IDF Destroys Mortar Launchers, Arab Terrorism Continues

Following barrages of rockets and mortar shells on both Gush Katif and the Negev, Israeli Air Force helicopters fired missiles at launch sites and a car packed with mortar shells Wednesday.

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Despite the IAF maneuver Wednesday evening, the eighth Kassam rocket of the day hit a parked bus near the Jewish community of Morag. An earlier mortar shell attack in N'vei Dekalim caused light leg injuries to an IDF soldier. Another shell caused damage to a house in Gadid, but no one was injured.

Terrorists also fired mortar shells at the Gush Katif towns of Gadid, N’vei Dekalim and Netzarim Thursday morning. There were no reports of injuries.

In another attack, an Arab teenage terrorist stabbed an Israeli policeman Wednesday afternoon in the center of Jerusalem. The incident occurred at the intersection of Jaffa and Cheshin streets. After a short chase, police arrested the 15-year-old Arab. The stabbing victim was moderately wounded.

Not Just Sticks and Stones:

Thursday about 150 Arabs went into a closed-military-zone south of Shechem, and attacked soldiers by throwing chunks of stone and firebombs.

An IDF soldier was lightly wounded Wednesday night by rocks and bottles hurled by Arabs during a confrontation southeast of Ramallah, near the separation fence adjacent to the community of Kochav Ya’akov. The soldiers were summoned after Arabs were detected sabotaging the fence.

Arabs Passing Themselves Off as Jews:

An PA Arab from Hevron was found to be employed as a watchman on a Ra’anana construction site. He was apparently hired by disguising himself as a Jew and presenting his employer with an Israeli identity card, which claimed he lived in Jerusalem. He told police following his apprehension that he purchased the identity card for 1,500 shekels ($340).

Over 800 Israeli Arabs have changed their first names to biblical names in the past year. Most of them have been young Arab men seeking employment in the Israeli workplace.