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August 30, 2016 / 26 Av, 5776

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Updated: Drive-by Shooting Attack on Road 60 near Otniel, Father Killed, Wife and Children Wounded

Friday, July 1st, 2016

At 2:53 PM, an emergency call came in of a shooting attack on Road 60, near the Adorayim junction, close to Otniel, which is around 15 kilometers south of Hebron.

Terrorists in a car shot at two Israeli vehicle as they drove past, causing one of the Israeli cars to flip over.

There are bullet holes in the car, and some 20 bullet shells were found on the road.

Hatzolah of Judea and Samaria has announced that the man (40) in the car died. His wife, in her 30s, is seriously wounded with gunshot wounds to the chest, one of their girls (13) was moderately wounded and the boy (15) was lightly wounded.

All the wounded were transported to Hadassah hospital.

The family had been driving south from Otniel. The husband has been identified as Rabbi Miki Mark from Otniel.

Prayers can be said for:
Chava Rachel bat Ayelet Hashachar
Tehilla bat Chava Rachel
Pedaya Menachem ben Chava Rachel

Security forces are on high alert for this last week of Ramadan, when historically the Islamists are at their most violent.

As of this writing, late Friday night in Israel and shortly before the start of the Sabbath in New York, Gaza terrorists launched a rocket attack against the residents of Sderot in southern Israel.  A kindergarten building in the city sustained a direct hit and two people were treated for shock.

The Religion of Peace strikes again.

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Two Critically Injured in Kiryat Arba Stabbing Attack, the Terrorist Killed

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Two are critically wounded in a stabbing attack after a terrorist had entered a structure below the high school yeshiva in Givat HaKharsina in Kiryat Arba, Hebron, and stabbed a teenage girl and a member of the local emergency squad.

Rescue teams administered CPR, then evacuated the injured to Jerusalem. One, a young girl, 13, was taken to Sharei Tzedek hospital, where she died a few hours later, the man, 31, was taken to Hadassah hospital.

The terrorist managed to infiltrate through the neighborhood fence and reached the structure which is on the defense path.

The terrorist was shot dead.

Local residents were instructed to remain in their homes.

David Israel

Driver Reports Being Shot at By a Motorcyclist on 443

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Passengers in car believe a passing motorcyclist opened fired on them while driding on Highway 443 — a Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway — early Tuesday night.

The incident took place near the Ofer Junction, the sources reported, close to the Ben Zion exit of the highway. The motorcycle drove away.

Security at the Ofer checkpoint did not see any signs of shooting damage on car.

Hana Levi Julian

Iranian Medalist Avoids Photo With Israeli Colleague, Boycotts Ceremony

Friday, June 24th, 2016

An Iranian silver medalist didn’t show up for his own awards ceremony at the World Cup event in Baku, Azerbaijan on Thursday. The no-show was the winner’s way of making sure he would not be photographed next to an Israeli fellow sportsman.

Hossein Bagheri won silver in the 10-meter air rifle competition, with Israeli shooter Sergey Richter, 27, claiming the bronze medal. Richter, a former European champion, is slated to represent Israel at the upcoming Olympics this summer in Rio. The gold medal went to Filip Nepejchal of the Czech Republic.

In order to be certain the two would not be photographed side by side, Bagheri boycotted the ceremony. He did not, however, boycott the event itself, nor did he really boycott his fellow sportsman: Richter told reporters that the two did shake hands, well away from the cameras.

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Lone Gunman Attacks Theater in Germany

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

At least 20 people were injured Thursday when a gunman opened fire in a theater in Viernham, Germany, and then barricaded himself in the building, taking hostages while doing so.

Police moved fast to respond to the attack, shooting and killing the gunman after firing tear gas into the Viernham Cinema Complex.

Most of the injuries came as a result of the tear gas, sources said. The gunman was shot dead by police, Reuters reported.

Viernheim is about 40 miles south of Frankfurt.

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Gush Etzion Tunnel Road Closed Following Shooting at Soldiers [video]

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

The tunnel road linking Gush Etzion and Jerusalem was closed on Tuesday morning after soldiers heard shots fired at them.

A civilian who got caught inside the checkpoint during the attack described the situation as a “balagan”, a lot of confusion.

As soon as the shots were fired, the checkpoint went into a terrorist response mode. The road was closed and soldiers began preparing for action.

Following a quick search, a bullet was found embedded in one of the concrete barriers at the checkpoint.

One soldier was lightly scratched on his leg by the ricochet from the shooting, but he refused to be evacuated to the hospital.

The road has now been reopened.

