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December 6, 2013 12:58 pm

Arabs Kidnap Israeli Girl in Carjacking, Then Abandon Vehicle

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The stolen vehicle after being recovered. Photo: Tazpit News Agency

It was a true Chanukah miracle for a young couple from Dolev, whose one-year-old daughter was kidnapped by local Palestinian Arabs when they hijacked the family’s car on December 3. Driving home to Dolev, a community located in the southern Samarian hills near Jerusalem, the Israeli mother had her daughter buckled in the back car seat, when a Palestinian vehicle that had been tailgating them suddenly bumped into the rear end of the car.

“I pulled over and got out to check what had happened. There were three Palestinians in the other vehicle, and one of them came out and asked if there was any damage. I turned around to reply and before I could even answer, he was already in my vehicle,” the mother told the Israeli newspaper, Yediot Aharonot.

“The two cars drove off, and I was left helpless.”

The Arab carjacker sped away with the young mother’s car – as well as her little girl who was asleep in the backseat along with the mother’s cellphone and wallet.

In an interview with Tazpit News Agency, the father of the young girl described the frantic phone call he received from his wife following the carjacking.

“They left my wife standing in the middle of the highway all alone and the only thing she could do was yell: ‘my baby’s been kidnapped.’ A Palestinian man saw her yelling, pulled over and gave her his cellphone so that she could call me and the police,” the husband told Tazpit.

“When I received the call, I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. I wasn’t sure if it was even my wife. The number was unknown and my wife was hysterically yelling that our daughter might be killed. I asked her what my teudat zehut [Israeli identity number] was to verify that she was really my wife was and when she told me, I knew the situation was real,” recalled the husband.

From that point, the husband realized that every second was critical in order to save his daughter’s life. He immediately put on a pair of shoes, left their home in Dolev, and asked a friend who was armed to drive him to his wife’s location.

“I found my wife hysterical. She pointed to the direction that the Palestinians had driven off – to Ramallah.”

Recalling the situation, the husband said he was proud of his wife. “She didn’t faint, she alerted everyone that had to be alerted – this was a horrifying situation.”

The husband, who asked that he and his family not be referred to by their real names in press reports due to security concerns, said he and his friend immediately drove to the nearby Arab village to locate the car.

“We couldn’t find the car in the first village, so we drove off to the neighboring village and there was an Arab man there who stopped us and told us in Hebrew, ‘Come with me, everything will be OK.'”

They followed him and the husband and his friend found the car abandoned, with several Arabs surrounding the vehicle. “I immediately went to the back door and our little girl woke up,” he told Tazpit. “She gave me a smile, which made me feel better and I gave her a hug. I acted as if nothing was wrong – that we weren’t in the middle of a Palestinian village, or that our car hadn’t been stolen, that everything was OK.”

But the story didn’t end there. Palestinian police arrived on the scene and wanted to take the father to Ramallah for questioning.  The father refused and waited for the Israeli police and military to arrive. Once they did, the couple and the daughter then traveled with Israeli police to a station in Modiin-Illit and the mother was asked to identify the car thieves, who were familiar to police.

“When my wife saw our daughter, she breathed a huge sigh of relief,” recalled the husband, who was an officer in an elite IDF unit. “There could have been so many terrible endings to this situation, but ours was a miracle.”

Both parents work in the fields of social work and youth education. “Thank G-d, our situation ended the way it did but people need to know that these kinds of things happen all the time in our region. These situations can leave people in such trauma – ours was but a rare victory.”

“There are rocks thrown at our vehicles all the time, property and cars are stolen frequently, homes broken into – it’s the Wild West out here,” noted the husband. “They see women driving and they think that they can do what they want.”

Naama Tzemach, 26, from the neighboring Neriya community near Dolev, told Tazpit that residents in the communities of the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council live with these threats every day. “These kinds of things happen all the time. I’m scared to drive in certain areas because of what the Palestinians will do to us, but this is home at the end of the day.”

Tzemach, a mother of three, explained that “Anything can happen here but G-d protects us – there’s no other way to explain what goes on here.”

