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Israel: Vehicular Terror Attack Update, Backstory and Analysis

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Backstory

As reported on 2 July, an Arab "went postal" along the Jaffa Road, killing three and injuring at least 40 people. When I was riding towards Jerusalem's Central Bus Station Wednesday, planning to go to the phone company to clear up a bill, I heard the 12:00 news on the semi-official Voice of Israel hourly news roundup. While waiting for that bus, I had seen quite a number of police motorcycles, vehicles and a number of ambulances rushing ahead in the same direction I was going.

We Israelis have some rules of thumb when it comes to seeing ambulances or police vehicles: one ambulance means an accident or a heart attack; two ambulances mean a very serious vehicular accident; three or more are the sign of a terror attack. I was convinced there had been a terror attack based on the number of ambulances and the huge number of police vehicles zipping by.

But there are also certain terms you listen for in Hebrew on the news broadcasts to indicate this: pitzútz – explosion, irúa yéri – a shooting incident, nifgá – injured, m'Habél – terrorist, pigúa – terror attack. These were among the first terms I learned in Hebrew when we moved here seven years ago. Of all these terms listed, I heard only one – nifgá – injured.

The noon broadcast spoke of otobús hit'hapékh – an overturned bus, traktor (must I translate?), and reHóv yáfo – the Jaffa Road. The more we made our way slowly up the Jaffa Road, past landmarks like Davidka Square, maHané yehudá Shuk (souk in Arabic), the famous "open air" market where you can supposedly get bargains, the more I sensed that a trip to Bezeq to deal with a phone bill would be put off – and that I would be writing an article instead. My sense of this was confirmed when the police shut off the Jaffa Road altogether just past the Shuk and directed all traffic towards Agrippas Street, which runs parallel to the Jaffa Road for a ways. After about 100 meters or so on Agrippas, the police directed all traffic away from Agrippas Street as well, and since my ultimate destination was the Central Bus Station, which is on the Jaffa Road, I got off.

But I still couldn't see what a tractor had to do with an overturned bus.

I followed a couple of Haredím (the very observant Jews who wear long black coats and have peyót, dreadlocks) upwards towards the Jaffa Road. As I got there, a Border Guard was hollering "back!, back!" a command I sidestepped – literally. I looked at the crushed vehicles, at least twenty ambulances, another twenty police vehicles, and the Zak"a vehicle, which made me shiver. I asked questions and stood with notebook in one hand, pen in the other, and wrote most of my previous article. When I was done, I made my way to the Central Bus Station, hurrying to the internet café there to type the story up. After finishing it, and having my son send an e-mail notifying the editors of breaking news, I was just in time to catch the 14:00 bus to Ariel, which stops at Ma'ale Levona.

Riding the bus home, I caught the Hebrew news at 15:00 approximately three hours after the events occurred. In this broadcast, the term pigúa was used. Nevertheless, some important details still elude me, so lets look at the coverage since early Wednesday afternoon to see what can be had.

Update

The first point is one which requires no URL's to document. The term traktor used was a misnomer. The construction vehicle driven by the Arab was a bulldozer – but Hebrew uses traktor to mean bulldozer as well. Another nuance in how Hebrew stretches words learned….

The second point is the names of the murdered: According to Yeshiva World News, the dead are Batsheva Unterman, HY"D (an abbreviation for השם ינקם דמם hashém y'nakém damám – may G-d avenge their blood), 33 of Bayit V'gan, a neighborhood in western edges of Jerusalem; Elizabeth Goren-Friedman, HY”D, a teacher of the blind crushed by the bulldozer. She was 54 years old and was buried Wednesday night at 22:30. The third victim was Jean Relevy, HY"D, (reported as Reloy in Ha'aretz) 68, from Gilo, a neighborhood at the southern edge of Jerusalem. Jean was in a vehicle when he was trapped and killed.

Now let's look at the killer, Hussam Duwiyat. He was an employee of the Jerusalem Municipality who lived in the Arab neighborhood of Tsur BaHer, which is adjacent to Armon haNetziv, a neighborhood in southeast Jerusalem where we had lived for five years. He was working on the site. This answers the question I had raised as to whether a terrorist grabbed the keys to the vehicle from a worker or not. But Duwiyat, who awoke on Wednesday morning a mere construction employee became a terrorist in doing the deed. He aimed to kill Jews, where there were lots of Jews.

Analysis

Of course, the pro-Arab, pro-business, semi-official Ha'aretz has already absolved Hussam Duwiyat as a petty criminal run amok, not much different from his neighbor, Ala Abu-Dahim, who murdered eight students at Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav four months ago. But this goes in line with the general attitude of Ha'aretz towards this whole event, dismissing it as unimportant in the general scheme of things. They used Yaron Kutik, owner of a cafe located near where the bulldozer came to a halt, as their spokesman. He said, "This is the first time I've seen a terror attack happen right in front of my eyes, but this is not an attack that will affect us in the long term. Every Jerusalemite knows there's no such thing as a calm in Jerusalem. In a few days everyone will forget this attack and move on."

