Kiryat Arba attack: Palestinian terrorist stabs teen girl to death in bedroom

By Tova Lazaroff, JPOST
Hallel Yaffa Ariel

Palestinian terrorist stabbed a 13-year old to death in her bedroom on Thursday morning after he infiltrated the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, which is located next to Hebron.

“My daughter was sleeping calmly when he [the terrorist] came into her bedroom,” Hallal’s mother Rina told Army Radio. “She was happy,’ she added.

A Magen David Adom paramedic said that when he arrived at the scene the teenage girl, Hallel Yaffa Ariel, was unconscious and was not breathing. They were able to resuscitate her at the scene, but it was touch-and-go during the whole journey to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, as they continuously fought to keep her alive.

She was pronounced dead shortly after her arrival, without ever regaining consciousness.

After the attack, the IDF and one of the Prime Minister Office’s spokesman tweeted a photograph of her blood-stained bedroom.

Hallel had been a member of a dance troop and had performed in Jerusalem the night before. Her step-father, Amihai, is a cousin of Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel, and runs a boutique winery. She will be buried in old Jewish cemetery in Hebron. The funeral procession will leave from Kiryat Arba at 6 p.m. The terrorist, Mohammad Tarairah, 17, breached the settlement’s fence and then entered the Ariel home that was located on a security road, near a yeshiva high school for boys.

The settlement’s security team responded to the incident. According to the IDF, the terrorist stabbed a member of that security team, before another member of the team shot and killed Tarairah.

Among the Magen David paramedics who responded to the scene, was the wife of the wounded member of the security team.

She went with her husband to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem. Doctors there said that the wounded man, believed to be age 30, was suffering from gun shot wounds and that his injuries were not life threatening.

Residents of the settlement of some 8,000 people located right outside the Palestinian city of Hebron, were asked to remain in their homes for about half-an-hour until it was clear that there were no more attackers in Kiryat Arba. Since the wave of Palestinian violence against Israelis began in September 2015, there have been many attacks in and around Hebron, as well as on the outskirts of Kiryat Arba. But an infiltration into the settlement itself is rare.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman met and ordered the IDF to close off the Palestinian village of Bani Na’im, located near Kiryat Arba, where Tarairah lived. They also ordered the IDF to rescind work permits belonging to Tarairah’s immediate and extended family.

According to his Facebook posts Tarairah was partially inspired by a vehicular terror attack just outside of Kiryat Arba in which an Israeli couple was lightly insured. The IDF unit which responded to the attack shot and killed the Palestinian driver.

Tarairah mentioned her in his posts, under the hashtag “a sister to bravery”.

At the beginning of the week he wrote a post saying that “the death is a right and i am asking for my right.” His uncle, Yousuf Tarahirah, carried out a car-ramming attack in Hebron in March.

Mayan Groisman contributed to this report.

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    “The righteous man shall rejoice when he sees Vengeance. He shall wash his feet in the blood of the Wicked. And Mankind shall say, ‘Truly there is a reward for the Righteous. Truly there is a God Who judges on Earth.'” (Psalms 58:11-12)


    “So Samuel returned after Saul, and Saul prostrated himself before HaShem. Samuel then said, ‘Bring me Agag, king of Amalek.’ And Agag went to him submissively. And Agag said, ‘Surely, the bitterness of death has passed.’ And Samuel said, ‘As your sword made women childless, so shall your mother be childless among women.’ And Samuel cut Agag into pieces before HaShem in Gilgal.” (I Samuel 15:31-33)

  3. The Jewish vengeance for this act of horror against a 13-year-old sleeping girl should be blood retribution against that Arab’s immediate family, along with permanent destruction of their home.

    I think on how members of a Sicilian village would respond to a similar situation, or how the Orangemen and Catholics of Northern Ireland would exact retribution.

    The time is long since past for Jews in general to learn to become even more merciless to the families of killers who slaughter Jewish children.

    Any of you think this is all too savage and unbecoming to proper Jews? If so, go hide your shame in a black cave.

    Arnold Harris, Outspeaker

  4. Trump advisor questions media silence on Hallel murder

    Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s top Israel advisor condemned the “brutal killing” of Hallel Yaffa Ariel on Thursday, and called on the Palestinian Authority to take “concrete measures” to stop incitement to terrorism.

    “Our hearts were broken today when we learned of the tragic death of Hallel Yaffa Ariel, a beautiful and innocent 13 year old girl who, as she slept in her bed, was stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist,” said Jason Greenblatt, with the Trump Organization.

    “The murderer has been hailed as a hero and a martyr by numerous Palestinian factions,” he added. “And the silence of the liberal media with respect to this horrific tragedy is deafening.”

    any jew who votes hillary over trump is nuts

  5. A short video clip published on Palestinian media Thursday showed a sister of Tarayrah referring to her brother as a “martyr.”

    “My brother is now a martyr. May God judge the Jews, and may my brother be content with his portion in paradise,” she said.

    In a short video interview with a local news site in Hebron, the mother of Tarayrah can be seen with tear-soaked cheeks praising her son as a “hero.”

    “My son is a hero…My son died as a martyr defending Jerusalem and the al-Aqsa Mosque. Praise God, he is united with the martyrs before him, and he is not better than them. God willing, all of them will follow this path, all the youth of Palestine.”

    It is an existential danger to Jews to leave these packs of rabid dogs to roam free to kill more jews in the future. They should be hunted down like rabid dogs and slaughtered in order to save Jewish lives. End the idiocy of being sitting ducks waiting to be picked off one by one by this scum and rise up to liquidate them before they set out to kill Jews.

  6. If you want peace it is time to forget being politically correct and proportional in fighting Palestinian terrorism. It is time to be determined to win the conflict and not just say the conflict will continue forever. It is not acceptable that every few months or years that Palestinians shoot rockets at Israelis, blow up bombs, kidnap children or resort to other forms of violence against Jews in Israel.

    Israel needs to deport and or Jail all terrorists and their supporters. This is a long term war which must be won. Those Arabs that would like to emigrate (polls say up to 80% in East Jerusalem and Judah/Samaria) would like to emigrate, Israel should assist them, including financially. Those Arabs who demonstrate loyalty to the State of Israel (e.g. Druze) are welcome to stay with full civil rights. This will take a long time but the conflict is already 100 years old and Israel needs to be determined to win it. Co-existence with those who deny you any right to exist and raise their children to kill you is not possible.

  7. Op-Ed: Dear Diaspora Jews: Your money is killing us

    Against your will, your governments will be donating a paycheck to the family of the terrorist who murdered a 13-year-old Israeli girl in her sleep. Stop this madness.

    In the case of the diaspora left and the Israeli left the collaboration in murder is intentional, willful and needs to be punished. Those who spread lies about israel and Jews are collaborators in MURDER of Jews… no rocket science here. Those who support, plan, finance or facilitate murder are tried as murderers in most courts. when Zoabi calls IDF murderers she is a collaborator in murder by incitement, the same with Jstreet when it lies about Israel, the same with those Israeli leftists who spread the lies of apartheid, land stealing and baby killing. Murderers and their collaborators and facilitators…. should be dead.