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Carjackers Undeterred in Samaria (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/14/12) Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/155793#.T7HW4-iO2So
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There was yet another carjacking attempt in the Binyamin region of Samaria on Monday afternoon near the Jewish community of Pesagot.
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A Jewish Israeli driver from Pesagot reported that a car blocked the road he was driving on and four Arab men exited the vehicle to approach. He made a quick U-turn and fled.
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In the past several weeks there has been a sharp rise in the number of attempts by Arabs to carjack Jews driving in the region, most of them targeting Jewish women driving alone at night.
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The Arab gangs from Palestinian Authority enclaves have also become more aggressive in their efforts, and have begun working in hunting packs.
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Last Thursday, several PA Arabs worked together to trap multiple Israeli drivers. PA criminals in one car circled around the intended victims, while another car drove up behind.
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In response to public outcry in the region, the IDF has said it will be increasing deployments on along the Binyamin region highways at nighttime.
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However, Samaria residents say they are not willing to risk their lives - and the lives of their families - by waiting for the IDF to get a handle on the carjacking problem.
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To that end, a group of volunteer civilian guards has begun conducting routine patrols and has its own vehicles on the road to show a stronger security presence. They are equipped with their own vehicles, radios, and weapons.
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The volunteer guards did, however, express, hope that they would not permanently replace the IDF, but rather, would serve as a temporary back-up while the army prepares to handle the threat itself.
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Several months ago the Israel Police conducted an undercover sting operation that broke-up one carjacking ring operating in a Palestinian Authority enclave.
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However, there now appears to be several such gangs operating in the region. It remains unclear what, if anything, police are doing to put a stop to the phenomenon.
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Local residents say the trend is doubly disturbing due to the intense political tensions in the region, which lends the carjacking wave the tenor of national violence.
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With numerous terror groups operating in the region, and anti- Semitism rampant in PA enclaves, local residents fear it is only a short step from carjacking to the kidnapping or murder of Israelis. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/14/12)
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