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November 29, 2015 / 17 Kislev, 5776
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Negev Bedouin Resident of Hura was Terrorist Attacker in Be’er Sheva Central Bus Station

Monday, October 19th, 2015

The terrorist who carried out the deadly attack on the Be’er Sheva central bus station Sunday evening was a 21-year-old Israeli Arab resident of the nearby Bedouin town of Hura, police say.

The mother of Muhaned al-Okabi was raised in Gaza, but under Israeli law she was allowed to cross the border after marrying an Israeli Arab citizen. The couple settled in Hura.

The rest of the case remains under gag order.

The fact that a resident of a Negev Bedouin town has joined the ranks of the Palestinian Arab terrorists, however, is deeply troubling.

It’s a game-changer in terms of its implications for Jews living in southern Israel, particularly for those living in the northern and eastern sections of the Negev. This is where Jews and Bedouin live cheek-and-jowl together, and co-existence is a reality, not an abstract concept discussed over coffee or at a symposium.

“The revelation that Hura has turned the corner to join Hebron’s ‘terrorist central’ mentality is scary for Jews living in Meitar, Arad, and Omer, each just minutes away – let alone Be’er Sheva, the central hub where everyone passes through,” Natalie J., a resident of Arad, told JewishPress.com on Monday.

There are more than 250,000 Bedouin living in the Negev, a vast region that comprises approximately 60 percent of the state’s land.

That population outnumbers the Jewish population in the region, which is comprised mostly of immigrants who do not mind the inconvenience of inadequate transportation, lower salaries, and a lack of jobs and services.

Despite all of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s promises, those living on the periphery are still pioneers and face hardships others know little or nothing about. In the south, that complicates traumatic events even further, due to a lack of funding and resources.

Sunday’s attack by a local Bedouin may in fact represent a further risk to the Negev Jewish population. If so, it will require a defense plan similar to that being considered for Judea, Samaria and the integrated parts of northern, southern and eastern Jerusalem.

Alert Arab Parents, Southern District Police Prevent Terror Attack

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Here’s a positive report about a teenage wannabe terrorist in the south who didn’t get her chance in the spotlight.

The Israel Police “100″ hotline received a call late Wednesday night warning that a 15-year-old Arab girl was missing from her home in Be’er Sheva. The girl had recently moved with her family to the southern Israeli city from the Judea and Samaria region.

The girl’s parents told the two police officials who went to the family’s home about a text their daughter had sent, in which she announced: “Soon they’ll be seeing me on TV.”

This immediately raised the suspicions of the officers, who activated intelligence and technological units to search for the girl.

She was quickly located at the northern train station in Be’er Sheva, where police picked her up and took her to the local precinct for questioning.

During their investigation, the teen admitted that she was on her way to Jerusalem “to stab Jews, cops and soldiers.” She was arrested after the investigation was completed.

Negev District Commander Amnon Elkalia noted, “Negev District Southern Region Police are organized and prepared to respond to any unusual situation while still maintaining a regular routine, for the safety of the residents.”

In this case, the parents of the girl called the police to report her missing, and shared the contents of her text.

It’s important to remember during this wave of terror that not every Arab parent agrees with what a terrorist child may attempt, or do. Not every Arab teen is a terrorist. The problem with a wave of terror is figuring out who is, and who isn’t.

Gaza Arabs Breach Security Fence and Shoot at IDF Jeep [Video]

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Arabs from Gaza escalated attacks against Israelis soldiers Tuesday and fired at the vehicle of a brigade commander while breaching the security fence for the third time in a week.

The officer and the soldiers were not injured.

A Facebook video posted on Arab social media shows dozens of young Gazans breaching the security fence earlier this week and hurling rocks at an IDF jeep patrolling the area.

The soldiers were not injured. The video shows several Arabs being treated for light wounds suffered when soldiers broke up the riot.

The jeeps that were pelted with rocks have protective metal screens on the windows to prevent breakage.

Click here to see the video.

Israel Bombs Hamas Weapons Factories in Gaza

Sunday, October 11th, 2015

The Israel Air Force bombed two Hamas weapons factories in northern Gaza early Sunday morning in retaliation for a missile attack on the coastal city of Ashkelon Saturday night.

The Iron Dome anti-missile defense system intercepted the missile, which was headed straight for the heavily-populated city.

The Color Red incoming rocket alert siren activated in a number of other southern Israeli communities in the Ashkelon regional council district as well.

