Yes, it is an intifada. Two Israelis killed in two terrorist attacks

The answer to my previous post was supplied in today’s dreadful terrorist attacks. Two young people were murdered and several others injured in two separate attacks today: one in Tel Aviv and one in Gush Etzion.

Almog Shiloni HY’D, murdered by a terrorist in Tel Aviv

In the first incident, a terrorist attacked a soldier, Almog Shiloni, aged 20, at Tel Aviv’s Hagana train station, trying to steal his rifle. When the soldier resisted the terrorist stabbed the soldier, critically injuring him.  A heroic bystander chased the terrorist while alerting the police, thereby preventing a much larger casualty count.

Gilad Goldman, 59, said he sprang into action after seeing a man assault Almog Shimoni near the Hahagana train station in South Tel Aviv Monday afternoon, he told Channel 2 in an interview from a hospital bed Monday evening.

“It all happened so fast. We were driving by when I saw him trying to stab the soldier and grab his gun, so I got out of the car and punched him. He dropped the knife and ran away,” Goldman said.

Kobi Langleben, who was in the car with Goldman, pursued the terrorist after he began to run away. “I was chasing him in my car, yelling ‘Terrorist,’ and I called the police,” he said in the same interview.

When asked if he was afraid to confront the terrorist, Goldman responded: “My wife is mad at me; she says that I can’t do things like this at my age, but I guess it’s something in your soul.

“I’m 59 years old, but I’m no hero or anything,” he insisted.

I disagree. Goldman is indeed a hero (even if he is scared of his wife).

Sadly, after many hours struggling to save Almog Shiloni’s life, the doctors were forced to pronounce him dead.

Shiloni was reportedly stabbed numerous times, including in the upper body and waist, as he tried to fight off his attacker. The attacker proceeded to try and escape from the scene towards Levanda Street as he was pursued by security forces and citizens.

The terrorist has been identified as Nur al-Din Abu Hashiya, an 18-year-old from Shechem (Nablus) in Samaria who had illegally entered into sovereign Israeli territory. Police spokesperson Luba Samri said “it was apparently an attack with nationalist motives. The suspect is a resident of Shechem.”

Almog Shiloni HY’D (l) with his twin brother Sahar

Almog’s twin brother Sahar eulogised him:

Sahar, born five minutes before his brother, said, “Almog was a strong kid, always smiling. We celebrated our 20th birthday a month ago in a Jerusalem pub. We were sitting with our girlfriends, we laughed. I told him I hoped everything he wanted would come true. He wanted to marry Noy, his girlfriend for the last two and a half years. There are no words for how I feel right now. I can’t comprehend it. His bag is here with us and I keep looking to see if maybe he’s coming back.”

May Hashem avenge his blood and may his family be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Unsurprisingly, Hamas lauded the terrorist attack, calling it a response to the killing of the Arab rioter in Kafr Kana over the weekend. But Hamas don’t need to search for excuses. If they can’t find one, they’ll make it up. The fact that we Jews are alive and living in Israel is pretext enough for them.

Dalia Lemkus, 26, from Tekoa, murdered by an Arab terrorist at Alon Shvut junction

A few hours later, another car attack followed by a stabbing took place at Alon Shvut junction, not far from where the three teens were kidnapped in June.  In this incident, Dalia Lemkus, age 26 from Tekoa, was murdered and two other people injured by Maher Hamdi al-Hashalmoun from Hebron:

Police said the attack occurred at a bus stop at the entrance to the Etzion bloc settlement south of Jerusalem around 4:45 p.m.

The victim, 26-year-old Dalia Lemkus from Tekoa, was stabbed in her neck, and declared dead at the site. Lemkus was the daughter of South African immigrants to Israel.

The stabber was shot by a guard on duty at the site, police said. Initial reports indicated he was killed, but later reports dispelled that claim. Magen David Adom said he was in serious condition.

A 26-year-old man suffered light-moderate injuries, and a man in his 50s was lightly hurt in the incident. Their names were not released.

Channel 2 reported that the older man was driving by the scene when he saw the attack in progress, then stopped his car and wrestled with the attacker before suffering an injury to his face.

