The body of 17-year-old Avichai Levy is carried prior to his burial in Jerusalem, in the Jewish West Bank settlement of Beit Haggai, south of Hebron,
IM:The terrrorist murders of Avichai Levi, 17 and Aviad Mantzur 16 were ignored by the Israeli media and politicians who do not want the public to see that terrorism is continuing unabated despite the statements to the contrary. The shootings of the two teenage boys who were waiting for a ride and were executions. The terrorists passed the boys, made a U turn , came back and shot both of them in the head. One died immediately and the other lanquished for several days until he succumbed to his wounds. http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=84642
The murder of two Israelis last week was also also given little coverage in the press due to the Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's promise to do everything he could to shore up Mazen's image as a peace partner instead of the terrorist leader that he really is. The killers were affiliated with Abu Mazen's Fatah.
Another thrwarted terrorist attack was claimed by Ramadan Shallah's Palestinian Islamic Jihad. Last week Shallah who was responsible for a recent suicide bombing said terrorists would attack Tel Aviv.
MIM: Proof that the Arabs see the deportation of Jews in Gaza as just the first step towards wiping Israel off the map is the fact that they are upset that the Jews in Gaza are being deported to other parts of Israel( which they consider to be one large settlement) which they want to make Judenrein as well.
",..Palestinians welcome any Israeli withdrawals from lands occupied in the 1967 war. But they suspect Sharon intends to leave Gaza mainly in order to cement Israel's hold on much larger settlements in the West Bank..."
Mohammed Dahlan again, now the PA's man dealing with the Israeli withdrawal, is paraphrased saying that the Palestinians "would deal with any Israeli withdrawal from any piece of land as a victory for the will of the Palestinians." (June 29, 2005)
Terrorists exploited goodwill gestures'
Attackers who killed Israeli youngster in West Bank shooting attack Friday exploited easing of restrictions on Palestinian movement, IDF officer says. Following attack, freedom of movement curbed
By Hanan Greenberg and Shani Mizrachi
BEIT HAGGAI - The terrorists who staged the latest West Bank shooting attack, which left one Israeli dead, took advantage of the easing of restrictions on Palestinian movement in the southern Mount Hebron area, Judea Brigade Commander Colonel Moti Baruch said.
Following the attack, Palestinian freedom of movement in the area has been curbed in a bid to prevent further attacks, he said, and added the manhunt for the terror cell behind the latest shooting continues through an intelligence effort and other means.
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On Friday afternoon, Palestinian terrorists opened fire on a group of Israeli youths waiting at a hitchhiking post outside the West bank settlement of Beit Haggai, southwest of Hebron.
A 15-year-old was killed and four others were wounded in the attack.
Preliminary reports indicate that, at around 4:45 PM, a white car initially passed the hitchhiking post, but made a U-turn when those inside saw the teens waiting there. The vehicle then stopped in front of the post, and someone inside opened fire on the youths and on a family in a blue car that had stopped to give them a lift.
Yochai Damari , the brother of a severely wounded teen, said that his brother called his parents to tell them about the attack.
IDF, police and Magen David Adom personnel were called to the scene.
Avi Reshef, a paramedic from Kiryat Arba, was on duty when he got the news about the incident.
"We received a report about a shooting at Beit Haggai. We left with paramedics and a doctor. One of those hit was already dead," Reshef said. "There was nothing we could do besides certify his death."
Amir and Ra'ut Azoulay were in the blue car with their four-year-old when they were lightly wounded by shrapnel. They managed to drive away, but the more seriously were evacuated by helicopter to Jerusalem's Hadassah Ein-Kerem Hospital and Beer Sheva's Soroka Medical Center.
The names of the dead teen and the more seriously injured will not given out until Saturday night, after Shabbat.
The "Martyr Massoud Iyad" cell, affiliated with Fatah's al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades , took responsibility for the drive-by. There was no additional shooting at Adurayim as previously reported; rather, the Azoulays drove to an IDF checkpoint there to get help.
An al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigade commander told Ynet that the attack was "a response to Israeli violations of the cease-fire."
Settler response: We told you so
Har Hebron council head Tzviki Bar-Chai said that the terrorists were emboldened but what they saw as "Israeli weakness."
"The flight from the Gaza Strip encourages them to commit more terrorist attacks until they expel us from all of the Land of Israel," Bar-Chai said, adding that the giving up of Qalqilya and Bethlehem also blows wind into the sails of the terrorists.
The Yesha settler council sources said, "Whoever runs from terror, terror will chase after him ... Just as we warned in the past, with the impending disengagement and fleeing part of the land, the terrorists will commit more attacks."
