Alarms Sound on Shavuot in Kochav Yaakov (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/28/12)
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The Shavuot holiday in Kochav Yaakov turned tense when Arabs entered
the settlement late Saturday night – causing warning sirens to sound.
The town, where parents and children alike were out in synagogues to
study in honor of the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, found
itself rushing to find children, shutter windows, and bar its doors
as the IDF responded to the threat.
Ilan Malachi told Arutz Sheva about the tension that gripped the
Binyamin region community.
"We call the emergency squad, and a friend said that apparently there
is Arabs had infiltrated into the community. It was declared the
highest level of alert, meaning the incident was certain.
"An entire IDF brigade arrived here, the entire thing, in full battle
dress and readiness. They asked residents to enter homes or
synagogues, rather than be on the streets where the infiltrators
The alarm was first sounded when members of the local security team
realized one of the gates they had locked previously was now open.
Patrols were dispatched, and tracks were discovered.
Malachi said the defense team was faced with the brief dilemma of
whether to announce the infiltration over the address system –
potentially creating a panic – or to only notify the IDF. After a
brief discussion it was decided to sound the alarm rather than "God
forbid, risk an innocent running afoul of the infiltrators unawares."
Some of "the smaller children did panic, unfortunately, but the vast
majority of our residents did not panic and behaved admirably. They
are used to it," Malachi said, noting the community has had recent
experience with security incidents.
Last month infiltrators penetrated Kochav Yaakov´s fence; six months
ago the school was broken into; as well as a series of livestock
threats, and incidents wherein obstacles were placed on the road - or
Molotov cocktails were thrown at cars and outlying houses in the
"Such is life," Malachi said ruefully. "We rely on miracles here."
As for Monday´s incident, the IDF deployed from the community itself
to the gas station, which is outside the community at the bottom of
the hill next to the highway.
Meanwhile, community residents gathered in synagogues and homes,
armed themselves armed with firearms, and continued with the holiday
leaning "praying that with God´s help it will end soon and be over."
Two hours later, soldiers identified a single individual´s tracks
entering and leaving the community. After several more sweeps by
soldiers the community alert level was returned to normal - but the
soldiers remained deployed until morning.
Malachi said talks with military officials – including the brigade
commander – revealed that Kochav Yaakov and Tel Tzion are considered
highly sensitive security zones. Nonetheless, an ongoing tax dispute
has led the government to refuse to pay for repairs to the
communities security fence - which was damaged by Arab rioters.
"Part of the fence is open and doesn´t have alarms," he notes. "It´s
time to stand up and shout and make it clear to those responsible
that we are living on miracles every day."
"We have to tell the authorities they cannot abandon us," Malachi
added. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/28/12)
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