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Orlando Shooting: Pickled in Hatred

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

{Originally posted to the Gatestone Institute website}

It is a lot to process. Omar Mateen, the American-born son of Afghan parents, murdered 50 people and wounded scores of others in a gay nightclub Sunday. The first surprise is that it was not a surprise, especially to the FBI. Mateen was the subject of investigations in 2013 and 2014. “He was a known quantity,” a source said. “He has been on the radar before.” But Assistant Special Agent Ronald Hopper told reporters, “Those interviews turned out to be inconclusive, so there was nothing to keep the investigation going.”

Omar Mateen’s father probably wasn’t terribly surprised. He told NBC News “that his son became angry after seeing two men kissing a few months ago in Miami.” He speculated that could have triggered his decision to kill. “This has nothing to do with religion,” his father added.

President Obama was not exactly surprised, given, he said, the number of guns in America. He called again for gun control and said there was, “no definitive judgment on the precise motivations” of the terrorist.

Oh really?

President Obama’s response might have been a surprise to local police, who, according to CNN, received a 911 call from Mateen pledging his allegiance to ISIS just before the attack. Whether he was actually with ISIS or not, the Islamic State wasted no time blessing him as one of their own.

So where do Americans go with this?

First, pray for the victims and their families, and thank the first responders.

Second, do not bother trying to “explain” terrorists, or figure out their “motivation.” They are pickled in hatred that simply does not allow for the humanity of “the other” and insists that individuals exist only as representations of religions, objects, and social or political points of view. There is no other way to explain Shalhevet Pass, a six-month old baby shot in her stroller by a sniper, or Malki Roth murdered while eating pizza, or the Fogel children murdered in their beds. There is also no other way to explain shootings at Max Brenner in Tel Aviv or stabbings in Jerusalem; Hamas rockets fired indiscriminately into Israeli towns; gay men thrown off buildings by ISIS in Iraq or dragged behind motorcycles in Gaza; barrel bombs and chlorine gas dropped on civilians by Assad’s Syrian forces; the kidnapping and forcible conversion to Islam of girls by Boko Haram; the sale of Yazidi women and girls as sex slaves by ISIS; and the skinning alive of prisoners by the Taliban. They are all of a piece.

Third, recognize that the same hatreds exist in our country. We imported them — already pickled — and we pickled some of them here. What Mateen’s father said was that seeing what he found unacceptable — men kissing — was enough to make his son kill. Maybe. Maybe not. Either way, what do we need to do about people willing to kill us under those circumstances?

The Heritage Foundation maintains an extremely useful timeline of terrorist plots in the US. It includes the “shoe bomber” (2002), the “underwear bomber” (2010), the Times Square bomber (2010), the Boston Marathon bombers (2013), and the San Bernardino shooters (2015). But there’s more. Here is sampling from a Jewish Policy Center analysis:

[T]here were also plots against U.S. landmarks and institutions including the NY Subway system (2005 & 09), Sears Tower (2006), the Brooklyn Bridge (2003), the Long Island Railroad (2009), DC Metro (2010), the Federal Reserve in Manhattan (2012), the Capitol (2011, 12 & 15), World Bank Headquarters (2005), JFK airport (2009), the NY Stock Exchange (2004), and the GOP convention (2004).There were plots against American service personnel, including military hit lists (2010 & 15); Ft. Hood (2009); Ft. Riley (2015); Ft. Dix (2007) and Ft. Myers (2011); recruiting stations in Arkansas (2009), Maryland (2011) and Washington (2011); the Pentagon (2011); Quantico Marine Base (2009); National Guard facilities (2005, 08 & 09); U.S. Marshals (2013); and the NYPD (2015). There were plots against the ambassadors of Saudi Arabia (2011) and Pakistan (2004), and the Israeli Embassy (2011).

There were assassination plots against Presidents Bush (2003) and Obama (2011).

There were regional attacks planned for a Chicago Bar (2012), NY and Chicago-area synagogues (2009 & 10), an Oregon Christmas tree ceremony (2010), the Wichita Airport (2014), a Canada-NY train (2013), a Dallas skyscraper (2009), a Wyoming refinery (2006), the Florida Keys (2015), shopping centers in Ohio (2003) and Illinois (2007), and the University of North Carolina (2006). The Lackawanna (PA) Six (2002), the Lodi (CA) jihad training camp (2005), and the VA Jihad Network (2003) operated along with smaller-scale plots in support of al Qaeda (2002, 09 & 10).

The American homeland — free speech, religious institutions, open inquiry in academia, our military and our way of life — is under attack.

America’s blessing is a political system built on tolerance of “the other.” Not all of us, not all the time — remember that we used to buy and sell our fellow human beings — but the principle to which we aspire is tolerance of “the other.” America’s glory is men and women who run into danger while everyone else is running out — without regard for the particulars of who they are saving. It was true on 9-11 and it was true this weekend in Orlando. But our national blind spot is not seeing that we share this lovely space with people who want to kill us for the peculiar people we are.

Shoshana Bryen

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