The terror continues: double murder in the Old City of Jerusalem

Rabbi Nechemia Lavi HY’D (l) and Rabbi Aharon Benita-Benet (r), murdered on Motzei Shabbat in the Old City

We thought things couldn’t get worse after the murder of Naama and Rabbi Eitam Henkin Hy”d on Thursday. We were wrong. This Shabbat has seen another wave of Arab terrorism, including the shooting of children sleeping in sukkahs around Israel, and culminating in yet another double murder. This time it was the Old City of Jerusalem, as a couple and their baby were attacked by a Palestinian terrorist. The father was killed, the mother has been seriously injured, the baby slightly injured, and a second Israeli who rushed to their rescue was also killed. This time the Israeli security forces were on the scene immediately and shot and killed the terrorist. But where were those forces in real time, when they were needed?!

From the 2nd link:

Two Israeli men in their 40s died of their wounds Saturday night after being stabbed in Jerusalem’s Old City in a terror attack.

The wife of one of the men is in serious condition and their two-year-old baby was lightly wounded. The mother was taken to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem and is undergoing surgery. The toddler was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment where he remains in stable condition.

The men were stabbed in the upper body and were unconscious when paramedics arrived at the scene.

The father was taken to Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus where he died of his wounds shortly after the attack. The second man was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center where he also died Saturday night.

When the attack began, the injured woman managed to run and alert a group of Border Police forces nearby who arrived on the scene and shot and killed the attacker.

The baby was shot in the leg, although it is not yet entirely clear how. Police said the attacker may have grabbed a firearm the father was carrying but it is not clear if he managed to fire it.

The incident occurred near Lion’s Gate in East Jerusalem.

The two Israeli murder victims were named as Rabbi Nechemia Lavi and Rabbi Aharon Benita-Benet:

The two Israeli men who were killed Saturday evening in a terror attack in Jerusalem’s Old City were named by police as Nehemia Lavi, 41, and Aharon Benet, 22.

The two died of their wounds shortly after being stabbed in Jerusalem’s Old City by a Palestinian terrorist.

Benet’s wife is in serious condition and their two-year-old baby was lightly wounded. She was taken to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem and is undergoing surgery. The toddler was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment where he remains in stable condition.

Lavi, a Jerusalem resident, leaves behind a wife and seven children.

His funeral is scheduled for Sunday at noon at Har Hamenuhot in Jerusalem, also known as the Givat Shaul cemetery.

French-born Benet and his family lived in Beitar Illit. He was set to be buried early Sunday morning on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.

Arutz Sheva has a video of the attack which was taken by a passer-by. It’s rather blurry and unclear on the one hand but stomach-churning and horrific as you realize what’s going on. I won’t post it here. Watch it at Arutz Sheva.

The video was filmed near the Lion’s Gate of the Old City, and in it gunfire, screams and a baby crying can be heard as the mayhem unfolds.

At around 12 seconds into the video the terrorist, wearing a black sweatshirt, can apparently be seen stabbing a victim in a white shirt from behind. He follows after his falling victim and repeatedly stabs him on the ground.

Shouts of “Allahu akbar” (Allah is greater), traditionally shouted by terrorists as they attack, is heard around the same time.

In the attack the terrorist attacked a family with a knife, stealing a gun from the 40-year-old father whom he stabbed repeatedly before opening fire on passersby before being shot dead by security forces.

I am beyond words, still trying to process the Henkin murders and here we are faced with another bloodthirsty attack. And all this on our most joyous holiday. How are we supposed to reconcile the two? How can we celebrate Simchat Torah tomorrow night?

Meanwhile, how have those peaceful Palestinians been responding to the murder of the Henkin couple? Not with breast-beating, apologies, or “where did we go wrong” articles like Israeli society and the Israeli media did after the Dawabshe arson attacks – for which, it must be noted, no culprits have yet been found. Nope. Not them. They celebrated with fireworks and handed out candies, just like they do after every “successful operation”:

Throngs of Palestinians took to the streets on Thursday night to celebrate the brutal slaying of an Israeli couple in a shooting attack in the West Bank.

