Palestinian terrorists murdered four Jewish civilians in a shooting attack at the Bani Naim junction just south of Hevron Tuesday evening. Emergency service paramedics could do nothing to save the victims whose bodies were riddled with bullets.The terrorists had reportedly made sure their victims were dead by shooting them from close range after the initial fusillade, as terrorists have done in prior attacks on unarmed civilians and children. The victims are a husband and wife, parents of six, and two passengers. Their names were cleared for publication Tuesday night by local police:
- Yitzhak and Talya Imes
- Kochava Even Chaim
- Avishai Shindler
Kochava Even Chaim was a teacher in Efrat. She left behind her husband and an 8 year-old daughter. Her husband,one of the first Zaka first aid volunteers to arrive at the scene, discovered suddenly that his wife was among the victims.
Avishai Shindler had only recently moved to [the area] with his wife.
...Hamas took "credit" for the terror attack, while PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad condemned the attack and said that it is against Arab interests. [any other reason to condemn the murder, Fayyad??? - SL]
Fayyad added that the PA will act to prevent additional acts of terror, however he did not explain how it would do so in the future any better than it has up to now.
... The terror attack is typical of Arab "resistance" attacks that intentionally target civilian victims.
A survey carried out by a PA organization in early August found that among the Arab public in the Palestinian Authority,
- over 55% view violence as either essential or desirable,
- nearly 31% see it as either acceptable or tolerable, and
- only 13.7% say it is unacceptable.