ISRAEL - Jews Arrested for Stoning Palestinian Woman

Arno Froese

Israel’s security service says it has arrested five Israeli yeshiva students allegedly involved in last year’s fatal stoning of a Palestinian woman in the West Bank. The arrests in late December have heightened tensions between the state and radical Israeli settlers and their supporters ahead of national elections in April.

Aisha Rabi, 48, was on her way home to Bidya in the northern West Bank on a Friday night in October 2018 when her family’s car came under a hail of stones. She was struck in the head and died. Thousands of people attended the funeral of the woman survived by a husband and eight children, The Associated Press reports.

Israel’s Shin Bet security service says the teenage suspects were arrested on grave terrorism and murder charges.

The Shin Bet says the suspects are students at the Pri Haaretz yeshiva in the Rehelim settlement in the northern West Bank. On the Saturday morning after the attack, the agency says, the teens traveled to Rehelim from the nearby settlement of Yitzhar for “a briefing for youths studying at the yeshiva on how to prepare and cope with Shin Bet investigations.”

The Shin Bet notes that “from the beginning of the arrests” there has been a “coordinated and ongoing effort from sources with an interest in slandering the organization and its workers and delegitimize its activities.”

The Shin Bet adds that in the past year it has thwarted “hundreds of terrorist activities” in the West Bank “among them—also Jewish terrorist attacks.”

In 2018, Haaretz reports, Jewish perpetrators committed 482 acts of violence and property damage against Palestinians, an increase of more than threefold from the previous year.

Rabi’s death triggered a note of sympathy for Palestinians from a U.S. administration that has taken several high-profile steps in favor of Israel, including moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and cutting off support to the United Nations agency that aids Palestinian refugees. After the attack that killed Rabi, U.S. special envoy Jason Greenblatt issued a tweet, saying his thoughts and prayers were with Rabi’s family. “An investigation into this reprehensible act is ongoing,” he added., 7 January 2019

Arno's commentary

Reluctantly, we publish such reports where Israeli Jews commit terrorist acts against Palestinian Arabs. This, however, seems necessary since truth must never be highlighted only one-sidedly. Then it becomes propaganda. The fact that Israel’s security service, Shin Bet, is involved in the investigation shows that Israel’s civilized democracy is at work.

These yeshiva students (Bible students) should know better, for the Bible says: “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13). Religion taught in the wrong way always leads to fanaticism, and ultimately breaking the law to which they are bound.

What is the future for Palestinian Arabs? Leviticus 19:33-34 reads: “And if a stranger sojourn with thee in your land, ye shall not vex him. But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.”

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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