Once again we have witnessed the horrific phenomenon of brainwashed Palestinian child terrorists going on the rampage and stabbing to death a young Israeli man, Tuvia Yanai Weissman Hy’d, who was simply doing the Shabbat shopping at a Rami Levy supermarket north of Jerusalem:
Two Arab terrorists conducted a stabbing attack late Thursday afternoon at a Rami Levy supermarket at the Sha’ar Binyamin Industrial Zone in Samaria, located just northeast of Jerusalem.
The victims were shopping at the Rami Levy supermarket at the shopping center when they were attacked by the two Arab terrorists
The two attackers were both shot by armed civilians and neutralized. Both were identified as being aged around 14-years-old and hailing from nearby Bitunia.
A Hadassah hospital spokesperson said one of the terrorists was in moderate to serious condition and receiving treatment. The condition of the second attacker was not listed.
The Israeli victim, Tuvia Yanai Weissman, was all of 21 years old, father of a 4-month old baby girl and an off-duty soldier:
The 21-year-old shopper who was murdered on Thursday in an Arab terror attack at the Rami Levy supermarket in Sha’ar Binyamin was identified by the IDF as Sergeant Tuvia Yanai Weissman.
Weissman was a combat soldier in the Nahal Brigade and lived in Ma’ale Mikhmas in the Binyamin region of Samaria, according to an IDF Spokesperson Unit statement on Thursday night.
He studied at a high school in Jerusalem and at a pre-military academy in Kfar Eldad in Judea. He enlisted in the Nahal Brigade and got married during his military service. Weissman leaves behind his wife Yael, a four-month-old daughter, his parents and three brothers.
The IDF statement noted that his family had been informed of the murder, and added that “the IDF joins in the sorrow of the family and will continue to accompany the family.”
Weissman’s funeral will take place on Friday at 8 a.m. at the Har Hertzl military cemetery in Jerusalem.
What a dreadful tragedy for the family! And what a loss for the people of Israel. May the family be comforted by Hashem amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
יהי זכרו ברוך. ברוך דיין אמת
Typically, our politicians cycnically used the opportunity to issue their meaningless blowhard statements:
President Reuven Rivlin responded on Thursday evening to the stabbing attack at a Rami Levy supermarket at the Sha’ar Binyamin Industrial Zone in Samaria, in which Tuvia Yanai Weissman was murdered and another Jew was wounded.
“A man returns from his daily labors, stops to buy groceries for the Sabbath, and is taken forever by murderous villains. We will fight and we will respond harshly. We will defeat terrorism,” said Rivlin.
The president added that “at this hour when the heart is aching, I send a hug of comfort to the bereaved family and prayers for a quick recovery of the wounded.”
Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) demanded that the families of the terrorists who carried out the attack, two 14-year-old Palestinians, be deported.
“Deporting the families is a means of deterring terrorists and is accepted by the Israel Security Agency,” noted Ariel.
MK Amir Ohana (Likud) called to facilitate the provision of arms licenses to law-abiding citizens, in the wake of the fact that the terrorists were neutralized by armed civilians.
And the Times of Israel notes:
Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz seized the opportunity to lambast IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen Gadi Eisenkot over his comments Wednesday to the effect that soldiers should refrain from emptying their magazines at child assailants who do not necessarily represent a mortal threat.
“I hope the statements made by the chief of staff, whom I value and hold in high esteem, against automatic fire on minors, were not misconstrued, causing hesitation and endangering lives,” he said.
“The limitations and codes are clear, but terrorists mustn’t be kept alive while endangering Jewish lives.”
If the brand-name Rami Levy sounds familiar in the context of terrorism, it is because this is not the first time the chain has been targeted, and police say that security flaws enabled this and other attacks:
Police said lax security was partly to blame for a terror attack in a West Bank supermarket Thursday, and appeared intent to make an example of the store in order to pressure other businesses to increase their vigilance.
Investigators found that the two Palestinian teens who stabbed Israeli soldier Tuvia Yanai Weissman, 21, to death and seriously wounded another man earlier in the day were able to bring knives into the store without being inspected by the security guard at the entrance.
Officials said the store — a branch of the Rami Levy chain — would be shuttered until serious security flaws were remedied. The chain may also face a forced closure of all its West Bank stores unless security is boosted across the board.
A senior police official told Channel 2 news the move was mainly a deterrent to other businesses.
“Security guards are not posted at the entrance for decoration,” the unnamed official was quoted as saying. “Their job is just that — to prevent an attack.”
The attack took place in a supermarket in the Sha’ar Binyamin industrial zone, located southeast of Ramallah in the West Bank. The supermarket has been the site of several Palestinian attacks in recent months.
Indeed, local area civilian officials agree with the police that another Rami Levy attack is only a matter of time because their are often positioned in areas near both Jewish and Palestinian populations, and because the government is too craven towards the illegal European construction for the Palestinians in these areas, enabling ease of movement of terrorists:
According to the “Jerusalem Belt Forum,” the next attack in a shopping center is just a matter of time.
“The dozens of structures that were established against the law by the European Union for the Bedouins in the Adumim district are a ticking time bomb,” said Yaniv Aharoni of the forum.
“Throughout the length of Highway 1 there are collections of illegal Bedouin settlements whose demolition is not enforced by the Civil Administration.”
Aharoni warned that “the next murderer is liable to emerge from these structures any moment, and at a distance of a short walk he will reach the shopping center at Mishur Adumim for a bloody attack.”
The distance from the nearest illegal structures to the Rami Levy in Mishor Adumim shopping center is only 800 meters, just under half-a-mile, according to the forum.
The “Jerusalem Belt Forum” noted that just this Wednesday, a day before Thursday’s attack, the High Court rejected the petition by Regavim to demolish the EU-funded illegal Arab buildings, after the state said the demolition is not a “priority.”
“Apparently there is one law for Jews at a synagogue in Givat Ze’ev and another law for the European Union that acts in Israel as if it was at home. The humiliation in the lack of enforcement of the law against them is liable to cost in lives,” said Aharoni.
Rami Levy has in the past been criticized for employing Arabs, particularly after an Arab terrorist stabbed two Jewish shoppers at a branch in Mishor Adumim to the east of Jerusalem in December 2014. The terrorist apparently was aided by an Arab employee who gave him the knife he used to moderately wound the two.
Last October a woman was stabbed in the spinal column by an Arab terrorist at a Rami Levy parking lot in Gush Etzion. Miraculously she made a quick recovery from the attack, after having been moderately wounded.
On the one hand I agree with the police and local officials that security at the Rami Levy stores must be enhanced precisely because of their location and the fact that they employ Arabs. On the other hand I reject the accusation that Rami Levy should not employ Arabs. Firstly, can you imagine the outrage and accusations of discrimination and apartheid if Arabs were not employed?! And the accusations would issue not only from the Europeans and others, but from our own Leftists. But also, employing local Arabs is the only way for them to learn to integrate with Israelis and to enhance relations between the two communities.
The government have a chutzpah accusing Rami Levy of inadequate security (even assuming this is correct) when they themselves are the prime reason that terrorists can get through, whether through removal of checkpoints, easing entry restrictions into Israel and Jewish areas, or through allowing the EU to continue to build its illegal settlements in the West Bank.
It’s long past time to put politics aside and to work out a security plan that will first of all provide security – i.e. safety of life and limb – to ordinary Israeli civilians going about their daily lives. If the government cannot or will not do this, it’s time to call elections and change our government.