While the world worries about ISIS and Israel worries about Iran (as well as ISIS and Hamas and Hezbollah), the “low-level” Palestinian intifada against Israel has been gradually notching up a level. In the week since I last posted, there have been several more serious attacks:
Last night 4 young men were injured, one critically, in a drive-by shooting in the Binyamin region, near the communities of Shilo and Shvut Rachel:
Four people were wounded in a late-night terror attack Monday off Highway 60 near the Jewish community of Shvut Rachel, located east of Shiloh in the Binyamin region, about 45 kilometers north of Jerusalem.
All four are residents of the Binyamin region and range in age from 20 to 27 years old. Local sources told JewishPress.com the passengers were able to return fire in the midst of the attack despite their wounds.
Three were moderately injured while the fourth man was critically injured:
Three victims were in moderate condition and a fourth suffered serious injuries. Medical teams treated them at the scene and evacuated them to Jerusalem hospitals. Magen David Adom paramedics told Walla News the victims were in their twenties, and had been hit in their legs.
The four had been driving back from a basketball game near Route 60, the main north-south artery running through the West Bank, when they were attacked. Security forces were initially unsure whether the four were shot at from a passing vehicle or a roadside ambush.
Following the attack the army deployed a large number of soldiers to search the vicinity for the suspected perpetrators. The nearby settlements of Migdalim, Tapuah, Rachelim and Nofei Nehemia were placed on high alert status. Troops reportedly set up checkpoints in the area and were checking vehicles for possible suspects.
Ynet news reported that searches would likely be widened to nearby Palestinian villages.
Photos posted on social media showed the victims’ vehicle smeared with blood and riddled with bullet holes.
… The head of the Yesha Council, an umbrella movement of Jewish settlers, said the attack “joins a long line of serious terror incidents that began after the start of (the Muslim holy month of) Ramadan.”
Avi Roeh said he hoped “security forces will reach the required conclusions and ensure that security and normality are restored.”
Malachi Rosenfeld is the most seriously injured victim:
Malachi Moshe Rosenfeld, who was critically wounded in the attack, is the brother of an Israeli Air Force pilot who died after getting caught in a flash flood near the Tzeelim river in 2002.
Rosenfeld was sitting in the passenger’s seat and according to another of the victims, Yair Hooper, sustained injuries to his torso and lower body.
Eliezer Rosenfeld, his father, told the press outside of Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center, “We are in a difficult hour. The entire nation of Israel is in a difficult hour.”
Please pray for the recovery of Malachi Moshe ben sarah Nechama who was critically injured. Prayers also for Chananel ben Shula, Shai Yitzchak ben Nili and Yair ben Shoshana.
Binyamin Netanyahu criticised the PA for not condemning the latest violence:
Netanyahu also called on the Palestinian Authority to denounce the recent wave of terror attacks. “Anyone who doesn’t take an unequivocal stand against terror can never wash his hands clean,” the prime minister said.
I have no expectations at all from the Palestinians – except for more violence of course.
There was another terror attack earlier yesterday when a female soldier was stabbed and seriously injured by a female terrorist at the Tomb of the Matriarch Rachel near Bethlehem:
A Palestinian woman stabbed a female soldier in the neck on Monday during a security check at the Rachel Crossing, which leads to Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem. The soldier, who serves in military police, was seriously wounded.
Security forces and Border Police who were at the scene arrested the attacker, 20-year-old Misoun Mussa from Bethlehem. She was not known to security forces and has never been arrested.
Mussa was found to have two other knives on her person. During questioning by the Shin Bet, she said she arrived at the crossing to kill a soldier. The initial assessment was that she acted alone.
Magen David Adam paramedics who arrived at the scene gave the soldier medical treatment and evacuated her to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem.
I’m pleased to note that the condition of the soldier has improved:
Also yesterday an alert security officer prevented another terror attack in Jerusalem:
Earlier Monday at a different Jerusalem checkpoint, a Border Police officer stopped a Palestinian teenager armed with an assault rifle from entering Israeli territory on the outskirts of the capital.
The 15-year-old, with the weapon hidden under his clothes, tried to pass through an Israeli checkpoint located outside the Shuafat refugee camp, just north of the capital.