Of course, the folks in the rich suburbs of North Tel Aviv, where the publishers of Ha'aretz live, were not affected. They don't care. This happened in Jerusalem, where the "religious" Jews live. The writers at Ha'aretz do not realize how they expose the fault lines of the kulturkampf in Israel, and the fact that they chose to use this quote – a model of insensitivity to the mourners and to the dead – shows how little they value Jewish life. If they value Jewish lives so cheaply, why should an Arab be criticized for taking Jewish lives with such impunity? The underlying message of their whole article is directed at the cowardly but rich "reform" Jews of America, who chicken out of coming to Israel at the drop of a keffiyeh – "don't cancel your tours, it was just a couple of religious Jews who got killed – you're all safe here." The new "pro-business" Ha'aretz wants to make sure the money keeps flowing in.

More accurate coverage of this terror attack can be found at Arutz Sheva, where we see a repetition of events from the Mercaz HaRav killings in another interesting way. On that 15:00 Kol Yisrael news broadcast I heard on the bus, a member of Yasa"m, the swat team of the Israel Police usually used to beat up Jewish demonstrators, was heard to say, "I pulled out my gun, cocked it, and killed the terrorist."

Apparently, it did not quite happen this way.

Let's look at the Arutz Sheva piece a bit more closely. "Despite the mobilization of Yasam (special police anti-terror units) and other Israeli police forces, the terrorist was shot dead by a young religious off-duty Givati soldier who had just finished his basic training." The Jerusalem Post had a similar recitation of the facts in its original report (taken from my e-mail server). It reads as follows: "Police said that the driver plowed his vehicle into two public buses, toppling them over, and slammed into several cars. A soldier on leave took the gun from an elite policeman at the scene and shot the terrorist dead. The soldier is the brother-in-law of the IDF officer who killed the terrorist in the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva attack, Channel 2 reported."

The soldier's name has been withheld by court order, partly to protect him from Arabs who might wish to kidnap or kill him in vengeance – which is why it has not been mentioned in this story either. But the revised report in the Jerusalem Post reads as follows: "The soldier, who cannot be identified due to a court order, said the attacker was shouting, 'Allahu Akbar.' As hundreds of people fled in panic, an elite police commando team on motorcycles sped toward the tractor, and one of the officers jumped on the tractor and shot the assailant dead."

Again, we see a religious soldier being slighted to favor the Israel Police – and to make it worse, that branch of the Israel Police that does the most egregious damage to believing Jews trying to secure the homeland here – Yasa"m – the bully goons of the secular government. Ilan Franko, the police chief in Jerusalem, did something similar to cover up the delayed response and irresolute actions of the Israel Police when Ala Abu-Dahim murdered eight students at Yeshivat Mercaz HaRav on 6 March of this year.

So, in these terror attacks, we see a careful pattern of news management – the government influenced press tries to minimize the importance of the attack, exonerate the attacker, and finally, if a religious Jew has in any way contributed to ending the attack, this contribution is erased in its entirety, leaving the secular regime to flex its muscles and show how well prepared it is to protect the citizens of this beleaguered country. When the exact opposite is the truth.

This analysis does not even begin to deal with the deliberate distortions of the news of this terror attack perpetrated by ("This is Londonistan") the BBC, caught by HonestReporting before it could be covered up.

For all this, the most important issue for me on Wednesday was not the killings or the news management and distortions by the foreign press. It was the fact that at the Central Bus Station, my bathroom away from home, the management is constructing toll booths to make sure that everyone who wishes to use any of the toilets there will have to pay a shekel. And of course, as the shekel rises against the dollar, the price of shaking hands with the unemployed goes up as well!

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About Ruvy

Hi!! Thanks for coming to my article! I was raised in Brooklyn, was graduated from the City University of New York in 1978 with a BA in political science and public administration there. I lived in Minnesota for a number of years. There I managed restaurants and wrote stories. We moved with our children family to Israel where we now reside. My work can be found at Ruvy's Roost, Jewish Indy,, and on Facebook under my full name, Reuven Kossover
  • Jordan Richardson

    How do you know the BBC deliberately distorted the reports? How do you know they just didn’t simply get it wrong based on minimal information at the time of reporting?

    I mean, HonestReporting most assuredly has a mandate to improve Israel’s public relations, so how unbiased can they conceivably be in their mission to hold media outlets accountable to the “truth” about the region?

  • Ruvy

    I see you were nice enough to question what I didn’t cover in my article, Jordan. Go to the link and pay careful attention to what it says. The BBC had a ringside seat to the whole thing, which happened right outside their Jerusalem offices on the Jaffa Road. I wish I’d been there watching with a video camera. Blogcritics would have had a pagerank 1 story on Google and Yahoo!

  • Jordan Richardson

    That speaks nothing to the notion that the BBC somehow deliberately distorted the news.

    I’m sure it happens, but I see no evidence as to it happening in this situation at all. Having a “ringside” seat does not inoculate an eyewitness reporter of any kind from missing details or having an account of an incident that is incorrect. I’ve been an eyewitness to a car accident before and have gotten details of the crash wrong and even assessed blame on the wrong party. It’s called making a mistake…

    The article then goes on to whine about the BBC never “blaming the aggressors” in the various attacks, thus meaning they take a Palestinian side in the discussion. Come on. If that’s not fishing, I don’t know what is. So yeah, I’m not entirely convinced I should be trusting “HonestReporting” to do what their namesake claims when it simply functions as an apologist watchdog group for all things Israel.

