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October 7, 2013 9:11 am

Terror Attack Leaves Psagot Residents Doubting Peace Process

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A Fatah post on Facebook praising the terrorist who wounded a 9-year old Israeli girl. Photo: Palestinian Media Watch.

A Fatah post on Facebook praising the terrorist who wounded a 9-year old Israeli girl. Photo: Palestinian Media Watch.

It was a frightening Saturday night for the residents of Psagot, a community of 1,800 people located in Judea and Samaria, north of Jerusalem. A Palestinian terrorist broke into the community, firing from point-blank range at nine-year-old Noam Glick, who was playing on the balcony of her home. The girl was lightly wounded, and was hospitalized in Jerusalem.

“It was the first time that something like this happened in Psagot,” said Liat Ofer, a 26-year-old resident of the community, who teaches in Jerusalem.

Noam’s father, Yisrael Glick, told Israel’s Army Radio that Noam managed to get back into the house after she was shot. “Noam told us there was an Arab man out there. I realized that this was a security incident. It’s the scariest thing that can happen here – to have a terrorist enter your home,” he said.

Down the street from the Glicks’ home, Liat Ofer had put her 5-year-old son to sleep. “It was a frightening situation,” she told Tazpit News Agency. “When the terrorist entered the neighborhood, my husband wasn’t home at the time and I was responsible for my child and myself,” she said.

“We (the residents) immediately received SMS messages about the incident and were told to close the shutters of our windows and stay in the more secure, inner areas of our homes.”

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“I placed my son in our bedroom because it’s the safest room and he couldn’t fall asleep for the next two hours,” Ofer said. “I tried to remain as calm as possible, but he could sense my worry.”

Residents in Psagot were instructed to stay indoors throughout Saturday night, and were allowed to exit the community only at 5 AM the next morning.

Psagot is the home of 320 families and more than 1,000 children.

“We are a very strong and tight-knit community,” said David Tzviel, the spokesperson for Psagot. He told Tazpit News Agency that residents were not optimistic about the current peace negotiations. “We are counting the days until the next attack happens – we are fortunate that this incident ended in a miracle,” he said. “We can see our neighbors don’t want peace,” Tzviel said, pointing out that Fatah’s official Facebook page praised the Palestinian attacker on Sunday.

“What kind of partners are these for peace?” the Psagot spokesperson asked. “These terrorists need to be treated like al-Qaeda.”

As for Liat Ofer, the young mother says that the terror incident will not make her move away. “I grew up in Psagot and we’ve had difficult times in the past – we were constantly targeted by gunfire during the Second Intifada,” she says.

“However, our army and community security forces responded quickly and efficiently to this attack and I feel safe because of their work,” Ofer explains.

“But I hope this terror attack remains a one-time incident.”

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  • Hmmm- I wonder what would happen if Jewish Terrorists were routinely infiltrating Arab villages and killing indiscriminately….. Would that be parity?

    Why is it balanced that Israelis are murdered, and one hopes it is just a one time incident…..

    The World is completely lopsided in how they view the contending parties.

    • I think that this is a tragic incident. And made even more abhorent by an official Fatah support.

      However, there is an old American Indian saying that one must walk a mile in another man’s mocassins before he should be judged.

      Can you tell me how many unarmed Palestinians have been killed during the past year by the IDF? I am curious to find out

    • Leon

      This terrorist activity is criminal and criminals should be dealt with according to their deeds.
      God Bless Israel

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