Dateline August 31, 2010
Revelation 6:9 – “When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the Word of G-d and for the testimony in which they held. And they cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘How long, O L-rd, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth’”
The Jewish world was stunned on the eve of Obama’s Great Peace Crusade as he began the biggest diplomatic initiative of his presidency. In what the diplomatic world called a series of “bilateral”, he will meet one-on-one first with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and then with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in the Oval Office. Heralding this event, the Hamas Chapter of the Muslim Brotherhood sent their first bloody salvo of hate and destruction to innocent Jewish worshippers driving away from Abraham’s Tomb in the ancient Hebrew city of Hebron.
David Wilder - “It’s been a while since I photographed dead bodies. The last time I remember clearly was the murder of Yossi Shok from Beit Haggai who was shot and killed similarly on a Friday afternoon a few years ago. That attack entailed a few miracles. I recall that there were others in the car, teenage girls, who miraculously weren’t hurt. But tonight, no miracles.
This morning, speaking with a friend, talking about the renewed ‘piece talks’, I told him that more than likely today or tomorrow terrorists would strike. It was just a question of where – around here, the Shomron, or Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. Tonight we received our answer.
Leaving Ma’arat HaMachpela after evening prayers, the beeper beeped. A car had been shot at. A quick phone call, confirming that Jews had been hit, four critically, and I sped off. I had been at the scene of the shooting only a few hours ago, examining how Arabs were stealing water from Jews in the area.
By the time I arrived, the description had changed. No longer four critically wounded. Four dead. Four killed, shot by terrorists, on their way home. The terrorists’ lives have been made much easier in the past year or so, with various roadblocks being removed in Judea and Samaria. Now it’s fairly simple to access roads used by Jewish civilians, shoot, and then escape. The scene was reminiscent of others I’ve witnessed in the past. Ambulances, jeeps, police, medics, soldiers, officers, red lights flashing….and bodies.
It’s been a long time since I’ve seen four bodies on the street, murdered by Arabs only because they are Jews, living in Israel. I sit here, half numb, almost not believing, but knowing that, yes, it’s real. And what to do?
· The first thing that must be done: Netanyahu has to return immediately, cancelling tomorrow’s ‘festive ceremony’ renewing the so-called negotiations with Obama and Abu Mazen. Israel must make it as clear as possible: we refuse to accept, under any circumstances, and at any price, murder of innocent people on our roads, in our homes, anywhere. No excuses, no looking the other way, no ‘ifs ands or buts.’ More than the Arabs, Obama must understand in no uncertain terms that our people are not cattle-feed.
· Two: Netanyahu must unfreeze the freeze now. Not on September 26, not leaving everyone wondering ‘what’s he going to do?’ Tomorrow, as these four pure souls are being buried, building must again begin throughout Judea and Samaria. Here again, the Arabs and the Americans must understand that we will not turn the other cheek; there is a price for murdering Jews in Israel.
· Three: Here in Israel we must comprehend that our own people are continuing to incite; making Jewish blood cheap. Two examples: The continued ‘cherem’ – boycott of Israeli actors and performing artists, refusing to perform in Ariel in the Shomron, is incitement. Our Arab neighbors, seeing and hearing Israelis spout revulsion against their supposed brethren is, in the Arab’s eyes, a green light, opening the door to murderous attacks as we witnessed tonight.
So too with such organizations as Breaking the Silence and others, who continue to spew hate against Jews living in Hebron and the Hebron area, while identifying effusively with our Arab neighbors. This is also incitement; there is no other word for it. Actually there is: treason. A person or individual abetting the enemy is treason. These people walk the streets of Hebron freely, regurgitating lies about Hebron’s Jewish citizen’s, while showering praises on the ‘poor Palestinians’ who suffer at the hands of the evil Jews. These ‘poor people’ are planning on taking our land, destroying our country, and continuing to kill Jews. Such ‘tours’ must be stopped.
· Four: Israel has been ‘returning’ security control to armed, uniformed Arabs in cities throughout Judea and Samaria. This too, must be ended. It won’t be any surprise if we eventually discover that the terrorists who murdered four Jews tonight are actually ‘palestinian police,’ trained and armed by General Keith Dayton of the US army, and set free to roam the streets with the permission of the state of Israel.
