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‘Freedom March’ Spells Pre-Shabbat Nightmare for Gush Etzion Jews

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

A group called Combatants for Peace, in cooperation with the “Standing Together” initiative (not this Standing Together, but a different group which is occupying the same name), plans to gather hundreds of Jews and Arabs to “demonstrate together at the Freedom March on Friday, September 2, at 1:30 PM, by the tunnel checkpoint” in Gush Etzion, to protest Israeli administrative detentions without trial and in solidarity with hunger strikers (suspected terrorists and affiliates).

The Freedom March will begin at the Battir village roundabout adjacent to Route 60, and proceed to the tunnel checkpoint “separating Bethlehem from Jerusalem”.

Their press release wasn’t accurate, as the tunnel checkpoint separates Gush Etzion from Jerusalem, whereas Bethlehem is separated from Jerusalem at the checkpoint on Derech Hebron in Jerusalem at the turnoff to Rachel’s Tomb.

The section of Route 60 known as the Tunnel Road, built by Israel, is a stretch of a little under 1.5 miles, the road crosses the Refa’im range and the Beit Gilo range in two tunnels, one 300 yards, the other 1,000 yards, connected with a large bridge over the Gilo River valley.

Israel began building the bridge and tunnels in 1992 and the stretch was inaugurated on September 2, 1996. There’s a 20 year anniversary coming up in a few days.

It is now the main highway that connects Jerusalem and western Gush Etzion, and was built, in part, to relieve the pressure from the old, scenic Walleja road which wasn’t designed for the volume of traffic that exists in Gush Etzion, and as one of the bypass roads that were built after the Oslo accords were signed.

The unique stretch of this tunnel road allows a few dozen (the organizers will never attract hundreds) protesters to block traffic travelling between Jerusalem and Gush Etzion on Erev Shabbat, as they did back in July, when a group of “former” Arab terrorists and their leftwing Israeli enablers held a protest and for a short time blocked Highway 60, holding up signs saying “The wall is violent,” which, by the way, the year 2006 called and wanted back.

The problem is that these protests are done with approval from the IDF, and so, as long as the protesters are not using violence and stay on the side of the road (which they obviously didn’t do last time) no one cares. But when they block the road, motorists are forced to stay in their cars in an ever burgeoning traffic jam, and wait for someone in authority to come open up the highway.

With Shabbat candle lighting time starting to drop below 7 PM, in a few weeks such protests could pose an enormous inconvenience for hundreds, if not thousands of local residents and visitors.

JewishPress.com inquired with the organizers via email if they invited participants from Judea and Samaria who have protested against administrative detentions and restraining orders against Jews. They responded that “anyone who supports human rights and an end to the occupation is more than welcome.”

So much for cooperation and intersectionality between the downtrodden.

So, if you live in Gush Etzion and plan a trip to Jerusalem Friday — maybe you should stay home and clean up before Shabbat.

David Israel

Breaking: IDF Soldier Injured in Gush Etzion Terror Bombing

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

An IDF soldier was moderately to seriously wounded at around 11 pm Wednesday night when a Palestinian Arab terrorist hurled a homemade bomb at him while he was out on patrol near the Har Gilo / Beit Jala checkpoint just outside of Jerusalem, in Gush Etzion.

The soldier was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center with serious wounds, many on his face.

The attack occurrred at the IDF’s “Panora” position, which is above the area of the tunnel road which connects Gush Etzion to Jerusalem, near Beit Jala.

According to the Tazpit News Agency, the terrorist came from Beit Jala, to the entrance of the IDF position, where he then threw the IED (improvised explosive device). The soldier was guarding the gate when he was attacked and injured.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Firebomb Thrown at Tunnel Road

Saturday, July 18th, 2015

A firebomb was thrown over the security wall in Gush Etzion, between the two tunnels tunnels on the Gush Etzion-Jerusalem road, on Saturday night.

No damage or injuries were reported.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Breaking News: Shooting on Gush Etzion Tunnel Road

Sunday, June 15th, 2014

Palestinian Authority Arabs opened fire near the tunnel road leading to Gush Etzion.

Initial reports indicate that the shots were fired from a white Subaru. Police have reportedly identified the car and are currently in pursuit.

Five bullet casings from a pistol have been found near the IDF post at the checkpoint, near the turnoff to the village of Walleja.

Police and IDF forces declared a high alert for the area. The main highway, Road 60, and communities in the area were temporarily closed, but have been reopened.

Searches are continuing in the area between the village of Walleja and Road 60.

No one was injured in the shooting.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Firebombs Thrown onto Gush Etzion Tunnel Road

Monday, June 10th, 2013

On Monday night, two firebombs were thrown at the entrance to the southern tunnel leading into Gush Etzion (on the bridge side), according to the Tazpit News Agency.

There were no injuries or damage reported in the attack.

IDF soldiers searched the area but did not find the attackers. It appears the firebombs were thrown over the security wall.

Firebombs were also thrown at Rachel’s Tomb.

 

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Arab on Arab Rock Violence, and Stone Throwers Caught

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Two female Arab motorists were hurt by Arab rock throwers on Road 60, near the tunnels in Gush Etzion, at around 9PM Wednesday night.

Over the past few days, Arabs have been throwing rocks and paint at Israeli cars driving down Highway 60, near Efrat, trying to cause an accident.

Last night, Arab stone throwers from El Hadr attacked a car they thought was Israeli, but was actually an Arab car with two women and 6 children in it.

The two Arab women were hurt by the Arab stone throwers, one seriously. They managed to drive to to the tunnel checkpoint where they received medical attention.

Last night, Israel security forces also captured a group of 5 Arabs who were attacking passing Jewish motorists on Highway 60 with stones. They were the unbelievable ages of 9 through 12. They got started young.

 

 

Jewish Press News Briefs

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