    Indeed, even the latest BBC headline “Bulldozer rampage hits Jerusalem”, is also fundamentally flawed, failing to attribute the attack to the Palestinian individual who carried it out. Instead it refers to an inanimate machine as the instigator. Of course, the bulldozer did not carry out its actions of its own free will. It was not the city of Jerusalem, the subject of the headline, that was murdered, but at least three innocent Israelis.

    To me, that’s just utter crap “reporting.”

  • Ruvy

    It’s called making a mistake….

    Jordan,

    The BBC makes many such “mistakes”. After a while of seeing what comes out of the French press, the BBC, the CBC, CNN and others, you realize that folks go to school learn how to make such “mistakes”. I didn’t cover their distortions in more detail because frankly, they aren’t worth my time – and folks like HonestReporting do the job better – hence the mere allusion to it in my article.

  • Jordan Richardson

    The folks at HonestReporting aren’t exactly the media watchdog group that MediaMatters is, as the bias is apparent in the former and the mandate is clear. They are far from an objective group and their fishing for error in the BBC reports as evidenced through my example make them sound silly.

    As for the BBC, when an independent panel was set up to look into allegations of an anti-Israel bias, they found nothing conclusive. There’s actually a 38-page report you can Google (check BBC Impartiality Review 2006 for more information) that contains the complete findings of the study. Allegations regarding bias of the BBC typically come from special interest groups like HonestReporting that have a mandate to uphold Israel’s standing in the world. Incidentally, the BBC has also been labeled anti-American by the likes of Bill O’Reilly.

    I realize your original intention has very little to do with media bias and reporting of the Vehicular Terror Attack, in your view. I think, on the other hand, that it has everything to do with it. The continued media spin from both sides of this eternal conflict surely plays more of a destructive role than many are willing to admit.

    With large portions of America having a bias towards Israel that outweighs any known bias towards the Palestinians, I think a little balance is in order in terms of the coverage. Israel is more than deserving of the criticism it receives from any outlet, media or otherwise, yet in the West they are often portrayed as innocent victims. Both sides are culpable and this ridiculous spin and rhetoric serve as roadblocks to peace that show no signs of going anywhere.

  • Jamal

    Its seems the great Rev. Wright sums up the mid-east situation..

    “I must tell you that Israel was the closest ally to the White Supremacists of South Africa. In fact, South Africa allowed Israel to test its nuclear weapons in the ocean off South Africa. The Israelis were given a blank check; they could test whenever they desired and did not even have to ask permission. Both worked on an ethnic bomb that killed Blacks and Arabs.” Rev. Wright

    Obama understands that the US must change its policies towards Israel. Once elected he will stop the monies sent to the mideast oppressors than keeps people of color in modern day concentration camps.

    Jamal

  • Ruvy

    Well, hot damn! Jamal took the invite and showed up for the party! Nice to see you here. Your comments about Barry Obama make my points for me

    Jamal, now that you are reading my articles, you can go to this one, and find out why I’ll be voting for Barry Obama. Marcus Garvey was not the only fellow around pushing revolution….

  • Clavos

    “Once elected he will stop the monies sent to the mideast oppressors than keeps people of color in modern day concentration camps.”

    …But only if the whitey congress lets him, JOM.

  • commonsense

    Ironical that Ruvy whines about the BBC portraying the news as a “bulldozer attack” while the title of his piece is “vehicular attack”

  • Ruvy

    For those who do not know this and who may have problems with the title of this piece: the original title – the one I submitted when I hit “pending” and sent this baby in – was “Arab from East Jerusalem ‘Goes Postal’ on the Jaffa Road: Update, Backstory and Analysis.”

    The editor who went over this for Blogcritics Magazine changed the title.

    For those still chewing on my comments about (This is Londonistan) the BBC and how it got caught with its shorts down by Honestreporting, go to that site’s ‘Backspin’ section and complain. Before you complain, read their report so at least you know what it is you are whining about – you’ll get chewed up alive there otherwise.

    Love and kisses,
    Ruvy

  • Ruvy

    Jordan,

    I realize your original intention has very little to do with media bias and reporting of the Vehicular Terror Attack, in your view. I think, on the other hand, that it has everything to do with it. The continued media spin from both sides of this eternal conflict surely plays more of a destructive role than many are willing to admit.

    With large portions of America having a bias towards Israel that outweighs any known bias towards the Palestinians, I think a little balance is in order in terms of the coverage. Israel is more than deserving of the criticism it receives from any outlet, media or otherwise, yet in the West they are often portrayed as innocent victims. Both sides are culpable and this ridiculous spin and rhetoric serve as roadblocks to peace that show no signs of going anywhere.

    I’m sorry I didn’t give these comments the attention they deserve, and they do deserve attention.

    My primary concern in this article, where it deals with media spin, is the spin given it by the internal media here in Israel. What we do here in Israel will be decisive in determining the future of the country and that local spin has an impact on this.

    But let’s deal with your observations. For a number of reasons, Americans (I’m talking about the average citizen, not the ruling elites, who hate us) largely identify with us in Israel, and rightly so. Jews came here from round the world to escape religious persecution and have built a nation that is prosperous and healthy compared to its neighbors. This rings a chord with the traditions of those who arrived on the American continent in the 1600’s seeking religious liberty from what was then an intolerant English society. People came from round the world to build a nation that was until a couple of decades ago the richest nation the world had ever seen. I should add that Australians have the same outlook towards us, in a general sense, as they have done something similar on the Australian continent at the “ass end of the world”.

