The “knife intifada” that has been sweeping Israel in the last 3 months, which also includes car-rammings and drive-by shootings, has been described as an unorganized revolt carried out by “lone wolf” attackers.
However a certain amount of doubt has begun to arise, at least for one senior trauma doctor. Dr. Ofer Merin of Shaare Zedek Hospital’s Trauma Unit, who has been treating several Israeli victims of Palestinian terror attacks, asserts that the terrorists know exactly where to plunge their knives in order to cause maximum damage – and this leads him to think that they have had some sort of training:
“The terrorists know where to strike, it’s not something random,” he told participants at a Magen David Adom Conference on emergency medicine, according to a report on Israel Hayom.
“Three weeks ago,” he recounted, “a casualty who is still hospitalized was brought to us with four stab wounds: one in the lungs, one in the upper atrium, one in the right ventricle and one in the neck. It’s as if someone read the manual, and then the casualty came in with two punctures in the heart. You learn from that, that they know where to strike.”
The casualty is still in very serious condition in the ICU, where he is under artificial respiration and anesthetized.
“In the scan, we were shocked to see the knife lodged in the spinal column, and called an orthopedist to remove it,” Dr. Merin said. “Removal of a knife is carried out in an operating room, in order to avoid uncontrollable bleeding.”
Dr. Merin’s hypothesis takes on an even more sombre overtone as we learned that the terror victim to which he referred, Genadi Kaufman Hy’d, passed away yesterday from his terrible wounds:
Israeli terror victim Genadi Kaufman was laid to rest in Hebron on Wednesday evening, hours after he succumbed to wounds sustained in a Palestinian terror attack in the West Bank city three weeks ago.
Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel and Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein both joined the funeral procession for the 40-year-old, which set out from the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the city where he was attacked.
Kaufman died in Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem on Wednesday morning. The hospital announced his death “with great sorrow.”
A spokeswoman said: “Despite a battle by hospital doctors for three and a half weeks, [Kaufman] did not survive the very serious wounds he suffered.”
Kaufman was a resident of the settlement of Kiryat Arba, adjacent to Hebron, and a father of two. He was the 25th fatality in the wave of Palestinian attacks since October.
Kaufman’s attacker was shot dead by security forces at the scene, after stabbing his victim multiple times in the chest and critically wounding him.
Hebron has been a flashpoint in the recent wave of Palestinian stabbing, shooting and vehicular attacks that has swept the country since October.
Ynet gives us more background about Genadi Hy’d:
Kaufman, a resident of Kiryat Arba near Hebron, made aliyah from the Ukraine 21 ago. He leaves behind two children: a son from his first marraige who is in the navy and a seven-year-old daughter from his second marriage. He worked as a maintenance man at the Tomb of the Patriarchs.
What a tragic loss for his family and for Israel, a man who came all the way from Eastern Europe to seek safety and Jewish heritage in his homeland and who was killed because he was Jewish.
המקום ינחם אותם בתוך אבלי ציון וירושלים. May his memory be for a blessing. יהי זכרו ברוך.
I agree with the good doctor. This is no mere “lone-wolf” uprising, not when there are so many wolves that they form a ravening pack. Our government needs to get its act together and work together with the army to combat these terrorists before matters get even worse.