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Killer of Dalia Lemkus Receives 2 Life Sentences

Friday, March 27th, 2015

In November 2014, Palestinian Authority terrorist Maher Hamdi el-Hashalmoun murdered Dalia Lemkus (26) and attempted to kill two more people at a bus stop near Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion.

Dalia Lemkus lived in Tekoa and was the daughter of Olim from South Africa. SHe had been attacked by a terrorist in 2006, and survived.

Hashalmoun expressed no regret for his actions, and even justified them based on his Islamic religious faith.

Hashalmoun initially tried to run the Jewish hitchhikers over with his car, and when that failed, he got out of his car and began stabbing people.

He was shot by another civilian who was passing by.

Lemkus’s mother demanded the death penalty for the terrorist, but the court, which never imposes the death penalty on terrorists, settled for two life sentences, and awarded the Lemkus family with NIS 4 million compensation to be paid by Hashalmoun.

IDF Foils Gush Etzion Terror Attack Planned by Nephew of Kidnap-Murderer

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

The IDF has foiled a plan by terrorists to stab Jews in Gush Etzion, and of the two terrorists who were caught Tuesday is the nephew of one of the Hamas kidnap-murderers of three yeshiva youth last June.

Soldiers had been placed on high alert Monday after reports that the nephew, 34-year-old Mohammed abu Eisha, was reported missing.

Tuesday’s terrorists, one of them armed with a knife, were caught as they approached Tekoa located across the highway from Nokdim, the home of Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman. A security officer at Tekoa was suspicious of the two men who were approaching the community, and he called the IDF, whose soldiers arrested them.

The security officer may have identified abu Eisha from pictures that Israel security personnel circulated Monday night.

Abu Eisha is from Hebron and the second terrorist, Jabrin Muntaz, 17, is from Yatta, a large city immediately to eh south of Hebron. They admitted they were planning to kill Jews.

Abu Eisha was part of the Hamas terror cell that kidnapped and murdered Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrah and Gilad Shaar, last June.

Gush Etzion has become the most popular target for terrorists the past year. The three teenagers who were murdered fell into the hands of their Hamas captors west of the Gush Etzion junction.

Last month, there were at several terrorist attacks at or near the junction, including a hit-and-run attack and two stabbing attacks at the intersection, including the murder of Dalia Lemkus, 26, of Tekoa,

It is not clear why terrorists are targeting the area.

There usually are a number of Jews at the bus stop-hitchhiking station at the junction, but the IDF maintains a constant presence there. Furthermore, there are several smaller, more rural and less protected Jewish communities in the area.

Gush Etzion is home to a large number of English-speaking Israelis, particularly in Efrat, Alon Shvut and Neve Daniel.

The area is constantly mentioned as being in the “consensus” to be under Israeli sovereignty in the event of the creation of the Palestinian Authority as a new Arab country.

If terrorists can make life unbearable for Gush Etzion residents and create public pressure to remove it from the consensus, no other Jewish community in Judea and Samaria would stand a chance of remaining a home for Jews.

 

Funeral of Gush Etzion Terror Victim Dalia Lemkus [photos]

Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

The sister of Gush Etzion terror victim Dalia Lemkus, murdered while hitchhiking on Monday, appealed to Israelis during the funeral for her sister to continue hitchhiking and not give Arab terrorists “the satisfaction” that they can stop Jews from living a normal lives.

Lemkus, 26, was from the community of Tekoa, east of Efrat, and was run over by the terrorist’s car. He then got out of the car and stabbed the victim along with two others, one of whom is in serious condition.

She previously had survived a terrorist stabbing attack several years ago and afterwards told her sister Michal she would not stop hitchhiking. “Do you think I am going to let them defeat me?” she asked rhetorically.

Michal Lemkus told hundreds of mourners at the funeral, “I want to scream at everyone, ay my country and especially at myself, ‘Don’t stop hitchhiking.’”

Her appeal was opposite the attitude of Israel’s center-left establishment after previous terrorist attacks on hitchhikers, which have prompted the media’s asking why people take the risk.

Are they right?

Yes, it would be a lot less risky to live in Tel Aviv, except that another funeral was held today for a soldier who was stabbed to death on Monday by an Arab terrorist near a Tel Aviv train station.

The body of Daliah Lamkus being escorted from the site of the funeral to the cemetery in Tekoa.

The body of Daliah Lamkus being escorted from the site of the funeral to the cemetery in Tekoa. Photo: Marc Gottlieb

 

Friends and family mourn during the funeral ceremony of Dalia Lemkus at the Jewish Tekoa on Tuesday.