    Arabs living in what they called South Syria, and those who came from neighboring countries in the last century as Jewish re-settlement brought the blessings of prosperity to the Land of Israel, may have a case to make to American public opinion. But they do themselves no favors by focusing on killing women and children, innocents in Americans’ eyes. And this has been the history of South Syrian terrorism since 1920, when they attacked Tel Hai and killed off Yosef Trumpeldor, and 1929, when they murdered off Jewish residents of Hevron, and drove out Yemeni Jews who had settled south of Jerusalem’s city walls.

    And the blunt fact of the matter is that the Arabs’ attitudes towards us has been an attempt to massacre us “irregardless of sex or condition” – whereas the Israeli response to this has largely been to target the killers of our people. So if I appear to have little sympathy for their “narrative”, this is the reason why. It is the narrative of vile murderers seeking to clean the blood off of their hands so as to receive more money from the Jew-haters of the EU and Canada.

    This is not “an eternal conflict”. It is two separate conflicts: one between two Jewish visions for the future of the Land of Israel on the one hand (the Kulturkampf referred to in the article), and secondly between Jews determined to re-build our homeland here, and those non-Jews determined that we shall not succeed.

    What you also see is that Jews who have lost faith in G-d’s promise of gathering all of His people from the four corners of the earth home to Eretz Yisrael (because they never believed in Jews being reckoned as a nation alone among the families of Mankind) wander bit by bit to the camp of those non-Jews determined that we shall not succeed in re-settling our homeland. Thus you see people like Noam Chomsky, Ilan Pappe, Uri Avneri and others (like the publishers of Ha’aretz or the New York Times), making common cause with the enemies of the Children of Israel. The “reform” Jews, whose goal was always to Christianize their religion so as to make their exile more comfortable, have always stood with the murderers of our people – but this is an issue that is best gone into elsewhere.

    If I wasn’t certain of the outcome of this not so eternal conflict, I’d still be in St. Paul MN, selling Whopper sandwiches at Burger King instead of answering you on this blog-site.

    Shabbat Shalom,
    Ruvy

  • Ruvy

    Jordan,

    Since you and another raised the issue of British coverage of this terror attack, let’s look at Arutz Sheva’s report on this. In addition to briefly covering HonestrReporting’s coverage of how the BBC attempted to virtually erase the fact that an Arab had purposely murdered innocent Jews in Jerusalem, Wednesday, Arutz Sheva also deals with Sky News and Reuters covered this attack.

    Let’s see what they have to say about the BBC.

    “The BBC can have no excuse for not having the basic facts of the story in front of them from the very beginning,” HonestReporting told its subscribers.

    And now, Sky News.

    British news network Sky News appeared equally reluctant to label the event a terror attack, headlining its story “Digger Attack.” The reporter did not once use the “T” word, nor did she use the words “Arab,” or “Palestinian” or “Palestinian Authority Arab” to indicate the identity of the attacker in the network’s coverage Wednesday night.

    As with the BBC, Sky News could not claim ignorance of the facts. Its report showed almost the entire incident, including the BBC’s footage of the off-duty IDF soldier who leaped on to the moving bulldozer and shot the terrorist, killing him and ending the murder spree.

    Finally, Reuters news service also played down the terrorism aspect of the attack, saying a “Palestinian man” was shot dead “after running amok with a bulldozer in Jerusalem.”

    Frankly, Jordan, I expect little better from the Brits. After all, they did not execute Amin el-Husseini after he ran off to assist Hitler in WWII (that was treason under British law, punishable by death); they blocked the door to Eretz Yisrael in 1939 condemning millions of Jews to their deaths in Europe at the hands of the Nazis; they did all they could to help the Arabs after the Second World War destroy any Jewish entity here. Put simply, the Brits, by their behavior between 1935 and 1949, as well as their behavior during most of the 60 years of this nation’s renewed existence, have made themselves enemies of my people.

    So, from an enemy, I expect hostility.

  • Ruvy

    Now, to return to one of the central issues of my analysis of events. According to Arutz Sheva the man who killed the terrorist said the policeman was in the way.

    Let’s look at the key points, from the eyes of a security guard:

    Oron Ben-Shimon, a security guard at the nearby Kupat Cholim Leumit office, also took part in the save. He said that when he saw the shovel of the bulldozer mowing things down, “I ran towards it. When I got there, the bulldozer was stopped, I got up on it – M.(the soldier whose name is withheld from the media) helped me – and we tried to stop the driver, who looked like he was fainted on the steering wheel. But then he suddenly got up and started the bulldozer going again. I couldn’t get to my gun, and also the policeman was in between me and the terrorist – so I punched him [the terrorist] and that stunned him… Then M. – who really deserves all credit; of all the people there, he was the one who responded the most correctly – quickly realized what was happening, and took the gun from my holster and shot the terrorist three times in the head. Then a Yassam policeman got on board, shot another bullet, and that was it.”

