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      Arabs Torch Home in Havat Gilad, Killing Dog

      Violent altercations in Havat Maon, too, as Arab intifada becomes ever more brazen.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 2/28/2012, 3:39 PM

      At the scene of the blaze.
      At the scene of the blaze.
      Noam Breuer / Tatzpit

      The flames of the newest Arab "intifada" uprising reached two Jewish farms in Judea and Samaria Tuesday. Arabs burned down a home in Havat Gilad, in Samaria. They apparently come from the nearby village of Farata, and made their escape after setting the isolated structure on fire. Residents of the Jewish farm gave chase and there were physical altercations between them and Arab villagers.

      News agency "Hakol HaYehudi" reported that Havat Gilad residents tried to put out the fire but the home burned down completely. A dog that was tied next to the home died in the blaze.

      Havat Gilad residents have issued a call to Jews in the area to come assist them in safeguarding the community.

      Security forces arrested three Arabs as suspects in setting fire to the home. They will be taken to interrogation at the Judea and Samaria police station.

      There have also been clashes between Jews and Arabs Tuesday at Havat Maon, in the southern Hevron Hills. The fighting was over pasture land. An Arab was lightly hurt when Jewish residents threw rocks at him. He was evacuated to a hospital by the Red Crescent. Arabs also threw rocks at Jewish residents. Army and police forces arrived on the scene.

      Arab attacks against Jews have become increasingly brazen and frewquent in recent weeks, in what nationalists say is a new intifada born of the Arabs' perception of Jewish weakness in the wake of the Shalit Deal.



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