A rolling wave of terror – and it doesn’t stop. 3 Israelis killed today

Like a horde of zombies hurling themselves at their prey, even though they know they are going to be killed, Palestinian terrorists have embarked on a second wave (or is it a third? I’ve lost count) of terror attacks against Israelis.

Just to recap the last couple of days, yesterday (Monday), despite a certain calming down of the situation, there were still 2 major attacks leaving 2 Israelis severely wounded with life-threatening injuries, including a young boy of 13:

Two Israelis were gravely injured in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem Monday, the third attack to hit the capital in a single day. The attack took place in the northern neighborhood of Pisgat Zeev, adjacent to a light rail station.

One of the victims, 13, was attacked as he rode his bike. He was hospitalized in critical condition, with fears for his life. Doctors at the Hadassah Hospital Mount Scopus said he suffered multiple stab wounds to his upper body, and he underwent emergency surgery. In the evening, doctors said his condition had improved and he was no longer listed as critical.

The second victim, 25, was in stable yet serious condition. Doctors said he suffered two stab wounds to his upper body.

According to police, the attackers, two East Jerusalem brothers aged 13 and 15, stabbed the 13-year-old boy as he was riding his bike. When eyewitnesses began to run toward the scene of the attack, the two assailants fled. While escaping, one was hit by a car and seriously injured.

An eyewitness described the assailants to Channel 2 as being young teenagers armed with “machetes.”

Earlier in the day a border policeman was lightly injured in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem by a female terrorist.  In another attack yesterday a terrorist attempted to snatch a soldier’s weapon on a bus in Jerusalem after stabbing him. He was overpowered by, amongst others, an enterprising citizen carrying nun-chuks. After police boarded the bus he was eventually shot dead.

Yair Ben Shabat who overcame the terrorists displays his nunchucks

Sunday night saw another grievous terror attack, this time in the north, at the entrance to the sleepy village of Gan Shmuel, near the city of Hadera. A female soldier was stabbed and severely injured, with 3 others injured:

According to Army Radio, the attacker first ran over the 19-year-old woman, before getting out of the car and stabbing her and the three other victims.

The woman was evacuated to Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in Hadera, with stab wounds in her head and upper torso.

Two other victims, a 14-year-old girl with moderate wounds and a 20-year-old man who was lightly hurt, both arrived at the hospital under their own steam. A 45-year-old man also sustained hand wounds in the attack.

But today has seen the greatest escalation, with a wave similar to what we saw last Thursday. The attacks came one after the other and even simultaneously. Sadly, today’s attacks have left 3 Israelis dead and several others badly injured.

This morning started with news of a stabbing in the main road of the central town of Raanana. (It should be noted that Raanana is about as sleepy and boring as Petach Tikva).

Very shortly afterwards we heard of a car-ramming attack. And then a stabbing. And then a shooting. On a bus? At a bus stop? One attack? Two? More?? The news flashes came so thick and fast, we couldn’t make head or tail of what was happening.

Eventually the fog cleared and we learnt the terrible news.

In a car-ramming attack reminiscent of Sunday night’s attack near Hadera, an Arab employee of Israel’s phone company Bezeq used his company van to ram a bus stop, running over several people waiting there. He then got out of the car and began viciously stabbing anyone standing nearby. In his frenzy he killed  Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky, 60 and severely injured several others. He was only stopped when a passer-by shot him dead.

Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky, HY’D, murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in a Jerusalem car-ramming and stabbing attack

Watch this video of his vicious attack. WARNING! Graphic images:

Ynet reports about the day’s terror attacks:

Three people were murdered and dozens were wounded in five terror attacks in Jerusalem, Ra’anana and Kiryat Ata [this was deemed a criminal not terrorist act] on Tuesday. One of the victims was idenified as Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky, 60, and another as Haviv Haim, 78.

Hamas praised the attacks, saying they are “a message to anyone who harms our holy places. We call to continue the intifada, which is the natural response to the world’s silence.”