No one was physically injured and no property damage from falling shrapnel was reported.

This was the second rocket attack on southern Israel in as many days, along with numerous attempts to infiltrate into Israeli territory.

“The IDF holds Hamas responsible for any act of aggression from the Gaza Strip,” said IDF Spokesperson Lt.-Col. Peter Lerner. “This weekend we have seen clear incitement encouraging the breach of Israel’s sovereignty, violent confrontation against Israelis and threatening the residence of southern Israel.

“The IDF will continue to act, preempt and defeat those that plot to harm the civilians of Israel.”

An Iron Dome anti-missile defense battery was also deployed Friday in Be’er Sheva.

The rocket attack aimed at Ashkelon came after a day in which Gaza Arabs were shot by IDF soldiers after a mob stormed the security fence along Israel’s southern border.

At least six of the terrorists attempting to infiltrate Israel in the attack on the border fence were killed; more than two dozen others were wounded.

Nearly a dozen managed to infiltrate Israel after breaking through the border fence, but all were caught and returned to Gaza. Five of those captured were taken into custody by IDF soldiers; they were transferred to security officers for interrogation.

Southern Israelis Race for ‘Saturday Night Shelter’ in Sha’ar Ha Negev

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

Another Saturday night of grabbing the kids — or each other — or just a towel if you were in the shower, and running to safe spaces for people living in communities within seven kilometers of Israel’s border with Gaza.

Residents of the Sha’ar HaNegev district in southern Israel were sent racing for shelter at 10:30 pm Saturday night (Sept. 19) when the Color Red incoming rocket alert siren was triggered.

It took at least 10 minutes for the “all clear” to be received and then more time for security personnel to figure out where the rocket had, or had not landed.

By 11:08 pm officials tagged the event a “false alarm.” At least 20 minutes earlier, however, it had become clear to local sources that fortunately there had been a “misfire” in Gaza and the projectile had apparently landed within the enclave.

That did not help parents who still were faced with having to calm their suddenly-awakened, re-traumatized children, of course.

Recent studies show that nearly 80 percent of children in southern Israel suffer from trauma and anxiety disorders due to a decade of rocket fire from Gaza.


IAF Retaliates Against Gaza Terror Rocket Fire

Saturday, August 8th, 2015

IAF fighter pilots retaliated against Gaza terrorists who attacked southern Israel late Friday.

Military jets scored “a direct hit” against the intended target, the IDF said.

“Israeli air force aircraft attacked the Hamas terror organization’s infrastructure in central Gaza a short time ago,” announced the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit late Friday night.

“The attack was carried out in response to the rocket fire aimed at Israeli territory earlier in the afternoon,” said the IDF statement. “Hamas is the entity responsible for actions that emanate from Gaza.”

On Friday afternoon, Gaza terrorists launched at least two rockets and a mortar shell at southern Israel. One of the projectiles exploded in an open area in the Eshkol Regional Council district, about half a mile from the southern border with Gaza near Kissufim. The other projectiles apparently landed within Gaza.

The Code Red incoming rocket alert sirens were not activated in southern Israel, thus giving local residents no warning of the impending attack.

No property damage and no physical injuries were reported in Israel. It is not clear whether there were any injuries or damage in Gaza.

Security sources believe a Salafi terrorist group was responsible for the attack. Nevertheless, Israel holds Hamas responsible for any activity emanating from Gaza inasmuch as Hamas is in complete administrative and military control of the enclave.

Mortar Attack on Southern Israel, Code Red Alert Not Activated

Friday, August 7th, 2015

Jews living along the southern border of Israel were attacked by Palestinian Authority terrorists in Gaza late Friday afternoon but the Code Red incoming alert siren did not activate.

The residents were caught unawares when the shelling started.

One of the mortar shells landed in the Eshkol Regional Council district north of Kissufim, just east of Gaza, in an open field less than a kilometer (about half a mile) from the security fence.

Local officials reported no damage to property and no physical injuries to residents in the area.

At least one more projectile – either a Qassam rocket or another mortar shell – landed within Gaza territory, officials said.

Three rockets were fired at southern Israel by Gaza terrorists on Thursday night. All of them landed within Gaza, close to the security fence along Israel’s southern border, near the northern and central areas of the enclave.

As happened several days earlier as well, Code Red incoming rocket alert sirens were also not triggered by Thursday night’s rocket launch.

IDF soldiers were deployed to the area to search for shrapnel that may have landed on the Israeli side of the border nevertheless.

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