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.
Monday, December 29, 2008
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