The festivities included the launching of fireworks and the waving of flags in the streets, Ofir Gendelman, a spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Gendelman posted on Twitter a photo of the scene. Most of the flying banners were of the Palestinian Fatah faction, the armed wing of which claimed responsibility for the attack that killed Eitam and Naama Henkin. Revelers in Nablus, near the site of the shooting, set off fireworks, he said, adding that Palestinians on social media networks were “ecstatic” about the killings.

They make me utterly sick! Those murderous bastards ought to be rounded up and kicked out of the country, and stuff the do-gooders and righteous voices who criticise Israel for every perceived misdeed. And if they so much as point a wagging finger in our direction we should repay them in kind for the way they are treating all those waves of “peaceful” Muslim immigrants now flooding to their shores.

Referring back to the beginning of this post, and the report of children being shot in their sukkahs, the citizens of Lod are angry – and they’re absolutely right and correct in being so:

In the coastal town of Lod on Shabbat eve this Friday night, Arab gunfire reportedly wounded a five-year-old child as he was in a sukkah, the festive booth Jews are commanded to dwell in during the holiday of Sukkot – the same night a girl was shot in a sukkah north of Jerusalem.

Several gunshots were fired apparently by Arab assailants in Lod on Friday night, with one of them entering the balcony of the Shiloh family and hitting their five-year-old son Maoz, according to Yafit Haikin, a community leader and social worker in the coastal city.

The bullet caused a fracture to the young boy’s skull, and currently he is in intensive care following a complicated surgery.

“We aren’t prepared to live in a reality like this, and therefore we will go out in protest and read Psalms in front of the police station,” announced Haikin. “We must stop and demand the police to act and clear the city of illegal weapons.”

The protest began at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night in front of the police station.

According to reports, on Friday night a 16-year-old girl who slept in her family’s sukkah in Kokhav Ya’akov in the Binyamin region of Samaria was also shot.

She was wounded in the lower body, likely in her leg, as a result of a  bullet which was fired from a nearby Arab village.

The girl was lightly wounded, and was evacuated by a Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.

Adding to the gunfire on sukkahs around Israel was an incident on Saturday night in Nof Tzion, located in eastern Jerusalem, in which an Arab terrorist shot through the wall of a sukkah. Fortunately no one was wounded in the attack.

The murders and sukkah shootings were not the only violence over Shabbat. Security forces prevented further stabbings and firebombings:

Amid heightened tensions in Jerusalem following this evening’s deadly stabbing and shooting attack in the Old City, border police gave chase after spotting a suspicious Arab man in the neighborhood of A-Tor.

During the chase the suspect drew a knife, and was promptly tackled and arrested by police.

Elsewhere, in the Arab neighborhood of Issawiya, border police noticed an Arab youth lighting a firebomb, with the intention of hurling it at security forces.

Police acted preemptively, shooting and injuring the terrorist before he was able to attack.

Other Arab residents spirited him away before police were able to apprehend him, and forces have now sealed roads into the neighborhood as they search for the suspect.

Several other rock-throwing attacks were reported Saturday night, including one targeting an Israeli ambulance traveling along Route 60 near Hevron. No one was injured in that attack, but the ambulance itself suffered extensive damage.

There is an ironic twist to this incident:


So after an Arab is stabbed because he was mistaken for a Jew, the ambulance that evacuated him was stoned. It seems that we have found a new definition for the term “irony”.

The Arutz Sheva article continues with reports of Israeli anger at the latest attacks:

Meanwhile, protests have erupted throughout Israel following the latest attack, which comes just two days after the brutal slaying of parents Eitam and Naama Henkin in front of their children.

Protesters in Jerusalem and throughout Judea and Samaria temporarily blocked roads to Arab traffic.

