On the morning of Monday, December 2nd a mortar fired from within Syria landed about fifty meters from a house in Majdal Shams in the northern Golan Heights, luckily causing no injuries. On the same day, Israeli soldiers came under fire from Syria further south along the border and returned fire.
On the afternoon of Friday, December 6th an explosive device was detonated near an Israeli army border patrol in the northern Golan Heights. Luckily once again, no injuries were sustained but the vehicle in which the patrol was travelling was damaged. Subsequent investigation indicated that the attack was deliberate and that the device was activated from inside Syria by as yet unknown parties.
On December 4th two more residents of the Sur Baher neighbourhood of Jerusalem were detained in connection with the stoning attack near Armon HaNetziv (unreported by the BBC) in which two year-old Avigail Ben Zion was injured the week before.
“We are holding five suspects,” Superintendent Yigal Elmaliach, who is heading up the investigation, said Tuesday. “Four of them were interrogated and admitted to the act and also implicated the others in the event. Some of them are still being questioned. We are talking about a planned attack. They met beforehand and planned to arrive in the evening in order to throw rocks. In the interrogation they said that the reason was hatred of Jews.”
In a recently published summary of terror attacks carried out in November 2013, the Israel Security Agency notes a rise in the number of attacks. In Judea & Samaria, 107 attacks took place (compared with 99 in October) and in Jerusalem 53 attacks occurred (compared with 32 in October). The majority of incidents in Judea & Samaria and in Jerusalem – 135 out of a total of 160 – were attacks with fire-bombs, whilst twenty-one of the attacks involved the use of improvised explosive devices and two were small arms shootings.
A look at the statistics provided by the ISA for the months July to November 2013 shows that the number of terror attacks taking place in Judea & Samaria and Jerusalem since the renewal of direct negotiations between Israel and the PLO on July 29th has more than doubled.
The BBC’s consistent under-reporting of terror attacks against Israeli citizens in Judea & Samaria and Jerusalem means that BBC audiences are – in contravention of the BBC’s public purposes remit – unaware of the context of the doubling of the number of attacks in the months since the renewal of talks, just as they are also largely unaware of the continued missile attacks from the Gaza Strip and security incidents along Israel’s border with Syria for the same reason.