Three were murdered and 17 others wounded in two simultaneous morning attacks in Jerusalem’s East Talpiot and Geula neighborhoods.

Two terrorists – Baha Aliyan, 22, and Bilal Ranem, 23, both from Jabel Mukaber – boarded an Egged bus on Olei HaGardom Street in East Talpiot, a neighborhood also known as Armon HaNetziv, one armed with a gun and the other with a knife.

They started shooting and stabbing passengers while the bus kept moving, killing a man in his 60s and wounding ten others. One of the wounded, a man in his 40s, was evacuated in critical condition and was declared dead at the hospital.

Two others were seriously wounded – women aged around 60 and 40, who suffered stab wounds to their upper body. Two others were in moderate condition: A woman about 60 years old with gunshot wounds to her upper body and a man in his 30s. Three were lightly wounded, and two were suffering from shock.

A security guard at the scene was able to overpower one of them and shoot him. The terrorist then tried to get up and resume his attack, but the security guard shot him again.

The second terrorist locked the bus’ doors in an attempt to stop security forces from boarding, as well as stopping passengers from fleeing. Policemen opened fire at him from outside the bus.

Aliyan was killed, while Ranem was wounded and neutralized.

Eye-witnesses said one of the terrorists took over the driver’s seat in an attempt to kidnap the bus. Golan Cohen-Gabai, one of the eye-witnesses, said he used his car to block off the bus and stop the terrorist from taking it.

“Then he opened the doors and wanted to come at me with a knife. I closed the windows, so he ran back and returned with a gun…. I held him here for two minutes and then police forces arrived,” he said.

On Malkhei Yisrael Street in Geula, a terrorist drove a car into a bus stop, hitting three pedestrians – one of which, 60-year-old Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky, was killed. The terrorist then left the vehicle and started repeatedly stabbing his victims. 

A security guard who was nearby arrived at the scene of the attack and shot the terrorist. The terrorist fell down, but got back up again, leading the security guard to fire at him again. The terrorist then lunged at the security guard, and was shot a third time. Border Police forces, who arrived at the scene, heared calls of ‘Bomb!’ and saw the terrorist moving, fired at him again. The terrorist was then taken to hospital in serious condition.

Magen David Adom said it provided treatment to eight people: One in moderate-to-serious condition with injuries to his upper body and limbs, one in moderate condition, one lightly wounded with bruises to his face, and five suffering from shock.

The terrorists come from an “illustrious” family:

Abu Jamal is related to the two terrorists who committed the slaughter at the Har Nof synagogue in November 2014 – cousins Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal.

Meanwhile, back in Raanana, the Ynet report continues:

Four people were wounded in a stabbing attack at a bus stop outside the Beit Loewenstein Rehabilitation Center on Jerusalem Street in Ra’anana.

After stabbing his victims, the terrorist, an East Jerusalem resident in his late 20s, fled towards Ahuza Street, a major thoroughfare in the Sharon plains city, pursued by civilians. A driver passing by noticed the ongoing chase and hit the terrorist with his car. A taxi driver who was at the scene helped subdue the terrorist.

Large police forces who arrived at the scene arrested the terrorist, who was employed at the nearby Beit Loewenstein. He was taken to hospital in serious condition.

We saw the terrorist stabbing a helpless older man who was standing at the bus stop. We immediately knew it was a terror attack,” recounted two people working in one of the businesses in the commercial center, where the attack occurred.

“We immediately started calling out ‘Terrorist! Terrorist!’ He dropped his knife and started running towards the nearby Ahuza Street. We chased him and then he drew another knife, a smaller one, and kept trying to stab us,” they continued.

“We called out to drivers to help us and then they hindered his escape, and we managed to catch him on Ahuza Street along with other people. He received quite a beating. Only after he was neutralized, he let go of the knife, and then the police came and arrested him,” they said.

Other eye witnesses said the terrorist was wearing an orange vest.

At least one person was seriously wounded, suffering stab wounds to his upper body, including his neck, while the others were lightly-to-moderately hurt. The wounded were taken to the Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba and the Rabin Medical Center in Petah Tikvah.

