Yesterday another sickening terror attack took place, this time inside Bet Horon, an Israeli community in the Binyamin region. The target was outside a grocery store (gasp! How DARE those eeevil israeli settlers buy groceries!) where the terrorists went on a stabbing spree, seriously injuring two women, one of whom, Shlomit Krigman Hy’d, died of her injuries overnight. In an escalation from previous attacks, these terrorists also carried pipe bombs for further attacks:
Here is the initial report from Arutz Sheva:
Two women were wounded in a stabbing attack that took place on Monday afternoon near Beit Horon, located to the northwest of Jerusalem in Samaria’s Binyamin district.
The two terrorists who conducted the attack, in which one victim was critically wounded and another moderately wounded, were shot by a security guard and later died of their wounds.
An improvised explosive was found shortly afterwards adjacent to the scene of the attack by security forces. A police bomb-squad member was rushed to the scene to dismantle the explosive, and residents were asked to stay indoors.
Shortly afterwards a second explosive, described as a pipe bomb, was also located, followed shortly afterwards by a third explosive device discovered nearby.
The terrorists were thwarted from continuing with their murderous rampage by the brave shopkeeper – who fought them off with his shopping cart!
The owner described those terrifying minutes:
“I don’t know where I got the courage,” he told Channel 2 in an interview inside the store. “But there were children in the store, women. Someone called out to me ‘terrorist, terrorist’. I didn’t think of anything but jumping out to make sure they didn’t get in. That was the only thing.”
Added Shalem: “It was scary. Scary, for sure. You see two people facing you with their knives raised. I saw the hatred in their eyes, the anger. I knew I had to stop them from getting in… I’d stop them with my body. If they’d got in, I dread to think what would have happened.
He said he faced off with the two assailants for what he estimated was 10 seconds. “They screamed at me ‘Allahu Akbar.’ I screamed back at them, ‘Get out of here, you dogs.’ They tried for 10 seconds to get in. I made sure they couldn’t. And then they internalized that the moment had passed. They ran off toward the homes in the settlement.
Mr. Shalem underestimates himself. He got the courage from his own morality, his determination to protect innocent civilians from murderous thugs. Thank G-d the terrorists were shot dead before they reached any residents’ homes and committed more bloodshed.
Sadly, Shalem’s efforts did not manage to save Shlomit Krigman Hy’d. She was described as “beloved, sweet, full of light”:
The death of 23-year-old Shlomit Krigman, who sustained serious injuries during a stabbing attack in the West Bank settlement of Beit Horon Monday and died of her wounds Tuesday morning, left the young woman’s friends and relatives shaken, as they grieved and recalled her warm heart, artistic nature, and her social conscience.
She was a caring person, close and caring toward her friends,” Einat Dermer told the NRG news site. “She was just a person who wanted everything to be good, and she did that in her own way.”
Krigman, who had previously served as a group leader for the Bnei Akiva Youth Group in Beit Horon, was spending time with her grandparents in the settlement when she was attacked, according to a message from the community sent out Tuesday morning.
Though originally from the West Bank settlement of Shadmot Mehola, located in the Beit She’an Valley, Krigman spent much time in Beit Horon, outside Jerusalem, and was seen as a resident by many who lived in the small settlement.
“Shlomit, your address may have been in Shadmot Mehola, but you were without a doubt a resident of Beit Horon,” one resident wrote on Facebook in tribute to her. “Shlomit, part of the landscape of Beit Horon, a smiling, quiet flower who brightened up her surroundings.”
Krigman had recently completed her bachelors degree at the University of Ariel, and was trying to decide on a path to pursue in the field.
“Shlomit, a daughter of Shadmot Mehola, was a sweet and gentle girl,” Matti Carmi, a close personal friend, told Ynet. “She studied industrial design at Ariel and displayed an amazing final project; she built a mobile library. She was a talented girl, sociable and loved by everyone.”
Krigman’s funeral was scheduled for 1 p.m. at Jerusalem’s Har Hamenuhot Cemetery. She is survived by her parents and her six siblings.
