Terrorist murders Israeli girl in her bedroom

July 1, 2016 Agencies
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A Palestinian terrorist has murdered a 13-year-old Israeli girl in her bedroom after infiltrating the Jewish community of Kiryat Arba in Samaria.

Israeli ZAKA emergency response volunteers at the scene of Thursday's fatal Palestinian terror attack in Kiryat Arba. Credit: Nati Shapira.

Israeli ZAKA emergency response volunteers at the scene of Thursday’s fatal Palestinian terror attack in Kiryat Arba. Photo: Nati Shapira.

The terrorist broke into the home of Hallel Yaffa Ariel on Thursday and stabbed her, wounding her critically. She was taken to hospital but succumbed to her wounds and was pronounced dead in the hospital. The terrorist, identified by the Palestinian Health Ministry as Mohammed Tarayreh, 17, from the nearby Bani Naim village, was shot dead by Kiryat Arba security personnel.

One security officer who rushed to the scene was also shot and seriously wounded. The wounded security officer, a Kiryat Arba resident in his 30s, was transported to Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem with multiple gunshot wounds. His wife, an emergency medical volunteer, was on the team of emergency responders who treated him at the scene.

Kiryat Arba Mayor Malachi Levinger told Army Radio that a Palestinian had climbed a security fence and entered a family home, where he attacked the girl.

“Two members of a response team exchanged fire with him,” Levinger said. “One of them was wounded and the terrorist was killed.”

David Edrai, a volunteer with the Israeli ZAKA emergency response group in Kiryat Arba, said, “As we were working at the scene, we received the news that the young girl died from her wounds. To our great sadness, we find ourselves time after time treating people from our own community, people we know—and it breaks our heart. We carry out our sacred work with enormous pain and difficulties.”

Following the attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a security consultation with Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

“The horrific murder of an innocent girl in her bed demonstrates the bloodlust and inhumanity of the incitement fueled terrorists we are facing,” Netanyahu said. “The entire nation deeply identifies with the family and says to the murderers—you will not break us. We will continue to act with determination and resoluteness against terrorism anywhere and anytime….The whole world must condemn this murder, just as it condemned the attacks in Orlando and Brussels. I expect the Palestinian leadership to unequivocally condemn this brutal murder and take immediate action to end incitement.”

Israel’s Orie Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said: “The horrifying murder of a young girl in her bed underscores the bloodlust and inhumanity of the incitement-driven terrorists that we are facing.

The entire nation deeply identifies with the family’s pain and declares to the murderers: You will not break us.

We will continue to take strong and determined action against terrorism everywhere and at all times.

The entire world needs to condemn this murder just as it condemned the terrorist attacks in Orlando and Brussels.

I expect the Palestinian leadership to clearly and unequivocally condemn this vicious murder and take immediate action to stop the incitement.

Enlightened nations must join in this demand. They must pressure the one who heads the network of incitement that leads to the murder of children in their beds and not the State of Israel, which is working to protect its children and its citizens.”

Australia’s Anti-Defamation Commission’s chairman, Dr Dvir Abramovich said: “We are deeply shocked and saddened by this monstrous and senseless murder. There are no words to describe how heartbroken and outraged we are. This brutality is beyond comprehension. It once again shows that the enemies of Israel know no bounds in their bloodlust.

Our prayers and thoughts are with the Ariel family whose anguish and suffering is unimaginable and whose lives have been scarred forever. This heinous attack is a result of the anti-Israel and anti-Jewish incitement so prevalent in Palestinian society which glorifies and celebrates terrorists and violence. We call on the international Community to swiftly and unambiguously stand together against those who would support the perpetuation of such an evil act and demand that Abbas and leadership of the Palestinian Authority stop the ongoing incitement against Israel.”

Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org and J-Wire

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