On Sunday morning a Palestinian Arab terrorist entered the Alon factory at the Barkan industrial park in the middle of Samaria (Shomron) and shot dead two young Israeli Jews and wounded a third. Then he ran from the scene and is currently being sought by the IDF. The two murdered Israelis were Ziv Hajbi, a 39 year-old father of 3 from Rishon LeZion and Kim Levengrond-Yehezkel a mother of a one year old baby from Rosh Ha’ayin. Ziv’s mother said “my son left for work, not for war!”
They were two of the many Jews from Israel who worked at the Barkan park, which is one of the few places where Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs work peacefully together. In Barkan there are 164 factories, with 3,000 Israelis and 4,200 Palestinians. It is one of the few places in Samaria where Palestinian Arabs can get decent jobs. The killer has been identified from photographs from security cameras as Suleiman Na’alwah, 23, from, the nearby village of Shuweika. Presumably he is a member of Hamas.
This was not only the murder of two Jews by a Palestinian terrorist, but it was also a strike by the Arab terrorist organizations against the coexistence that is being built there. They don’t want peaceful coexistence, they don’t want economic development, they don’t want their fellow Palestinian Arabs to be working with Israelis, they are against normalization and against peace. Those misguided and hateful Western liberals who are supporting the fascist party of war, hatred, murder and genocide are totally wrong. They are prepared to oppose peace and coexistence for their illusory misconception that Israel is an “apartheid,” “racist,” “colonialist” state. Barkan was and is a small illustration of what can be accomplished when Arabs and Jews work together. The owners of Alon and Barkan have said they will not be deterred from their path by the murder and hatred of Palestinian Arab terror.
My only question is, why was there not better security so that a Palestinian Arab could enter the facility with a gun. This was far from the first such attack, several years ago this industrial site was partially destroyed in a deliberately set fire. The owners must have much better security to protect their Israeli workers from the attacks of the armed terrorists, just as they need to do in London, Paris, Berlin, and Jerusalem.