Shlomit’s friends spoke of their shock at her loss, of her good heart:
Her close friend Einat Dermer says that Krigman “was a considerate person who cared about her friends. She always wanted everything to be better. I am in complete shock.
“It hasn’t sunk in. When they called me I was certain that it was to tell me she was engaged. She had such a good heart and was so empathetic to those around her. She was very creative. I still can’t imagine returning home without Shlomit,” she added in tears.
Others in the community said, “We are supporting and embracing the Krigman family. With all the pain and the sadness in losing Shomit hy”d, it is important that the enemy knows we are only getting stronger and more determined to keep our legitimate communities throughout the country, including in the Jordan Valley.
What a dreadfully sad loss to her family, to two wonderful Jewish communities and to the Jewish nation. May her family be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem and may they (and we all) know no more sorrow.
The blog This Ongoing War wondered what our “peace partners”, the Palestinian Authority, think of these cowardly terrorists? The answer is not too difficult to work out. Why, they are brave resistance heroes, to be emulated by the young and impressionable: (emphasis added in 4th paragraph):
Yesterday, in the small Beit Horon community (population: about 1,300, and a long Jewish history) that abuts the busy commuter route, a pair of Palestinian Arab men with terror on their minds made their way unhindered into the heart of the neighborhood – evidently via a breach in its periphery fence or by climbing over – towards the makolet, the local grocery store. This is the fourth attack in a week in which Arabs have brought their terror right inside Israeli communities; the others were in Tekoa, Otniel and Anatot/Almon.
They stopped briefly to place several home-made explosive devices just outside the shop. Just before or after that, they evidently spotted two women, one walking along the sidewalk, a second one in the nearby car park, and stabbed them both brutally. Security camera footage [here] shows them then being stopped at the entrance to the makolet by its proprietor aided by what he had at hand – a shopping cart. This worked. Sometime very soon after that, a security guard shot them both. They are now dead.
We know the attackers’ names. Arabic-language news sources [here, for instance] say they are Osama Ibrahim Yousef Allan, 23, from nearby Beit Ur al-Tahta [بيت عور التحتى] and Hussein Mohamed Abu Ghosh, 17, from Qalandiya, an Arab neighbourhood from which a stream of killers, stabbers and would-be jihadists have emerged in recent months (most recently mentioned in our blog here, here and here.)
It’s reported that they posted on Facebook in the hours before the murderous attack that they were “going to hunt porcupines“. One of the thugs was immediately claimed [see poster] as “son, martyr, hero” by Fatah, the terrorist band headed by PA president Mahmoud Abbas. Their photos, part of the process of elevating armed thuggery to something higher and worthy of emulation, already began popping up across the Arabic media [here, for instance] in the hours after the terrorism.
Knowing how these matters work, there is no room for doubt that their stabbing of two unarmed women makes them heroes in the perverted society from which they emerged, starting at its highest levels. Their deaths at the hands of a security guard turns them in martyrs with custom posters for family and friends to admire.
The PA “President-for-life” later came out in open support of these murderers:
After this series of attacks PM Binyamin Netanyahu has instructed the army to prepare a plan to increase settlement security.
But defensive measures are no longer enough. There are several other obvious solutions that come to mind although you may think I’ve turned into a raging Islamophobic racist. But I don’t see any other way out of this intifada, and it is clear that the government’s lukewarm responses are not improving the situation one bit. I am also sure my ideas will be rejected due to being politically incorrect and/or liable to enrage the Left/the UN/the US Administration/the EU/any other alphabet soup you can think of. But here goes:
- Israeli roads which are open to Palestinians, despite the Palestinians having their own access roads, should be closed forthwith to all Palestinians until the security situation is improved to a situation where Israelis can feel safe; and
- after each attack the government should expropriate a preset area of several hectares and hand it over to Israelis; and/or
- after each attack the government should authorize a new settlement in the area of the terrorists’ hometown; and/or
- after each attack the homes of the terrorists should be razed immediately – without delays and interminable appeals in the courts.
As I said above, these suggestions sound, and indeed are, draconian. But the terrorists didn’t allow any appeal or justice to their victims. Measure for measure sounds appropriate, don’t you think?