IDF after stabbing attack at Gush Etzion
IDF after stabbing attack at Gush EtzionGershon Elinson/Flash 90

Etzion Brigade Commander Col. Roman Gofman issued an order Monday morning to remove immediately all Arab workers from the Gush Etzion communities, including from stores and businesses.

The order was made following a security assessment by the Etzion Brigade commander and the Judea and Samaria Division following a severe escalation in deadly Arab terror attacks on Jews in the region.

On Monday morning, a 30-year-old pregnant woman was stabbed by an Arab terrorist in the town of Tekoa, after he broke into a clothing store where she was working and stabbed her multiple times in her upper body.

The pregnant victim, identified as Michal Froman, was evacuated to Jerusalem's Shaarei Tzedek hospital in moderate condition.

Monday's attack came after an Arab construction worker on Sunday evening brutally murdered Dafna Meir in front of her children, after the terrorist broke into her home in Otniel, several miles south of Gush Etzion.

39-year-old Dafna Meir was laid to rest Monday morning in the Har HaMenuchot cemetery in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul neighborhood after a funeral that began in Otniel.

Security forces on Monday continued a widespread manhunt for the murderer of the mother of six.

“In light of a situational assessment and following recent terror attacks, security measures have been taken in the communities in the Etzion Bloc and all Palestinian workers have been instructed to leave the communities by the Etzion Regional Brigade commander Col. Roman Gofman,” said an IDF spokesperson.

The duration of the order was not immediately known. 

This is not the first time the IDF has imposed such measures on Arab workers in Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

In July of 2015, the IDF issued a region-wide ban out of concern that some Arab employees might take revenge on their Jewish coworkers or employers over the arson attack on a family in the Arab village of Duma.

A similar temporary ban on Arab workers in the region was also ordered in November 2015, after 21-year-old Hadar Buchris was stabbed to death in an attack at the Gush Etzion junction.