The Border Police officer who was manning a metal detector at the checkpoint asked the teen to pass through the security check a second time, after the detector indicated the presence of a metallic object on his person.
When a second inspection also showed the presence of a metal object, the officer asked the youth to remove his shirt, revealing a sub-machine gun.
The youth was taken into police custody for investigation.
The checkpoint’s commander praised the officer for his alertness, adding that Israel’s security forces are determined to prevent terror attacks and the illegal entry of Palestinians into Israel.
“We are witnessing repeated attempts to harm our troops. [Not only the troops. Civilians will do nicely for those terrorists too. -Ed.] Our soldiers are trained to deal with scenarios exactly like this one. Thankfully, we were able to prevent [an attack], before [it occurred],” Corporal Taliah Amer told the NRG news site.
This past year has seen a rising number of attacks by individual Palestinians against Israeli civilians, including shooting attacks, stabbings and vehicular attacks.
The IDF is on particularly high alert this month due to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which usually ushers in a spike in violent incidents. [So much for their holy month when we infidels are supposed to treat them with extra dignity. -Ed.]
On Sunday, the IDF arrested a Palestinian woman who allegedly attempted to enter Israel from the northern West Bank city of Qalqilya with a shotgun concealed on her back.
These attacks follow a drive-by shooting at an MDA ambulance near Bet El on Saturday night (who was it who said that ambulances should be off-limits to violence?):
The damage to the ambulance was clearly evident, apparently from 9mm bullets. After the incident Israeli forces launched searches for suspects in the nearby village of Beitin.
An examination of the scene of the attack near Beit El indicate that a burst of 15 to 19 shots were fired at the Israeli ambulance and at least four of them hit it. The perpetrator fired from the area near the new road that connects Beitin to Ramallah, a road recently paved for the Palestinians. Forces from the all-Haredi Netzach Yehuda Battalion, in charge of the area, led by Colonel Yisrael Shomer, were sent to the scene.
MDA Director General Eli Bin said in response: “Magen David Adom, the national rescue organization of Israel, consider this incident to be a grave one, which represents a crossing of the red line of trying to deliberately harm a vehicle which treats the wounded and sick, and does evacuations.’
“We are sure that the security forces working around the clock will utilize the justice system to the fullest regarding those responsible, and we hope the Palestinian side will act decisively and firmly in order to prevent similar incidents in the future.”
The Beit El council blamed the security establishement which opened the road to Beitin to Palestinian traffic. “The road was closed for more than ten years due to security problems,” council head Shai Alon said.
“When it was recently decided to reopen the road I warned the general commanding officer (GCO), the minister of defense, the transport minister and the coordinator of West Bank activities, of the security and traffic risks at the site. The GCO decided to reopen the road anyway, but already on Sunday there was a security incident which led to the road’s closing,” he added.
“This evening, the attacks originated from the road and the terrorists fled after attacking the ambulance, whose driver was not miraculously injured. The writing was on the wall, and we demand from the security establishment not to open the road, and to also shut its other end so that terrorists will not be able to approach Beit El and escape,” he concluded.
The security establishment are not entirely to blame. They carry out orders handed to them by the political echelons. It is the politicians who are to blame and who carry responsibility for this. The fact that no one was injured has little to do with the security forces or the politicians. It was an outright miracle. Read Paula Stern’s blog to understand how close a call it really was:
The truth is that yesterday, you fired true and well, gave it your very best shot. No one could expect more – you hit the front passenger door no less than three times. One bullet traveled THROUGH the ambulance, which thankfully did not have someone sitting in the front passenger seat, and the bullet whizzed right past the driver’s head to exit through the front window.
And another bullet traveled THROUGH the ambulance, which thankfully did not have any patient in the rear…and managed to hit mere inches behind the driver’s seat. You could not have come closer before reaching utter failure if you tried…
And, as the driver said, I will say to you. For all that you tried, the God of Israel was watching and protected this man who works to save lives, just as God is forever working to protect Israel.
Sadly, the G-d of Israel did not perform a miracle for Israeli farmer David Ben Kappara who was beaten to death by Palestinian illegals, although the police have yet to designate this as a terror attack:
Although police are still investigating, there is little doubt who is responsible for the murder of 70-year-old farmer David Bar Kappara as he worked his fields in Israel’s central plain, his family believes.
