A Palestinian youth residing illegally in Israel stabbed a soldier to death on a bus in Afula this morning. (see update below).
A soldier has died after an Arab terrorist stabbed him in the neck and upper body in the Central Bus Station at Afula, in northern Israel, Wednesday. The attack took place inside a bus.
“The Israeli soldier who was stabbed this morning by a Palestinian on a bus at the Afula bus station has died of his wounds in hospital,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.
The attacker has been identified as an Arab aged 16 from the Palestinian Authority city of Jenin, who is reportedly staying illegally in Israel. He reportedly attacked the soldier at about 8:45 a.m., and stabbed him repeatedly. Civilians who were present at the scene neutralized him and stopped the attack at a certain point.
The soldier received initial medical care on the spot and was taken to Haemek Hospital in very serious condition.
Another eyewitness told Maariv that the soldier, who is about 18, got on the bus at Nazareth, together with the terrorist. The soldier fell asleep on the way to Afula and at a certain point, the Arab began stabbing him over and over again, until other passengers grabbed hold of him and alerted security forces.
IDF Radio said that the attacker confessed that he left his home and got on the bus at Nazareth, with the intent of stabbing civilians, supposedly as revenge for the fact that his uncles are being held in Israeli jails.
The attack appears typical of the terror strikes that the Palestinian Authority (PA) under Mahmoud Abbas encourages through incitement, in a way that allows the PA to maintain that it is innocent of actually planning and organizing attacks, and that it did not send the terrorists on their missions.
Israel has weakly protested the PA’s non-stop incitement for years, but has never gone as far as to make “peace talks” with the PA conditional on a complete cessation of incitement.
PA residents are routinely exposed to television, radio and printed media content that glorifies murderers of Jews and encourages violence against Israel. When a PA youth seeks to attack Jews, he does so knowing that he has the full moral backing and encouragement of the PA, which will then glorify him, pay him a salary when he is jailed, and demand to free him in an Israeli “gesture.”
הברוך דיין אמת. ה’ קיום דמו. May Hashem avenge the soldier’s blood.
UPDATE: The soldier who was killed by the Palestinian terorist was named as 19 year old Eden Atias HY’D, who had only just enlisted:
Atias enlisted only two weeks ago and was still in basic training. He was traveling to his base on Wednesday morning after a sick leave. He was survived by his parents and two brothers, aged 24 and 18. His mother, Ilia, was quoted by Walla as saying that he had insisted on volunteering for a combat unit.
Besides the Palestinian incitement mentioned above, I view John Kerry as the direct instigator of this terrorist attack since he almost explicitly gave the Palestinians a “licence to kill” when he threatened that a 3rd intifada will erupt because “Israel is stealing their land”.
This attack follows a string of recent attacks, the most serious until now being a Molotov cocktail thrown at a car near Tekoa, which caught fire and overturned, injuring the couple inside the car but who miraculously escaped with their lives.
To those who shrug off these terror attacks or justify them because they’re “only” aimed at settlers, today’s attack was in Afula in the Jezreel Valley, the heart of Israel.
Afula itself has a sad history, being the first place to suffer a suicide bombing. That terrorist attack killed 8 Israelis including 4 teenage schoolchildren and took place back in 1994 soon after the Oslo talks with the Palestinians got under way.
As we all know, peace talks always bring a rise in terrorist attacks as the Palestinians see a way to soften Israel up for more concessions. Public brow-beatings of Israel and accusations from the Americans should be likened to lighting a match to a tinderbox. Kerry’s outburst against Israel is inexcusable, both for the falsity of his accusations and for his irresponsibility in encouraging more acts of Palestinian violence.
I suppose that sums up the current American Administration: liars, and irresponsible liars at that.
None of this goes to excuse the Palestinians or today’s particular terrorist but it is important to follow the chain of events to get a full view of how the Middle East works.