6 Tishrei 5778
26 September 2017
Israelstreet mourns the loss of three of our finest yesterday (see blog below).
May their memories be forever blessed.
The News On the Israel Street
Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours . . .
The barbaric Palestinian terror attack at Har Adar is the subject of Today’s Blog (see below), but to think that was all of the Palestinian terror yesterday would be a mistake.
Palestinian terrorists tried to kill Israelis in more than 30 other attacks involving “rocks”, Molotovs, and other weapons at such places as the Trans-Judea Road near Tarquimiyya, in the Casbah in Hevron, on the Gush Etzion Road near Hevron, on Route 90 near the northern entrance to Jericho, at Silwan, Tekoa, Beit Haggai, Al-Arub, on Route 465 near Deir Nizam, north of Efrat, Bidu, Ras al-Amud, Sur Baher, Beit Awwa, and near Talmonim.*
*The above information was gleaned from citizens’ reports made on hakolhayehudi and Rescue Judea and Samaria.
The new Gaza Security Fence begins to go up, finally . . .
Almost two years after the end of the last war with Palestinian Hamas in Gaza, the first segment of the new barrier to block Hamas tunnels has finally been finished. The plan is for it to be completed in 18 months.
How is this fence different from all the other fences around Israel?
It is deep–so deep in fact that digging under it is vastly more difficult than in the past, and it has sensors to detect “incoming” tunnels. It is also expected that the mere digging of the fence will reveal heretofore unknown Hamas tunnels into Israel. To speed construction of the Fence, the IDF is employing more than 1000 workers to build the Fence, and committing a significant number of IDF troops to guard the workers.
After all, Hamas has ridiculously declared that the building of the Gaza Security Fence is an act of war.
The Cold Blooded Executions at Har Adar
Context: Your humble servant is extremely familiar with the entire area around Har Adar and in fact wrote a blog “A Short Trip to Har Adar (and Abu Ghosh)” back in July 2015. I encourage you to read it by clicking here.
In that blog, I included the following complicated map:
Here’s a view just focusing on Har Adar:
So what happened yesterday?
Palestinian workers with work permits were coming into Har Adar through the checkpoint described above. They were coming from surrounding Palestinian settlements such as Qatanna, Al Qubeiba, Beit Iksa, Biddu, and Beit Surik. In fact, hundreds of such workers come through that particular checkpoint everyday.
Normally, it is a very relaxed situation. The Border Police and civilian security guards know the workers, and vice versa. The process is simply that the workers show their green work permit as they walk through the inspection booth, and that’s it. Most of the Palestinian workers are over 30 years old, and they have been working in the Har Adar area for many years.
It was 7 am; all was proceeding normally. The terrorist, a 37 year old man who was a regular worker in Har Adar and who was well known to the security personnel (he shall remain unnamed here per israelstreet policy), showed his permit, and walked through. However, one of the Israeli security personnel noticed something suspicious about his movements, and called him back into the inspection booth.
He came back into the booth where there were 4 security people who had their backs to him, pulled out a gun, and at a distance of 1 meter (3 ft), fired 10 bullets into the backs of the 4, execution style.
Border Policeman Solomon Gavriyah a 20 year old Ethiopian-Israeli whose family came to Israel in 1999, Youssef Ottman, a 25 year old Israeli-Arab civilian security guard from Abu Ghosh (who had served meritoriously in the IDF), and Or Arish, a 25 year old security guard from Har Adar were all killed instantly.
Another security guard, 33 year old Amit Steinhart who happened to be standing behind Or Arish managed to survive despite being shot in the shoulder, hip, spleen, and diaphragm. Steinhart credits Arish with saving his life.
Meanwhile, another Border Policeman on the scene shot and killed the terrorist.
All three of the dead were buried yesterday.
Gavriyah was buried in the Beer Yakov Military Cemetary to the sobs and wails of his family and girlfriend. He was remembered as a wonderful young man who was a fierce defender of Israel who had been stabbed in a previous terror attack but had insisted on returning to the front lines. The picture below is Gavriyah being laid to rest.