Jerusalem – Violence flared on Saturday after an Arab infiltrated the Jewish community of Yitzhar, set a house on fire and stabbed a 9-year-old boy before fleeing back to the neighboring Arab village of Asira Kabaliya.

Within an hour, 50 Yitzhar residents, some of them armed, ran into the Arab village, some of them shooting in the air. As a result, four Arabs were injured by that gunfire.

The Arab infiltrator was not caught. The boy who was stabbed is recovering in the hospital from four stab wounds in his back and his spine.

Residents in Yitzhar said that they were incensed by the ineptitude of the Israeli troops stationed around their community and by those soldiers’ failure to prevent the attack.

An Arab Member of Israeli Knesset, Ahmed Tibi, PLO leader Yassir Arafat’s former chief of staff, maintained that it was the Israeli security forces who encouraged the incursions into the Arab village. Appearing on the Voice of Israel Radio newsreel, Mr. Tibi described the residents of Yizhar as “two-legged animals, vigilantes who riot against the Palestinians, while the IDF turns a blind eye,” Mr. Tibi said.

Chairman of the “Council of Jewish Communities of Judea and Samaria,” Danny Dayan said the background to the event must be borne in mind. “They are dancing on the blood of a wounded Israeli 9-year-old boy, in an attempt to promote a political agenda,” he said. “Violence of any kind is unacceptable, but the fact that they totally ignore the attempted murder of a Jewish boy proves that they are not people of peace, but propagandists in the Palestinian cause.”

David Bedein can be reached at dbedein@israelbehindthenews.com. His Web site is www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com.

©The Bulletin 2008

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David Bedein is an MSW community organizer and an investigative journalist.   In 1987, Bedein established the Israel Resource News Agency at Beit Agron to accompany foreign journalists in their coverage of Israel, to balance the media lobbies established by the PLO and their allies.   Mr. Bedein has reported for news outlets such as CNN Radio, Makor Rishon, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, BBC and The Jerusalem Post, For four years, Mr. Bedein acted as the Middle East correspondent for The Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. Bedein has covered breaking Middle East negotiations in Oslo, Ottawa, Shepherdstown, The Wye Plantation, Annapolis, Geneva, Nicosia, Washington, D.C., London, Bonn, and Vienna. Bedein has overseen investigative studies of the Palestinian Authority, the Expulsion Process from Gush Katif and Samaria, The Peres Center for Peace, Peace Now, The International Center for Economic Cooperation of Yossi Beilin, the ISM, Adalah, and the New Israel Fund.   Since 2005, Bedein has also served as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research.   A focus of the center's investigations is The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA). In that context, Bedein authored Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict - UNRWA Policies Reconsidered, which caps Bedein's 28 years of investigations of UNRWA. The Center for Near East Policy Research has been instrumental in reaching elected officials, decision makers and journalists, commissioning studies, reports, news stories and films. In 2009, the center began decided to produce short movies, in addition to monographs, to film every aspect of UNRWA education in a clear and cogent fashion.   The center has so far produced seven short documentary pieces n UNRWA which have received international acclaim and recognition, showing how which UNRWA promotes anti-Semitism and incitement to violence in their education'   In sum, Bedein has pioneered The UNRWA Reform Initiative, a strategy which calls for donor nations to insist on reasonable reforms of UNRWA. Bedein and his team of experts provide timely briefings to members to legislative bodies world wide, bringing the results of his investigations to donor nations, while demanding reforms based on transparency, refugee resettlement and the demand that terrorists be removed from the UNRWA schools and UNRWA payroll.   Bedein's work can be found at: www.IsraelBehindTheNews.com and www.cfnepr.com. A new site,unrwa-monitor.com, will be launched very soon.