    The journalists listening to the two heroes’ accounts praised them highly, as well as the policeman and the Yassam officer. The fact that the policeman did not shoot and kill the terrorist, and the questions raised as a result, were not mentioned outright.(emphases mine)

    This drives home my points with a sledgehammer. The role of religious Jews is downplayed in the local media to make the bankrupt secular regime look better than what it really is – a corrupt bunch of thieves ready to drop from their own internal rot and corruption.

  • http://www.EurocriticsMagazine.com Christopher Rose

    Ruvy, could you take time out from exploring the nooks and crannies of your paranoia to point us to any non Israeli news sources that are reporting this awful incident as a terrorist attack?

    I’ve just done a Google News search and can’t find any organisation reporting it as such.

    You seem to be sinking into a posture where almost the entire world is your enemy. Who exactly do you see as Israel’s friends?

  • Ruvy

    Ruvy, could you take time … to point us to any non-Israeli news sources that are reporting this awful incident as a terrorist attack?

    I’ve just done a Google News search and can’t find any organisation reporting it as such.

    Always willing to help out, Chris.

    Try this link to CNN. Their headline: Jerusalem bulldozer ‘terrorist’ kills 3 in rampage

    * Story Highlights
    * Driver slams his bulldozer into a crowded bus in Jerusalem, killing at least 3 people
    * Impact pushes bus onto its side on Jaffa Road in the western part of Jerusalem
    * NEW: Police say treating the rampage as terrorist incident, not an accident
    * Police shoot driver dead after rampage that lasted about four to five minutes

    You can also got to the Times On-line. The headline does not say terror, but the video immediately beneath talks of a terror attack. Interestingly enough, there is this additional tidbit:

    Three Palestinian militant groups — the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigade, the Galilee Freedom Battalion and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine — claimed responsibility for the attack, although Israeli police said initial evidence suggested that Dwayyat was a “terrorist acting on his own”.

    By contrast, the Ottawa Citizen, using Agence Presse France as its source, follows the standard line of questioning whether this a terror attack or not.

  • Ruvy

    I got this message from Janglo in my e-mails. Janglo (Jerusalem Anglos) is a buy-sell list in Jerusalem. But not everything is about money, is it? This message is a demonstration of what binds us together as a nation, and how we hold together in the face of terror, barbarism and the world’s apparent indifference to it.

    The ilúi neshamá being requested of readers is an act to honor the soul of the deceased, Batsheva NeHama, bat Ya’akov, HY”D, who was murdered by an Arab driving a bulldozer on 2 July.

    Translation for those of you whose Hebrew is not yet on a par with mine:

    kedushá – holiness
    neshamá – soul that communicates with G-d
    nishmát – soul of
    ilúi neshamá, – roughly, in honor of
    neHamá – comfort
    yerushaláyim – Jerusalem

    May G-d comfort all the mourners in Israel and redeem the blood of Batsheva NeHama, as well as the thousands others of innocent souls who have died at the hands of terrorists.

    Reuven

    —– Original Message —–

    Sent: 04 July, 2008 11:09
    Subject: [janglo] mitzvah: Chizuk for this Shabbat, l’ilui nishmat Batsheva Nechama who was killed this week HYD

    Dear Friends,

    Barely three days ago we were all shocked beyond belief to hear about yet another devastating terror attack in Yerushalayim.

    Once again, as before, there were many victims of this barbaric act.

    The attack affected me personally and pained me to the core of my heart. A very close and dear friend of mine was killed and left behind her husband, a 5 month old baby, parents, siblings and many friends.

    We have not yet been able to absorb what has happened- to come to terms with reality and to deal with the pain.

    Batsheva was a pure soul who was taken before her time. I was thinking that perhaps, not for nought was my friend named Batsheva Nechama, Nechama – meaning comfort. Within the Shabbos lays the power to console and comfort.

    As we approach the first Shabbos that Batsheva is no longer with us, perhaps we can set aside part of our Shabbos to add kedusha and light to this Holy day.

    Together let us accept upon ourselves to be strengthened in the kedusha of our speech,to use this speech on a higher level than during the week, to raise it from the mundane to the Holy.

    Perhaps accept ONE HOUR at the start of Shabbat and ONE HOUR before its end to raise and sanctify the power of our speech. Please do this as an Ilui neshama for the soul of BAT SHEVA NECHAMA BAT YAAKOV HYD.

    Chodesh tov (have a good month)and
    Shabbat Shalom
    Tzivia

  • http://www.EurocriticsMagazine.com Christopher Rose

    Ruvy, thanks for proving my point.

    The CNN report has the word terrorist in inverted commas, meaning it is not shown to be so.

    The fact that three groups have claimed responsibility for the attack also reinforces the view that this was not in fact terrorist in nature.

    At this point, the truth of the horrible matter seems to be that someone in Israel snapped and attacked people at random.

  • Ruvy

    Chris,

    In all truth, my main concern has been the internal politics of the issue, and not how you foreigners choose to distort reality here. The murderer’s sister described his as a shahid, a martyr. The elders among the Arabs want peace – and life. The youth want war – and death. This murderer – this terrorist, like his neighbor in Tsur BaHer did four months ago, took an opportunity to kill Jews. He did not cease his actions when shot at. He screamed “Allah is great” and tried to kill more Jews to the last moment of his life.

