Shooting to death of 3 young Israelis result of Gaza deportations as Arabs step up war of annihilation on Israel
October 17, 2005
Funerals of Three Young Terror Victims
Monday, October 17, 2005
Matat Adler 21, was shot and killed along with her cousin Kineret Mandel 23 and 14 year old Oz Ben -Meir .
The murders were part of the wave of attacks which terrorists vowed to continue after the surrender of Gaza.
Recently terrorists signed a Pact of Honor and agreed to work together with the PA to destroy Israel an event which appears to have gone largely unnoticed, like the Al Qaeda fatwa which declared war on America in 1998 and culminated in the WTC bombings.
The three latest young victims - including a bride of three months - of Arab terror were buried Monday morning. Their families will sit shiva for only a few hours because of Sukkot.
Matat Adler, 21, who was married just three months ago, was buried in Mt. Menuchot in Jerusalem, together with her cousin, Kineret Mandel, 23. The joint funeral set out from the community of Carmel, south of Hevron in south-eastern Judea, where the two lived. Kineret was the first girl to be born in Carmel; her parents had just moved to the area after being evicted from the Sinai in favor of the peace agreement with Egypt.
Relatives of the two said they were not only cousins - Kineret's mother and Matat's father are siblings - but also good friends.
The third victim, Oz Ben-Meir (pictured above), a 9th-grade student in the Yeshiva High School in Dimona, was buried in Susia, near his hometown of Maon, adjacent to Carmel. Said to be a leader among his peers, he was an expert in navigating hikes through the mountainous areas near his home.
The three were murdered late Sunday afternoon while standing at a hitch-hiking stand at the Gush Etzion junction, waiting for a ride home. The terrorists arrived in a private car, fired off three magazines' worth of bullets, and sped off towards the south.
The Yesha Rabbis Council released this statement following the murderous attack: "The campaign of murder that began today is greased by the encouragement it received from the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif. The thought of appeasing the enemy by throwing Jews out of their homes is again shown to be an absolutely erroneous premise. The IDF must respond by waging all-out and unwavering war on the terrorists and those who dispatch them."
Five people were wounded in Sunday's attack, and three of them were still hospitalized in Jerusalem late this morning (Monday). One seriously wounded soldier is in Hadassah Ein Karem, together with another victim in moderate-to-serious condition, and an 18-year-old boy with a leg wound described as moderate is hospitalized in Shaarei Zedek Medical Center.
Following the attack, Defense Minister Sha'ul Mofaz convened a high-level security consultation, and later announced the series of measures decided upon: Palestinian Authority residents will be forbidden to drive in private cars on main roads, and the policy of tightly encircling PA-controlled cities will be implemented again. Arrests will be intensified - IDF forces arrested 18 terrorists last night in the Jenin, Hevron and Ramallah districts - and terrorists will again be targeted in preemptive attacks. Checkpoints that have been removed over the past months as part of the good-will gestures to the Palestinian Authority will be restored, particularly in the Bethlehem-Hevron area. All meetings with PA negotiators have been called off for the time being.
MK Effie Eitam (National Union), a former IDF Galilee Formation Commander, was scornful of the above decisions. "The idea of no private cars is something we recommended three years ago," he said today, "but knowing [the decision-makers], in any event it won't last for more than two weeks, and then they'll start again with the concessions... Every two-bit security expert now says he knew all along that the terrorism would move from Gaza to Judea and Samaria. Of course there's quiet in Gaza; the terrorists are holding us hostage and threatening that if we don't make the same type of concessions in Judea and Samaria, that will be the end of the quiet in Gaza."
Meretz party leader Yossi Beilin scorned the old/new measures from the other angle: "Hamas is now rubbing its hands in glee, as these tough new measures are exactly what it wanted. We have said all along that if the diplomatic process does not continue in Judea and Samaria, the disengagement from Gaza will have been [a waste]."
The split between the army and parts of the public was placed in bold relief once again yesterday at the very site of the attack. IDF Central Commander Maj.-Gen. Ya'ir Naveh arrived on the scene, and was banished in ignominy by several bystanders. They called out, "Get out of here, take off your yarmulke, you expelled Jews from their homes." Naveh, brother of Health Minister Danny Naveh, quickly left.
Following the murderous attack, it was reported that local Jewish residents set fire to an Arab stand between Alon Shvut and Bat Ayin. In another incident, an empty Arab store in the Avraham Avinu neighborhood of Hevron was burnt. No one was hurt in these incidents; the police opened an immediate investigation.
West Bank Terror Attacks Bloodiest Since Gaza Pullout Posted 10/17/2005 By Combined News Sources
Three Israelis were killed and several others wounded in two back-to-back shooting attacks along Highway 60, a north-south route in the West Bank, on Sunday afternoon.
The attacks had some Israeli officials warning of a new stage in the current five-year Palestinian campaign against Israel.
Al-Aksa Martyrs` Brigades – linked to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas`s ruling Fatah Party – claimed responsibility for both attacks in anonymous phone calls.
The attacks occurred as Israeli security services were on high alert ahead of the week-long Sukkot holiday, which began Monday night.
In the first shooting, Palestinians in a passing Subaru sprayed bullets at a group of people, most of them teenagers waiting for rides at the hitchhiking post near the Gush Etzion Junction between Bethlehem and Hebron.
The highway is jointly used by Israelis and Palestinians.
Of the wounded victims, one was seriously injured, two moderately, and one lightly. Eyewitnesses described blood-spattered backpacks strewn haphazardly at the busy intersection.
Except for one lightly wounded victim who was transported to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, all of the victims of the shooting were evacuated by ambulance to Jerusalem`s Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.
Less than an hour later, passengers in a Hyundai opened fire at two residents of the Eli settlement as they walked on the shoulder of the highway near the Eli Junction in the Binyamin region, north of Jerusalem.
Security forces were searching for the attackers in the Israeli-controlled sections of the area, but as of Sunday evening had not apprehended any suspects. It was suspected that the terrorists fled to the Palestinian-controlled area nearby.
"The police and the army are searching, and the whole area has been cordoned off," said police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld.
David Baker, an official in the Israeli Prime Minister`s Office, denounced the shooting. "Israel removed roadblocks and made a number of humanitarian gestures to ease up on the Palestinians," he told the Associated Press.
"It`s unfortunate that the Palestinians have exploited these measures to carry out these murderous attacks."
Sunday`s murders were the bloodiest assault in the West Bank since the completion of the pullout from the Gaza Strip and northern Samaria last month. Security officials had warned that following the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, Palestinian terrorists would shift their activities to the West Bank. (Reporting by JPFS and JTA)