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      Stabbing Prevented in Otniel

      IDF nabs two terrorists with knives as they make their way to Otniel, in the hills of Judea.
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 5/15/2011, 8:42 PM / Last Update: 5/15/2011, 9:06 PM

      Hana Levi Julian

      IDF soldiers nabbed two Palestinian Authority terrorists on Sunday as they made their way toward the Jewish town of Otniel in the Judean hills at around 6 P.M.. The two were found to be carrying knives.

      They were arrested and taken in for questioning.

      The town, home to a large Hesder Yeshiva whose head was the former Chief Rabbi of the IDF, suffered a tragic terrorist attack in 2002, in which IDF soldier on leave, Noam Apter, gave his life to save his friends.

      In March of this year, two terrorists managed to infiltrate the Jewish town of Itamar in Samaria with knives, and to murder five members of the Fogel family. They have since been apprehended.

      Also on Sunday, PA Arabs from Kafr Jilazoun rioted and attempted to approach the Jewish town of Beit El, home to INN.  IDF forces dispersed the rioters.

      Several rock attacks were reported in Judea and Samaria during the day. Some firebomb and other attacks were reported; in one case, PA attackers lit tires on fire before throwing them at passing Israeli buses.

      PA Arabs are marking “Nakba day” (lit. Disaster day), the Gregorian calendar anniversary of Israel's Declaration of Independence, which was followed by Arab armies' failed attempt to destroy the fledgling Jewish state.