I did mention on Friday that the world is going to hell in a handbasket. Besides the horrific chemical warfare perpetrated by Butcher Assad against his own people (more in separate post) there were two terrorist car-rammings in which several people were killed.
On Thursday a Palestinian terrorist rammed his car into two soldiers standing at a bus stop outside Ofra in the Binyamin region, killing Sgt. Elchai Taharlev and wounding another soldier.
Elhai Taharlev studied at the Mekor Hayim yeshiva high school in Kfar Etzion in Judea and, afterward, at the hesder yeshiva in Tekoa in the region. He is survived by his parents, three brothers and three sisters. Elhai’s father, Rabbi Ohad Taharlev, heads Midreshet Lindenbaum for Women in Jerusalem, one of the educational institutions of the Ohr Torah network founded by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin..
The Talmon community in which Elhai lived said in response: “On the eve of the Passover holiday, the Taharlev family and, with them, the residents of the Talmon community received the tragic news. Our dear Elhai was murdered. A talented youth, modest, and very, very beloved. The pain breaks the hearts of friends, neighbors, kids in the youth group and all the members of the community who knew Elhai and loved him.”
“This is the third neighbor we are losing: Roi Arbel, father of 5; Gil-ad Shaar (who also studied at Mekor Chaim yeshiva and was one of the three boys kidnapped and murdered on their way home three years ago, ed.) and now Elhai, were taken from us by evil human beings. Spring won’t bring comfort to this great pain. We embrace the family, and we ask the Creator of the Universe to put an end to our sorrows.”
What a huge loss to his family, his community and the nation. May Elchai’s memory be for a blessing and may his family be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
The following day a similar attack was carried out – in peaceful Stockholm of all places. A terrorist drove a truck into a crowd of shoppers, killing 4 and injuring dozens more:
STOCKHOLM — A truck crashed into an upscale department store in central Stockholm on Friday, killing at least two people, according to Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven, who said all indications were that it was a terror attack. One person was arrested.
Swedish radio put the death toll at three. [This has been since updated to four -Ed.]
“There are deaths, and many injured,” Nina Odermalm Schei, a spokeswoman for Swedish intelligence agency Sapo, told AFP.
“Sweden has been attacked,” Lofven said. “This indicates that it is an act of terror.”
From the second link:
The attack occurred just before 1300 GMT at the corner of the store and Drottninggatan, the city’s biggest pedestrian street, above ground from Stockholm’s central subway station.
Thick smoke billowed from the scene, while the area was blocked off by police and crowds gathering around the police cordon.
Police vans circulating in the city using loudspeakers urged people to go straight home and avoid large crowds.
The centre of the usually buzzing city was in lockdown, with the central train station evacuated and other stores quickly emptied of shoppers.
The Stockholm metro was also completely shut down for several hours before resuming in the early evening, with the attack taking place at the city’s T-Centralen station, through which all the city’s lines pass.
I send my sympathies and condolences to the people of Stockholm, to those who lost loved ones, and wish a speedy recovery to the injured.
What struck me, and many other pro-Israel activists, was the reaction of institutions like the BBC as well as our “usual suspects”, the UN:
The BBC did not use the word “terror” or “terrorism” in its report on the car-ramming near Ofra:
As usual – and in sharp contrast to many of the BBC’s reports on the vehicular attack in London just two weeks ago – the article does not include the words terror, terrorism or terrorist.
Even the terror organisation which subsequently praised the attack is described in tepid language:
“The Palestinian militant group, Hamas, praised what it called the “heroic” attack.”
In fact, as reported by the Jerusalem Post, Hamas had rather more to say than that.
It is worth remembering that since the surge in terror attacks in late 2015, the BBC has consistently failed to provide its audiences with any serious reporting on the topic of incitement and glorification of terrorism by Palestinian officials. Readers are hence unable to judge for themselves whether or not what ‘Israel says’ is accurate.
Likewise, it is noteworthy that the portrayal of terrorism as being attributable to “frustration rooted in decades of occupation” conforms to a guidance document for members of the international media put out by the PLO in November 2015.
We should therefore not be surprised that in the BBC’s report on the Stockholm attack, in its timeline of car-ramming attacks in Europe and the US, does not mention any of the numerous attacks in Israel (h/t Neil Turner). Yes, the BBC could claim in its defence that the timeline specifically mentions only Europe and the US. But this begs the question why is Israel not included in this timeline, since Israelis were the first and primary victims of such attacks until recently.
No prizes for the correct answer to my rhetorical question. The answer is institutional anti-Israel bias.
As for the UN – just see the tweets below. Need I say more?
This could all be summed up as “it starts with the Jews but it does not end there”.