An Arab construction worker, working inside the community of Otniel, entered into a home around 5:30 PM, and stabbed and murdered a 38 year-old woman. The woman was taken to Soroka Medical Center by helicopter in critical condition.
The woman, identified as Daphna Meir HY”D, was murdered in front of 3 of her children. Daphna was a mother to 4 children, as well as two foster children.
She worked as a nurse in Soroka hospital.
Givati Brigade soldiers are searching for the escaped terrorist through the Arab village of Khirbet Karma, near Otniel. The IDF is also still searching for the terrorist inside Otniel, but it’s becoming clearer that he is no longer there.
The community is currently under full lock-down as the army searches for the terrorist.
The funeral for Daphna Meir will leave from Otniel at 9 AM Monday morning, and the funeral will be held in Givat Shaul at 11 AM.
The teen terrorist who stabbed a Jewish teacher in France Monday told police he was “acting for ‘Da’esh’ (ISIS),” French prosecutor Brice Robin told international news reporters.
The attacker, who turns 16 next week, was an ethnic Kurd from Turkey who appeared not to be aware that Da’esh is no friend to the Kurds in Turkey and Syria. The two sides are fierce enemies and constantly fight deadly battles.
The suspect “has the profile of someone who was radicalized on the Internet,” said Robin at an afternoon news briefing. He is charged with “attempted murder on grounds of religion” and “defense of terrorism.” The teen terrorist stabbed the 35-year-old teacher outside a synagogue in the southern French city of Marseille as he was heading to work at the nearby Franco-Hebraic Institute.
The attack took place in the ninth arrondissement district, a well-known neighborhood that is highly populated with hareidi Jews.
The victim was stabbed with a machete in the shoulder from behind, and then chased by his attacker until apparently both of them fell. The teacher fought off the terrorist, using his arms and legs in addition to the religious text he was carrying, but was stabbed in the hand.
The attacker then fled. He was caught by the neighborhood Anti-Crime Brigade about ten minutes later.
“It seemed clear he does not have a full grasp of the fundamentals of Islam,” Robin told journalists at an afternoon news conference. He clearly understood the goals of Da’esh, however: the young terrorist-in-training told investigators that he would arm himself and kill police as soon as he is released.
Robin added that the young terrorist’s family was unaware of their son’s radicalization and believed he was a “good student.”
As for his attack on a Jewish teacher, however, Robin acknowledged, “It appears there was a form of premeditation,” with intent to kill his victim due to his faith.
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls was far more blunt, and addressed the obvious anti-Semitism with considerable vigor. In a tweet posted to the Twitter social network, Valls wrote: “The anti-Semitic aggression against a teacher in Marseille is revolting.”
French President Francois Hollande said authorities will fight “with the greatest firmness against anti-Semitism and racism.” He called the attack “unspeakable and unjustifiable.”
A 16-year-old terrorist in France attempted to stab a Jewish man wearing a yarmulka Monday morning outside a Marseille synagogue, in the city’s ninth arrondissement district.
The victim sustained wounds to his back and hand, according to French television station BFMTV.
The machete used by the teenage terrorist ultimately ended up on the ground as the young attacker tried to flee the scene. He was arrested about ten minutes later by the Anti-Crime Brigade, BFMTV reported.
The attack took place in a neighborhood which is highly populated with Jews. French police have thrown a dragnet around the area, which has been entirely shut down.
In November 2015, three attackers believed to be linked to the Da’esh (ISIS) terrorist organization stabbed a Chabad-Lubavitch emissary to Marseille in the face. At around 8pm local time, Rabbi Tzion Sa’adoun, 56, was attacked outside his home, a short distance from the synagogue and school where he teaches Judaic studies.
According to fellow emissary and Rabbi Eliyahu Altab, who spoke with Chabad.org, “Right outside his home he was ambushed by three people. He was stabbed on his face, body, arms and legs. A car drove by and the attackers got scared and fled.”
