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Hallel Yaffa Ariel, hy'd was murdered in her bed by an Arab terrorist, who was glorified in Arab press

By Joshua B. Dermer/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a statement condemning the murder of a 13-year-old Israeli girl by a Palestinian Authority Arab terrorist in Kiryat Arba on Thursday morning, calling on the Palestinian Authorty leadership, and the world, to unequivocally join in the condemnation. The terrorist broke into the Ariel family’s home and stabbed the daughter, Hallel, to death in her bed.


“The horrifying murder of a young girl in her bed underscores the bloodlust and inhumanity of the incitement-driven terrorists that we are facing,” Netanyahu said. “The entire nation deeply identifies with the family’s pain and declares to the murderers: You will not break us. We will continue to take strong and determined action against terrorism everywhere and at all times.”

Seventeen-year-old Mohammed Tarayra from the nearby Arab village of Bani Na’im breached the security fence of Kiryat Arba’s Harsina neighborhood Thursday morning and stabbed Hallel Yaffa Ariel to death as she slept in her bed. A security volunteer responding to the incident was also wounded by the terrorist, and is now in moderate condition.

Tarayra was killed at the scene.

Netanyahu held a security consultation with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman after the attack, and ordered to cordon off the Bani Na’im village, revoke work permits for members of his clan, and to begin the procedure of getting official approval to demolish the terrorist’s family home.

“I expect the Palestinian leadership to clearly and unequivocally condemn this vicious murder and take immediate action to stop the incitement,” Netanyahu added.

Netanyahu also called upon the world at-large to speak out against the attack, saying: “The entire world needs to condemn this murder just as it condemned the terrorist attacks in Orlando and Brussels.”

“Enlightened nations must join in this demand. They must pressure the one who heads the network of incitement that leads to the murder of children in their beds and not the State of Israel, which is working to protect its children and its citizens,” he added, referring to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, whom Netanyahu frequently accuse of inciting violence against Jews.

Ofir Gendelman, the Israeli prime minister’s official spokesperson to the Arab media, expressed outrage over the Palestinian Authority’s response to the attack, tweeting: “Official PA media outlets call the Palestinian terrorist who murdered 13 y/o Hallel Ariel in her bed ‘a martyr.’”

Yael Kabilio, Hallel’s aunt, expressed deep despair over the family’s loss and called upon Netanyahu to take direct action.

“Today the most wonderful girl in the world was murdered. We are in deep mourning, feeling great sorrow,” she said. “I have many things to say to the prime minister. He should come to his senses. The home front is on fire today. Today it’s our house, tomorrow it’s another. Take matters into your own hands and come to your senses.”

The victim was a cousin of MK Uri Ariel, Israel’s minister of agriculture and rural development, who tweeted: “Arab terror has struck our family, but the response must be national. Deterring terrorists, redoubling building and planting in Judea and Samaria, and applying Israeli sovereignty to Area C,” referring to territory in Judea and Samaria that the Oslo Accords assign to Israeli civilian and military control.

MK Isaac Herzog, leader of the opposition and chairman of the Labor party, shared in the Ariel family’s loss, saying: “my heart breaks looking at the photo of Hallel Yaffa Ariel, smiling an innocent and calm smile.”



  1. Is that the best you can do Pipi Boy? Grovel to the Jew haters in the world? Do your job and eliminate the terrorists instead of putting soldiers who defend themselves on trial for murder!
    Eliminate AbAss and the rest of the so called PA leadership you leftist loser!

  2. even should they pressure Abbas to condemn it and even if he does, it will be a lie. Muslims consider it a very good dead to lie to infidels. they always do, say one thing to the English speaking world, say the exact opposite to the Arabic speaking world. why encourage lies? why live in denial of the truth that most of the Muslim world and most of the world in general wants to wipe the Jews out, for what ever their antisemetic reasons are. please, do not call for Netanyahu, who actually has become more leftist as he has gotten older, to call for the world to condemn something they are either happy about or don't care about.

  3. POOR PITY US ….. Pathetic mantra. Bibi,Get off your knees and lead or leave. What is the correct number of murdered Jews are you offering on the PC altar? How many? How many lives ruined from lethal stones, stabbings, cars, tractors….


    who could understand such animals.

  4. Netanyahu you are pathetic. If you really want to stop Palestinian terrorism stop kissing Abbas's ass, kick out the P.A. and take control of your country. You are very good with words but when it comes to action you are no better than all the left wing, liberal, idiots who have enabled terrorism.

  5. Natanyahou is a day dreamer. Asking a hungry wolf to starve. Abasss is a born terrorist. Period. Bibi your time is out. Nowadays you don't talk with terrorists, you kill them as this is what they want to do to JEWS: slit their throats Kick the bastards to where they came from: J O R D A N – I R A K – ETC…

  6. Instead of insisting that Abbas condemn the terror attacks, Mr. Prime Minister, focus your attention on the US President. Insist that HE condemn the terror attacks. Insist that HE say in very strong terms that these attacks are no pathway to peace. It is Obama's support of Abbas and the terrorist agenda that has emboldened these atrocities. Confront the US president and insist that HE condemn them. Then watch Abbas back off.

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