By contrast, a man who recently finished up his army service in the area of Beit Haggai told Ynet that the attack was entirely predictable given the dangerous location of the hitchhiking post.
"The hitchhiking post is 200 meters from the settlement and 800 meters from the IDF base defending it
," he noted. "Every Friday, we would see kids leaving the settlement do go to the post. As much as we warned them about the angers of the place, they still refused to stand closer to the settlement. They said God would protect them."
Elsewhere in the West Bank
The Palestinian Islamic Jihad took credit for the attack.
Hours later a Palestinian was killed by IDF fire near Netzarim and entry to Israel through the Erez Checkpoint was closed off.
Ali Waked, Ahiya Raved, Ronny Sofer and Doron Sheffer contributed to this report
Palestinians Hit the West Bank as Foretaste of Pre-Disengagement Terror Campaign
DEBKAfile Special Report and Analysis
June 25, 2005, 1:40 PM (GMT+02:00)
The 17-year old Israeli student shot dead by a Palestinian drive-by killer squad Friday evening June 24 near Beit Haggai, Mt. Hebron, was the third pre-disengagement victim of four Palestinian terrorist attacks this week. Five Israelis were also injured, one seriously. Earlier, Sgt-Maj Avi Karuchi, 25, from Beersheba, and Yevgeni Rider, 28, from Hermesh, were murdered in a revival of Palestinian violence which is focusing again on the West Bank.
This resurgence of violence erupted on June 19 as US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made her foredoomed attempt to persuade Palestinian leaders to cooperate in Israel's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. Her quest for a diplomatic understanding was worse than fruitless; it was reciprocated by a dangerous new spiral of Palestinian violence and threats, as DEBKAfile's counter-terror experts note:
1. By these attacks, the Palestinians are signaling their determination to keep Israel's pullbacks from the Gaza Strip and the northern West Bank under fire. The comparative lull, such as it was, is over as of now. (DEBKAfile reported on April 11 that Abbas' own Fatah had preset the Palestinian terrorist machine to go into full gear in Gaza and the West Bank in the second half of June. article
2. As the mid-August evacuation date nears, the attacks will also spread across the Green Line into Israel. Defense minister Shaul Mofaz has said that if Palestinian fire continues after Israel's withdrawal, the IDF will be forced to retake parts of the Gaza Strip. The new reality requires the extension of his threat to the West Bank too.
3. The fresh onslaught is a combined effort of all the Palestinian terrorist factions. It is not confined to the Jihad Islami. Therefore, Israel forces' mass detentions this week of its adherents will not dent the new campaign. The Palestinian woman apprehended at the Gaza Strip's crossing into Israel on June 20 on her way to blow up the Soroka hospital in Beersheba admitted she was had been sent by the Fatah-al Aqsa Brigades to blow up the hospital where she had received medical treatment herself.
4. The drive-by shooting in Mt. Hebron, in the southern half of the West Bank, was staged directly after Mofaz visited Hebron and ordered Israeli military positions and checkpoints dismantled, in response to US and European pressure. The Sharon government also ordered the military to prepare for the handover of Bethlehem and Qalqilya to Palestinian security control in the next week or two. The Palestinians were replying that nothing Israel can do in the way of concessions, gestures or eased restrictions will prevent the violence escalating, although their leaders will continue to badger Israel for more.
5. Restoring Bethlehem to Palestinian control augurs fresh attacks on nearby Jerusalem.
6. Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas and his ministers have no control over the terrorist groups. Therefore their promises to deploy forces for maintaining order are bouncing checks.
7. Masoud Iyad served Yasser Arafat as his personal go-between with the Lebanese Hizballah terrorist leader Hassan Nasrallah. By naming the Friday attack in Mt. Hebron the Masoud Iyad Operation, the Fatah let Abu Mazen know that the organization remains faithful to Yasser Arafat's path and owes the new leader no loyalty. Fatah, like Hamas, recognizes the Lebanese terror group as its sole partner in action.
Four years ago, on February 21, 2001, Israeli helicopter-borne missiles killed Iyad, having discovered that four months before Arafat declared his confrontation with Israel, he had been sent to Beirut to set up a close operational cooperation with the Lebanese group. Arafat told him to buy from the Hizballah quantities of weapons and commission its assistance in the coming conflict in the form of instructors, experts in suicide attacks and specialists in the manufacture of mortars and other weapons.
It was then that the Palestinians began experimenting with the development of Qassam surface missiles.
The return of Arafat's messenger from Lebanon was soon followed by arms deliveries and Hizballah experts and specialists. They worked under the protection of Palestinian security services on the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The officer in charge of looking after the Lebanese visitors and assigning them to the different Palestinian security services was Mohammed Dahlan, Abbas' current minister for civilian affairs.
