Photo Credit: Nati Shohat / Flash 90
The Rami Levy supermarket in Gush Etzion, where Arabs and Jews work and shop.

Etzion Brigade Commander Colonel Roman Gofman issued an order Monday morning to remove immediately all Arab workers from the Gush Etzion communities, including from stores and businesses.

The order follows a severe escalation in deadly Arab terrorist attacks on Jews in the region.


On Monday morning, a pregnant woman in her 30s was stabbed by an Arab terrorist in the eastern Gush Etzion town of Tekoa while she was busy working in a clothing warehouse.

The woman, who was seriously wounded, was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem.

Early Sunday evening, an Arab construction worker employed in the Jewish community of Otniel, in the south Hebron Hills, entered a home in the community and viciously stabbed a young mother to death.

Daphna Meir, z’l, was laid to rest Monday morning in the Har HaMenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul neighborhood after a funeral that began in Otniel.

As drastic as the ban may sound, it is unlikely to last very long.

This is not the first time the IDF has imposed such measures on Arab workers in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

Last July (2015) the IDF issued a region-wide ban out of concern that some Arab employees might take revenge on their Jewish coworkers or employers over the arson murder attack on a family in the Arab village of Duma.

A similar ban on Arab workers in the region was also ordered in November 2015: that edict was issued after 21-year-old Hadar Buchris was stabbed to death in an attack at the Gush Etzion junction.

The attack on Buchris had been the third attack of the day in the region, and the second at the junction in four days – but the ban was temporary, as is obvious by the fact that Daphna Meir, z’l, was laid to rest today.




  1. I'm at Tzomet Hagush and it's business as usual. I don't believe any order was given. I'm not calling out the Jewish Press G-d forbid. This was reported all over. I'm just saying I don't think this order has been given – unless it is referring to inside the communities themselves. Then I don't know.

  2. Unfortunately, too many of us think that "construction worker" or "supermarket employee" means "Arab". We hire them to save a few measly shekels and it ends up costing the lives of those who are dear to us. We encourage them to remain here by treating them far better than their own people do – in wages, in job conditions, etc. And we are stealing from our governement (and ultimately from ourselves) by hiring them because the 20% that we save by hiring them is actually the tax that they are not paying. And we lie to ourselves by saying that the vast majority of them "just want to work and live in peace" but we would NEVER step foot in their towns because we know that they would kill us. We are fools.

  3. America is doing the same with Mexico and Mexicans. It is a matter of taking your life in your hands and throwing it away to travel to that country now yet our government allows them free rein to enter our country and stay, giving them benefits Americans can't have.

  4. Israel must stop worrying about world opinion and totally crush these scum of the earth rag heads. Get these filthy arab animals out of Israel once and for all. The only way to deal with these dirty arab vermin is to use lethal force. There is no other way. Also take back the Temple Mount, and demolish that disgusting building with the dome. Totally destroy it ! Israel is the eternal home of the Jewish people and no arab should be allowed there.

  5. What about the Arab part, 78% of the Mandate?
    Let them ernestly leave the 22% of the Jewish part, so they can develop in their part of Palestine 78%, the best is in the very east, so they R closer 2 Mekka.
    They can stab any Moslum pilgrim, which has survived the collapse of the Kaba-Gallerie.
    Just let them go & 2 have a better life in their sandy desert home, close 2 Mekka.

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