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IDF Elite Special Ops Unit Deploys in Gush Etzion to ID, Deter Lone Wolf Attackers

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015

IDF Central Command has deployed the elite special ops ‘Maglan’ unit in Gush Etzion in a last-gasp attempt to avoid the necessity of another complete separation between Jews and Arabs in the region, as happened a decade ago.

The goal: identify potential jihadists before they start their journey to terror and turn them around.

“It is possible to track down and identify a lone terrorist before he has made that final decision to stab or run someone over, and to stop [the attack,] Col. Roman Gofman, Commander of the Etzion Brigade, told the Hebrew-language Ynet news site.

“This requires two things: locating the potential attacker and then putting pressure on him or persuading him not to carry out the attack. Once he has decided to attack it’s very hard to stop him,” Gofman noted, according to the report.

One of the new methods of pressuring potential attackers is that of “targeted closure.” This involves quietly knocking on the door of the targeted individual and then entering the home in the wee hours, before anyone can slip away to the cafe before heading out to work at 3:30 am, when most leave their villages. If it is not possible to enter quietly, IDF soldiers will do what they must, which could include shouting or drawing weapons. But the preferred method is to move quietly, with dignity, in order to carry out an arrest and begin the necessary conversation.

Targeted individuals include those ages 16 to 25 who appear to be seeking attention and perhaps martyrdom along the way, Gofman explains. “Every attacker leaves signs long before they decide to become martyrs. We just need to pick up these signals from every possible source: Shin Bet, social networks and many other things that would point to … a potential attacker.

“In earlier periods terrorists wanted to kill Jews and some were willing to become martyrs for it,” Gofman said. “Now they want to become martyrs and if they can kill a couple of Jews while accomplishing that, then all the better.

“One way or another they are lauded and gain status in Palestinian society. They are the target of incitement from all directions. Lone attacks are a result of vicious cycle whose essence is imitation and inspiration.”

Teens who have already thrown stones and/or firebombs at Israeli vehicles or security forces are arrested and taken into custody. They are then questioned by investigators who also try to persuade them not to repeat their mistakes — not to commit the same crimes once they are released. They are typically sent to jail for a long enough sentence hopefully to deter but not harden them.

Especially for those who have not yet acted and have no criminal file, the IDF discussions with parents and extended family, carried out in fluent Arabic, have often been effective. The explanations about the consequences of their child’s actions can have great influence, according to Gofman.

“Even those who distribute candy after attacks, do not want their sons to commit suicide,” Gofman told Ynet journalist Ron Ben-Yishai. “Most of them are like that. Most of them want to see their child come home from school, or the younger son return home from work, so they are therefore a powerful influence through whom we try to act.”

Hana Levi Julian

Jerusalem Light Rail Attacked by Stone-Throwers in Shuafat

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

The Light Rail came under attack by Arabs hurling rocks at about 9 am Tuesday in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat.

No physical injuries were reported but as has often been the case in such attacks, at least one car was damaged.

Stone-throwing attacks on the Light Rail line usually take place in Shuafat or one of the nearby neighborhoods. They prove to be costly both to the company that runs the line, and to city residents.

When cars are damaged they are taken out of service to be repaired at a cost of thousands of shekels.

But fewer cars also means reduced availability and less convenient schedules for commuters in Arab neighborhoods too, which clearly does not concern the terrorists in their midst.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Gunfire Hits Arab Stone-Throwers

Sunday, November 22nd, 2015

IDF soldiers fired at three Arab stone-throwers who were attacking Israeli motorists traveling Highway 60 in Judea on Saturday night.

The soldiers confirmed they hit and wounded at least one of the attackers as they were throwing stones at the Israeli drivers.

The troops set out to search for the perpetrators, who fled after the soldiers opened fire.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Terror Attacks Aimed at IDF, Light Rail Train

Friday, November 13th, 2015

Arabs attacked a Light Rail train Thursday night in northern Jerusalem and hurled rocks at Israeli security personnel early Friday in Samaria.

Riots were reported early Friday as Palestinian Authority Arabs clashed with Israeli military forces in Al-Bireh, which is adjacent to Ramallah in Samaria, about 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) north of Jerusalem.

The attackers threw stones at the IDF soldiers, according to local sources.

Elsewhere in related security news, Arab attackers threw stones Thursday night at a Light Rail train as it traveled through the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat.

None of the passengers were physically injured in the attack, but at least one of the cars was damaged and was taken out of service.

On Tuesday, two Arab children stabbed a 25-year-old guard aboard a Jerusalem Light Rail train in a terror attack.

The guard was slightly wounded but shot the 11-year-old who had stabbed him, while passengers restrained the other young terrorist until police arrived.

“I wanted to kill Jews to avenge my cousin Muhammad who was murdered at Damascus Gate,” one of the two young terrorists later confessed to police. He explained that he wanted to avenge the death of his cousin, who was shot and killed last month after stabbing two police officers in Jerusalem.

The two youngsters, 14-year-old Muawiyyeh Alkam and 11-year-old Ali Alkam are both residents of Shuafat. They were seen on CCTV security footage from their attack carefully observing their target on the train in nearby Pisgat Ze’ev and waiting until the guard was distracted to draw their knives and attack.

Alkam, age 11, is hospitalized in good condition at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center. Remand for his 14-year-old cousin has been extended for another week by the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court, pending presentation of evidence by police for arraignment and indictment.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Motorcyclist Wounded in Jerusalem Arab Stone-Throwing Attack

Monday, November 9th, 2015

An Israeli man in his 20s who was riding a motorcycle in Jerusalem was wounded by Arab terrorists Monday when they hurled rocks at him as he drove through the A-Tur neighborhood in the city.

The victim was treated for facial injuries by Magen David Adom personnel who arrived at the scene, before he was evacuated to Sha’are Zedek Medical Center.

The neighborhood has been a flashpoint for Arab violence more than once this year, and often since the start of the current wave of terror.

Hana Levi Julian

Arabs Firebomb Border Guard Police in Samaria

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Arab violence continued late Monday afternoon with an attack on Israeli Border Guard Police officers stationed along the security fence in central Israel.

Armed Arab rioters hurled firebombs and stones at Israeli Border Guard Police officers in Samaria.

There were about two dozen attackers, some of whom were also carrying knives and slingshots.

The officers were attacked while they were guarding the security fence near the Palestinian Authority-controlled Arab city of Qalkilya.

Several of the rioters were arrested by Israeli forces and transferred to security personnel for further questioning.

Hana Levi Julian

8 Overnight Arab Terror Attacks on Israeli Motorists

Friday, November 6th, 2015

In eight separate cases overnight Thursday night Israeli motorists found themselves with flying rocks and flaming bottle bombs smashing into their cars — sometimes directly at their windshields.

Arab terrorists carried out at least eight such attacks in different locations in the early hours of Friday morning in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

Attackers hurled firebombs along southern areas of Highway 60 in Judea. Arab terrorists hurled rocks and firebombs at motorists who drove past the villages of El Aroub, Tubas, Ein Yabrud and Kfar Na’ama.

IDF soldiers searched the area for the perpetrators after several vehicles reported the attacks, and eventually found some of the weapons.

The forces discovered a stockpile of firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and rocks squirreled away for use as ammunition in attacks against Israeli motorists.

Attacks were also reported at the Mount of Olives and the City of David in Jerusalem, and near the Samaria Arab city of Tulkarm as well.

No information was released about damage to property or injuries to travelers.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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