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The scene of the terror attack in Kiryat Arba - June 30, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

A 13-year-old Israeli girl was murdered Thursday morning by an Arab terrorist who stabbed her in her bed in the community of Kiryat Arba, near Hebron.

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The terrorist breached the community’s security fence just before 9 a.m. and entered the home of the Ariel family, stabbing the sleeping daughter, Hallel Yaffa, multiple times in her bed. Hallel, an eighth-grader, died of her wounds soon afterward.

The terrorist, 17-year-old Mohammed Tarayra from the nearby Arab village of Bani Na’im, east of Hebron, was killed by security forces at the scene.

A 31-year-old local security volunteer who attempted to subdue the terrorist was also stabbed, as well as shot inadvertently by Israeli security forces. His wounds are moderate to severe.

“My daughter was sleeping, calm and peaceful, and a terrorist just got into her bed and murdered her,” Hallel’s mother, Rina, told Israeli media, weeping. “I ask that everyone consider our pain, that you come to console us, come to encourage us, to say that Kiryat Arba is ours and is a place where it’s possible to live and not die, to continue with our love for the place and the land.”

“We received a call about a terror attack in Kiryat Arba, and we arrived there and saw two wounded victims, including a girl who was about 14 or 15 years old,” Magen David Adom paramedic Devorah Aviad told Tazpit Press Service (TPS). “She was very seriously wounded from a number of injuries in the center of her body.”

“Security officials saw movement on the fence in the neighborhood of Harsina, we recognized that someone passed the fence,” a security official told TPS news. “Security officials of the neighborhood arrived, recognized the terrorist next to the home and inside the house we found the girl stabbed.”

Hallel Yaffa Ariel was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem where she later died of her wounds.

The second victim, in moderate to severe condition, was transferred to the trauma center at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center where he is being treated for gunshot wounds in both the upper body and legs, the hospital announced.

Since the attack, the village of Bani Na’im has been placed under lockdown.

“In the coming hours, the IDF is preparing to carry out a full closure on the village of Bani Na’im where the terrorist who carried out the terrorist attack in Kiryat Arba came from,” the Israeli military announced. “Additionally, IDF forces are currently operating in the village and entering the house of the terrorist for the purposes of investigating.”

“We are deeply hurt and share the pain of the Ariel family,” said the local Hebron Council in a statement following the attack, placing the blame on the Palestinian Authority. “We will rise up stronger, resolute and with faith that justice will prevail.”

The victim was related to Uri Ariel, Israel’s minister of agriculture and rural development, who tweeted: “Arab terror has struck our family, but the response must be national. Dettering terrorists, redoubling building and planting in Judea and Samaria, and applying Israeli sovereignty to Area C.”

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1 COMMENT

  1. “The Hour will not be established until you fight with the Jews, and the stone behind which a Jew will be hiding will say. O Muslim! There is a Jew hiding behind me, so kill him.”- Bukhari (52:177); Hadith (Website: The Religion of Peace)

    Islam itself must be outlawed and eradicated.

    The followers of Islam have been indoctrinated since infancy that Islam and its faithful will eventually rule the earth. The commands canonized in their Qur’an very explicitly make that a point and dictate that it should be accomplished by slaying the Jew and the infidel until the task is accomplished. Again, this is what Muslims from childhood are taught, believe and expect. The orthodox Muslims that practice it are labeled “terrorists”, "radicals" or some other euphemistic label which when you call it out separately lets Islam itself off the hook, that when in fact they are carrying out to the letter explicit and very clear Islamic religious commands. An example would be to say that there is a problem with the radical SS, thus implying that Nazism itself would otherwise be okay if it were not for those pesky SS.

    No decent person can remain a follower of Islam. Islam commands that its followers must not take infidels as friends. And indeed what decent person can claim to be your friend yet remain a willing follower of a religion which has indoctrinated them since earliest childhood that they are commanded to either murder you or at very least subjugate you to the status of a dhimmi, to expect that their religion will become superior over all other religions, to practice taqqiya, tawriya, kitman and muruna in claiming to be your friend all the while knowing it is the opposite that is true. Disgusting.

    THIS. IS. ISLAM.

    Islam itself must be outlawed and eradicated.

    In the words of Turkish PM Erdogan regarding the term "moderate Islam" to describe the AKP party – "These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.”

    Search for the following: "Learn about Islam. That is the most important thing for people to do. Learn who it is that you are not." – Samuel Lurie

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