has to be done because what else is there to do? Either we bomb Syria or admit our impotency. Either we play imperialists or get laughed at.That was the dilemma of Orwell’s narrator. It is also our dilemma. Orwell’s narrator was playing his part in a decaying empire that had lost its sense of purpose. It could do little else except order around the natives only to find that it was the one being ordered around.
America has no sense of purpose. Its leaders want to bomb Syria, but can articulate no sensible reason for doing so. They resort to humanitarian gibberish, but they would never move to stop genocide in Africa. Their motives are not humanitarian, they are conformist. They are conforming to the expectations of the foreign pressures of a region that they hope to order and govern.
“When the white man turns tyrant it is his own freedom that he destroys,” Orwell warned. In attempting to civilize the Muslim world, we have instead been forced to live by its rulers. We have not brought our order to them. They have brought their order to us.
Our interactions with them take place along the predetermined paths of their choosing. They decide what they want from us and we decide how quickly to give it to them. They decide that we should shoot the elephant and we stand around playing with the elephant gun, hoping that we can avoid this whole mess.
“And afterwards I was very glad that the coolie had been killed; it put me legally in the right and it gave me a sufficient pretext for shooting the elephant. I often wondered whether any of the others grasped that I had done it solely to avoid looking a fool,” Orwell writes.
That is the admission of the moment. We must bomb Syria to avoid looking like fools.
Obama drew his red line and now he must shoot the elephant. Even he doesn’t seem particularly enthusiastic about it, but he will shoot it.
To buy time, he has turned to Congress, hoping its proceedings will immunize him from the fallout or somehow convince Assad to step down. But he knows better. Despite his anti-colonialist roots and despite his membership in a radically anti-imperialist movement, he has been drafted once again in the cause of shooting elephants, carrying the white man’s burden and the liberal man’s burden to the east.
The question is not whether Syria ought to be shot, but why are we shooting it. And the answer is that it isn’t our choice. That answer reveals a great deal about our dysfunctional international policies and where they have gotten us.
We have been penned up, not by Haliburton or secret oil deals, so much as by our own need to live up to our own image abroad. Americans, who for the most part live insular lives, are unmoved by the elephant-shooting currents that tug at the likes of Obama or McCain. They feel no need to go shoot an elephant in some other country because the natives expect it of them. But our leaders increasingly live foreign lives with little consideration for the natives of the country that they govern. They give in to impulses like amnesty and gay marriage because of a steady pressure from a narrow crowd that insists that they are inevitable. Now they will give in on Syria because of that same crowd.
That sense of pressure reveals the hollowness of the men within. Men of strong moral courage do not commit crimes because the crowd expects them to. It does not kill to avoid being mocked. It is the hollow empire of hollow men that is compelled to such final extremities, acting out a farce to avoid the inevitable revelation that the emperor is naked and his empire has run out of pants.
The Republican Party is what it is because it lacks that sense of moral conviction. It takes positions for convenience. Its leaders respond to the pressure of the crowd, whether it is to oppose Obamacare or to support amnesty, they take on positions which they do not believe because they are expected of them.The Syrian elephant is only one more such position. One more hollow act of political conformity by men with political instincts but no sense of greater direction.
It is not so much that bombing Syria is wrong as that the armed forces of a nation cannot and should not be in the hands of men who take serious steps without any conviction that they are doing the best thing for their country, who act only because they are told that it is expected of them. Nothing rots the morale of an army faster than such commanders and nothing destroys a nation faster than the knowledge that, in the words of Hillary Clinton, nothing truly matters but the politics of it.
If we are going to shoot elephants then we should do so for our own reasons. Once we begin shooting elephants because it is expected of us, we become little better than the masters of a hollow empire waiting to be told by the world what to do.
A shooting has just occurred in the Mercaz Clal building, in the center of Jerusalem. Two people in a third floor law office were just shot and killed. A man in his 60s and a woman in her 20s.
Police are saying it appears to be a personal/criminal attack.
Mercaz Clal on Yafo street houses a police department, a branch of Mas Hachnasa (Tax Authority), and Hotzaah L’Poel (government debt collection agency), as well as numerous private businesses.
It was one of the first tall buildings built in Jerusalem. It also allegedly had a curse placed on it by a well-known Rabbi, after the new building blocked the sunlight to his yeshiva.
Update: The two people killed were Natan Jorno, 56, and his daughter Yamit Jorno, 26. They were killed by a disgruntled security guard over a personal dispute.
Early Tuesday morning, Arabs shot at an Afikim bus number 101, that was driving to the Tapuach junction in the Shomron. There were no passengers in the bus at the time. The driver was not injured.
The army temporarily locked down Hawarwa, near Shechem, where the shooting occurred, while the IDF searched for the shooter.
The IDF found 4 pistol bullet casings at the site of the shooting.
Two weeks ago, another Afikim bus was also shot in the same area. That bus was carrying passengers and no one was injured.
A few days later, more than 30 bullets were shot at an armored army ambulance, 5 of which hit the armored plating. That attacked occurred in the Hursa village near Negohot. No one was injured.
There have been 6 shooting attacks against Israelis in Judea and Samaria in the past 2 months.