According to the latest reports, a number of terrorists participated in the attack. After the car was shot at and stopped, its passengers were shot dozens of times, ensuring their deaths. It’s been reported that one of the women was pregnant. The couple killed leaves some ten children orphans. You know what it's like to inform ten kids that their parents aren't coming home anymore, that they were killed by terrorists an hour ago? This is pure, unadulterated barbarity, brutality characteristic of our ‘piece partners.’ This may very well only be the beginning.
Four Jews Murdered in Arab Terror Attack to be Buried Today
Dateline September 1, 2010
Palestinian terrorists murdered four Jewish civilians in a shooting attack at the Bani Naim junction just south of Hevron Tuesday evening. Emergency service paramedics could do nothing to save the victims whose bodies were riddled with bullets. The terrorists had reportedly made sure their victims were dead by shooting them from close range after the initial fusillade, as terrorists have done in prior attacks on unarmed civilians and children.
The victims are a husband and wife, parents of six, and two passengers. Their names were cleared for publication Tuesday night by local police:
· Yitzhak and Talya Imes
· Kochava Even Chaim
· Avishai Shindler
The four were all citizens of Beit Haggai, located between Hevron and Beer Sheba.
Yitzhak and Talya Imes were the parents of six children, the eldest one being 24 years old and the youngest one being a year and a half old. Talya Imes was nine months pregnant when she was killed by the terrorists.
Kochava Even Chaim was a teacher in Efrat. She left behind her husband and an 8 year-old daughter. Her husband,one of the first Zaka first aid volunteers to arrive at the scene, discovered suddenly that his wife was among the victims.
Avishai Shindler had only recently moved to Beit Haggai with his wife.
The funerals of all four victims will take place beginning at 11:00am on Wednesday. Eulogies will be delivered in the Beit Hagai synagogue, and then the funeral processions will take place. During the processions residents of Mount Hebron, Kiryat Arba, Efrat, and Gush Etzion will stand on the road with Israeli flags and pay their last respects to the victims.
One of the victims had a license for a gun that was suspended by police shortly before the attack. Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel said at the scene that serious soul-searching must be done "in order to find out how it is that Jews are deprived of the basic right to defend themselves."
Hamas took "credit" for the terror attack, while PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad condemned the attack and said that it is against Arab interests. Fayyad added that the PA will act to prevent additional acts of terror, however he did not explain how it would do so in the future any better than it has up to now.
IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi arrived on the scene of the attack along with Head of Central Command Major General Avi Mizrahi and Judea and Samaria Commander Brig.-Gen. Nitzan Alon. The three performed an evaluation of the situation.
Ashkenazi said: "There is no doubt that this is a very difficult event. First, we express our condolences to the victims' families and to Beit Hagai. We are working in several directions since the event occurred and will continue to search until we capture the terrorists. IDF along with other security agencies continue to operate nonstop until we capture the murderers who were responsible for this incident. "
The terror attack is typical of Arab "resistance" attacks that intentionally target civilian victims. A survey carried out by a PA organization in early August found that among the Arab public in the Palestinian Authority, over 55% view violence as either essential or desirable, nearly 31% see it as either acceptable or tolerable, and only 13.7% say it is unacceptable.
The attack was probably timed to coincide with and affect the direct talks between Israel and the PA in Washington, D.C. that are to begin Thursday. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said upon landing in Washington that the talks would proceed as planned, despite the murders, evoking memories of PM Yitschak Rabin's term "sacrifices for peace" for the post Oslo accord terror attacks, which cost tens of Israelis their lives. Just prior to his meeting with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Netanyahu said: "Terrorism will not determine the fate of Judea and Samaria residents or borders. These issues and others will be determined during negotiations."
The White House also condemned the terrorist attack and warned that "enemies of peace" would try to thwart direct peace talks. White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement."We express our condolences to the victims' families and call for the terrorists behind this horrific act to be brought to justice. It is crucial that the parties persevere, keep moving forward even through difficult times, and continue working to achieve a just and lasting peace in the region that provides security for all peoples.’”
Credit to David Wilder – “Pure, Unadulterated Barbarity” – Shorashim Insights - August 31, 2010 Eluel 21, 5770
Credit to Gil Ronen, Hillel Fendel and Elad Benari Follow Israel news on Twitter and Facebook – “Four Jews Murdered in Arab Terror Attack to be Buried Today” - Shorashim Insight Update - September 2, 2010 Elul 22, 5770
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