Day By Day© by Chris Muir.

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Just a reminder why Israel is building a fence

The Palestinian's claimed before the UN that the bad Israelis were inconveniencing them by building a fence. Here is a reminder why the Israelis so badly need the fence. It also emphasizes the intellectual bankruptcy that lets pro-Palestinian people equate inconvenience on one side, with gross, brutal slaughter on the other:

A knife-wielding assailant, likely an Arab infiltrator from the West Bank, brutally stabbed to death a mother of four Tuesday at her door to her home in Moshav Nehusha south of Beit Shemesh. The woman was identified as Ariella Fahima, 39. Her 12-year-old daughter discovered her bloodied body when she came home from school and rushed to her neighbors in shock. Police immediately launched a widespread manhunt, but failed to apprehend any suspects. Searches detected a hole in the perimeter fence and tracks leading to one of the Palestinian villages across the Green Line just a few kilometers away. It was the first fatal terrorist attack in the region for over a dozen years but came amid repeated warnings that terrorists would slip into the region from Judea since the security fence has not yet been built here. According to Police, the woman, whose identity was not immediately released, had apparently returned to Nehusha from shopping at the market in Beit Shemesh, some 15 kilometers away. Evidence suggests she put down her groceries and then detected one or more assailants. She tried to flee, but was caught by her door where her throat was slit and she was repeatedly stabbed. Police estimate the attack took place around noon and it wasn't until 1:30 when her daughter found her. Her mobile phone was found near by. Israel Police spokesman Gil Kleiman said Tuesday evening that the evidence was increasingly leaning toward nationalist terror attack. They also found no immediate personal or criminal motives. Nevertheless, the investigation into the murder was being conducted by the criminal detectives as well as the minorities unit, he said. The woman, whose identity has not yet been released, is survived by her husband and four young children. He husband is a well-known veteran Border Police officer and responsible for volunteers in the region whose task it is to protect the moshavim and villages from Palestinians. The moshav is religious and located on an isolated hilltop less than 2,000 meters from the Green Line. It has suffered for decades from theft from the Arabs across the border, but this is the first time that they have murdered anyone in the area for over 20 years. There is no security fence since work is only in progress about 15 kilometers south near Moshav Sheqef. The victim's husband was at a course in Netanyah when he suspected something was wrong after he failed to get his wife on the telephone. But it was up to their 12-year-old daughter to make the gruesome find when she came home from school. She was to be buried in Ashkelon Wednesday. Farms and settlements in the Elah Valley/Adullam region have been suffering from an unprecedented wave of thefts. Border Police have said that this was due to the plans to erect the security fence and the Palestinians' desire to "stock up the warehouses" before the fence is completed. Ironically, as the murder was taking place, Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz was announcing that work on the security fence in this region of the Judean foothills would be going ahead soon and completed within six months. "I believe that in light of the hasten work we have done planning the revised route that we'll be able to complete most of the fence including the southern stretch by the middle of 2005," Mofaz said, but he warned that it could take longer since the pace wasn't entirely up the defense establishment. "We have warned the regional council heads over two years ago that as the fence is completed in other areas, there will be incident in that area. If it had been completed as it could have been. This woman would be alive today," said Marc Luria, a spokesman for the Security Fence for Israel lobby group.