    Whether you think this is true or not is irrelevant. It is us, the living in Israel who carry on the mission of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to understand and to continue onwards despite the barbarism of our neighbors. We face the danger, not you. We have for four millennia.

    It is only for me to try to bring you the truth from Zion. f you choose to reject it, it is your own loss at your own risk.

  • Clavos

    Oh, for Christ’s sake…

  • Jordan Richardson

    The elders among the Arabs want peace – and life. The youth want war – and death.

    This is not necessarily true. Groups like MEND and Palestinians for Peace and Democracy are cropping up all over the place.

    In all truth, my main concern has been the internal politics of the issue, and not how you foreigners choose to distort reality here.

    Perhaps this isn’t the right avenue, then, what with all of us “foreigners” distorting your version of reality…

  • http://www.EurocriticsMagazine.com Christopher Rose

    Ruvy, so you’re mainly concerned about politics, and are essentially using the murders for political ends? Nice.

    I don’t think “we foreigners” are distorting reality; it’s rather a case of “can’t see the forest for the trees” on your part.

    We all face our own dangers. Unlike many, you have chosen to move you and your family into a specific set of risks – and knew about them before doing so – based on your faithist views.

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Ruvy, I watched the BBC video (raw footage, not an edited report with commentary) of the police/soldiers neutralizing the attacker. You can barely even see the guy, let alone tell if he’s a Palestinian, a Jew, a Vietnamese or Marvin the Martian.

    If this had not been Jerusalem, the possibility of this being organized terrorism would probably not even have entered anyone’s heads.

    I don’t blame the BBC for being cautious in their early reports. In contrast, Honestreporting (ha!) decided to try, convict and execute without waiting for the evidence.

  • http://drdreadful.blogspot.com Dr Dreadful

    Clav @ #19:

    Irony, presumably.

  • Ruvy

    DD,

    As I told Jordan earlier, go to “Backspin” at HonestReporting and present your views. You may have a legitimate point, but telling me that is an exercise in futility. My article has little to do with this. The foreign press distorting the facts is just the cherry on the cake of journalistic hatred, lies and distortion here. But to know that, you would have to have been at a meeting of the Association of Foreign Journalists here.

    The reason I post here at all is to balance out the bullshit you all get from the MSM.

    Based on its history of pro-Arab bias, that it focused on someone being shot on a bulldozer, rather than the obvious big story, the bulldozer driver crazily crashing into a bus and killing people, indicates to me that Honestreporting had every reason to go after the BBC for its headlines.

    And now, the Sabbath is upon us in Samaria, and I must leave you for 25 hours or so. Catch you on the other side of the weekend.

    Shabbat Shalom,
    Ruvy

  • Jordan Richardson

    You may have a legitimate point, but telling me that is an exercise in futility.

    You certainly nailed that one.

  • Clavos

    Doc #23,

    Desde luego…

  • http://blogcritics.org/writer/dan_miller Dan Miller

    Doc,

    you say (Comment #22),

    If this had not been Jerusalem, the possibility of this being organized terrorism would probably not even have entered anyone’s heads.

    “anyone’s heads? Perhaps not those of Martians, reliably reported as having multiple heads.

    Silly nitpicking aside, you are probably right, but is that a good thing? Or is just possible that political correctness has caused us to avert our eyes and the other things we have in our head(s)?

    Dan

  • Jordan Richardson

    When someone shoots up a grocery store or a shopping centre, we don’t suddenly label it a “terrorist attack.” At least in Canada we don’t…

    The term has become a catchall for incidents of all sorts of different variables, I fear, and its overuse is leading more to the dumbing down of the average citizen than any initial skepticism. Not every “attack” is a terrorist attack. I don’t see it as a PC issue at all.

  • http://www.reformislam.org Muslims Against Sharia

    Muslims Against Sharia unequivocally condemn murderous attack in Jerusalem.

    We call for swift extermination of all terrorist groups that claimed responsibility for this attack.

    We implore Israeli government not to provide financial help for the family of the murderer. Any such help will be an open invitation for future attacks.

  • commonsense

    Ruvy:
    “”The editor who went over this for Blogcritics Magazine changed the title.””

    So Ruvy’s alleged bias is coming closer home: from BBC to BC….

  • commonsense

    chris rose:

    “”You seem to be sinking into a posture where almost the entire world is your enemy.””

    but he’s always been like this – paranoia and hyperbole are his DNA as it were.

  • commonsense

    Ruvy:

    “”Whether you think this is true or not is irrelevant. It is us, the living in Israel who carry on the mission of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to understand and to continue onwards despite the barbarism of our neighbors. We face the danger, not you. We have for four millennia.

    It is only for me to try to bring you the truth from Zion. f you choose to reject it, it is your own loss at your own risk.””

    Would be as cute as a kitten, were it not for…(fill in the blanks)

  • commonsense

    Ruvy:

    “”The reason I post here at all is to balance out the bullshit you all get from the MSM.””

    Balance and Ruvy?? cute!!

  • Conrad Dalton

    Tit for tat?

    On 16 March 2003 in Rafah, occupied Gaza, 23-year-old American peace activist Rachel Corrie from Olympia, Washington, was killed by an Israeli bulldozer driver. Rachel was in Gaza opposing the bulldozing of a Palestinian home.

