2013 Six Month Report: 5,635 Violent Attacks Committed Against Jews in Israel, West Bank

July 10, 2013 5:12 pm 18 comments

IDF in Hebron. Photo: wiki commons.

A new unauthorized report from an Israeli emergency service offers staggering figures of attacks against Israelis in the West Bank and Jerusalem that are rarely heard about in the media.

Hatzalah Yehudah and Shomron, a volunteer emergency medical response organization that works along with the IDF and Israeli security forces throughout Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley, compiled the report.

According to their statistics, there were 5,635 attacks in the first half of 2013 against Jewish inhabitants of the West Bank, Jerusalem, and the Greater Jerusalem regions alone, including 611 molotov cocktail attacks and 5,144 rock attacks. In addition, there were 8 shooting attacks and 3 stabbing attacks.  In total, the violence left 1 person dead and 171 injured, including a 3 year-old girl who was seriously injured.

Yehudit Tayar, a medic and spokeswoman for the Hatzalah organization, began translating the report into English and disseminating it two years ago. She told The Algemeiner that the reason behind her efforts was the fact that news of violence against residents in the area wasn’t reaching a wider audience.

“There are so many minimized reports that people hear about–if they hear it at all,” she says, adding, “we have to get the truth out.”

“If there is spray painting on the side of a mosque or an Arab’s tires are slashed it is on the news, but violence against us is ignored,” she said.

“Can you imagine being attacked on a consistent basis and it not even being reported?”

Eytan Buchman, a spokesman for the IDF, told The Algemeiner in an email that the situation isn’t perfect, but that the region is relatively safe.

“The current situation in Judea and Samaria is one of relative calm and security, particularly when compared to the previous decade,” he said.

“In 2012, for the first time in over a decade, not one Israeli was killed from terrorist action in the region. This is a direct result of ongoing security operations, including tight-knit cooperation with relevant intelligence organizations, cooperation with the Palestinian security forces, the success of the Security Fence and civil/economic measures that provide an improved routine way of life for local residents.”

Buchman does admit that violence in the area has increased, but said that the IDF was taking necessary steps to mitigate the threat against residents.

“Since operation ‘Pillar of Defense,’ security forces in the West Bank have witnessed a measured increase in acts of popular violence, including thousands of cases of projectile throwing and hundreds of Molotov cocktails,” he told The Algemeiner.

“In many cases, these incidents stem from isolated activity that is difficult to project and therefore contain. The IDF has increased deployment in certain flashpoints in order to contain this violence. In addition, legal measures have been taken against offenders, with over 1,300 indictments for terrorist activity and over 850 indictments for rioting served by the Military Courts in Judea and Samaria in 2012.”

Security forces have done a stellar job of  thwarting larger scale terror attacks. In January, according to Hatzalah’s report, security forces broke up a Hamas cell in the Hebron region which was planning to carry out out terror attacks. And in May security forces also exposed a cell under the command of Hezbollah that was planning to carry out kidnappings and other terrorist activities.

For her part, Tayar says that while the security forces have made changes, including increasing patrol units in the area, but in general she feels as if the security situation is deteriorating. “It’s become worse,” she says, “and our so-called Palestinian peace partners honor the terrorists and incite against us,” she said, before adding, “so we’ll continue with our efforts.”

18 Comments

  • George Hulme

    Its not like these people throwing stones had their land taken by terrorists 65 years ago….

  • Algemeiner is a wonderful source of news.

    How is it that YOU yourselves, the chief editors are not directly sending these article to the mass media such as the Times, POST, ABC, CBS,NBC CNN, etc.?

  • The need of orgenizing the Jews in Israel is vital (Seprated from the state). This is the only way to exterminate terror.

    • Kris Kristian

      The problem now, is that the savage president of the PA, Abbas, is demanding the release of all terrorists.
      This is one of his “conditions” to talk peace.

      He has no intention of talking peace, he is being egged on, by Hezballa, Syria, Iran etc.
      They do not want peace, They want the total destruction of the jewish state, plus the seath of all jews.
      So the world blames Israel.