Overnight two firebombs were thrown, and there were eight stone throwing incidents, including at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hevron, in different attacks throughout Judea and Samaria.
No one was injured in those attacks.
A security guard shot and killed a Jewish man(46) at the Western Wall Friday morning. A team of Magen David Adom tried in vain to revive the victim. The man was shot as he was coming out of the lavatories.
The victim has been identified as Doron Ben-Shlush, a homeless man who most recently was living in the Chabad house near the Kotel.
The guard said that he thought he heard the man shouting Allahu Akbar and believed he saw him pulling something out of his pocket. Islamic terrorists generally yell ‘Allahu Akbar’ before they commit a terror attack.
Eyewitnesses told Wallah that they heard at least 10 shots being fired.
Reshet Bet reports that police are now investigating the security guard at the scene, and he has been placed under arrest for 5 days.
Maariv reports that the civilian guard is from Israel’s north, and this was only his second shift working as a guard at the Kotel.
Other Kotel guards said the victim was a regular visitor to the Kotel, but that he always acted in an unusually nervous manner, including giving out the occasional yell or scream.
This article is being updated in realtime as information becomes available.
An MIT campus police officer was shot multiple times and killed on Thursday night. The shooting occurred around 10:30PM near Vasser and Main street (The Stata Building #32). The officer was taken to Massachusetts General, where he died of his wounds.
At 1:15 AM Boston time, there was an additional report of a carjacking, gunfire, and explosions, including grenades in Watertown, Boston. It is not clear if the two events are related.
Homeland security vehicles and heavily armed security personnel are in Watertown, according to The Boston Channel.
Police are asking all people near MIT to stay indoors.
Police are currently searching for suspects. Police stay there are undetonated explosives in the area. They’ve asked people in the area to turn off their cellphones due to fear of cellphone connected bombs.
Police are chasing after Mercedes SUV.
Updates: (Latest first)
8:24 AM Boston time - Dr. David Shoenfeld, a surgeon from Watertown went to Beth Israel hospital in early morning after hearing the shooting, and ended up as the doctor who treated the suspected terrorist who died. Suspects brother also ran him over.
8:11 AM Boston time – Suspects also have an older sister and brother.
8:01 AM Boston time Search may take hours. Entire city of Boston has been asked to stay indoors. Manhunt expanding.
7:52 AM Boston time Marathon bombers are believed to have arrived in the US with their family in 2002-2003
7:52 AM Boston time First suspect is ID’ed as Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 22 (dead)
7:40 AM Boston time - Suspects may be brothers.
7:28 AM Boston time – Suspects lived in Turkey and Kazakhstan before coming to US.
7:06 AM Boston time - Police say Suspects had paramilitary training.
6:50 AM Boston time - AP reports that the name of second suspect identified as “Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev”, a 19 year old foreign national living in Cambridge, possibly from Chechnya.
5:55 AM Boston time - Police leaving the house.
5:54 AM Boston time - Police entering home on Dexter Street with guns drawn, when no response received in door to door search.
5:49 AM Boston time - Boston police lock down towns around Watertown. All business are to remain closed while manhunt for Suspect #2 continues.
4:17 AM Boston time - Live police conference reviewing the events of the evening. One policeman was seriously injured in the earlier shootout. Police warn residents to not open doors, and drivers to not let anyone into their cars.
4:04 AM Boston time - Boston Police Commissioner confirms that Boston Marathon Suspect #1 is Dead. Search is on for Suspect #2.
3:59 AM Boston time - Boston TV reports that Marathon Suspect #1 is dead and suspect #2 is still at large.
3:58 AM Boston time - Police will be doing a series of controlled explosions. Air horn will blow before explosion to prepare residents.
3:04 AM Boston time - Unofficially police have told pedestrians in Watertown that there are ”explosive everywhere” including grenades.
3:02 AM Boston time - Police confirm that only 1 suspect is in custody in Watertown. They are examining connection to Marathon bombing.
2:57 AM Boston time - Police confirm that MIT and Watertown events are connected.
2:49 AM Boston time - Boston Globe says one Boston Marathon suspect is now in custody. Twitter feeds saying second suspect also captured. This has not yet been confirmed by the FBI or the police.
2:21 AM Boston time - Police still searching in Watertown, but the event seems to be winding down.
2:15 AM Boston time - Watertown residents still told to stay indoors.
2:05 AM Boston time - MIT tells faculty/student body that the campus is now safe.
1:58 AM Boston time - 3rd suspect has been released and is not a suspect.
1:56 AM Boston time - Bomb disposal robot onsite in Watertown.
1:51 AM Boston time - Boston Channel in talking to residents report that police spoke with a person who had been in the carjacked vehicle and got away from the carjackers.
1:44 AM Boston time - Police are currently arresting third suspicious person right now in Watertown.
1:43 AM Boston time - Residents report seeing a lightly injured policeman taken away by ambulance. Police are doing searches in the area.
1:37 AM Boston time - Residents in Watertown hear explosion from a controlled explosion.
1:34 AM Boston time - Police are still looking for an “active shooter”, but it is not clear where.
1:30 AM Boston time: Unconfirmed reports are that police now have 2 suspects in custody in Watertown
, but it is not known if they are connected to the MIT shooting. One suspect has been taken to a hospital.
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