One of the attackers demanded the victim look at the tee shirt he was wearing – one emblazoned with the symbol of Da’esh – and then pulled out his knife and stabbed him. All three yelled anti-Semitic epithets. The attack had been the second such incident within weeks.
In response, Israel’s High Court of Justice approved orders to demolish the homes on December 23, 2015. The orders were carried out on Monday morning (Jan 4).
The home of Baha’a Aliyan, 22, was demolished. Alliyan boarded Egged bus No. 78 in the Armon HaNatziv neighborhood together with another terrorist, Bilal Ranem, 23 and began stabbing and shooting the passengers. Two victims died instantly and a third died a few weeks later. More than a dozen others were wounded in the attack, which took place not far from the terrorists’ own neighborhood. Aliyan was shot and killed by police. Ranem was shot and wounded; he was arrested by police and taken into custody.
Aliyan’s home was completely demolished Monday morning by IDF engineers.
Nearly simultaneously, Abu Jamal rammed his Bezeq service vehicle into a crowd of people at a bus stop on Malchei Israel Street in central Jerusalem, then got out and began chopping whoever was left standing, with a cleaver. Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky, z’l, 60, was killed.
The home of Ala’a Abu Jamal – who was employed as a technician with the Bezeq telephone company – was filled with concrete by the IDF engineers, and completely sealed off.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this evening, visited the murder scene on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv where he was briefed on the progress of the investigation by – inter alia – Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Israel Police Inspector General Roni Alsheich. The Prime Minister lit a memorial candle and spoke with one of the pub’s owners.
Prime Minister Netanyahu:
“Yesterday there was a heinous and unbelievably vicious murder here. Young people, whose entire lives were ahead of them, the ages of my own children, were innocently sitting celebrating a birthday and were murdered in cold blood. I would like to send heartfelt condolences to the families of those who were murdered and wishes for a complete and quick recovery to the wounded. We are praying for their well-being.
The Israel Police and ISA are working around the clock to apprehend the murderer. I just received a comprehensive briefing on their operations. They, the security forces of the State of Israel, are working to the best of their abilities. The photograph of the murderer has been published; additional photographs of him will also be published. We have reinforced our units in all relevant areas. I request that the public be on maximum alert.
I appreciate the condemnations of the crime that have been made by the Arab public. I must say that I expect all Arab MKs, all of them without exception, to clearly condemn the murder without hesitation. Murder is murder, and must be condemned and acted against from whatever quarter.
Among Israel’s Muslim citizens there are many elements that have come out against the violence and wish for full law enforcement in their communities. However, we all know that there is wild radical Islamic incitement against the State of Israel in the Arab sector. There is incitement in mosques, in the educational system and in social media. We are taking strong action against this incitement just as we did when we outlawed the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement and the Mourabitoun. I am not prepared to accept two States of Israel, a state of law for most of its citizens and a state within a state for some of them, in enclaves in which there is no law enforcement and in which there is Islamist incitement, rampant crime and illegal weapons that are frequently fired at events such as weddings. This era has ended.
I have formulated a plan, along with the Public Security Minister and the Israel Police Inspector General, a plan with a lot of money and resources. We will dramatically increase law enforcement services in the Arab sector. Israel will enforce the law and its sovereignty in all parts of the country – in the Galilee, the Negev and the Triangle, everywhere. We will build new police stations, recruit more police and go into all communities and demand from all of them loyalty to the laws of the state. One cannot say ‘I am an Israeli in rights and a Palestinian in obligations.’ Whoever wants to be Israeli should be an Israeli all the way, both in rights and in obligations, and the first and highest obligation is to obey the laws of the state.
I view positively the increasing involvement in the IDF, in civilian service and in the overall life of the state, of the Christian, Druze and northern Bedouin communities, and within the Muslim community as well. I call on all citizens of Israel, especially its Muslim citizens, to take the path of integration, coexistence and peace and not the path of incitement, hatred and fanaticism. We are all citizens of the state and are all bound to maintain it and uphold its laws.