Outside Shiloh in Samaria, one activist summed up the sentiments of protesters throughout the country: “It can’t be that in Israel Jews are afraid to travel but Arabs travel freely. If we can’t move around freely then neither can they.

Latest updates on the Israeli security forces’ activities, via the Muqata (follow him for constant updates):

Tonight the day of Hoshana Rabba began. This is the last day of Sukkot and also the last day when the Book of Life is still open and when we can still repent and ask for the evil decree to be overturned before our fates are sealed for the coming year. It looks like we have a lot of repenting and a lot of begging from the Almighty to make the coming year a peaceful and safe one.

May the families of Rabbi Aharon Benita-Benet Hy”d and Rabbi Nechemia Lavi Hy’d be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.

Please pray for the badly injured mother in the Jerusalem attack: Adel bat Miriam.

יהי זכרם ברוך.

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7 Responses to The terror continues: double murder in the Old City of Jerusalem

  1. DP-PT says:

    It’s time to think out of the box to recreate deterrence. One tactic might be to round up all the family and hamula of every terrorist once he’s been “neutralised”, put them in buses, and drop them off 1km over the Syrian border at Kuneitra area. Should the West object, tell them that they are welcome to host them in Europe. And should our own left-wingers object, put them in buses too and keep driving them between Itamar and Elon Moreh…..without any escort!

    • anneinpt says:

      David, you’re full of good ideas, both here and on other posts, and I agree with all of them.

      But they’re never going to happen. Not with Bibi, not with Buji, and not with anyone in between. Not even if Ben-Ari got in. Won’t happen. Rabin tried to deport 400 terrorists to Lebanon and got stopped at the border by the effing courts. Plus Lebanon wouldn’t let them in.

      Only other option is to dump them on boats and let them join their refugee brothers to let the EU cope with them. But – it won’t happen.

      Only feasible option would be to dump them in Gaza. Shove them in through the tunnels – after all they’re 2-way “streets” aren’t they?

  2. ShimonZ says:

    הכי טוב לא לדבר בפורום פתוח על מה שהיינו רוצים לעשות בעניין הטרור. הלב נשבר לכל יהודי. אך החולה לא מכתיב לרופאו איך לטפל בעצמו. יש לנו צבא, ויש לנו משטרה. והם מקבלים את ההנחיות מהנהגת המדינה. לצערנו הרב, היהודים לא פועלים עד אשר הגב אל הקיר. כמה פעמים חיכינו בסבל ובהשפלה עד שלא הייתה ברירה. גם הפעם, נראה שרק כשלא תהיה ברירה, יעשו בעלי התפקידים מה שידענו שצריכים לעשות מזמן. אהבתי שלוחה לכל הכואבים והבוכים… עם תפילה לצלילות דעת והתחזקות להנהגה, שמעון

    • anneinpt says:

      סליחה על התקלה שמעון. התגובה שלך נתקע במסנן הספאם ורק עכשיו שמתי לב.

      אתה צודק בעניין שמירת זהירות בפורומים ציבוריים. אבל האמת היא שאנחנו לא מציעים משהו חדש. רוב רובו של הצעותינו זה רק “איורור” התסכולים שלנו.

      אתה גם צודק ב-100% על ההנהגה הרופסת שלנו – וזאת, אולי יותר ממעשי הזוועה של אויבינו – גורמת לתסכול של אזרחי ישראל. לו היינו יודעים שמנהיגינו מגיבים בשכל ובהגיון נגד אויבינו, שלא לדבר על יד קשה, היינו יכולים לקבל את הגזרה הרעה ביתר שלווה (זאת לא המילה הנכונה אך אתה מבין למה שאני מתכוונת). אבל במצב כמו שיש עכשיו… האנרכיה שמבעבעת מתחת לפני השטח מאד מפחידה אותי.

      אני מזדהה עם תפילותיך ועונה “אמן” בקול רם.

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