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July 1, 2016 / 25 Sivan, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Tekoa’

Jewish School Bus Targeted in Drive-by Shooting in Gush Etzion

Saturday, May 21st, 2016

Arab terrorists opened fire Saturday night at an Israeli school bus in Gush Etzion as it passed the Arab village of Tequa, near the Jewish community of Tekoa.

The armored and bullet proof school bus was leaving Tekoa on its way west Gush Etzion, when a Fiat Punto pulled up by the bus, the Arab driver pulled out a gun and began shooting at the bus.

The bus driver reported the shooting. The windshield was damaged.

No one was injured in the attack.

Security forces fanned out to hunt down the terrorists.

Residents in Jewish communities in the eastern Gush Etzion area are in lock-down while the search is ongoing.

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US Envoy Admits Timing ‘Not Ideal’ in Criticism of Israel

Monday, January 25th, 2016

Timing is everything – as diplomats are supposed to know. U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro admitted Monday in an interview on Galei Tzahal Army Radio that his timing was off last week when he criticized Israeli policy.

Shapiro’s diplomatic assault came on the same day two young Israeli mothers were stabbed – one murdered – in attacks by teenage Arab terrorists from the Palestinian Authority.

The envoy from Washington told the Institute for National Security Studies that day the Israeli government has two legal standards – one for Israeli citizens and the other for PA Arabs.

“I understand my timing was not ideal,” Shapiro told Army Radio on Monday (Jan. 25).

He made the statements on the day Daphna Meir, a 39-year-old mother of six, was laid to rest after being stabbed to death in her own home by a 16-year-old Arab from a nearby village. Three of her children arrived just in time to see the terrorist trying unsuccessfully to pull his bloodied knife out of their mother’s body. Her oldest daughter’s screams drove him to flee.

“I began with condemnations of the terror attacks in Otniel and Tekoa. There were only one or two controversial sentences, and if it hurt the Meir family or those mourning [Daphna], or course I regret that.”

That same day, a 30-year-old pregnant woman was stabbed in the shoulder and the lung by in the eastern Gush Etzion community of Tekoa. Michal Froman is the daughter-in-law of the late rabbi of the town, who was known for his emphasis on need for coexistence with their Arab neighbors. She, too, supports that view and is unwilling to blame her teenage Arab attacker, having told media he appeared “confused… lost.” Froman told media from her bed in the hospital that she and her husband will continue her father-in-law’s work.

As for his charge that Israel holds a legal double standard, Shapiro maintained he praised the government for its arrests and convictions in the Duma case.

Israel carried out a mammoth sweep of the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, arresting dozens of hilltop youth and holding them under administrative detention. Several later charged they were tortured by Shin Bet operatives in order to extract “confessions.”

Months later, one adult and a minor were allegedly indicted in connection with the case but most of the details still remain under a strict gag order.

“We encourage Israel to continue all investigations of different violent incidents, because it’s very important to show commitment to the rule of law,” he said.

Shapiro admitted that the prospects for peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority – at least in the form of the much-vaunted “two-state solution” are fast fading.

He did not mention the fact that since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu entered office in 2009, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas spent a grand total of six hours in direct talks with Israel’s leader – despite his rants about wanting to work out their differences.

“We are in a period when there may not be negotiations in the near future,” he said, “so we are trying to find steps on both sides to advance peace and security for Israel and Palestinians alike, and to preserve the possibility of two states.”

Hana Levi Julian

Released and Still a Believer

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Michal Froman left Sharei Tzedek hospital today, after being stabbed by an Arab terrorist in a clothing store in the community of Tekoa on Monday.

The terrorist stabbed her in the shoulder, puncturing her lung. Froman is 18 weeks pregnant. The fetus was not harmed from the attack.

Froman is also the daughter-in-law of the late Rabbi Menachem Froman, the chief rabbi of Tekoa. He was a big believer in coexistence with the Arabs based on the shared religious values of Judaism and Islam, whatever those values might be.

Michal Froman shared, and despite the attack, still shares those same exact beliefs as her father-in-law.

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Kerry’s State Dept ‘Appalled’ by (Unnamed) Terrorist Attacks on Israelis

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Apparently attacking two defenseless women, one the mother of six, the other a pregnant woman, was too much for even Secretary of State John Kerry’s State Dept. to ignore.

About midday D.C. time on Monday, Jan. 18, the U.S. State Department issued a statement condemning the barbaric attacks on two Israeli women in less than 48 hours. One of the women was murdered at the door of her own home as several of her children watched or heard in horror. The other victim, a woman five months pregnant, was stabbed in a clothing store in her home community, who remains in Shaare Tzedek Meical Center’s Trauma Unit.

The U.S. acknowledged the horrific attacks on the two Israelis, mentioning each by name.

This is the full, six sentence, one paragraph condemnation issued by Kerry’s State Department’s spokesperson John Kirby:

We condemn in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attacks over the past two days against Israeli civilians. We were appalled and deeply saddened by the death of Dafna Meir, a mother of six, who was attacked on Sunday in her own home. We extend our deepest condolences to her family, friends and community. Today, a pregnant Israeli woman, Michal Froman, was stabbed in the West Bank. We wish her a full and complete recovery. These horrific incidents underscore the importance of affirmative steps to restore calm, reduce tensions and bring an immediate end to the violence.

