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Attempted Drive-By Terror Attack in Samaria

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Palestinian Arabs shot but failed to hit an Israeli vehicle on a Samaria road near the Huwara checkpoint Sunday night, close to the city of Shechem (Nablus) as the car traveled near the Jewish community of Tapuach.

Reports of shots being fired towards the car were followed by confirmation that no one in the vehicle was physically injured.

Israel Defense Forces rushed to the scene of the attack according to Israel Hatzoloh.

Hana Levi Julian

Gazans, Lebanese Palestinians Celebrate Be’er Sheva Central Bus Station Terror Attack

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Palestinian Arabs both south and north of Israel celebrated the flow of blood from Jewish bodies in a terror attack on a central bus station on Sunday night.

The Hamas terrorist organization issued a statement saying it “praises and welcomes today’s fatal shooting attack in Be’er Sheva.”

The terror group called for more attacks but stopped short of claiming responsibility for the deadly shooting spree which claimed the life of at least one Israeli and wounded seven others.

Palestinian Arabs in Lebanon also celebrated the attack with “heavy celebratory gunfire,” according to a Lebanese Internet site.

Lebanon’s MTV site reported Sunday night that celebrations “erupted in the al-Beddawi and Ain el-Hilweh camps” after news of the terrorist attack on Be’er Sheva’s Central Bus Station reached the area.

Hana Levi Julian

Before Attack, Jerusalem Terrorist Cited ‘Third Intifada’ on Facebook

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

A day before he set out to attack Israeli Jews in the Old City of Jerusalem, 19-year-old Muhnad Halabi apparently had already declared a “third intifada,” according to the Hebrew-language Ynet news site.

The young Jerusalem Arab terrorist attacked a Jewish family Saturday night as they were walking back from the Western Wall to the Lion’s Gate on HaGai Street.

“From what I can see, a third intifada has broken out. What is happening in Al Aqsa is what is happening in [all] our holy places and the way of our Prophet, and what is happening to the women of Al Aqsa is what is happening to our mothers and sisters.

“I don’t think the people will accept this humiliation. The people will rise up in an intifada,” he wrote.

Halabi murdered two people — including the 35-year-old father who he stabbed over and over, along with several others — before he grabbed the father’s gun and then shot family members and a group of tourists standing nearby.

He seriously wounded a 22-year-old mother and a 2-year-old toddler, who suffered a bullet wound to the leg.

Hana Levi Julian

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.”

Hana Levi Julian

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.

Hana Levi Julian

Road Terror Attacks in Judea, Samaria

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Palestinian Arabs hurled rocks at an Israeli bus traveling through Gush Etzion in Judea at around 5 pm this afternoon (Thursday, Sept. 17).

IDF soldiers were immediately summoned to the scene, according to Hebrew-language media.

No information was available about damage to the bus or the condition of the passengers.

Early Thursday morning, Palestinian Arab terrorists also reportedly fired at Israeli vehicles passing on a road in Samaria.

No one was injured and no damage was reported in the attempted attack, which occurred at around 6 am near the Arab village of Huwara.

IDF soldiers fanned out across the area to search for the shooters.

Thus far, no arrests have been made in either case.

Hana Levi Julian

How I Would Change Israel’s Gun Control Laws

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

While it appears that Israel is a country inundated with guns, private ownership is actually quite low. As Israel doesn’t have the rather idiotic “concealed carry” law, and combat soldiers take their guns home with them, it appears that Israelis are far more armed than they really are.

As I’ve written in the past, Israel’s gun law are far too restrictive and regulated when it comes to who is eligible to get a gun license and own a personal weapon, yet far too nonchalant in terms of what steps are mandatory in the process of getting your gun license, once you meet that initial eligibility criteria.

The short version is that eligibility is based on what the government has defined as your critical need for a license (i.e. where you live, where you work or volunteer), alongside additional restrictions (i.e. age and type of army service). This prevents most Israelis from being eligible for a gun license.

It’s so restrictive that 40% of gun applicants are rejected, and under 200,000 citizens have private gun licenses. There are around 400,000 licensed firearms in Israel (not including army issued weapons).

Since I know someone is going to mention it in the comments, I’ll say it here first. Yes, Arab citizens can and do get gun licenses in Israel.

Once you have a gun license, you’re then restricted in how many guns you can own (only one), and how many bullets you may possess (only 50).

Surprisingly, for a country that requires 40 hours of driving lessons with a licensed instructor before getting a driver’s license, there’s almost no pre-license training required for getting a gun, other than one short class and then shooting 50 bullets. There’s also a background check, and getting a stamp from a doctor.

It appears the underlying philosophy is restrict access, restrict usage, restrict guns – and the thinking stopped right there.

Israel’s gun control laws are too restrictive in where they should be more liberal, and too negligent, where they should be more restrictive.

This is how I would change Israel’s gun law:

Eligibility The most obvious point, is that any Israeli civilian should be able to get a license, regardless of where they live or work. This doesn’t need an explanation. Gun ownership is a right.

Obviously, the applicants should not have a violent criminal or drug records and no major psychological problems.

Of course, just because everyone should be able to get a gun, it doesn’t mean they should be able to pick one up from a vending machine.

Training Like a car, I would require anyone who wants a gun license to go through training. If you need 40 hours of lessons to get a driver’s license, a few good hours of gun training is not too much to ask for.

For someone with a military background in a combat unit (or police, security, etc.), 10 hours of training, spread out over at least 2 days, with a mix of practical and applied training is sufficient.

Civilians without any security/combat backgrounds would require 40 hours of training.

Let’s get real, we’ve all seen too many people with licensed weapons, who simply don’t know how to handle or use them. That’s ridiculous — and dangerous.

Testing Once the training is complete, a standardized test should be given. The testing would include accuracy in shooting, taking care of the weapon, handling the weapon, etc.

The test would be given by a licensed tester who is not the instructor who taught you.

The bottom line is, I want to know that the person next to me on the street with a gun is actually minimally qualified to use it.

Shalom Bear

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