    Rachel and seven other ISM activists were in the Hi Es Salam area of Rafah, Gaza, trying to prevent the razing of Palestinian land and property. Present were two Israeli occupation army bulldozers and a tank. She was attempting to prevent the illegal demolitions by physically blocking the passage of the two bulldozers.

    Rachel had been staying in Palestinian homes threatened with illegal demolition, and was standing with other non-violent activists in front of a home scheduled for illegal demolition. According to witnesses, Rachel was run over twice by the Israeli military bulldozer in its process of demolishing the Palestinian home. Initially he dropped sand and other heavy debris on her, then the bulldozer pushed her to the ground where it proceeded to drive over her, fracturing both of her arms, legs and skull. She was transferred to a hospital, where she later died.

    Photos clearly show that Rachel was well marked and had a megaphone which removes any doubt that her presence was invisible to the driver, and she clearly posed no threat to the bulldozer driver

    Members of the Israeli army and associated Israeli settler paramilitary units have been responsible for the killing of 2,181 Palestinians and the injuring of another 22,218 between 29 September 2000 and 14 March 2003.

    In addition to the killing of Rachel Corrie by the bulldozer driver, Israeli troops have shot and killed several other internationals including German doctor Harald Fischer, Italian cameraman Rafaeli Ciriello, and British UN worker Iain Hook.

  • Jewboy

    #29- Your heroic comment is appreciated, especially in the sea of all of the startlingly cold comments on this blog. I wish your organization the best of success.

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    #34. Conrad. We call that suicided here in the rational world.

    Dave

  • Ruvy

    I want to second the comments in comment #35. We’re seeing something not often seen – Moslems getting up on their hind legs and condemning the terror other Moslems perpetrate.

    This is a welcome step towards the eventual reconciliation between the Children of Israel and Children of Ishmael, and is good to see.

    Apparently at this site, we find that there is one specific organization that is inspiring these acts of terror. Citing the Australian newspaper, the Herald-SunMuslims Against Sharia points out that “the Imad Mughnieh unit of the Brigades of the Liberators of the Galilee claimed responsibility for a deadly attack in Jerusalem today in a phone call to AFP. The same group claimed an attack in March on a Jewish seminary in Jerusalem that killed eight people, which they said was revenge for the killing of senior Lebanese Hezbollah commander Imad Mughnieh in Damascus.”

    Note that both terrorists came from Tsur BaHer.

  • Ruvy

    A neighbor of mine, who witnessed this terror attack said that the vehicle was neither a tractor nor a bulldozer but a front-end loader. He commented that only Fox News got that part right.

  • Ruvy

    Conrad,

    If it were me making policy, there would be no terrorists in jail in Israel. They would all be dead. There is no reason that our taxes should have to feed the bastards. We have enough deserving poor who need the help.

    Rachel Corrie was just a spoiled American mall rat who picked the wrong side of a conflict that was no concern of hers. She decided to side with killers who fed her bullshit that she readily swallowed.

    I feel sorry for her parents. I’m a father, and I know from experience that losing a child, and having to bury a child is extremely painful for any parent. But the fact that her parents have subsequently picked the same side her daughter did shows their own bad judgment. If I were them, and my child had acted like Rachel Corrie, I’d hang my head in shame realizing what a lousy job I had done transmitting values of right and wrong.

  • Ruvy

    Members of the Israeli army and associated Israeli settler paramilitary units have been responsible for the killing of 2,181 ‘Palestinians’ and the injuring of another 22,218 between 29 September 2000 and 14 March 2003.

    Let’s put the blame for all this where it belongs.

    From a list I belong to:

    Today their are nearly twice as many Arabs in Israel than prior to the modern State of Israel being established in the region.

    It was the Arab governments that told the ‘Palestinians’ to leave their homes in 1948. The rest of the Arabs have always used the ‘Palestinians’ as a political football and pawns.

    Former Prime Minister of Syria Khalid al-Azm: has admitted that since:-

    “1948 it is we who demanded the return of the refugees to their country, while it is we who made them leave it. […] We brought disaster upon one million Arab refugees, by inviting them and bringing pressure to bear upon them to leave their land, their homes, their work and their industry. We have rendered them dispossessed, unemployed, whilst every one of them had work or a trade by which he could gain his livelihood.” [Emphases mine]

    The Arab National Committee of Haifa, the Arab leadership in Haifa in 1948 admitted:-

    “[T]he removal of the Arab inhabitants from the town was voluntary and carried out at our request.”

    Habab Issa of Al-Hoda, the leading newspaper for Lebanese Maronites in the United States confessed:-

    “Brotherly advice was given to the Arabs of Palestine to leave their land, homes and property and to stay temporarily in neighboring, brotherly states, lest the guns of the invading Arab armies mow them down.”

    A Muslim weekly newspaper in Beirut admitted:-

    “Who brought the Palestinians to Lebanon as refugees, suffering now from the malign attitude of newspapers and communal leaders […]? The Arab States, and Lebanon amongst them, did it!”

    Mahmoud Abbas, Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority confessed:-

    “The Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the Palestinians from the Zionist tyranny but, instead, they abandoned them, forced them to emigrate and to leave their homeland, and threw them into prisons similar to the ghettos in which the Jews used to live.”