Earlier, one Israeli was lightly wounded in a stabbing attack in Ra’anana while waiting for the bus not far from the city hall on Ahuza Street.

Please pray for the injured:

injuredNaor Shalev ben Ruth; Orel Bat Limor; Moshe ben Orli; Meir Yitzchak ben Sarah; Aharon Moshe Chaim ben Chaya Chana; Dvir Ben Shoshana; Avraham ben Ruth; Ron Shai ben Sigalit; Sahar ben Shoshana; Yosef Chaim ben Zahava.  (Adele Benita and her son Natan who were wounded in the Old City last Saturday night were released from hospital today).

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu convened the cabinet this evening to discuss means to combat the growing terror wave:

Following the speech — given at a special Knesset session — the security cabinet passed slew of new security measures to be implemented in the coming days, according to Channel 2 news.

The IDF will bolster its presence in Israeli city centers, while Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem Arab will be surrounded by security forces.

In addition to increasing active security forces, the new measures also aim to deter would-be-terrorists from perpetrating attacks.

Terrorists’ homes will reportedly be demolished within days of carrying out attacks and the residency status will be revoked for families of East Jerusalem terrorists who aren’t Israeli citizens.

So far, the families of five Palestinian terrorists who have murdered Jews are to receive demolition orders. They include the families of the men who killed Eitam and Naama Henkin, in a West Bank shooting attack some two weeks ago; the man who fatally stabbed Nehemia Lavi and Aharon Benita in Jerusalem 10 days ago; and the killers of Malachi Rosenfeld and Danny Gonen in shooting attacks in the West Bank earlier this year.

Speaking hours after a series of terror attacks Tuesday that left three people dead and several more injured, Netanyahu said he believed the measures “will lead the other side to the realization that terror doesn’t pay.”

Somehow I get the sinking feeling that Bibi is being too optimistic, especially taking into account how long it actually takes to destroy a terrorist’s house (several months to a year or more) due to our absurdly leftist Attorney General.

For a change I agree with Isaac Herzog, leader of the opposition Zionist Union:

Responding to Netanyahu, opposition leader Isaac Herzog told the plenary that the government should “stop stuttering and start acting.”

Herzog said he would support the government from the benches of the opposition if it imposes a closure on Palestinian neighborhoods and “locations of friction” in Jerusalem, and if it “widely deploys military and police forces and recruits reserve soldiers to the extent necessary.”

Herzog called for “an aggressive war militarily, legally and via intelligence against Islamic websites and web incitement and temporary closure of the Temple Mount to all visitors.”

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat also had a good suggestion:

Earlier Tuesday, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat also demanded a complete closure on the West Bank and East Jerusalem Arab neighborhoods, saying harsher measures were needed to battle a terror wave that has rocked the capital over the last month.

How many of these new measures will be implemented is an open question, leaving an open sore for the moment.

Amongst all this dreadful news, some almost funny details have emerged. Israel’s have-a-go heroes not only risked their lives to save their fellow citizens, they used the most available household items to knock out the terrorists: From umbrellas to selfie-sticks to nunchuks:

In the recent wave of terror that has struck Israel, ordinary citizens have shown their resourcefulness by using unusual objects as weapons of self-defense.

In a terrorist attack that happened on Tuesday morning on Malkei Israel Street in the haredi neighborhood of Geula in Jerusalem, …

Matan Chocron, a bystander who was on the way to pick up his suit for an upcoming wedding, managed to subdue the terrorist using pepper spray and a selfie stick.

Also on Tuesday morning, a 22-year-old male terrorist from east Jerusalem approached a bus stop in Ra’anana outside of city hall and stabbed a 32-year-old man in his neck and stomach.

Mickey Ruhani was standing at the bus stop when the terrorist attacked. Ruhani quickly rushed into the scene and began to hit the terrorist with an umbrella until the terrorist was subdued.

