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June 30, 2016 11:05 am

Hours Before Brutal Slaying at Hands of Palestinian Stabber, 13-Year-Old Israeli Girl Performed With Troupe at Dance Recital in Jerusalem

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A recent photo of Rena Ariel with her daughter, Hallel, before she was brutally murdered by a Palestinian terrorist on Thursday. Photo: Courtesy.

A recent photo of Rena Ariel with her daughter, Hallel, before she was brutally murdered by a Palestinian terrorist on Thursday. Photo: Courtesy A recent photo of Rena Ariel with her daughter, Hallel, before she was brutally murdered by a Palestinian terrorist on Thursday. Photo: Courtesy Adam Propp.

Mere hours before the eighth-grader slaughtered by a Palestinian terrorist on Thursday morning met her untimely and brutal death in her Kiryat Arba home, she was performing in a concert in Jerusalem, the Hebrew press reported.

The manager of the troupe with which 13-year-old Hallel Yaffe Ariel has been dancing for years told reporters that it was due to her being out late the night before that she was still sound asleep when the assailant entered her bedroom and stabbed her repeatedly for several minutes. In addition, as her mother later pointed out, it is now summer vacation, when the kids can stay in bed a bit longer.

“She was a beloved girl,” said Esther Merom, who heads the studio. “The girls who danced with her are completely broken.”

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In a chilling twist of fate, Hallel’s mother, Rena Ariel – who had taken her younger children somewhere that morning and was unaware that her daughter was being murdered that very moment – sent a text message to Merom to thank her for the previous evening and tell her how important dance has been to her daughter.

Later, Merom told Channel 2, Rena sent her another message: “Pray for Hallel. She has no pulse.”

An investigation of the horrific incident has revealed so far that the terrorist — 19-year-old Muhammed Taraiyre from the nearby Palestinian village of Bani Naim – managed to infiltrate the Ariel house at the edge of the Givat Charsina neighborhood in the West Bank city and stab Hallel to death.

It turns out that Taraiyre had scaled the gate of the community at 8:44 am, according to security camera footage. Seeing him rush to the Ariel house, the local civilian Rapid Response Team ran after him, but not before he had succeeded in stabbing Hallel 10 times.

When the team arrived at the house, they found Hallel lying in a pool of her own blood. The terrorist, who ambushed them upon their entry, managed to stab and seriously wound one of the rescuers, Yehoshua Gilboa. The other rescuers succeeded ultimately in shooting and killing Taraiyre.

From the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, where Hallel was rushed by ambulance, as Magen David Adom paramedics tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate her, her weeping mother told Channel 2: “My daughter was simply asleep, calm and serene. She was happy, and a terrorist came to her bed, in Kiryat Arba, and killed her… I want everyone to see our pain and to come console us. Hallel, may your memory be a blessing.”

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  • In Israel; if we do not fight for our rights, we will not be here. It is a matter of survival.
    Complain on Israel ignoring its Jewish roots and heritage of our nation.
    The minute the U.N. its representatives or anyone else call Judea and Samaria aka West Bank occupied territory, than there is nobody to talk to. Jordan is also occupied territory. Moreover, all the Arab countries established after WWI are also occupied territory; they were all allocated their territory by the Supreme Allied Powers at the same time they allocated Palestine aka The Land of Israel as the National Home of The Jewish people in their historical land as international law. The Jewish people must fight for their rights and heritage no concessions. Past concessions and compromise have proved counterproductive and only increased terror and violence. Stop deluding your-selves the Arabs do not want peace; they want all of Israel without the Jews. When the Arabs teach and train their children to hate, commit terror and violence, and their charter calls for the destruction of Israel. You are dealing with the enemy and not a peace partner. NEVER AGAIN. Stop the Ghetto Mentality.
    The Arabs attacked Israel with superior men-power and weapons, in four wars since the British left The Land of Israel aka Palestine in 1948. The lost all four wars in utter defeat. It is time for the Arabs to face reality. The Land of Israel west of the Jordan River which was liberated in four defensive wars; will be retained by Israel and its Jewish population for eternity.
    It is enough, that the Arabs have Jordan, which is Jewish territory, and the homes and 120,000 sq. km. of land the Arabs confiscated from the expelled million Jewish families, who lived in the Arab countries for over 2,500 years and now were resettled in Israel and comprise over half the population.
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