  • Conrad Dalton

    “The Arab armies entered Palestine to protect the Palestinians from the Zionist tyranny but, instead, they abandoned them, forced them to emigrate and to leave their homeland, and threw them into prisons similar to the ghettos in which the Jews used to live.”

    And the tyranny, prisons, refugees, and ghettos persist to this day.

    They persist because the US government uses its veto power in the UN to comply with the political interests of AIPAC.

    The US government is beholden to AIPAC because the Congress is terrorized by it. When AIPAC says jump, virtually every Congressman and Senator climbs over the others to jump higher.

    It should be clear that the Middle East has been in turmoil for a long time because of AIPAC and the US Congress.

  • Ruvy

    After getting this article published here, i sent it out to a few (thousand) close friends and acquaintances. I received this comment from a Christian woman, a German citizen who lives in Jerusalem, doing what she can to learn of the Jewish roots of her own faith, and trying to promote peace here. Please bear in mind while reading this that German, not English, is her native language, and she is communicating as best she can.

    Dear Reuven,

    Thank you very much for the analysis of the tractor attack – and the Hebrew terminology! I found it very insightful and helpful. Thank you!

    I am enclosing a direct eye witness account. It is sickening to realise that such simple facts can be so distorted and exploited for political reasons. How long does Israel still put up with a sick government like ours!?

    In fact, no terror attack has shaken me as much as the one you discussed. How one can possibly minimise this event goes beyond my understanding. It testified to raw and unrestrained hatred and totally reckless rage – a potential, when once unleashed in the body Israel will turn this, our beloved land, into a slaughterhouse. If anything this event revealed it is this rage and blind hatred passed down by now from the intelligent top to the unknown nobody citizen. Whether this young Arab or our Jewish Olmert, they have this in common: unabated selfishness. It’s satanic. It is independent of nationality and political colour. Its realisation shocked me more than any present political agenda!

    What follows is an eyewitness account of the terror attack that occurred Wednesday, 2 July 2008, around noon. I might note that my own younger son tried getting hold of me on his cell phone around this time, and all the lines were busy. When he finally did get hold of me he was boiling mad at me because I had not thought to call him on his cell. I waited several hours to call him and explain to him that attempting to reach him over lines that were busy was an exercise in futility. Nevertheless, he is a good boy who worries about the old man, and even in his rage, he did me proud. My older son, calling me on a land line from Ma’ale Levona, had no trouble reaching me.

    Terrorist attack in Jerusalem and “Saved out of Jacob’s Trouble”

    Our youngest son Amiel was present at the terrorist attack yesterday (Wednesday, July 2) in Jerusalem. Here is his eye witness account:

    I was walking towards the city center from the central bus station, waiting on the corner of Malchei Israel and Jaffa streets. Out of Malchei Israel came a huge bulldozer which drove on top of a car and turned it into a pancake. The bulldozer continued its rampage, trying to run over another blue car. The driver in the blue car was spinning her wheel in panic.

    I was standing to the right; a bus was on the left. The bulldozer turned into Jaffa Street and went head on into the bus. I was out of harm’s way now. The bus continues to drive, turning right, hitting a bus stop filled with citizens running for their lives. He backs up, and continues driving.

    An orthodox young man passed by me running towards the bus shouting: “Weapon! Does anyone have a weapon?”

    The bulldozer continued. This time it crashed into a bus on its right, backed up, and then picked up the bus forcing it to fall on its side. The bus was full.

    I tried calling 100 (the police), but the line was busy. Since I am a volunteer at the Jerusalem rescue squad, I called them at 101.

    101: “Hello, this is Red Magen David.”
    Me: “There is a terrorist attack on Jaffa! A tractor is hitting everything it sees.”
    101: “Where on Jaffa?”
    Me: “Drive from the station and you’ll see. It’s at the beginning of Jaffa next to the central bus station.”
    101: “We’re on our way.”

    Armed citizens, soldiers and policemen were running toward the terrorist loading their guns. Out of the upside down bus people were starting to come out. A woman carrying a baby crying, with blood stains all over them came out. A woman was being attended to on the floor, her leg was covered in blood, and her toes were completely crooked. A man came out, stained in blood, shouting in pain, “my shoulder,” and cursing the terrorist.

    I called my mother to tell her I was ok. While I was talking to her, gunshots started going off. “Do you hear the gunshots Mom? They’re shooting the terrorist.”

    It turns out that the young religious man who asked for a weapon was a commando soldier on vacation. He succeeded in borrowing a pistol from someone, and climbed up on top of the bulldozer, hand and foot, while the terrorist shouted “Allah Akhbar.” He shot the terrorist three times, killing him on the spot, stopping the rampage and slaughter.

  • http://www.republicofdave.com Dave Nalle

    I wonder who heard the ‘terrorist’ shouting Allahu Akbar besides the commando who shot him…

    Dave

  • Ruvy

    Jordan,

    I took a look at the two sites you provided in comment #20. For my money, MEND is by far the better or the two groups, as it focuses on bettering the condition of Arabs as people. Both Jewish and Arab societies in this country need to heal themselves. Sufism provides a route for Arab Moslems, as does MEND.

    I fear a solution for us Jews will be far more difficult, but IMO, big elements are increasing spirituality, understanding the Covenants which make us what we are, the loyalty to G-d and respect for the holiness of the Land He gave us….

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