Monday, December 29, 2008


Israel Update: Inside Rumblings

by Reb Akiva at Mystical Paths

A reader asked by email: What in the world happened in Kiryat Sefer?

News report: Two Arab workers stabbed some Jews in Kiryat Sefer.

Explanation: Many of the manual labor jobs, especially construction jobs, are done by Arab workers - most of them from the Shomron (West Bank) working in Israel on a daylight hours working permit.

Whenever Israel takes actions defending itself, a few workers go around stabbing Jews.

Growing communities such as Kiryat Sefer and Ramat Beit Shemesh have a much higher percentage of such workers than other areas due to the quantity of housing construction, making them particularly vulnerable at such a time.

These workers are here so Israel can "alleviate the economic suffering of the poor Palestinians". The areas where they work have increased crime rates, as well as occasional attacks on women or girls. However, the desire for low cost reasonably skilled labor in construction combined with the political desire to financially support the West Bank Arabs creates a scenario with significant numbers of such workers found in various growing communities.

Similarly, Arab residents of Jerusalem and some Israeli Arab towns get riled up and nationalistic as well at such times, resulting in some assaults and occasionally some major traffic routes being attacked (for example there's an Arab village between Cesaria and Haifa on the main highway #1 that has come out and thrown cinder blocks at cars passing at 60mph in the past).

The police are out in force doing their best from keeping such situations under control. However, the casual traveler is advised to be cautious when at seam line locations while the Gaza battle continues. At this time one should take appropriate security precautions when traveling to isolated holy sites (Maarat HaMachpela, Kever Rochel, Kevel Shmuel for example), certain parts of Jerusalem (the Arab Quarter, Har HaZeitim, French Hill) and the Shomron (West Bank) such as making sure one is knowledgeable of the area or is with someone who is, is aware of the current security situation, and/or is traveling on safe transportation (such as a bullet proof bus).

The situation is NOT "bad", but a little extra caution is advised. Security forces are out in force to maintain and control these situations - and (b'ezrat Hashem) will be fully successful. Just be a little street smart at this time.


  1. PLEASE do not tell people not to visit Me'arat Hamachpelah, Kever Rachel, Kever Shmuel etc. That is completely playing into the hands of Arab attackers and the government that is only too anxious to get rid of these most holy sites. You can advise added caution, make sure you know where you are going, don't go off the beaten path, etc. As it is , Me'arat Hamachpelah and Kever Rachel are guarded by plenty of soldiers. Bullet proof buses travel to both places frequently and NOW is the time as never before to visit and to pray in the zchut of our holy patriarchs and matriarchs for Am Yisrael and the geulah!

    Reader from Hebron

  2. I believe Akiva said: " should take appropriate security precautions when traveling to isolated holy sites..." Not that one should NOT travel there.

    But since this was mentioned, it seems that since we are back at Yosef's burial place there is an escalation in the spiritual war with the arabs. The fight is still going on in Shomayim. And so it goes on the ground.

    Three days and they are still not "stifled"?! Why can't the IDF locate and eliminate where the rockets are coming from? I hope this is not another boosha.

  3. Neshama, thanks for the defense but the first comment is correct. I adjusted the language of the article after seeing that comment.

  4. Plus, it seems the attack in Kiryat Sefer originated as a business deal gone sour...and then developed into a terror attack.

    There was also an attack last night in Kedumim, where a terrorist stabbed a man coming out of shul (maariv). Baruch Hashem, the man only received minor injuries.

  5. Kiryat Sefer has now essentially put itself on a week long building freeze. Contractors took the initiative and pulled the rest of the Arab workers out. No word yet on when Haredi tempers will calm down enough for them to come back. No win situation, the Haredim desperately need construction to continue.


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