IDF Disperses Arabs near Itamar

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Israel Defense Forces troops responded to a rock-throwing incident near the Jewish community of Itamar in the Shomron (Samaria) Thursday morning.

Two Jewish shepherds, one the younger brother of Udi Fogel, were injured in the attack. The IDF took five Arabs into custody.

Fogel, 36, his wife, Ruth, 35, and three of their children -- Yoav (11), Elad (4) and Hadas (3 months) -- were stabbed to death in their home in Itamar on March 11, 2011.

Two cousins -- Amjad and Hakim Awad -- from the nearby Arab village of Awarta, who confessed to the murders, are each serving five consecutive life sentences. In court, Amjad said he was "proud of what he did" and "would do it again."

Thursday's incident comes less than a day after the Quartet -- U.S., E.U., U.N. and Russia -- issued its latest statement expressing "concern" about "settler violence and incitement." The Quartet called on the Israeli government to bring the "perpetrators of such acts to justice."

According to the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), there were 70 Arab firebomb attacks and two stabbings in March. Yet the Quartet praised the P.A. for its "significant progress on security…in the West Bank," calling on it "to continue to make every effort to improve law and order, to fight violent extremism and to end incitement."

In his weekly commentary, Dr. Aaron Lerner, director of IMRA (Independent Media Review and Analysis), noted the "critical differences" between the Quartet's expectations for Israel and the P.A.

While calling on Israel to take "effective action" to bring Israelis "to justice," the Quartet endorses the P.A.'s call to free all Arab prisoners serving time for acts of terrorism.

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