Hamas, Fatah Encourage Hevron Locals to Impede IDF Search
Israel has begun taking several steps to both prevent more terrorism in the wake of the abduction of three missing yeshiva students, and create pressure on Palestinian Arabs to reveal the whereabouts of the boys.
Palestinian Arabs have rejoiced publicly at the kidnapping, and even attempted to obstruct Israel's attempts to find the boys. In Gaza, Palestinian Arabs handed out sweets in a sick "celebration" of the kidnappings; fireworks could be heard and loud music playing Saturday night in Arab communities across Judea and Samaria.
Moreover, Fatah, on an official Facebook post in Arabic, called on all Palestinian Authority (PA) residents on social media to destroy all video and photo evidence of the boys, in order to hinder the ongoing IDF search.
The statement is a harsh contrast to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas's official pledge to Israel in English on Friday that he would dispatch the PA's own police forces to help search for the boys.
Israel has begun issuing sanctions on Palestinian Arabs in response.
Palestinian Arab workers have been banned from entering Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria on Sunday, the Yesha Council announced Saturday night.
"Closing communities is being used as leverage to pressure the population in the Palestinian Authority that would cover up the abduction, and create pressure for the extradition of the hijackers, to allow our boys to be brought home safely," the Council posted on Facebook.
Specific communities listed to be preventing the Palestinian Arab workers from entering Sunday include Hevron, Tekoa, Efrat, Beit Aryeh, Karnei Shomron, Kiryat Arba, Beit El, Kedumim, Emmanuel, Elkana; entire regions have also instituted a ban, including Binyamin, Samaria, Gush Etzion, and the Hevron Hills.
In addition, the Israeli Prison Service announced Saturday night that families of terrorists held in Israeli prisons would be banned from visiting their relatives Sunday. The move is widely being seen as another tactic to force Palestinian Arabs who know where the boys are to reveal the missing teens' whereabouts.