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  • Carl

    Wonderful news of a successful conclusion! We should all take note of the number of Palestinians who independently brought this about. The man who offered his cell phone, the Palestinian villager who guided the parents to their daughter, the group of Palestinians guarding the car, and even the Palestinian police who stood down until Israeli authorities arrived. Any one of these groups acting differently could have dramatically altered the outcome. All chose to behave civilly, as good neighbors. Let’s hope there are many more like these honorable and decent Palestinians.

    • Ephraim

      Here here!

  • Mark S. Devenow Esq.

    Why wouldn’t the car’s location have been all but immediately ascertainable from the cell phone in the backseat and its built in GPS?

    • Fortune

      Maybe it was. Remember, not everything you see on TV works in real life. CSI, NCIS, ETC.

  • marc sportich

    amm because bladdy oslo aaccords thana normal likud should canceled when they wins against leftis shimon perés in may 1996 but what he did bibi he continuing oslo instead to stop these bladdy oslo by knessets law cancelation concerning oslo !
    and usa as godfather of these oslo accords is continuing to push away israel to make concessions toward palestinians terrorists of fatah as hamas ” sorry to tells you bibi dont have “beizims” for willing by force give a palestinian state to this fatah terrrorists of ramallah “for me likud or avoda/meretz are making same policys toward fatah terrorists ! i dont understand why israeli people continuing to vote for this party of bogedim gedolims “instead to tells to the world than thos land is giving by god to jewish people “israeli people must vote for hawkish party that shud have a hawkish policys line as stop oslo now by knesset laws and said to usa “first cleanse toward you doors before to you worrying of israel ” israel is palestine and palestine is israel and israel dont have to create a terrorists state inside heart of israel ” then this wrong people have a land named jordan kingdom where 80% of citizens are so called palestinians !!
    for me i accuse the israeli jewish people to be weak and a faction same votes for avoda meretz wud like create a terrorirst state inside israel is the stupidity of israeli jewish people !!
    for me israeli jews are in majority masochist for willing this policys instead to votes for a hawkish policys !
    the solution israel must detach from his allies american and stop to asks moneys supply to usa for develop themselves all arms susceptible to defend integrity strataegic of security of eretz israel and i suggest than israel will made again fabrik the lavi plane created by moshe arens ex minister of defense of menachem begin !
    likud for me is copy as avoda meretz for have the sale policys willing concession to gift our land historic of judea samaria to terrorists of fatah of ramallah for male pleasure to america obama/kerry !
    bibi make me shame sincerely he dont merit to be Pm for continuing to be kiss the feets of obama/kerry !and indirectly i accuses the bladdy stupid us jews to voted for obama as 70% instead to vote for republican candidate , as well i think than american jewish are masochist as their brother of israel !!
    shabath shalom umeborakh lekoulam and am israel chai

  • Joy

    Thank G-d for the baby’s being safe – and the parents, too! I can’t imagine living among such dreadful enemies, filled with hate and bound & determined to kill, rape, steal or maime! But one must also recognize the humanity and kindness of that Arab who gave the woman his cell phone to call her husband. I guess not all of them are the bad apples those other hooligans turned out to be!

  • Anev Silverman’s story of the young, unnamed couple from Dolev, is declared by her to be “a true Chanukah miracle.” While all should celebrate the return of the child unharmed, and also that of the auto undamaged, to attribute it to the miraculous is a gross exploitation of effective police presence. That baby was returned unharmed because the kidnappers realized that doing less would seal their fate. While on the subject of Chanukah miracles, it was as a direct result of the Hasmonean dynasty’s ascension to power that Rome came to Judea and eventually drove the Jews out of their homeland. Beware of miracles.

  • Bernard Ross

    why dont the settlers have guns?

  • Rabbi CDJ

    Please fix the last paragraph: “Protects” not “protests”!

    In spite of the terrible, frightening things that happened, there were, B”H, some shining lights: the Arabs who assisted, the Palestinian who stopped to lend his cell phone. It could have been a tragedy had there not been decent people to help end this story as a miracle.