“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Ps. 34:18
TWO MURDERED IN SAMARIA TERROR ATTACK: 2 people were murdered and another person wounded Sunday morning 7 Oct. 2018 in a terror attack in the Barkan Industrial Park in Samaria. Initial details found that the shooter, a 23 year old PA resident of the village of Shuweika near Tulkarem who worked at a factory at the park, entered the building with a rifle, ascended to one of the upper floors and began shooting. The dead woman later was identified as Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, 29, of Rosh Ha’ayin in central Israel. The dead man was identified as Ziv Hajbi, a 35-year-old father of three from Rishon Lezion in central Israel. They both were tied up and shot at close range. A 54 year old woman was seriously wounded and evacuated to Beilinson hospital in Petah Tikvah by Magen David Adom emergency medical responders. The hospital later announced that the condition of the evacuated woman, who suffered from a stomach wound, was classified as moderate and that her life was not in danger. She was hospitalized for further treatment. The shooter has escaped. Security forces are searching the area for the suspect. Israel’s PM Netanyahu at the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday morning, 7 Oct. called the shootings a severe terrorist attack. “The security forces are in pursuit of the reprehensible murderer. I am certain that they will apprehend him and I am also certain that we will deal with him to the fullest extent of the law and quickly,” Netanyahu said. President Reuven Rivlin said in a statement, “This was not only an attack on innocent people going about their daily lives, it was also an attack on the possibility of Israelis and Palestinians co-existing peacefully. I call on the Palestinian leadership to condemn this murderous attack and to use the forces at their disposal to capture the terrorist and those who aided him.” (Arutz-7/JTA) On Monday 8 Oct. 2018, Petah Tikva’s Beilinson Hospital, where the injured woman was taken, said her condition had improved and that she was expected to be released from the hospital within the coming days. Please pray for her continued physical recovery and for comforting and mercy to support the loved-ones of Kim Yehezkel and Ziv Hajbi, who were brutally murdered in this latest terrorist attack.
DANON TO SECURITY COUNCIL: CONDEMN BARKAN ATTACK: Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, on Sunday night 7 Oct. 2018 called on the UN Security Council to condemn the terrorist attack in the Barkan Industrial Zone and the wave of terror coming from the Palestinian Authority (PA). "Instead of preaching to Israel and stopping proposals for calming the region, PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas must sound a clear and firm voice against the instigators and terrorists coming out of the Palestinian Authority," Danon wrote. "Financing terrorists is fuel for terrorist attacks like the one that took place in Barkan, and only stopping it will help terror. The members of the Security Council must come out with a clear condemnation of the murderous attack. It is your responsibility and your commitment to the Middle East and the world, and more importantly, for the children of Kim and Ziv who have remained orphans," he concluded. (Arutz-7)
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CRUZ: THE INCITEMENT AND ATROCITIES MUST END: USA Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday 7 Oct. 2018 condemned the terrorist attack in the Barkan Industrial Zone in which two Israelis were murdered. “Last month a Palestinian terrorist murdered Ari Fuld, an American-Israeli. Palestinian leaders said the terrorist became eligible for salaries and benefits, a reward and incentive. Today a terrorist murdered two Israelis—the incitement and atrocities must end,” tweeted Cruz. Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel, 28, from Rosh Ha'ayin, and Ziv Hajbi, 35, of Rishon LeZion, were the victims of the attack which took place on Sunday morning. The terrorist Ashraf Na'alwa, a resident of the village of Shweika, fled the scene after the attack. IDF and Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) forces continue to hunt for him. IDF soldiers arrived at the terrorist's home, mapped the building and carried out interrogations and arrests of suspected terrorists. As of late Monday 8 Oct. Israeli forces had yet to apprehend him. (INN)
ABBAS’ ULTIMATUM TO HAMAS: In talks between Hamas and the Palestinian Authority, PA President Mahmoud Abbas gave Hamas an ultimatum – give the PA full control of the Gaza Strip by the end of the month, or suffer the consequences, according to a statement made by an official in the PA presidency bureau. Hamas leadership and senior Palestinian Authority officials concluded a round of talks in Cairo with little results, Israeli media reported. According to the report, the PA is planning on cutting some $96 million which Gaza receives from it every month, risking a worsening of the already dire situation in Gaza. Last week, Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar claimed that Abbas is planning on taking severe measures against the organization, such as stopping the transfer of salaries to Hamas clerks – a longtime issue and well known ultimatum card between the Palestinian leader and Hamas. The two factions have been attempting to reach reconciliation and understandings for several years, more adamantly so with the mediation of Egypt over recent months. The Hamas-Fatah conflict has been ongoing since 2007, when Hamas violently took control of Gaza from Fatah. (J.Post)
