Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Four Jews Murdered in Arab Terror Attack Near Hevron

"A Zaka volunteer who arrived on the scene broke down in tears when he neared the car and discovered that one of the victims was his wife...."

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 reportedly made sure their victims were dead by shooting them from close range after the initial fusillade.

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.

A Zaka volunteer who arrived on the scene broke down in tears when he neared the car and discovered that one of the victims was his wife. The IDF is combing the area, searching for the terrorists.

One of the victims had a license for a gun that was suspended 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.

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 act until we capture the terrorists. IDF along with other security agencies continue to operate 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.

By by Gil Ronen, Hillel Fendel and Elad Benari on

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