      Time for Israel to introduce the death penalty for any terrorist who are guilty of killing Jews.
      Israel is in the ME. The Arabs are very quick to hang or shoot those who they feel “needs to be put to death”
      Get rid of those vermin, and there is less virmin to feed.

  • Sara Springer

    What happened to “Never Again”? Jews attacked in Israel?! There needs to be zero tolerance. It’s a war of a thousand cuts. This must be stopped. I’m appalled and ashamed given what we went through.

  • Can we also get statistics re how many Israelis, secular and even Charedi IDF soldiers have been attacked and injured by crazed ultra orthodox hate mongers., every day, it appears they attack Jews at the WALL, they attack with rocks, eggs, chairs, garbage cans, even their Charedi brethren, who have betrayed them by enlisting (I.E. accepting the draft call). We need to start keeping statistics on Jews attacking/injuring other Jews. The Ultras call for civil war, they attack IDF soldiers in uniform, just yesterday, also major attack on the police who were trying to protect, extricate that charedi soldier in IDF uniform from his Charedi brethren And their chief rabbis (sic) exhort them to commit mass suicide rather than submit to the draft. Many, really many of the highest level chief prominent rabbis (sic) in Israel very recently have been charged with financial fraud sexual molestion, pedophilia and even incesting multiple daughters. This has all been in the Israeli press in last few months, much of it very recently. Many of those accused have been chief rabbis, the cream of the crop, NLOL.
    We need statistics on large wholesale attacks on secular Israeli, on WOW, and on Charedi IDF members.
    busha cherpa and a shonda, a blight on the Jewish religion. They won’t serve in IDF and defend the country that they do not recognize, they do not believe in self parnassah but live off of the teat of the government of a country that they do not recognize as being legitimate. Lomdim yom v’laya (studyiing day and night), taking welfare for their very large families (12-14 children is not at all uncommon amongst the ultra charedim). They want other people’s sons to defend them and risk their lives, and they want the State that they hate and do not recognize as legitimate to support their litters.
    I do not understand why they stay in MEDINAT YISRAEL. WELL, THEY GET WELFARE. AND WHO PAYS FOR THAT???
    And why are these attackers throwing stones et al not arrested. I’ve never read of arrest, they seem to be allowed even to attack the police. Why is that???

  • If Ha Aretz and the Jerusalem Post refuse to cover this tragedy, how about Channel 2 News? What motivates the Israeli press to suppress these ridged actions???

  • Hello, how interesting is was to read of what is occoring in Israel. I came across this wesite by accident and will tell others of it. thank you.

  • The barbaric muslims anticipate the Jews are unarmed and defenceless..Let us not forget, perception is reality…the Interior Ministry is very restrictive as to who is permitted to carry a weapon..perhaps it is time for a policy change

  • Lewis Lorton

    These articles would be immensely more useful if you would post a link to the original report.

  • The report is faulty if the acts of violence were directed against soldiers, since it is assumed that the targets of the attacks are civilians.

  • Jerry La Fleur

    Wow, violence against Jews news is so stale that even others Jews are over it…hang on, 5,635 divided by 180 is over 31 per day that’s more than one every hour; that’s more one per thousand citizens in the last 6 months. What about the regular run-of-the-mill crime? Also, off the chain?
    Is the whole country a “no-go zone”? Or are the “hotspots” like the ones in South Africa of 30 years ago where you did dare even stop your car for any reason, even people lying in the road, just keep moving.
    I have to go let this settle for awhile.

  • Soft pressure on the Arabs does not work. Only hard pressure works. But we don’t like doing that. We are comfortable with treating each other with respect and kindness. We are very uncomfortable treating anyone with harshness, but if we want to end the cycle of violence, it is our only Choice. We must end it hard.

  • well, you have to admit that compared to rocks, molotov cocktails, shootings, and stabbing – spray painting graffiti is a whole other level of violence.

    no ?

  • well, you have to admit that compared to rocks, molotov cocktails, shootings, and stabbings that spray painting graffiti is a whole other level of violence.

    no ?

  • The persecuted majority.

  • Ilbert Phillips

    This is perhaps an excellent example of how Israel fails to inform the world of what is going this. While death is permanent, often severe injuries are just this side of death and the expense injuries impose on a family ensures that the pain will not cease.

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