Security camera footage of the attack released soon after appeared to show a minivan ram into a bus stop, striking at least one bystander. The stabber then comes into the frame, and stands over the victim, apparently stabbing her several times.

He then crosses the street and fights a male driver, before a security guard runs up, fires at the terrorist, and chases him up the street.

The terrorist was identified as Maher Hamdi al-Hashalmoun from Hebron.

Hashalmoun, affiliated with Islamic Jihad, spent four and a half years in Israeli custody for throwing Molotov cocktails, and was released five years ago.

Reports indicated that the terrorist first tried to ram into the three people waiting at the stop with his Subaru minivan. When he failed to run them over, he left his car and attacked them with a knife.

Once again, courageous bystanders took action before the police managed to get to the scene.

Yishay Katz, one of the first people at the scene of the deadly knife attack in Gush Etzion on Monday evening, wrestled with the terrorist and sustained wounds in his efforts to overpower him.

Katz initially spotted the terrorist after he had already stabbed and killed Dalia Lemkus, and managed to overcome him with the help of other passers-by. During the scuffle, Katz was lightly wounded and was later hospitalized at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem

Kol hakavod to Katz who risked his life to save others. My heart goes out to the family of Dalia Lemkus HY’D. May Hashem avenge her blood and may her family be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

While it is gratifying that the State Department condemned today’s stabbing attacks, it is interesting to note that this condemnation, as with all other previous condemnations, condemns the attack but not the attackers or their motivators, i.e. the Palestinian Authority, under the auspices of President-for-life Mahmoud Abbas.  And as always, the calls for restraint, easing of tensions, and equating the two sides:

The United States on Monday condemned the two stabbing attacks in Tel Aviv and in Gush Etzion, while urging both Israelis and Palestinian Arabs to ease rising tensions.

“We strongly condemn the stabbing today in the West Bank, and we deeply regret the loss of life,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, in a statement made before soldier Almog Shiloni, who was critically wounded in the Tel Aviv attack, died of his wounds.

“Our condolences go out to the victim’s family. It is absolutely critical that parties take every possible measure to protect civilians and de-escalate tensions,” added Psaki.

Reader Ealha, commenting on my previous post, made a couple of interesting points:

Notice, there is no significant, if any, “international community” response or condemnation of the attacks or of Abbas’ encouragement of the violence.

Indeed, whenever Israel is perceived to have committed some wrongdoing, Israel itself and its leaders are widely and loudly condemned. But when the Palestinians are the perpetrators, the act is (maybe) condemned, while the real perpetrators are given a free pass. Until the Palestinians are held to the same standards as the rest of the civilized world there is not a chance in hell of peace ever breaking out between them and Israel.

Ealha also had some good ideas for how to deal with this upsurge in violence:

… violent protesters should risk forfeiture of citizenship and deportation and parental civil and criminal responsibility for child neglect. Notice how Hamas is cooperating in controlling the violence coming from within Gaza and how Hezbollah has not attacked Israel – yet. So, let’s give war a chance. They should be careful for what they wish for…

Excellent ideas. Sadly I doubt that our government has the intestinal fortitude to go through with such innovative suggestions. I rather fear that it will be the same old merry-go-round.  Already yesterday, in the wake of the weekend’s violence across the country, I heard analysts on Israel Radio Reshet Bet talking about Netanyahu’s difficulty in taking meaningful action against the Palestinian rioters “for fear of the world’s reaction”.

If we and our leaders don’t learn to stand up to “world reaction” which is always going to be against us and our right to self-defence, no matter how much they protest that “Israel has the right to defend itself… BUT…”, then we don’t deserve the right to self-defence.

We Jews have been the world’s whipping boy for nigh on 2,000 years. We ought to be used to it by now. We must stop trying to curry favour with the world and simply take the actions necessary to ensure our safety and survival, the world be damned.

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12 Responses to Yes, it is an intifada. Two Israelis killed in two terrorist attacks

  1. Debby says:

    Anne, there is only one reason that Israel is singled out as it is, and that is because you are a nation chosen out of all nations to be God’s chosen people to demonstrate that He is able and willing to provide for and through the Creation He has made. Israel will be preserved until the end of days, because He has said so, and it will be so. So, those that hate God, hate you…. and conversely, those that love God, love you also because He chose you. You are blessed amongst nations to be the focus of His promises and mercy, and we are all blessed through you.

