Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson
Soldiers shot at Arabs trying to infiltrate into Israel. (May 2012)

Israel soldiers shot at two Gaza Arabs who refused to heed orders to halt when they approached the security fence, and Hamas sources claimed one of the men was killed, the first reported death in security incidents since the end of the last round of Hamas-led attacks on Israel in August.

Military spokesmen said the soldiers shot at the legs of the Arabs, but Hamas reported that 32-year-old Faid Mohammed Halawah was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital in Jabaliya, in northern Gaza.


The IDF said that the Arabs refused to comply” and “fired at the lower extremities, confirming one hit.”

An Israel leader of a regional council in the Gaza Belt area said there have been 12 attempts this month of Gaza Arabs trying to infiltrate into Israel.

And exactly what was the explanation this time for men walking in a clearly posted and widely known prohibited area?

This time they were not trying to collect scrap metal

They were not playing soccer.

They were not mentally retarded, as Hamas often claims, without referring to the Hamas leadership.

No, this time, according to relatives of Halawah who was quoted by the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency, they were searching for “song birds,” which command a high price in Gaza.





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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


  1. They were just innocently searching for song birds in a restricted area known for lethal force and refused to heed calls to halt from armed soldiers…..

    They should have jumped into a lion’s den in Gaza and searched for their song bird down the lions’ throats.

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  3. Song birds? All I can do is laugh. And I don't believe for a second that one of them died. Hamas doesn't know TRUTH even when it jumps up and smacks them. Here we would call them incorrigible liars; in Arab-land it is normal: They lie, about everything.

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