Stone barriers new form of Arab terror
September 25, 2012 | Jewish Tribune
Aryeh Savir Tazpit News Agency
A new form of terrorist activity has recently begun to plague the communities of Judea and Samaria.
These attacks take the form of piles of several stones placed on the road during the night, with the objective of causing car accidents. The phenomena of stone barriers placed on the road are becoming widespread. They are now being discovered on a weekly basis.
Several cars have been damaged so far.
Last week, the latest barrier was discovered on the way to Harasha, in Benyamin, very close to homes. Four cars were damaged. Security forces searched for possible suspects. The barrier itself was removed by area residents.
This attack was the last in a series that have occurred during the past few months.
Security officials told Tazpit News Agency that it is believed to be the work of youngsters from a nearby village. No assailants have been arrested so far.
There has been a general rise in terrorist activity against Israeli residents in Judea and Samaria in the past few months. An Arab terrorist was caught last Tuesday night attempting to infiltrate the town of Ginot Shomron in central Samaria. He was caught at about 6:20 p.m. after several people reported seeing a suspicious-looking person crouching outside the town’s security fence. Local security forces apprehended the suspect. IDF troops arrived soon after the report was received and arrested the Arab. He was searched, and a knife and slingshot were found on his body.
Security officials believe that the Arab had planned to infiltrate the town and carry out a terrorist attack. They further believe that he planned to attack hikers in the Kana Nature Reserve, bordering the town. The suspect, 24, from the nearby village of Azzun, claims he was trying to hunt birds.
Ginot Shomron, a neighbourhood in the town of Karnei Shomron, is adjacent to Azzun, along Road 55. Drivers on Road 55 are subject to constant rock-throwing attacks by Arabs from Azzun. During the second Intifada, three youths from Karnei Shomron were killed in February 2002 when terrorists attacked a shopping centre in the town.