    • anneinpt says:

      Debby, thank you for your timely words of faith. Of course you are right, but when one is caught up in a battle it is hard to see clearly.

      Additionally, we are not allowed just to sit back and let G-d take care of things. We have to do our part in fighting our corner too. I just hope that our leaders can find the gumption to do just that.

  2. NormanF says:

    There is going to be a revolution in Israel if the government continues to be paralyzed. While its afraid of foreign and Arab reaction, its sleeping on top of a Jewish volcano. The next Arab attack or the next one after is liable to bring it down.

    The Arabs hate the Jews and want to kill them. The time to be nice and restrained is over.

    • anneinpt says:

      Norman, I don’t think the situation in Israel is that bad. Yet. Although the religious and the right are getting extremely fed up with the situation, there are many centrists and leftists who are less exercised about Jewish rights and just want a quiet life, even at the expense of Jewish and Israeli human rights.

      That’s why the terrorist was “clever” in attacking Tel Aviv. Attacks in the West bank are considered normal, and there are those who think the “settlers had it coming’. But when it strikes Tel Aviv – then the gloves come off. It’s pathetic and sad, but it’s true.

  3. Reality says:

    The Israeli left have also always influenced our govt. including our leftist media. But yesterday they showed people demonstrating outside the hospitals demanding to know why we have to treat terrorists when we can’t even save our own. One of the stupid left knesset members even had the gall to say that THIS TIME in Tel Aviv the people who apprehended the terrorist acted as they should have(i.e. they didn’t kill him).This is a very big part of the problem.As far as the West goes see Ron Prosors talk lashing out at the UN

  4. Earl says:

    Disengagement from, and containment of, the “Palestinians”. Immediate wholesale citizenship revocation, house demolition and entire familial relocation to Hamastan for any criminal activity beyond jaywalking. Repeat as required…

    This is lunacy; a First World country like IL cannot function with a metastasizing tumour within its body politic.

    • anneinpt says:

      Earl, I agree with your prescription 100%. Sadly I see little to no chance of it ever happening. Our governments have never had the nerve to go that far. Rabin or was it Barak tried to deport 400 terrorists to Lebanon, and there was such an outcry both internationally and within Israel that he had to cave in and let the terrorists back in. It was such an utter humiliation. I can’t see any Israeli leader trying that again in a hurry.

      However the gov’t is now permitting house demolitions again, and the Knesset is debating revocation of citizenship for terrorists and their families. Maybe with the present coalition this will actually pass.

      And then we will wait to see if anyone actually implements it.

  5. peteca1 says:

    Very sorry to hear about both casualties. Prayers for the families involved. These “car attacks” are a real problem … because the strategy is so effective for the terrorist attackers (quick in execution), and it is so difficult for civilians to protect themselves. It seems highly likely that we will see this mode of attack adopted by terrorists in other countries as well. I can’t think of any easy answers. Ordinary Israelis on the street may need to take to “hiding behind very solid obstacles” to prevent themselves from getting rammed.

    On a completely different topic … I have not seen much discussion on your blog about the so-called “secret letter” from Pres. Obama to Khamanei concerning a “trade” (help with fighting ISIS versus help with the nuclear agreement with Iran). Americans are not clear whether any such secret agreement does exist, or whether this whole thing has been blown out of proportion by the US media. If such an agreement does exist, I would imagine that your Gov’t would take note of it and surely there would be fallout. Again, it is difficult to get to the truth.

    Pete, USA

    • anneinpt says:

      Pete, I agree that there are no easy answers to the car-intifada. It’s all very well to place concrete blocks at bus and train stops but we saw in Alon Shvut that this didn’t prevent the terrorist from exiting the car and stabbing people anyway.

      Re the Obama letter to Iran, you are one step ahead of me as usual! I do intend to write about it but my computer is being fixed so I’m blogging a bit slower than usual.

      There actually hasn’t been much discussion about the letter in the Israeli media, probably because we have more severe problems on our plate. And anyway we have so little expectations of Obama that we are barely surprised by anything that he says or does.

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