- Published: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 - 8:33 AM
- Tags: FatahHamasIslamic StateKnife JihadPalestinians:Jerusalem
Arab terror against Israeli Jews continued unabated on Tuesday. Within only a few hours, four terror attacks took place, two in Jerusalem and two in Ra’anana on Tuesday morning. Police foiled a fifth attack in Tel Aviv, but another attack in Kiryat Ata was carried out by a Jew who wanted to take revenge and mistakenly stabbed a fellow Jew.
Three people were murdered and dozens wounded in the wave of attacks.
In Jerusalem, Arab terrorists carried out two attacks simultaneously in the neighborhood of Armon HaNatziv and the Geulah neighborhood.
Two terrorists entered a bus in Armon HaNatziv and started shooting and stabbing people.
One of the terrorists forced the driver to hand over the steering wheel but did not succeed in driving away. He then locked the doors of the bus. Police later confirmed that the terrorists intended to hijack the bus. Two passengers died in the attack and 17 others were wounded, some of them critically. Police killed one of the terrorists and the other was seriously wounded during the rescue attempt.
Both men were in their twenties and came from the Arab village Jabal al-Mukaber, a Jerusalem suburb. A photo that circulated on social media after the attack showed one of them wearing a Hamas scarf and a green headband the color of Hamas. TV Channel 10 in Israel later reported that the second terrorist was a member of Fatah.
An Israeli citizen played a major role in foiling the hijack of the bus. Golan Cohen Gabbay saw what happened and decided to block the road with his car. One of the terrorists then opened the doors of the bus in order to stab him, but Gabbay closed the doors and windows of the car. When the terrorist returned with a pistol to kill Gabbay, he was shot down by police officers who had arrived at the scene.
The second attack in Jerusalem was carried out with a car and a meat cleaver in Geulah, a neighborhood populated by ultra-orthodox Jews. The attack was recorded on video.
The Arab terrorist, an employee of Bezeq Israel’s national telephone company, rammed his company car into a group of people waiting at a bus stop. The terrorist then got out of the car and started to hit people with a meat cleaver.
A security guard who saw what was happening ran to the scene and shot the terrorist, wounding him. The terrorist did not give up and threw the meat cleaver in the direction of the guard. He then got up again and was shot again but succeeded to proceed in the direction of his car. The security guard finally killed him, a man who was related to a terrorist who last year murdered several Jews in a synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem. He too came from the village of Jabal al-Mugaber and seemed to be influenced by Islamic State.
One Israeli Jew was killed, and several others were seriously wounded in the attack. See the video above.
Panic broke out in Jerusalem directly after the attacks and led to the temporary closure of two main roads leading to the city, Highway one from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and Highway 443 from Modi’in to Jerusalem.
Mayor Nir Barkat of Jerusalem, who was interviewed at the scene of one the attacks, said that more needs to be done to return quiet and security to the city. He proposed closing off Arab neighborhoods.
Another two stabbing attacks occurred in the Israeli city of Ra’anana this morning.
A 22-year-old Arab terrorist from Jerusalem stabbed a man who succeeded to subdue the terrorist with the help of bystanders who used pepper spray. Four people were also stabbed by a 20-year-old Arab terrorist from Jerusalem. He fled the scene but was pursued by civilians. One of them hit the terrorist with his car, and other bystanders helped to subdue him.
Police later foiled a fifth stabbing attack in Tel Aviv and in the city of Kiryat Gat an Israeli Jew mistakenly stabbed a fellow Jew when he wanted to take revenge for the attacks in Jerusalem. He entered the local branch of IKEA to stab an Arab employee but could not identify one. He then stabbed a Jew who looked like an Arab.
That situation illustrates the growing anger among the Jewish population in Israel over the continuing wave of horrific attacks by Arabs. Many people have decided to boycott Arab products and Arab shops and some propose a total ban on Arab workers in Israeli companies.
The Israeli government ignored calls for a closure of the West Bank (Judea and Samaria) and for imposing a curfew in the Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem.
The Arabs have warned that imposing a curfew on the Arab neighborhoods would trigger an even more violent uprising.
The government in Jerusalem has now ordered the IDF to assist the police in population centers. IDF units will patrol crowded areas and construction sites where most workers are Arabs. The Israeli cabinet is reportedly also mulling over revoking residency permits for Arab Jerusalemites, and is discussing a proposal to encircle Arab neighborhoods.
It seems highly doubtful that those measures will help to quell the violence. Hamas just published another inciting video that instructs Arabs exactly how to carry out stabbing attacks and was reportedly related to the attacks in Jerusalem this morning. The terror organization is exploiting the mood in the Arab society in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria where dissatisfaction with the Palestinian Authority is growing and where the influence of Islamist groups such as Islamic State and Hizb ut-Tahrir is on the rise.
The Palestinian Arabs are seeing that in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and the Sinai dessert in Egypt how the Islamic State is using unprecedented violence to take over regimes and territory, and believe the same is possible in Israel.
This article was first published at Western Journalism.com