“It was clearly the illegal Arab workers who were there,” a family member told Arutz Sheva. “Any other direction for the investigation would be a waste of time.”
Police have not drawn any definite conclusions, but they are said to believe that Bar Kappara of Rehovot was beaten by a group of Arabs from among those who regularly enter Israeli cities illegally in search of employment.
A major manhunt has been launched by police, who are currently attempting to locate the perpetrators.
Bar Kappara was found bloodied and beaten in an agricultural field between Pedaya and Carmei Yosef in central Israel and was taken by Magen David Adom paramedics to the Assaf Harofeh Hospital in Tzrifin, where he succumbed to his wounds some time later.
To all these well-publicised attacks we must add the string of stonings of cars and buses, firebombings and fire-cracker-throwing at yeshivot, Jewish homes, visitors to the Mount of Olives cemetery, and of course the Temple Mount. where Jews have a very hard time being allowed to go up in the first place, and once there, suffer a litany of curses, insults, pushing and worse, and then get the blame for the violence and are removed from the site instead of their Palestinian attackers:
A father and his two sons were attacked on Monday morning by an Arab, who threw stones and shoes at them, as they visited the Temple Mount.
The father said that a group of Muslim women verbally attacked him and his two sons, while a group of ten policeman sat by doing nothing.
“The police just tried to hurry our visit, but at a certain point, an Arab youth arrived and threw shoes and stones at us,” the father related. “The police just hurried us off the Mount and told us they would deal with the Arab.”
“There is lawlessness on the Temple Mount and an absurd situation in which Jews are arrested, on suspicion of moving their lips to say a blessing, while Arab incitement and verbal and physical attacks on Jews passes quietly under authorities’ noses.”
“We demand that the police remove from the Temple Mount anyone who incites against and/or attacks Jews,” Honenu added.
With regard to the Mount of Olives, here is a video of some of the destruction going on at the Mt. of Olives Jewish cemetery.
And following is the story of a Jewish Press blogger who was stoned when visiting his father’s grave on the Mount of Olives:
Yesterday, I phoned the Chevre Kadisha burial society in charge of the area where my Father is buried and told them what time we would be reaching the Mount of Olives. As a part of their afterlife package, they send a security patrol car along to accompany mourners. The security guards don’t really do anything, but since it’s a mitzvah to guard over one’s life, I always give them a call to alert them when I’ll be coming. Last year, our car was stoned as well, and while no one was physically injured, thank G-d, it isn’t a pleasant feeling hearing rocks clatter on the roof and hood of your car like angry hailstones. People I know have been injured and hospitalized while driving to and from the Mount of Olives. It’s a little like entering Jurassic Park in a safari vehicle when the dinosaurs are on the rampage.
Just after the site of the Beit Orot Yeshiva, the security car took a surprise right turn which leads down the mountain, then up the steep incline toward the walls of the Old City. This route circumvented our having to pass through the one-thousand yard stretch of no-man’s land where Arab school children, and Islamic high-school students, spend their exercise class hurling stones on passing Jewish vehicles. Of course, it isn’t really no-man’s land. Israel is supposedly the ruling authority in Jerusalem, but you wouldn’t know it by the rock-throwing arcade up on the Mount of Olives.
Fishman describes the stoning attack, and in the face of the security personnel’s despairing helplessness he prescribes a pertinent solution:
“You can’t put a soldier behind every tree,” one said, as if there was no remedy to the problem. But, of course, there’s a remedy. First, you can cut down all of the trees in the Arab neighborhood along the road to the Mount of Olives. Then you can bulldoze all of the houses and buildings to the ground like Ariel Sharon did to Gush Katif. Then you can send all of the stone throwers and their families to Washington D.C. where President Obama can host them in tents on the White House lawn. There is a lot you could do to protect Jews on their way to visit their departed on the Mount of Olives, but to do it, you have to be a leader, not a mouse.
Indeed his solution works for the entire Binyamin, Judea and Samaria regions which are suffering from a spike in terrorism. But it’ll never happen.
It is way beyond time that the situation was taken back in hand again – not only on the Mount of Olives, not only on the Temple Mount, but throughout the whole country.