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A Krav Maga class for teachers in Efrat

It might look a little like a video from ‘Krav Maga‘, but this is deadly serious: the Efrat Municipal Council in Gush Etzion is sending its local kindergarten and nursery school teachers and assistants for training in self-defense in case of terrorist attacks. For real.

One of the fastest growing communities in Israel, Efrat lawmakers decided it was better to prepare teachers to confront any possible scenario as reasonably as possible. The most vulnerable of all were those with the youngest charges, those in kindergarten and nursery grades.


The wave of terror that has swept Israel in recent months prompted the Council to make sure the teachers know how to defend themselves and their young charges in case a terrorist penetrates the school’s security fence and gets past the schools’ guards and patrols.

Teachers are to be equipped with pepper spray and taught how to use it effectively as well.

The decision comes in the wake of the horrific terror attack a few months ago that left a synagogue swimming in the blood of four English-speaking rabbis, three dual citizens from the U.S. and one dual citizen from the UK. A Druze police officer also gave his life to redirect the slaughter away from the rest of the congregants during the bloodbath in the Har Nof synagogue that day.

In addition, there have been numerous other terrorist stabbings in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Gush Etzion, making it clear the third Intifada is well underway.

“We should not have to wait for something to happen,” said Nava Assis, coordinator for the local effort. “Instead, we must be proactive. It’s better to think one step ahead and create a sense of personal security.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


  1. Each child care site and school is protected by an armed guard. This is a second layer of response, should the guard be incapacitated. Arming teachers adds the risk of friendly fire – their training could not reach the anti-terror combat level – so my daughter Nava has taken the sensible next step.

  2. I was going to say something along the lines of what Chaiya said. This stuff wouldn't have stopped any armed attack in Israel's history. Israelis do not have the knowledge or common sense it takes to understand that they each have a personal God-given right to protect themselves by carrying a handgun, period. At least that would have given hundreds of dead Israelis a fighting chance in so many previous attacks and those bound to occur in the future. Instead, Israelis are confused by the Libtarded that they would be the problem if they were armed. Suicidal lunacy.

  3. Preparation is 90% of winning! Learn well, practice often after school and see if you can get qual'd on a .380 or 9M soonest or available AR. With what they likely plan to do, PREPARATION is 90% of winning. Set up tactical plans within each group! Safe escape routes for those little ones you intend to protect, four to eight for them and the rest hold, hold, hold till relieved. GOD's PEACE be with you all! AMEN, AMEN, I say again! AMEN +++

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