Gush Etzion Residents March Against Hostile Arab Village

Some 150 Jews marched towards the hostile Arab village of Tzurif this morning. "If the police and army won't protect us, we'll have to do it ourselves," they said.

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Hillel Fendel, | updated: 13:35

In the past week alone, Arabs from Tzurif - famous for the many murderous terrorists who have grown up there - broke into two homes in Bat Ayin Bet, stole two cars, and made off with 15 sheep. "If we don't stop this now," said one marcher, "it could easily reach much worse proportions, including murder."

The police arrested two people, including Nadia Matar, co-head of the Women in Green organization. Many witnesses said that they dragged her roughly over the ground and beat her.

"In addition," said one woman, Datia Yitzchaki of the former Gush Katif neighborhood Kfar Yam, "I can tell you they were specifically looking for her [Nadia]. Yesterday, when police came around to try to get us not to hold this protest, they specifically asked if Nadia would be there. And today, just seconds after they declared the area a 'closed military zone,' they ran after Nadia and dragged her to the car, hitting her all the while."

Michael Pollack of Hevron told Arutz-7, "The police and army claim that they don't have enough manpower to look for stolen cars in these Arab villages - but today we proved that they have plenty of manpower: just to stop us, they brought out ten police jeeps, ten army jeeps and five special Yassam-force jeeps - nearly 100 men in all."

"In addition," Pollack said, "they say that it's dangerous for them to enter these areas, and that they need special permission from their higher-ups - but today, they came out to these areas with no hesitation."

Tzurif is remembered in infamy as the source of many cruel terror attacks, beginning in early 1948 ago with the famous "Lamed Heh" - the 35 Jews who were cruelly butchered while on their way to deliver food and supplies to the Etzion bloc. In addition to the drive-by murder of Yaron and Efrat Ungar in 1996, whose two babies were left for Efrat's parents to raise, Tzurif murderers murdered three women in the Apropos cafe in Tel Aviv in 1997, kidnapped and murdered Sharon Edry in September 1996 - his body was only discovered seven months later - and committed the drive-by murders of IDF Dr. Oz Tivon and Sgt. Yaniv Shimol in Jan. 1996, and of Ze'ev, Uri, and Rachel Munk in July 1996.

The late Tourism Minister and IDF Maj.-Gen. Rehavam Ze'evi said in 1997 that the village of Tzurif deserves to be "wiped off the face of the earth."

"Whenever Arabs carry out hostile actions against Jews," Pollack said, "it's very important that there be a quick response. If we can't depend on the police and the army, then we won't wait and we'll do it ourselves. We don't need a repeat of past patterns."

Many of the marchers were able to evade the police forces who deployed to stop them, and made their way towards Tzurif. However, they stopped well before the actual village itself, in accordance with their previous plan, hanging up signs along the way. The signs said, "This is Jewish Land; no entry for the Arab enemy," and "Scaredy-Cat Army, Go into the Villages."

After arresting Nadia Matar, the police demanded that she sign a paper forbidding her to enter the area again. She refused to do this, however, and the police therefore took her before a judge in Jerusalem. The outcome of this encounter was not yet clear at press time.

Datia Yitzchaki said that MK Aryeh Eldad is aware of and involved in the situation, "and hopefully she will be released before the Sabbath."

Eldad commented bitingly, "The police and army that have not succeeded in stopping hostile Arab acts against the residents of Gush Etzion, have finally proven their strength - by arresting Nadia Matar."

"It's important that people get used to the idea that they can walk freely all over the hills of the Land of Israel," Pollack said. "If this happens, there will be fewer murders and fewer thefts. It's a simple equation: If we don't walk there, the Arabs will... Today, one of the people who came with us was a new immigrant from the U.S. who is now living with his family in Efrat. He told me that he now understands for the first time how important it is to actually get out and walk in these hills, and he plans to do it more often."