PA BLOCKS QATARI FUEL AID FOR GAZA: Palestinian sources have confirmed that threats made by the Palestinian Authority have delayed the planned transfer of emergency Qatari-funded fuel to Gaza. According to a Palestinian report, Qatar had agreed to pay $60 million for fuel for Gaza's sole power plant for six months to enable Gazans to enjoy eight hours of electricity every day instead of four. The diesel fuel, to be provided by an Israeli company, was supposed to enter Gaza on 4 Oct. 2018. However, the PA contacted the company and threatened to stop all purchases from it in Judea & Samaria if it transferred the fuel to Gaza. PA officials also called UN employees in Gaza who were to physically transfer the fuel and threatened that they would pay a "heavy price" if they showed up to work. (Times of Israel)
ISRAELIS ON GAZA BORDER MULL EVACUATION DUE TO RIOTING: The violent Palestinian rioting near the Gaza border fence has in recent weeks been continuing into the night. Almost every evening, hundreds and at times thousands of Palestinians gather at different spots and riot until midnight, hurling explosive devices, grenades, stones and firecrackers at IDF forces, and launching incendiary balloons and kites. Palestinians have also been playing recordings of the Code Red rocket-alert siren, using megaphones to scare Israelis living near the border. Residents of Kerem Shalom, and particularly young children, have been suffering from breathing difficulties and vomiting caused by the smoke from burning tires. Representatives of the Environmental Protection Ministry carried out several air quality tests and recommended last week that residents "close themselves up in their homes."
Following the tests, Kerem Shalom's residents had an emergency discussion with IDF officials where they presented their complaints. "Our community is covered in suffocating smoke," one said. "Last week, worshipers drove to the synagogues in their cars, as it was impossible to walk outside because of the pollution. The IDF fires tear gas, and because of the westerly winds, everything flies back to us," the same resident said. "In recent days, there were grave incidents of children walking around outside when all of a sudden a wave of tear gas and black smoke came. They simply dropped to the floor and couldn't breathe." IDF sources told them they will find a solution. But until then, residents are considering evacuating the town. At this time, however, there has been no decision made to evacuate, mostly because the residents don't want to give Hamas a victory from the protests. But if the situation gets worse, they say they might not have a choice but to leave. (Ynet) The ongoing terrorist attacks, launched from the Gaza Strip on a daily basis, are leading to another war between Hamas and Israel. The return of terrorism from Gaza includes renewed arson attacks, as well as explosives-laden toys thrown over the fence. It would only take one Israeli child harmed by one of these innocent-looking improvised bombs to change Israel’s policy at the border. Intercede for solutions to this snowballing prelude to another full-scale Gaza conflict between Israel and Hamas and for the protection of Israelis and their property in Israel’s southern communities.
JERUSALEM TO REMOVE UNRWA FROM CITY: Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said late last week that he plans to remove the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA, from the city, accusing the body of operating illegally and promoting incitement against Israel. Schools serving 1,800 students, clinics and sports centers, among other services operated by UNRWA in eastern Jerusalem, would be transferred to Israeli authorities. "The USA decision to cut UNRWA funding has created a rare opportunity to replace UNRWA's services with services of the Jerusalem Municipality. We are putting an end to the lie of the 'Palestinian refugee problem' and the attempts at creating a false sovereignty within a sovereignty,'' Barkat said. Israeli PM Netanyahu has said UNRWA should be abolished and its responsibilities taken over by the main UN refugee agency. Some in Israel have even tougher criticism, accusing UNRWA of teaching hatred of Israel in its classrooms and tolerating or assisting Hamas terrorists in Gaza. The USA meanwhile has demanded the agency carry out reforms before it restores funding. (VOA/Ynet)
THREE ISRAELI GYMNASTS WIN GOLD MEDALS AT INT’L ACROBATICS COMPETITION: Three 15-year-old Israeli acrobats days ago won the gold in the Budapest Acro Cup for trio pyramid acrobatics at the advanced level between ages 12-18. Shai Horesh from Moshav Hatsev, Shir Edri from Rehovot and Leah Curcus from Rehovot competed against and eventually defeated some of the most renowned teams in the world such as China, Russia, and Great Britain. The Beer Tuvia local council stated "this is pride is a double one, both of the council and of course of Israel." "This is the happiest moment of my life," said an emotional Horesh. The leader of the dynamic trio, Horesh added that "the ambition and passion for personal excellence is an inseparable way of her life." "We wish Shai to continue breaking personal records," the Beer Tuvia council said. "We wish that she may continue to represent us with great pride." (J.Post)
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