On Friday afternoon a Palestinian terrorist opened fire in cold blood and at point blank range shot dead Danny Gonen HY’D, a 25-year old Israeli hiker, and wounded his friend.
The man who was killed in Friday’s shooting attack near the town of Dolev in the Binyamin region has been named as 25-year-old Danny Gonen from the city of Lod.
Gonen’s friend was wounded in the attack and is hospitalized at the Tel Hashomer Hospital in light to moderate condition.
Gonen’s uncle, speaking to the Walla! news website on Friday, said that Danny and his friend had been shot during a hike in the area, something they had done often.
“Danny was visiting the area with a friend, as he always did. He liked to hike everywhere in Israel,” said the uncle.
According to investigators, the two victims were finishing a trip to a nearby spring and had begun leaving when a Palestinian Arab standing at the side of the road waved them down, apparently asking for help.
As soon as the Israelis’ car pulled up he asked them for water, and then shot them at point-blank range and fled the scene.
Danny Yogev was an electrical engineering student who loved to hike around Israel. He was laid to rest last night in his hometown of Lod:
About one thousand people were attendance when Gonen was laid to rest, among them a friend of his who was wounded in the attack.
In her eulogy, his mother, Devora Gonen, praised her son’s integrity and his love of the land.
“Danny, my dear, beloved son,” she said. “I cannot believe that we’re standing here now and talking about you in the past tense. You were a source of immense pride for me, a pillar to your brother and sisters. You were a devoted son to me, and when I needed it, a friend too. And you supported me in everything. You lived your life as a free Jew in your country. You loved the land and you loved the truth. The truth was your banner and you lived by it.”
Gonen, 25, was an electrical engineering student and the eldest of five siblings.
Guess who claimed responsibility for the attack:
The Islamist terror group Hamas on Friday praised the killing as “heroic,” and spokesman Husam Badran said Saturday that “We bless whoever did it.” A group calling itself the “Marwan Kawasme and Amer Abu Aysha Squad,” named for the two terrorists who killed three Israeli teenagers last summer, claimed responsibility for the attack, and said it was affiliated with the armed wing of Hamas.
Some reports suggested that Gonen and his friend had cut short their visit to the spring because a Palestinian man there aroused their suspicions, and that security officials were checking whether that man may have telephoned the gunman to tell him about the two Israelis.
The Ein Buvin spring is in an area of the West Bank where prior coordination with the security forces is required for Israelis to visit.
The politicians had to have their word:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the incident proved that Israelis are under constant threat.
“We mustn’t let the relative calm mislead us. Efforts to hurt us (Israelis) are underway at all times, and we will continue to fight them using all the means available to us,” he said.
President Reuven Rivlin condemned the attack, which he said was “another step in the quiet and serious escalation in acts of terrorism we have witnessed in recent months,” and called on Palestinian and Arab-Israeli leaders to do the same.
The area did not calm down completely afterwards:
On Saturday night, a Palestinian woman was lightly injured after stones were thrown at her car near the site of the shooting, medical and security sources said.
Palestinians said Saturday’s incident could have been an act of revenge by settlers for Gonen’s death, although the stones could also have been thrown by Palestinians mistaking the woman’s vehicle for an Israeli one.
It is my opinion that it is much more likely that this was a case of mistaken identity by the Palestinians (see the next item). I also highly resent the implied accusation that it was “settlers” (how I hate that term) who threw the stones in revenge. Danny Gonen was not a resident of the Binyamin region. He lived near Tel Aviv, and the all the terrorists cared about was whether he was a Jew or not – not if he was Israeli or any other nationality.
May Hashem comfort the family amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
The President’s and PM’s statements that this attack was part of an escalation in terror attacks were correct . Last night, while the funeral was ongoing, a Palestinian stabbed a Jew walking near Shaar Shechem (Damascus Gate). When the police arrived the Arabs rioted. (Note: it’s very rarely the Jews who riot despite their being the primary victims):
A terrorist stabbed one person near Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem Saturday night, and other terrorists threw a firebomb at a bus near Nevi Yaakov in northern Jerusalem and a pipe bomb at Rachel’s Tomb.
Police clashed with rioters after the stabbing, according to Israel News Feed. Arabs hurled rocks at cars, wounding at least one person, and police carried out one arrest as of midnight Saturday.
The condition of the stabbing victim is not known, but he is believed not to have suffered serous wounds.
There are no known injuries in the firebombing of the bus and from the pipe bomb that was thrown towards Jews visting Rachel’s Tomb (Kever Rachel) near Bethlehem.
Referring back to the earlier attack and my assertion that it is more likely that Palestinians are responsible for the stone-throwing attacks:
In Judea and Samaria, Palestinian Authority terrorists hurled rocks at passing Jewish motorists near Dolev and in the same region where one or more terrorists murdered Daniel Gonen and wounded a companion while they were hiking.
The terror attacks continue today with some breaking news that has just reached us
The Times of Israel reports: Border Policeman has been critically wounded by a Palestinian, again near Jerusalem’s Shaar Shechem:
A Palestinian man stabbed and seriously injured an Israeli Border Police officer Sunday outside Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate, police said. An officer on the scene shot and killed the suspected assailant.
An Israel Police spokesperson said a Palestinian suspect stabbed the officer, who then shot the suspected assailant.
The suspect was identified as an 18-year-old Palestinian man from the West Bank, but not immediately named, Israel Radio reported. He was seriously injured and sent to Hadassah Hospital.
The officer suffered serious injuries and was taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Hospital after receiving treatment on site. The man was reportedly on life support.
Police said they closed off the area after the incident and deployed large numbers of reinforcements across the city.
Jerusalem police chief Chico Edry told reporters on the scene after the incident that in instances were officers are attacked, their assailants must be shot dead at the scene immediately.
“The officer acted heroically, the attacked needs to be killed at the scene of the incident,” he said.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said after arriving at the Damascus Gate that life in Jerusalem must continue as normal. “I call on all residents of the State of Israel to continue visiting Jerusalem and strengthen it,” he said.
Maybe strengthening Jerusalem does not entail PM Netanyahu easing restrictions for Palestinian worshippers who want to visit the Al Aqsa Mosque for Ramadan. Mahmoud Abbas cynically told his subjects not to accede to the Israeli offer for fear of making Israel look good and helping our economy.
Sometimes we really ought to listen to what the Chief Terrorist says and take him at his word.
Wishing Refuah shlema – a speedy recovery – to all those injured in these terror attacks.