By recalling Iyad Masoud's name, the Palestinian organizations are announcing that the terror war Arafat launched against Israel in 2000 is far from over; it is entering its next phase.
Govīt Silent on Arab Murder of Two Teens Sunday, June 26, 2005
Two teenage victims of Arab terror were buried Sunday night, but no government official attended the eulogies, nor did the government issue the usual warnings to the PA against terror.
Government representatives were conspicuously absent as mourners accompanied terrorist victims Avichai Levi, 17, of Beit Haggai, and Aviad Mantzur, 16, of Otniel to the Mount of Olives cemetery. Politicians were at the burial ceremony, but no representatives traveled to the homes of the slain boys to speak at the beginning of the funeral processions. No mention of the attack, nor of sanctions to be taken against the PA, was made in the Cabinet Communique following Sunday's weekly government meeting.
The attack occurred late Friday afternoon as the two slain boys and two other friends were waiting for a ride outside the community of Beit Haggai. Avichai, who studied at the Kiryat Arba high school, was shot in the head and died on the spot. Aviad, a student at the Susia Yeshiva High School in southern Judea, died of his wounds early Sunday morning. They were murdered by Arab terrorists from the Hevron area, who made a U-turn after passing them in order perpetrate the attack.
Several hundred friends and neighbors crowded in and around the families' houses. Hevron Brigade Commander Lt.-Col. Moti Baruch, who attended both eulogies, said Saturday that the terrorists succeeded in their mission of terror because the army had lifted travel restrictions on Hevron Arabs as "good will" measures.
Chava Levi, mother of Avichai, said in her eulogy for her son, "I am afraid what the evacuation will do to the people of Israel more than I am afraid of the evacuation itself. Mr. Prime Minister, you said that the Nation of Israel lives on, and its strength lies in its unity... Avichai, ask up there, for your mother, that the Al-mighty guard the people of Israel, that there not be, Heaven forbid, division and civil war. I am at ease because I know you did not go to Heaven in vain. I am prepared to pay the price because I know you completed your mission here and you are prepared for your mission in heaven."
Avichai's funeral procession stopped in Jerusalem at the residence of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. Southern Hevron Hills Regional Council leader Tzviki Bar-Chai noted the Torah portion read this week, and said, "The scouts sent to survey the Land of Israel were told to see if the populace was living in open camps - a sign of confidence and strength - or whether they were in fortresses, signifying their fear and weakness. But when they returned, with no spirit and with bad things to say about the Land, they said that the cities were like fortresses - as if this were a sign of strength! Because the leaders were in a state of blindness and loss of direction, [they see things backwards]. Mr. Prime Minister, you are suffering from the same syndrome: When you say that running away under fire will lead to security - you have lost your way and your direction."
"Mr. Prime Minister," Bar-Chai continued, "you sent the best of [our] people to Beit Haggai and Otniel, to Homesh and Sa-Nur, to Kfar Darom and Netzarim. You are no longer worthy of leading. You have abandoned us under enemy fire. You have not learned what is true leadership spirit... We vow to continue to the struggle that will open up the people's eyes."
Ariel Lifshitz said at the eulogies for his classmate Aviad, "We are confused. We don't understand that you, Aviad, are not with us." Aviad, the oldest of five children, was very active in the Bnei Akiva youth movement and was respected as a very serious student who was always smiling and full of happiness.
The Mantzur family home often served as an open house for friends and relatives of terror victims. Other residents of both Otniel and Beit Haggai have been murdered in the past by Arab terrorists.
The Levy family asked that participants in the funeral process wear orange, in solidarity with the struggle to prevent the withdrawal from Gush Katif. Many in the crowd in fact wore orange shirts and waved orange flags. Avichai himself was wearing, when he was killed, a Gush Katif sticker on his shirt reading, "With Love, We Will Win."
An estimated 1,000 people took part in Avichai's funeral. The rabbi of Beit Haggai, Rabbi Moshe Eliezer Rabinovitch, addressed part of his eulogy towards the army, asking, "Who gave you permission to abandon the lives of your brothers?" He was referring to recent army decisions to remove checkpoints and allow unrestricted Arab traffic in the area. Other participants were less diplomatic, calling out to Lt.-Col. Mot Baruch, "You are murderers! You allowed the roads to be opened, you should be lying under the ground instead of Avichai! How much longer will there be such lack of concern for human life?"
The funeral of Aviad Mantzur, who was also killed in the attack, set off later in the afternoon from Otniel, and made its way to Jerusalem.