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‘Axe attack’ group vows more attacks against Israel

Posted in Attacks on Israelis by Palestinians, Axe Attack by beyondtheborder on April 11, 2009

The group said its future attacks would be “in response to the attacks carried out on Palestinians in the West Bank, particularly the Hebron village of Safa, Jerusalem, Gaza, and those inside Israel.”

The group added in a statement that [Israeli Chief of the General Staff Gabi] Ashkinazi’s threat to carry out a new strike on Gaza is evidence of their failure in the face of the steadfastness of the Palestinians.”

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[Dispatches from Palestine] Soldiers invade and attack Beit Ommar

Excerpt from “Dispatches from Palestine” Blog:

I captured a video of the soldiers upon their retreat from Beit Ommar — when an Israeli soldier deliberately chucked a heavy sound grenade at the feet of a 4 year old boy.

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Scores hurt in clash between Bat Ayin settlers, Palestinians

Israeli Settlers

Israeli Settlers

The violence erupted when a group of settler youths began throwing stones at Palestinians on the outskirts of the village of Safa. The settlers had left a prayer service held on a nearby hilltop in memory of Shlomo Nativ, 16, who was killed by a axe-wielding Palestinian on Thursday.

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The settlement is also the origin of a militia called the Bat Ayin Underground. The father of the 7-year-old victim of last week’s attack is Ofer Gamliel, who is serving a 15-year prison sentence for attempting to bomb a Palestinian girls’ school in Jerusalem in 2002. Two other men from the settlement were also jailed for the attempted attack.

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15 residents were treated for gas inhalation as Israeli soldiers also attacked the residents instead of removing the settlers who initiated the attack.

Local sources reported that the settlers also stole sheep belonging to the residents of Safa.

Local mosques in Beit Ummar and Surif called on the residents to aid their brother in Safa, and hundreds of Palestinians rushed to the area.

Only then soldiers intervened to stop the settlers and ordered them to return to their illegal outposts.

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Unknown militant group claims to have orchestrated Bat Ayin “axe attack”

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 4, 2009

A previously unknown Palestinian militant group calling itself “the Palestine strugglers Army” claimed to have orchestrated the Friday “axe attack” in the Bat Ayin settlement Thursday that saw one teenage settler killed and a young boy injured.

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Three Safa homes taken over as military posts; settlers decide not to retaliate after “axe attack”

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 3, 2009

In Safa village Israeli troops occupied three homes and declared them military posts. Several bulldozers blocked off entrances to the village, cutting it off totally from its lands and neighboring villages as the Israeli manhunt for the “axe attacker” continues.

Safa residents have lived under curfew for 24 hours as troops patrol the streets and raid homes. The residences of Ahmad Ismael Kokas, Ghazi Ahmad Ady, and Isam Ibrahim Ady have been taken over and at least six others suffered damage as troops burst through doors or smashed windows. Villagers say at least 28 have been detained and are being held in an unknown location.

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Israel fears extremists will try to avenge Bat Ayin axe-murder

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 2, 2009

Security sources said on Thursday that right-wing extremists are likely to attempt to avenge the terror attack in the West Bank settlement of Bat Ayin, in which an axe-wielding Palestinian killed a 13-year-old boy and left another boy, 7, moderately hurt.

The attacker apparently entered Bat Ayin, located between Jerusalem and the southern West Bank city of Hebron, unhindered. The religious settlers have refused to build a security fence around their community – standard practice in most settlements – saying it would be a sign of weakness.

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Jailed father of terror victim won’t visit son in hospital

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 2, 2009
Ofer Gamliel, father of Yair Gamliel, who was wounded in the Bat Ayin attack.

Ofer Gamliel, father of Yair Gamliel, who was wounded in the Bat Ayin attack.

Ofer Gamliel is currently serving a prison sentence for his involvement in the ‘Bat Ayin underground,’ which had planned to carry out an attack several years ago at a girls’ school in the A-Tor neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

The ‘Bat Ayin underground’ was active in the West Bank and East Jerusalem during the early years of the Second Intifada.

In April 2002, police arrested Shlomo Dvir, Yarden Morag and Ofer Gamliel, ‘Bat Ayin underground’ members, who were later convicted of attempting to place an explosive device near the East Jerusalem school.

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Bat Ayin teen killed, child hurt in ax attack, terrorist escapes; Israeli forces overrun nearby villages

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 2, 2009

A 13-year old boy was murdered yesterday and a seven-year old boy lightly injured when an ax-wielding terrorist attacked them in the settlement of Bat Ayin in Gush Etzion yesterday.

A local man fought the terrorist and managed to pry the ax away from him, but the assailant managed to escape. The murdered youth, Shlomo Nativ, was laid to rest at the regional cemetery of Gush Etzion, not far from Kfar Etzion. The funeral procession, attended by hundreds of people, was relatively quiet.

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Israel’s Magen David ambulance service attempted to rescue the 16-year-old but failed. The seven-year-old child injured in the attack was taken to Hadassah Hospital in East Jerusalem.

According to news reports the alleged attacker managed to flee.

In the nearby Palestinian village of Safa, Israeli forces overran the town, imposing a curfew and raiding houses. According to witnesses, more than 50 military vehicles have invaded the village. According to witnesses in the village, 28 Palestinians have been detained. It is not known where they are held.

There were also reports Israeli troops were firing in the air and that Israeli forces also invaded the town of Surif.

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Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, a group linked to the Fatah faction led by Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, claimed responsibility in a statement, citing Israeli “crimes of occupation”.

Emergency services described the attack as a Palestinian “terrorist attack”.

Police said they had launched a manhunt for the assailant, who is believed to have been attacked by security guards.

Micky Rosenfeld, a police spokesman, said the attacker used the axe and a knife in the assault in Bat Ayin, a settlement south of Jerusalem.

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Bat Ayin is home to religious settlers who have refused to build a security fence around their community, as is the rule in most other settlements, saying fences are a sign of insecurity.

There was no word on whether the attacker acted alone.

Less than an hour after the attack, the Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility. A murky terrorist group calling itself the Martyrs of Imad Mughniyeh also claimed responsibility for the attack in an e-mail sent to the Associated Press.

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“I managed to block his arm, we fell to the ground and struggled but he managed to run away. I called for help, another resident fired at him, but missed.

“When I got up I saw a child wounded in the head. I cried to warn his mother, who ran towards him.”

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