Terror Attack Foiled Outside Shomron Court & More

A Palestinian Authority Arab was arrested outside a Samaria military court near Kfar Salem on Sunday morning, according to Border Police.

At the checkpoint outside the court, he was discovered to have been carrying a pipe bomb.The court was closed as security forces cleared the area and sappers neutralize the bomb.


Arab Youth Sets Self on Fire Outside Hebron

A young man set fire to himself east of Hebron on Sunday morning, after pouring a flammable liquid on his body, Ma’an reported. His burns were described as light.

Local and medical sources told Ma’an that the young man, from the town of Bani Na’im, five miles east of Hebron, set fire to himself on the roundabout of Beit ‘Einun, a village located three miles northeast of Hebron. A Red Crescent ambulance rushed to the scene, where the young man had been slightly burned in his lower body. He was evacuated to a hospital in Hebron.

The sources pointed out that the youth is suffering from family problems, and set fire to himself as a way to resolve these problems.


US to Spend $750,000 Conserving Ancient Jewish Site as ‘Palestinian Heritage’

Jerusalem-based US Consul General Donald Blome last Friday joined “Palestinian officials and dignitaries” in launching a major conservation project to protect and preserve Solomon’s Pools, an archaeological site in Bethlehem. The $750,000 project is funded by a $500,000 grant from the State Department’s Ambassador Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) and a complimentary $250,000 grant from the Consulate General in Jerusalem. The project will be run through a partnership with the Solomon’s Pools Preservation and Development Center (SPPD), and will help protect the historic site, which has been damaged in recent years by erosion. The US consulate is hoping the pools would encourage tourism and help the PA economy.

Now for the zinger: in his remarks, Consul General Donald Blome said, “This contribution from the US government not only underscores America’s respect and admiration for Palestinian heritage and its treasured antiquities, but also the imperative of supporting the Palestinian economy as an essential element for peace.”