Tomorrow is Shabbat Bereshit, the first Shabbat after Sukkot, when we start all over again the annual cycle of weekly readings from the Torah. It is so called, because the first word in the entire Torah is Bereshit (בראשית – “In the beginning”). Bereshit is also the Hebrew name for the Book of Genesis.
Looking back on the events of the past week (see my last two posts), one might be forgiven for thinking someone was playing a cruel joke, on reading verse 2:
“And the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the abyss”. (It sounds better in Hebrew, as the words usually translated as “without form and void”, are used in modern Hebrew to mean “utter chaos”.)
Besides the atrocities described in my two previous posts, not a day has gone by without some “Palestinian” terrorist attack – be it with knives, cars (turned into weapons to deliberately run down Israeli Jews) or Molotov cocktails.
I feel as if my head is spinning, I am starting to lose count. Yesterday, having accepted, at the last minute, a lift home from Pisgat Zeev, instead of taking the Light Railway, I found myself caught in a traffic jam, only to discover, when I googled the news, searching for the reason, that there had been a terrorist attack on the Light Railway twenty minutes earlier. When we passed the train station, there were crowds of police and paramedics and bystanders. A 19-year-old “Palestinian” Arab from eastern Jerusalem had stabbed a yeshiva student in the neck. The victim was seriously wounded.
The same day, there were three more stabbings by “Palestinian” terrorists, one in Kiryat Arba, one in Afula and one in Tel Aviv. Today, there was another stabbing in Kiryat Arba, in the very spot where yesterday’s terror attack took place. Afula, too, was witness today to a “repeat performance”, when a “Palestinian” woman tried to stab a security guard, but was fortunately shot before she could complete the attack.
And, again this morning, yet another of the sons of Ishmael stabbed a yeshiva student (variously reported as aged 14, or 16) in Jerusalem’s Shmuel Hanavi neighbourhood. The terrorist was arrested by security forces – unlike the perpetrator of the attack in Kiryat Arba on Wednesday, who managed to escape into Hebron.
What I have described is just the tip of the iceberg. As I said, I feel I am losing count. Suffice it to say that, since the events described in my last two posts, there have been dozens of terror attacks on Israelis – such as the near lynching of an Israeli woman driver on her way to work on Wednesday. Rock-throwing “Palestinian” thugs, targeting Israeli vehicles near the Jewish community of Tekoa, close to Bethlehem, smashed the windscreen, surrounded her car, yanked the door open and tried to pull her out. She was then kicked and beaten. Miraculously, she managed to fight off her attackers, slam the car door shut and escape. Several other cars were also attacked during that incident.
The Arab village of Sur Baher, from where the attackers apparently came, is just across the main road from where I live, and is clearly visible from my living-room window.
I shudder to think what could happen if Israel were ever to relinquish control of the village, as they relinquished control, under the Oslo Accords, of the village of Beit Jala. During the Second Intifada, “Palestinian” terrorists set up gun and mortar emplacements in the village and subjected the southern Jerusalem neighbourhood of Gilo to daily (and nightly) attacks.
Under the circumstances, I suppose it was only a matter of time before Israelis began to react violently. This morning, in Dimona, a 17-year-old Jewish youth stabbed four Arabs, in what is believed to be a revenge attack.
At least passers-by took care of the victims, unlike the Arab shopkeepers in Hagai Street in the Old City of Jerusalem, scene of the murder last week of Nehemiah Lavi and Aharon Benita , who, when the wounded Adele Benita begged for help, laughed at her, spat in her face, and blocked her path as she tried to escape and seek assistance from the Police, the terrorist’s knife still embedded in her shoulder.
In the Book of Genesis, the darkness upon the face of the abyss is ended when God says “Let there be light”.
Who will banish the darkness for us?