Now that the memorials and celebrations of last week are over, it’s back to regular programming.
Here are two small items which almost flew under the radar of the Israeli press, and certainly received no mention in any international media.
The first incident happened on Yom Ha’atzmaut itself: An Israeli family picnicking near Jerusalem were brutally set upon by local Arabs, and 3 family members ended up hospitalized. (The article finishes up with yet another Arab-on-Jew attack in Jerusalem).
Three members of the Shukrun family were hospitalized overnight Thursday following an attack by a group of young Arabs. Two of the family members were moderately wounded in the attack, while the third suffered light injuries.
The family arrived at a park located in the Valley of Ben Hinnom, near the Jerusalem Cinematheque, to celebrate Independence Day. “We wanted to have a barbecue on the grass with my parents. I have three small children. At around 16:30 a group of Arabs, who seemed to be about 18 years old, sat next to us. It was calm; there were a number of Jewish and Arab families near us so we weren’t scared. My kids played soccer with the Arab children.”
But as the Shukrun family was preparing to leave, the teens approached and began cursing. “My two brothers, my father and another teenager tried to prevent them from reaching my children. In response, they took out clubs, chains and a knife and began brutally attacking the children,” Tzipi Shukrun recalled.
She said the assailants yelled out “Yahud (Jew).”
Tzipi said one of her brothers “was struck in the head and began bleeding, and another one of my brothers suffered a severe blow to the eye. I called the police but it took them 25 minutes to arrive at the scene.
“My brother, who served in Sayeret Matkal (elite IDF unit), arrived at the scene before the police did,” she told Ynet. Police officials said officers arrived at the scene at 6:22 pm, just seven minutes after Tzipi Shukrun called.
“I tried to run away with my sister and children, but they (Arabs) kept coming back to hit us. Luckily, my brothers blocked their path. It’s difficult to fathom that something like this could happen in the heart of the capital,” Shukrun said.The family documented the incident with a camera. The photos were handed over to the police, but investigators have yet to arrest any suspects.
Yonatan Shukrun, the brother who was hit in the head, told Ynet that “eight Arabs, aged 15 to 22, arrived just as we were preparing to leave. At some point they approached us and tried to reach the little kids – aged two, eight and 10.
“When we tried to stop them, they took out a whip and a knife and began hitting us. I was struck with a club. We managed to protect the women and children, but it wasn’t easy,” he said.
Yonatan was later treated at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.
In another incident, an ultra-Orthodox man was attacked by two young Arabs in Jerusalem’s Old City. He did not require medical attention. Border Guard officers detained one suspect, while the other fled the scene.
Today’s good news is that the police arrested 4 Arab teenagers over the attack.
We then read about a horrifying incident in Hevron which almost ended in disaster when local Arabs threw huge building blocks at 20 children playing in a playground:
Hevron Arabs targeted 20 Jewish children in a playground Saturday night with huge building blocks and rocks intended to kill.
The children in the Beit Hadassah neighborhood escaped the attacks without injuries, but by the time security forces arrived, the Arab attackers had escaped.
The onslaught originated from the rooftops of two houses occupied by Arabs next to Beit Hadassah.
One resident said that there have been several similar incidents in the past several years, but Saturday night’s attack represented “a sharp escalation in the size of the blocks thrown” at the children. Arabs also tried to strike the Jewish children with foreign objects, including a steam iron.
The resident added that the houses next to the neighborhood have been vacant for years, but recently have been occupied by hostile Arabs, encouraged by anarchists to go to the rooftops and cause provocations against Jewish neighbors.
It is unknown why the IDF allowed the Arabs to take up residence again in these homes. They do not allow Arabs to live in the high rise homes immediately overlooking Rachel’s Tomb and which they built after the protecting wall surrounding the tomb was in place.
Considering the kerfuffle aroused by the Eisner incident, can you imagine the international outcry had the attackers and victims’ nationalities been reversed? They would have been the subject of editorials, opinion pieces and UN resolutions. But when the victims are Israeli Jews – nada.
The double standard is outrageous.