“I heard a woman screaming hysterically, and without thinking too much, I took my umbrella, because I didn’t have a weapon, and began to hit the terrorist,” said Ruhani.

Mickey Ruhani shows off his umbrella which broke when he used it to fight off a terrorist

On Monday night near the Chords Bridge in Jerusalem a Palestinian man on an Egged bus stabbed an IDF soldier and attempted to steal his weapon. Seeing the commotion from outside, Yair Ben Shabbat, an ordinary citizen, jumped onto the bus and attacked the terrorist using a pair of nunchucks he had on his person.

Israelis’ resourcefulness stems partly from the difficulty of obtaining gun licences:

In Israel firearms licenses are typically only given if one can prove they have reason to carry a gun – for instance if they work in security or law enforcement or live in a dangerous area like the West Bank. They must also be over 21 years old, a resident of Israel for over three years, and pass a mental and physical exam, a shooting test, and background checks by the Public Security Ministry. They are then allowed to order a gun through a gun store with approval of the ministry and given a one-time supply of 50 bullets to take home.

But the Mayor of Jerusalem made an important note:

Additionally, in a statement made in the aftermath of the two Jerusalem terror attacks on Tuesday, Mayor Nir Barkat beseeched citizens not to take the law into their own hands and to allow security forces to do their jobs.

Israelis’ do-it-yourselfery has led to some funny photoshops:

The Israeli Terrorist-Neutralizing Force

All joking aside, Magen David Adom saw the necessity of putting out a public service video advising Israeli citizens how to deal with a stabbing attack:

And yet with all this violence dominating our news cycle, what has been the reaction of the world? Either silence or biased reporting.

The Israeli journalist Arsen Ostrovsky, writing in the Daily Telegraph, decries the world’s ignoring this wave of terror.

I understand Europe has a number of pressing concerns, including Islamic State and the wave of Syrian refugees, but what about us? Do we not count?

Many leaders, especially in Europe, are quick to condemn Israeli settlements, yet sure take their time to utter a muddied, equivocal word of condemnation against these terror attacks. Likewise human rights groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty.

Then I look at some of the media reporting on these attacks, such as that from the BBC, and ask myself how on earth they can twist the facts and logic beyond a semblance of recognition to actually place the blame on Israel.

Where are all those so-called enlightened liberals, who continue to call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the Jewish State, but are silent in the face of Palestinian terror against Jews?

Israelis, like all people, have the right to live in safety and security, free from terror. And our government and security forces have an obligation to take whatever action necessary to ensure this.

In a groundbreaking speech on Islamic extremism this July, the British Prime Minister David Cameron made clear, if you say “violence in London isn’t justified, but suicide bombs in Israel are a different matter” – then you too are part of the problem.”

Honest Reporting provides us with a long list of media outlets who, while they did report on the violence, could not bring themselves to write about it without anti-Israel bias.

To extrapolate from David Cameron’s words, if the media do not report accurately on this Palestinian terrorism, and instead manage twist the facts in order to put the blame on Israel, then they are simply encouraging the terrorists both with a morale-boosting propaganda win, and providing them with much needed oxygen of publicity.

They are as much accomplices of the terror as those who provide them with the physical weapons.

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3 Responses to A rolling wave of terror – and it doesn’t stop. 3 Israelis killed today

  1. Pete says:

    Wow! It’s getting bad there.
    BIG PRAYERS for Everyone!
    I think you are handling it tremendously well … America would be going ballistic if this was happening.

    Pete, USA

    • anneinpt says:

      Thank you for your prayers and your support Pete. I’m glad you are so confident we are handling the crisis well. We Israelis are not quite so sure. When things calm down we think we got it right, but when it flares up again we realize how far we still have to go.

      But yes, America and any other country would have gone crazy by now. We are so used to this violence that after the initial shock we just get on with things. Maybe we SHOULD make a fuss and cry to the media and make a big noise instead of being the “adult in the room”. Because by acting so grown-up maybe the world thinks it’s not such a big deal for us Israelis.

      It’s so hard to tell what’s best.

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