A dreadful terrorist attack took place earlier this evening in the community of Otniel, in the South Hebron hills when a terrorist broke into one of the houses and murdered a woman in front of her children:
An Israeli woman was murdered in a stabbing attack late Sunday afternoon in Otniel, a town in the southern Har Hevron region of Judea.
The woman, aged around 40, was critically wounded and succumbed to her wounds shortly after.
The Arab terrorist who carried out the attack succeeded in breaking into the town, entering the woman’s home and murdering her before fleeing the scene. The woman fought with the terrorist, and her children returned to the house immediately after the mother was stabbed.
Security forces are currently pursuing the terrorist, aided by a helicopter, and residents of the town were asked to stay in their homes during the manhunt. The IDF has clarified that the terrorist is no longer in the town.
Witnesses of the attack have said the terrorist worked in the town and used his familiarity with the community to carry out the attack.
Noam Bar, a senior Magen David Adom (MDA) paramedic, said, “the sight was difficult, we saw an unconscious woman aged around 40, who was not breathing and had no pulse.”
“She suffered from stab wounds to her upper body; we performed continued resuscitation but in the end we were forced to pronounce her death,” said Bar.
Contrary to the Arutz Sheva report, I would note hear that the Times of Israel reports via Channel 10 that the children were at home at the time of the attack.
Channel 10 reports that the Israeli woman struggled with the terrorist for several minutes in her Otniel home as he stabbed her to death.
The woman’s three children were home during the attack, it says.
Please note the paragraph that I highlighted above. The fact that someone who works inside a community could then turn around and murder someone he must have known at least vaguely is absolutely chilling. From this attack, and from the number of other attacks that have been perpetrated by Arabs working in the areas where they attacked, or working with the people whom they attacked – for example the New Year’s Day Tel Aviv pub attacker who worked in a vegetable store nearby, or the November Tel Aviv synagogue attacker who worked at a nearby restaurant, it becomes more obvious by the day that we have no choice but to stop employing Palestinians. Our lives depend upon it. Let the do-gooders or leftist NGOs cry discrimination or apartheid – unfortunately it is the Palestinians themselves who are leading us to this sad conclusion.
These incidents also go to show that it is not poverty or unemployment or discrimination that causes these Arabs to go on a murderous rampage and kill the nearest Jew. It is plain and simple Jew-hatred and a primitive blood-lust to shed Jewish blood.
Temple Mount activist and Otniel resident Yehuda Glick urged Arab leaders to condemn the attack but I would not advise you to hold your breath waiting for this event:
This was not the only attack today. Thank G-d the other attacks were thwarted in time, but that makes no less potentially deadly. The Arutz Sheva article continues:
The attack came just minutes after a stabbing was thwarted at the western gate of Kiryat Arba, which leads to Hevron. In that incident, a female Arab terrorist was apprehended with a knife in her handbag before she was able to inflict any wounds.
That thwarted stabbing was the third of the day; earlier an Arab terrorist attempted to carry out a stabbing attack at the Samaria Regional Brigade Junction in Samaria (also known as Bahad 3), but was shot dead by soldiers before he was able to harm anyone.
Before that attempt, a potentially major serious attack was thwarted outside a Jerusalem synagogue, as three Arab youths were arrested after having been found armed with knives outside the Heichal Yaakov synagogue in Kiryat Moshe.
The three are believed to have planned to carry out an attack on the synagogue as it was packed with worshipers attending morning prayers.
Just to remind you: Otniel is in the vicinity of the place where Rabbi Yaakov Litman and his son Netanel were shot dead in November. It is also the site of a deadly terror attack in 2002 on the Otniel yeshiva.