Friends and family mourn during the funeral ceremony of Dalia Lemkus at the Jewish Tekoa on Tuesday. Photo: Flash 90

 

Michal Lamkus, speaking at the funeral of her sister Dalia Lamkus. Photo: Marc Gottlieb

Michal Lamkus, speaking at the funeral of her sister Dalia Lamkus.

The body of Dalia Lamkus being escorted from the site of the funeral to the cemetery in Tekoa. Photo: Marc Gottlieb

The body of Dalia Lamkus being escorted from the site of the funeral to the cemetery in Tekoa.

 

 

 

For Alon Shvut Terror Victim , this was Second Terror Stabbing

Monday, November 10th, 2014

Dalia Lemkos (26) of Tekoa HY”D has been identified as the murder victim in the Alon Shvut terror attack today.

The terrorist first tried to run over his victims with his car at an Alon Shvut bus stop, but when that failed, he got out of his car and stabbed Lemkos in the neck. She was seriously wounded and was pronounced dead at the scene.

This wasn’t Lemkos’s first time in a terror attack.

On February 26, 2006, Dalia Lemkos was stabbed by terrorists in Gush Etzion. In an eerily similar attack, she had been waiting at a hitchhiking station when an Arab terrorist attacked the hitchhikers, stabbing two of them including Lemkos. Her injuries in the 2006 attack were not life-threatening.

The Lemkos family made Aliyah from South Africa, and lived in Tekoa for the past 15 years. Dalia Lemkos was a volunteered at Yad Sarah, and was an MDA ambulance driver.

Her funeral is tentatively scheduled for Monday morning at 10 AM in Tekoa.

Travel Terror Continues Around Tekoa, Jerusalem, Judea

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Arab terrorists were out in force on Wednesday, attacking travelers along the roads and rails of Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem.

By 10 pm, there were at least 21 reports of deadly Arab ambushes with rock attacks and firebombs aimed at Israeli vehicles, according to the Hebrew-language 0404 website.

A bus traveling towards Tekoa in eastern Gush Etzion came under attack by Arab road terrorists who hurled rocks and firebombs at the driver and passengers. The window of the bus was shattered but miraculously no one was physically injured.

“They hit the bus with a hail of stones,” one of the passengers told the 0404 website, “then hurled a bottle of paint at the windshield of the driver.”

The Jerusalem Light Rail also came under attack Wednesday, with Arabs in the northern neighborhood of Shuafat again hurling rocks at the cars as the train passed through the area.

None of the passengers were physically injured though a number were traumatized, and the train was damaged in the attack. Nearly half of the cars in the Light Rail fleet are out of commission due to intifada attacks by Jerusalem-area Arabs, most of them in the Shuafat neighborhood.

4 Wounded in Gush Etzion Road Terror Attack

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

Four Israeli citizens were wounded Thursday morning in a road terror attack near the Jewish community of Tekoa.

The victims were traveling in a car with Israeli license plates when they were attacked by Arabs hurling a barrage of heavy rocks and boulders.

The windows of the vehicle were smashed by the heavy rocks, and four of the people riding in the car were wounded by flying glass and by the hard missiles with which they were struck.

All four were taken to a medical clinic in the nearby Jewish city of Efrat, about ten minutes away from Jerusalem, local sources said.

Just yesterday (Wednesday) Israel Police Lt.-Col. Baruch Mizrahi was laid to rest in the police cemetery at Mt. Herzl, a victim of a terror attack in Judea on nearby Highway 35, on the outskirts of Hevron. Mizrahi was murdered and his pregnant wife and 9 year old son injured when a gunman shot them with an AK-47 assault rifle from the side of the road as they were traveling to attend a Passover seder in Kiryat Arba. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Tekoa is located on the opposite side of the sector, among the hills of eastern Gush Etzion in the shadow of the Herodian, the burial place of the Biblical King Herod.

The community is situated next to the ancient village of Teq’ua, now an Arab village. A number of residents in the two communities have quietly established good relations. Ironically, it was Teq’ua residents who called friends in Tekoa for help when they came under missile fire from Gaza during the last mini-war, Operation Pillar of Defense.

Drive-by Shooting in Gush Etzion

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

Shortly after 8:30 PM on Tuesday, there was a drive-by shooting in Gush Etzion at some IDF troops.

The shooting took place at the junction between Maaleh Amos and Tekoa, which is east of Efrat.

No one was injured in the attack.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/drive-by-shooting-in-gush-etzion/2013/12/24/

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