It is appropriate for the State Dept. to condemn these brutal attacks, as they do others even when far less brutal, when they occur in the region.

The title of the statement uses the term “West Bank” to note where the attacks took place, rather than simply stating Israel. On the other hand, at least neither the title nor the statement itself describes the places where the women were attacked as “settlements,” as did, for example, the BBC  and even the JTA, in their reports.

At least as significant is that while the U.S. condemned the savage attacks, no responsibility was placed on any actors. The “terrorist attacks” happened, but nothing was said about who committed the acts, or who directed the attacks. In both instances it is already known that Palestinian Authority Arabs were the terrorists who knifed the women, one to death. One of the terrorists was an Arab who had been welcomed in to work in the community where he stabbed to death the mother of six. The other terrorist was an Arab teenager from nearby Bethlehem who entered the yishuv through a hole in the fence surrounding the community.

Not assigning blame when Palestinian or Israeli Arabs stab, slash, shoot or ram innocent Israelis is part of the modus operandi of John Kerry’s State Department, as it also was when State was run by now presidential-candidate Hillary Clinton.

This time, at least, the victims were particularized, but the people and entity responsible were not. That’s a problem that allows the responsible parties to remain anonymous and blameless on the world stage, where Israel, Israelis and, in particular, the Israeli government is always named and blamed.

Just wait to see what is the response to the new dictate by the chief security officer for Gush Etzion, the area south of Jerusalem in which the pregnant woman was stabbed. Arabs will now be barred from entering any of the Jewish towns in the area. Collective punishment? Apartheid? It’s coming. Four…three….two….one.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Pregnant Woman Stabbed in Tekoa, Terrorist Dead

Monday, January 18th, 2016

An Arab terrorist stabbed a pregnant Israeli woman in her 30s in a clothing warehouse in the Jewish community of Tekoa on Monday morning.

The victim was working at the warehouse when she the terrorist entered the building and attacked her.

The public is being asked to please pray for the good health and speedy recovery of Michal bat Esther and for the healing and good health of her unborn child.

The community is nestled in the hills of in eastern Gush Etzion, just a few minutes south of Jerusalem, located in the shadow of the Herodian.

The victim was seriously injured in the attack. She was treated at the scene by Magen David Adom paramedics before she was rushed to Sha’are Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

The terrorist was shot and killed by an armed civilian from local security forces.

A woman and her six-month-old baby were injured on October 1, 2015 in Arab stone-throwing attacks; two other children in the car were also badly traumatized.

A month later, Arab terrorists again attacked cars traveling near Tekoa.

The attackers again threw stones and firebombs at passing Israeli motorists, TPS reported. A security vehicle from Tekoa was damaged in one of the attacks.

Hana Levi Julian

Female Arab Terrorist Attacks Israeli Soldier in Hebron

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

An Arab terrorist attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at a security checkpoint early Sunday afternoon in the ancient Judean city of Hebron.

The terrorist, a female, was immediately shot by other IDF soldiers standing nearby. The attacker was “arrested and evacuated for medical treatment,” according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

No Israeli injuries were reported in the second attack.

Hana Levi Julian

IDF Demolishes Home of Terrorist Who Murdered Israeli in 2014

Tuesday, October 20th, 2015

(JNi.media) Better late than never? Dalia Lemkus, 26, from Tekoa, in Judea and Samaria, who survived a stabbing attack in Gush Etzion in 2006, finally fell prey to another terrorist on Monday night, October 11, 2014. A full year later, on Monday night, October 20, 2015, “in accordance with a directive from Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon,” Israeli security forces demolished the home of Maher Hamdi Zuhair Rashdi Al-Hashlamoun in Hebron.

Al-Hashlamoun, 26, a resident of Hebron, drove his car to the Alon Shvut junction and ran over Dalia Lemkus. The terrorist then got out of his vehicle and stabbed his victim multiple times. Witnesses at the scene attempted to fight him off, and the assailant stabbed two of them as well. Later that day, Dalia Lemkus died of her injuries.

Lemkus was wounded in another stabbing attack, in February 2006, when she was only 17. She was lightly wounded when a 28-year-old Hebron resident arrived at the Gush Etzion Junction with a knife and started stabbing Lemkus and another man, who was moderately hurt. A police officer on vacation happened at the scene of the attack, noticed the terrorist, got out of his car and cocked his weapon. The terrorist then fled the scene.

IDF Spokesman Lt. Col. Peter Lerner said in a statement: “One year ago, a terrorist rammed his car and stabbed people standing at a bus stop at the Alon Shvut junction, murdering Dalia Lemkus. Last night’s activity sends a clear message that there is a personal price to pay when you are involved in terrorism. We will utilize all the necessary means in order to protect innocent civilians from the atrocities of those engaged in stabbing, shooting and the killing of innocent Israelis.”

According to data collected by statistician Nehemia Gershuni, there have been 48 stabbing attacks against Jews by Arabs between September 18 and October 18, 2015. On its face, this should mean 48 demolitions in the near future. But, so far, Israeli authorities have executed only two demolitions of terrorist homes, while canceling at the last minute the demolition of an Arab apartment building in east Jerusalem that was declared an eyesore and had been approved for razing by Israel’s high court.

JNi.Media

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