After a period of quiet, another Palestinian terror attack struck Israel today, at the gates of Har Adar, a quiet little community in the Jerusalem foothills:
Three Israeli security officers were killed and one was seriously hurt in a terror attack outside the Har Adar settlement near Jerusalem early Tuesday morning, police said.
According to police, the assailant arrived at the rear entrance of the settlement and opened fire on a group of security personnel, including Border Police officers and the community’s private guards, who were opening the entrance to Palestinian workers.
The terrorist, a laborer from the nearby Bayt Surik village, was shot and killed by security forces at the scene, police said.
The 37-year-old approached the entrance to Har Adar just before 7 a.m. as part of a group of Palestinians who work in the settlement.
He “aroused the suspicion” of officers on the scene, who called for him to stop. The terrorist then took a pistol out of his shirt and shot at the Israelis, before being gunned down, police said.
He killed a Border Police officer and two private security guards, all in their 20s. They all sustained gunshot wounds to the upper body. (Initial reports that they had also been stabbed were incorrect.)
The victims included a Border Police guard and two private security guards, one of whom was a local Arab:
The three Israelis killed in a terror attack at the Har Adar settlement Tuesday were named as border policeman Solomon Gavriyah, 20, and civilian security guards Youssef Ottman, 25, from Abu Ghosh and Or Arish, 25, a resident of Har Adar.
A third civilian — the head security officer of Har Adar — was seriously injured in the attack. He underwent surgery at the Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem after suffering two bullet wounds and his condition was later described as stable and moderate.
Gavriyah was from the central Israeli community of Be’er Yaakov. He was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant. Police said in a statement that he had joined the Border Police for his mandatory national service and had recently been serving as a policeman in the Jerusalem seam area along the boundary with the West Bank.
He will be buried at 5 p.m. in the Be’er Yaakov military cemetery. He is survived by his parents, two sisters and a brother.
Ottman was a resident of the Arab Israeli community of Abu Ghosh, close to Har Adar. He was expected to be buried later in the day in his hometown.
Arish’s funeral was scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the Givat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem.
Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan tweeted that he had spoken with the mayor of Abu Ghosh about Ottman’s death.
“I spoke just now with Abu Ghosh Mayor Issa Jaber and I gave my condolences over the murder of security guard Youssef Ottman. The cursed terrorist carried out his plot this morning, but our way will win,” Erdan wrote.
In an interview with The Israel Project, Jaber described Ottman as “a quiet guy who got along with everyone.”
What a terrible loss to their families and communities. May Hashem avenge their blood and may their families be comforted amongst the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.
Note that the Palestinian terrorist had no need to sneak around or smuggle himself over any checkpoints. He was a legal worker with a work permit in Israel:
Police said the terrorist, a father of four, had a legal work permit, making him one of the few Palestinians with such a document to commit a terror attack in recent years. His permit was of a lower level and was only applicable for work inside Israeli settlements, like Har Adar, which lie along the “seam line” between the West Bank and Israel, according to the Shin Bet security service.
He was identified as Nimer Mahmoud Ahmad Jamal. The Shin Bet said he did not have a known history of involvement in terrorist activities.
The security service said Jamal appeared to be suffering from “significant personal and family problems” and that there was a history of violence in the family.
The Shin Bet also noted that the terrorist’s wife left him several weeks ago and moved to Jordan, leaving him with the children.
Before carrying out the attack, he left a note saying he was “a terrible husband” and that his wife had “nothing to do with what will happen,” Israel Radio reported.
His wife leaving him, and being a “terrible husband” is no excuse for going out and killing three innocent people. As the Israeli police chief Roni Alsheich remarked,
Responding to questions about the rarity of attacks from Palestinians with work permits, Alsheich said, “To my regret there is no profile for a terrorist.”
“It could just be someone who is fed up with everything and decides to take out his rage in an attack,” he said, adding, “The incitement [against Israel] is constant.”
But whenever Israel demands of the Palestinian Authority to stop their incitement Israel is reprimanded by the world for nit-picking, or is simply not believed. Words not only have meaning but they have enormous influence. It is beyond time that the PA was forced by the international community to comply with its commitments to prevent incitement.
As for the craven international media, Honest Reporting illustrates how their slanted reporting skews the picture, always against Israel’s advantage. Again, words not only have meaning but have a real-time influence on the reader. I don’t expect this to change any time soon, despite the sterling efforts of media watch organizations such as Honest Reporting. Israel is too tempting a target, and the world always seems to want to believe the worst of us.
Update: I would recommend you all read Reality’s comment below which has some excellent points, e.g.:
“One woman wrote that he [the terrorist] cleaned her house and she always picked him up and returned him to the checkpoint, he ate, drank with her family and was “part of the family”. As the terrorist was described on the news she said she realised who it was and felt sick. He could have also G-d forbid have murdered their family.These heroes, our soldiers, stopped that from happening. One of the soldiers,Gavriyah, was stabbed last year by a terrorist,but insisted on returning to duty.
The father of the officer from Abu Ghosh said it’s totally impossible to expect anything to come from a 2 state solution, if someone like this murderer who was known in Har Adar, and worked regularly there can go ahead and murder the very people who enabled him to continue working. As he said,we are Arabs and are proud to live ,work and serve our state.”
If only all our Arab citizens, Israeli or Palestinian, would have the same attitude, we could have had peace here decades ago.