This is just a quick posting to keep you updated on the latest terror attacks over the last 24 hours.
Yesterday, Monday, there were 3 attacks in which an IDF soldier was stabbed to death, a Palestinian man was stabbed by two Palestinian female teens, and a car-ramming in the Shomron.
The worst attack yesterday took place on Route 443, one of the major highways linking Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Ziv Mizrahi Hy’d, an IDF soldier who had stopped at a filling station was stabbed to death by a 16 year old terrorist:
Ziv Mizrahi, who was murdered Monday in a terror attack on the road to Jerusalem, is not the first member of his family to fall to terrorism. Twelve years ago, his cousin Alon Mizrahi was murdered when an Arab terrorist blew himself up in an attack on Cafe Hillel in Jerusalem.
Ironically, Ziv lived on a street named for his murdered cousin.
Ziv, who lived in Givat Ze’ev, had been in the army for nine months when he was killed by an Arab stabber at the Dor Alon gas station on Road 443. In a statement, the Givat Ze’ev Regional Council said that the town was in mourning over the death of its son. The funeral for Ziv Mizrahi will be held Tuesday at 1 PM.
The attack occurred at about 3 PM Monday, when the sixteen year old terrorist approached a group of Israelis who were in the gas station after a small traffic accident. The terrorist managed to strike Mizrahi and wound him mortally, along with a second victim, who was injured lightly. Paramedics worked for long minutes to revive him, but were unsuccessful.
A few minutes after the attack, a woman came to the nearby IDF Modi’in Checkpoint, with injuries from a bullet. Officials said she was hit by a bullet that had been fired by soldiers at the stabber in the gas station.
The terrorist, Ahmad Jamal Ahmad Ta, from the village of Katana near Jerusalem, is the cousin of Anas Ta, a terrorist who carried out an attack at the same gas station last August.
Ziv’s late uncle, Alon Mizrahi Hy’d, was the heroic security guard at Cafe Hillel in Jerusalem who tried to prevent a suicide bomber from entering the cafe:
Mizrahi’s uncle, Alon Mizrahi, was murdered in a terrorist attack at Jerusalem’s Cafe Hillel in September, 2003.
He was the security guard at the cafe in the German Colony, and died trying to prevent the suicide bomber entering the premises.
The bomber detonated the explosives as they struggled.
Seven people were killed in the attack, including Dr. David Applebaum, head of the emergency room at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, and his daughter Nava, whose wedding was to have been held the next day.
Ziv’s funeral was attended by hundreds of people and he was movingly eulogized by his father:
Mizrahi’s father, Doron Mizrahi, whose brother was murdered 13 years ago in a terror attack in Jerusalem, eulogized his son.
“They will not destroy our spirit, we will cry and we will mourn. Next Wednesday I will return to work,” said the bereaved father.
“May the names of the haters of Israel be erased, the nation of Israel lives, it won’t help them, they won’t destroy our spirit. Thirteen years ago I lost my brother and thought that I had paid the price with that. Ziv saved his officer, he shot the terrorists with a knife in his heart – that’s Ziv, a hero of Israel.”
Another terrible loss for an Israeli family and for the people of Israel. May the family know no more sorrow and be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
Earlier in the day, two female teenage Palestinian terrorists went on a stabbing spree with scissors outside Jerusalem’s busy Machane Yehdua market, but only managed to injure another Palestinian in a case of mistaken identity.
Two Arab female teens identified as attackers were shot after slashing at people near the busy outdoor market with scissors, according to police.
One victim was identified as a 70-year-old Palestinian resident of Bethlehem with stab wounds to his upper body.
Police identified the two attackers as 14 and 16 years old, from northern Jerusalem. The teenage girls were related to one another, police said
The 16-year-old died at the scene and the 14-year-old was detained, a police spokesperson said. She was taken to an Israeli hospital in critical condition, according to news reports.
Security camera footage shows how the incident unfolded:
In the video, one man who appears to be an older civilian fires at one of the girls as she lunges at him.
Then a uniformed man, who according to reports was a policeman, comes and fires at the other girl, who collapses against the wall just as another man tries to hit her with a plastic chair.
The second man then goes over to one of the girls and, it seems, kicks something out of her hand. Finally, he returns to the second girl, who is lying on the ground, and appears to fire at her again.
There was also an attempted stabbing (Hebrew link) at the IDF’s Shomron Brigade HQ, in which the terrorist was shot and wounded. There were no Israeli casualties thank G-d.
The level of attacks dropped off today, but not before a car-ramming at Tapuah Junction in the Shomron (Samaria) lightly injured 4 IDF personnel.
This evening a woman escaped injury when terrorists shot at her car near Bet El, although her car was hit. A border police patrol was also attacked with rocks thrown by local Arabs.
Just another day in #IsraelUnderAttack.