An Arab took control of a giant bulldozer and started charging up Jaffo St. in Jerusalem crushing cars and eventually overturning a bus.
Photo by Noa Landes
At least four dead, 45 injured, some badly. Let’s see how he’s treated in the Arab and Muslim press. It’s not clear whether the driver was a known problem case from East Jerusalem, or whether he just was one of the construction workers on the scene. If the latter, this looks like a case of “Sudden Jihad Jerusalem syndrome,” if the former, a minor variant on 9-11 (use big transportation vehicle to do as much damage as possible).
There are still people (bodies?) under the tractor.
There’s footage of the attack with an man riding shotgun on the tractor. It’s a off-duty Israeli soldier who took a pistol from a policeman and shot the driver. He is a relative of the man who shot the terrorist who shot up the religious school Merkaz ha-Rav several months ago.
My first press release comes in German from Ulrich Sahm:
Ein Terroranschlag, wie es ihn in Israel noch nicht gegeben hat. Ein mutmaßlich arabischer Traktorfahrer rast mit erhobener Bulldozerschaufel durch den dichten Verkehr auf der Jaffa Street in Jerusalem, einer Hauptverkehrsader. Er wirft einen Touristenbus um und auf der Strecke bleiben mehrere zerquetschte Personenwagen, bis er schliesslich noch einen Bus umwirft. Ein bewaffneter Polizist schießt auf den Traktorfahrer. Schon verletzt setzt er seine Amokfahrt fort. Schließlich steigt ein anderer Polizist auf das Dach des Traktors und erschießt den Mann. Beim Gebäude des ehemaligen Schaarei Zedek Hospitals kommt der Buldozer zum Stehen. Mindestens dreißig Verletzte und eine unbekannte Zahl von Toten soll es gegeben haben. Zwei Tote wurden schon nach einer halben Stunde bestätigt. Unklar ist, ob vielleicht sogar zwei Traktoren an dem Anschlag beteiligt waren.
Ein politischer Kommentator vergleicht die Amokfahrt mit dem 11.9., nicht wegen der Zahl der Toten, sondern wegen der Methode, ohne echte Waffe einen Mordanschlag zu veranstalten.
Eine halbe Stunde nach der Amokfahrt erklärt die Polizei schon, dass es sich bei dem Traktorfahrer um einen Palästinenser aus Ostjerusalem handle. Er sei der Polizei „bekannt“, wegen verschiedener Straftaten.
Unklar ist, ob er einer der Traktorfahrer ist, die auf der Jaffastreet beim Verlegen der Trasse für die künftige Straßenbahn beteiligt ist.
UPDATE FROM SAHM:
The bulldozer driver was a 32-year old Palestinian with two children [and no hope -- rl] who was known to the Israeli police as involved in criminal activity.
Four dead and 44 seriously injured.
UPDATE from Pierre Lurcat:
Channel 2 news report:
Cell phone video of the event.
Terror Purposely Targets Civilians – The terrorist operating the bulldozer chose his victims deliberately – even starting his attack by motioning for a woman driver to precede him, before crushing her vehicle with his shovel. He went on to run-down pedestrians, ram two buses, and crush a number of civilian cars.
Among his innocent victims is an infant, who was injured in the attack and taken to hospital. Eyewitnesses told police that the murdered mother saved her baby, by throwing the child out the car window, just before the bulldozer crushed her to death.
Hateful Extremism vs. Cooperative Pragmatism – The terrorists of the region are indoctrinated and driven by a blind hate for Israelis, Jews and all non-Moslems, denying them their most basic rights, even their right to life. The attack took place in Jerusalem, a city which serves as Israel’s capital, yet is shared by Jews and Arabs, with freedom of movement for all its residents. While the terrorist was an Arab resident of Jerusalem, so too was the driver of the first bus he attacked. This bus driver, who serves as an example of cooperation that can be achieved between Jews and Arabs, was able to swerve his bus and minimize the damage of the bulldozer’s blade.
Terrorism despite Peace Efforts – The attack today comes as Israel is actively pursuing peace negotiations with the Palestinian Authority led by Mahmoud Abbas. It also comes as an Egyptian-brokered state of calm was just achieved regarding Gaza, in which Israel demonstrated its desire to exhaust all efforts to achieve a halt to terrorist rocket attacks against its citizens, without having to resort to the use of force. Israel will continue its efforts to achieve peace with its pragmatic Palestinian neighbors, despite the efforts of the extremists to torpedo the process.
How will the MSM cover this? How will diplomats respond?
Editorial by David Horovitz of the Jerusalem Post (Hattip EG):
The security barrier has dramatically reduced the incidence of attacks inside Israel by West Bank Palestinians in recent years. But two months ago, in the last major terror attack in the capital, an east Jerusalem resident killed eight students in a Thursday night attack at Mercaz Harav Yeshiva. On Wednesday again, Jerusalem’s vulnerability to an attack from ‘within’ by a perpetrator with the residency rights to move freely around the city was murderously demonstrated.