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Arabs Target Yitzhar on the Sabbath

Dozens of PA Arabs from a village near Shechem try to enter a neighborhood in Yitzhar during the Sabbath.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 12/16/2012, 5:01 AM

Road sign to Kedumim and Yitzhar
Road sign to Kedumim and Yitzhar
Hillel Maeir

Dozens of Palestinian Authority Arabs from the village of Einabus near Shechem tried to enter a neighborhood in the Shomron community of Yitzhar during the Sabbath.

The neighborhood’s residents came out of their homes and drove the Arabs away, while a military force arrived and dispersed the Arabs using riot control measures.

The community of Yitzhar noted that it is suspected some of the Arabs may have fired shots during the incident. No one was reported to have been hurt.

Yitzhar has been more than once the target of Arabs who take advantage of the Sabbath to try to infiltrate into the community. Arson is one of the more common forms of such terrorism.

Several months ago disaster was narrowly averted twice on the Sabbath, as Jews in Yitzhar prevented Arabs from destroying their community with fire. Some grazing land was set alight, but homes in the area were saved.

PA Arabs in Judea and Samaria have been rioting and attempting to carry out terrorist attacks for the past several days. On Friday, approximately 1,000 Arabs rioted in Tulkarm. In Ni'lin and Bil'in the rioters hurled rocks atsecurity forces.

About 30 PA Arabs rioted in Kfar Kadum in Samaria and rolled a burning tire towards security forces. 10 Arabs rioted in the Qalandiya crossing, throwing rocks towards the crossing. 40 Arabs hurled rocks towards the Rachel's Tomb compound, and about 3000 Arabs rioted in Hevron.

Tensions have been particularly high following two incidents in which soldiers shot Arab attackers in Hevron.

The latest incident occurred late on Thursday night when members of an IDF unit stationed near Hevron shot an Arab terrorist as he prepared to throw a firebomb at them.

Arab reports claimed that the terrorist was seriously wounded and taken to hospital in the city.

On Wednesday night, a female officer shot and killed a 17-year-old PA Arab terrorist who pulled a gun on Border Police officers near Hevron.

A police sapper who arrived subsequently to check out the gun determined that it was a fake gun.