First Arab 'September Attack': Convoy Approached Negohot
Palestinian Authority Arabs carried out a large scale "people power" attack on a Jewish community Sunday, Arutz Sheva has learned. The attack appears to mark the beginning of the new PA tactic against Israel, which is being launched along with the appeal by Mahmoud Abbas to the United Nations for statehood.
Arabs in a convoy of 40 to 50 cars neared the Jewish community of Negohot near Hevron, drove along a road that runs close to the community's security fence, taunted and jeered – while IDF soldiers looked on and did nothing.
"We saw dozens of vehicles driving with their V signs, epithets and lewd gestures. We told the kids to move back from the edge of the road. They slowed down to a speed of about 5-10 kph," he recounted.
The IDF has decided to react only to violence, fearing that a reaction to marches or convoys may cause Arab violence to erupt. The unanswered questions are timing and judgment.
Tzimerman noted that a person getting out of his car at the point where the U-turn was carried out could reach one of the community's homes in a matter of seconds. The IDF had claimed last week it has drawn a "red line" beyond which Arab demonstrators cannot approach a community.
Arabs also held signs and flags at a small protest near the village of Biddu, not far from Ramallah. The sign protested that the Arab controlled enclaves are "Bantustans" -- a public relations ploy to encourage comparison to black enclaves in apartheid-era South Africa.