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May 30, 2016 / 22 Iyar, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Southern Israel’

IAF Attacks Terror Cell Along Gaza Security Fence

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

Israeli fighter pilots attacked a terrorist cell in northern Gaza early Wednesday morning in a joint operation with Shin Bet operatives.

The Gaza terrorists were planting bombs along the security fence along the region’s northern border with Israel, which were set to detonate as an IDF patrol passed by.

The plan was disrupted by the Israeli Air Force attack, which killed at least one terrorist – 23-year-old Musa Za’aytar. Three other Gaza operatives were wounded – their condition is unknown.

Israeli farmers were warned yesterday to maintain a distance of at least one kilometer from the border fence due to a terror threat.

After the IAF operation, farmers were told to maintain their distance for some time longer, to ensure their safety from any retaliation over Israel’s attack.

The orders have since been lifted.

IDF spokesperson Peter Lerner said, “Forces guarding the border with Gaza face a growing threat from hostile terror groups attempting to destabilize the situation on the ground.

“The IDF will continue to protect the residence of Israel and the forces guarding them on the borders.”

Gaza terrorists have made a regular practice of mining the area along the border fence. IDF engineers sweep the area daily to track down and defuse any explosives that might be planted as an ambush for Israel’s military border patrols.

Hana Levi Julian

1 Dead in Negev Arab Blood Feud Near Mt. Hebron

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Gunfire in a driveby shooting between two Arab groups in the foothills of Mt. Hebron Sunday morning has left one man dead.

The attack, which appears to have taken place against the background of an Arab blood feud, took place near the Meitar crossing in southern Israel.

Israel Police said the shooting was criminally motivated and allegedly came in response to an earlier attack by an Arab girl.

“Shots were fired from one vehicle into a second car,” Southern District Police said in a statement.

The shots at the site critically injured a victim in his 40s from Hura, who was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

“The background [to this murder] is probably a response to the murder that took place in Hura on Friday. Police are on the scene.”

Police have opened an investigation.

Jewish Press Staff

Rocket Fire Hits Southern Israel in New Attack by Gaza Terrorists

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Gaza terrorists struck southern Israel in a new rocket attack Monday morning, just as Israeli school children were setting out for school.

The Color Red incoming rocket alert warning system did not activate, apparently because it was determined that the missile would miss populated areas.

The rocket did indeed land in an open area, authorities reported, and security personnel are searching for the impact site, which radar tracked to the Eshkol Regional Council district.

There were no reports of physical injuries or property damage anywhere in the district.

Al Qaeda and Da’esh (ISIS)-linked Salafi Muslim terror groups have been responsible for most of the recent rocket fire that has been launched recently at Israel from Gaza. These global jihad groups have spent the past several years locked in a power struggle with Hamas, hoping to win control over the enclave.

Nevertheless, Israel holds the ruling Hamas terrorist organization responsible for any attacks emanating from the region. The IDF retaliates “proportionally’ for rocket and mortar fire that crosses the border into Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

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.

Hana Levi Julian

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.

Hana Levi Julian

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.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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.

Hana Levi Julian

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