On Friday afternoon, shortly before Shabbat, another Jewish family was shot up in their car by Palestinian terrorists, killing the father and one of the sons. The added tragedy to this devastating murder is that the family were on their way to the Shabbat Kallah, the “Bride’s Shabbat”, of their daughter who was due to get married this coming Tuesday.
A father and son murdered by Palestinian terrorists near Hevron on Friday have been named as Rabbi Ya’akov Litman and his son Netanel.
Their funeral will take place at 9:00 p.m. tonight.
Meanwhile, Israeli security forces are examining a vehicle abandoned just south of Hevron, which they believe was used in Friday’s deadly attack near the Hevron Hills town of Otniel.
The shooting attack killed the 40-year-old father and his 18-year-old son, and left a mother and children wounded.
It was carried out by terrorists in a car matching the description of the one discovered by forces in the Dura area.The family were on their way to a Shabbat Chatan celebration ahead of the wedding of one of the family’s daughters, when a Palestinian Authority-plated vehicle overtook their car and opened fire on them. One of the terrorists then exited the vehicle and fired several more times at the victims’ car, before the attackers made their escape.
Netanel managed to alert security forces to the attack before being shot to death.
His 16-year-old brother, who was shot in the leg, managed to direct emergency services to the scene, in an act of incredible courage.
From the link above:
“We are about a kilometer after Otniel – they shot at our car,” he said.
When the operator asked him “in what direction?” he responded: “Heading south. There is a (Palestinian) Red Crescent ambulance here, we have two casualties. There are seven of us in the car.”
The operator then asked him to clarify the condition of the wounded. “One is wounded in the head,” he answered, at which point his attention was distracted and he broke off – apparently due to the fact that the Palestinian ambulance he had spotted sped away instead of attempting to aid the wounded.
“There is a Red Crescent ambulance here, but he’s driving away from us – I don’t know why,” the teen said.
“I want you to give me details,” the operator responded. “We are dispatching forces and in the meantime I want to know if they will be enough.”
The teenager then informed the hotline that another ambulance was approaching, as the operator continued to ask him for more details – which he managed to answer without faltering.
His last words to the operator were: “The ambulance driver is coming out.”
The attack is believed to have been carried out as a planned ambush, with the terrorists lying in wait along Route 60 until they identified a vehicle filled with Israeli civilians. The attackers then overtook the victims’ car in the next lane and carried out the attack.
The Litmans’ car was punctured by bullet holes on both sides, as one of the terrorists had attempted to ensure all its occupants were dead.
The mother and three young daughters were also lightly wounded. All the injured victims were evacuated to Soroka hospital in Be’er Sheva.
A massive manhunt is underway, including unmanned drones, much of which is centering on the Arab village of Yatta.
As I highlighted above, it seems that a Red Crescent ambulance that arrived on the scene sped away without giving aid, as the wounded Litman son reported to the emergency services:
“There’s a Red Crescent ambulance here,” he said. “There are two wounded. At least two. We were seven in the car. One of the wounded was in the middle of calling . We have the Red Crescent here. The Red Crescent left us. I don’t know why.”
Israeli security officials told Channel 10 that it was their understanding that the Red Crescent is responsible for treating Palestinians in areas that are under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority.
Friday’s attack took place in an area under Israeli control, yet Red Crescent personnel are still required to administer first aid to injured civilians irrespective of their nationality.
If it becomes apparent that Red Crescent first responders deliberately fled the scene and were derelict in their duty to provide care, then the organization is at risk of international sanctions.
I will not hold my breath waiting for any international organization to place any kind of sanctions of any kind on any Palestinian organization at all. After all, they can’t be expected to give first aid to – gasp! – those evil settlers who had the temerity to get themselves attacked by a poor innocent Palestinian terrorist organization.
The Palestinians have been given too much leeway by too many international organizations and have been held to no moral level and given no moral agency at all, so why on earth would they think they should help Israelis? It is an utter disgrace but not surprising at all.
May the memory of Yaakov and Netanel Litman Hy’d be for a blessing. May their families be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem, and may they take comfort in the upcoming wedding of their daughter, as difficult as that will be.
יהי זכרם ברוך
Meanwhile what starts with the Jews doesn’t end with the Jews, as France discovered once again today. See my next post for details. But as was pertinently noted: