- Published: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 8:57 AM
- Tags: Beer ShevaHerbronJabel MukaberJerusalemPalestinian Knife Jihad; HamasRamallah
The wave of Arab terror against Jews in Israel continued over the weekend. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, seven knife attacks took place that resulted in several wounded Israelis.
On Friday, for example, a terrorist who was dressed up as a member of the press stabbed an IDF soldier at a checkpoint near the city of Hebron.
“The terrorist – who wore a yellow vest with “PRESS” written on it and who carried photography equipment – loitered near the checkpoint, with Hamas’s Al Quds television station broadcasting live,” Arutz Shevareported.
The terrorist approached two high-ranking IDF officers and suddenly pulled a knife and stabbed a soldier who accompanied the officers. One of the officers shot and killed the terrorist. The soldier was transferred to a hospital and was reportedly in moderate condition.
On Saturday, three other stabbing attacks took place in the Hebron area. First, a Jewish man who was on his way to synagogue for the morning prayers shot a Palestinian Arab, who tried to stab him. The terrorist was killed.
Shortly afterward, a female Arab terrorist attempted to kill an officer of the Border Police, but was shot down and killed.
On Saturday evening, a new knife attack occurred in Hebron.
An IDF soldier was moderately wounded by an Arab terrorist. The soldier managed to shoot his attacker, who was critically injured. When an ambulance arrived at the scene to transfer the terrorist to an Israeli hospital, angry Jewish citizens of Hebron tried to block the road. It was a new sign of rising anger about the long-standing practice to provide medical treatment in Israeli hospitals to Palestinian Arabs who carry out terror attacks against Jews.
Also on Saturday, a 16-year-old terrorist from the village of Jabel Mukaber in the vicinity of Jerusalemattacked Border Police officers and was killed by one of them.
Another knife attack took place at the Kalandia checkpoint near Ramallah. The Arab terrorist first stabbed a Border Police officer who shot him in the legs. The Palestinian Arab then tried to stab a bomb squad officer but was shot and killed by another officer.
The largest attack took place in the southern city of Beer Sheva, where an Israeli Bedouin entered the central bus station with a knife and a pistol and began to stab and shoot people randomly. He then shot an IDF soldier, grabbed his rifle and continued to shoot after he was shot by police.
A security guard finally succeeded in neutralizing the terrorist, who continued to chase after new victims. The terrorist was killed, as well as the IDF soldier, who died of his wounds in the ambulance that took him to a hospital. Eleven other people were injured, two of them seriously. The liquidation of the Bedouin terrorist was recorded by a CCTV camera.
During the terrorist attack in Beer Sheva, an Eritrean asylum seeker was mistakenly shot by a security officer who thought there was a second Arab involved in the attack. The wounded man was then attacked by an angry mob that mistook him for a terrorist; he later died in the hospital. Police have opened an investigation into the incident.
The attack on the innocent Eritrean man showed how fear, panic and pressure have taken its toll on the Israeli public.
The Hebrew newspaper Yediot Acharonot reported on Friday that 6,000 Israeli Jews applied for a gun license on a single day last week. The normal figure is 40 to 50 per day; only 260,000 Israelis out of a population of 8.5 million hold gun licenses.
Shops have now started to advertise the sale of pepper spray pistols. This weapon can be purchased without a license and is popular among women and students. Security companies have reported a sharp increase in demand for their services by institutions and companies who want to reinstate a security guard at the entrance. Supermarkets have stopped selling knives out of fear that a terrorist will enter the shop after being checked at the entrance, and then steal a knife to carry out an attack.
The owner of a gun shop in Tel Aviv said that he had never seen such stress and panic, and said that the last time his shop was so busy must have been in the 1970s.
Security guards who normally are forbidden from taking their gun from the workplace have now requested to take the weapon home and wear it visibly in the streets; citizens who possess a gun have also made such a request.
Some parents keep their children at home until principals ban Arabs from working at schools, but Arab Israelis say they are scared too because of the risk of being mistaken for a terrorist.
From September 18 until October 18, Arabs carried out 1025 attacks (see the breakdown below) against Jews or Jewish targets in what is now called the ‘Stabbing Intifada’ or the ‘Knife Jihad.’
Petrol Bomb Attacks: 154 Stone Throwings: 626 Shooting Attacks: 31 Stun Grenade Attacks: 1 Stabbing: 48 IED Attacks: 42 Riots Near Jewish Towns: 132 Assaults: 10 Arsons: 37 Tear Gas Attacks: 1 Firecracker Attacks: 15 Rocket Barrages: 11 Sabotage: 6 Car Bombs: 1