Lately, it seems that no sooner has the ink dried (figuratively speaking) on one post documenting the latest terror atrocity carried out by the “Palestinians”, than I am called upon to report on yet another. Thus, yesterday (Thursday), we were shaken by two more cowardly attacks on Jews. One occurred in Tel Aviv, just outside a Judaica shop, which was serving as a synagogue. Four people were stabbed – two of them, fatally. The dead are Reuven Aviram of Ramle, an immigrant from the former Soviet Union and Aharon Yesaev, 32, whose five young children are now fatherless.
All this, a year to the day after the Har Nof Massacre. Once again, Jews have been struck down as they pray, by foul murderers . Reading what I wrote then, I am struck by a strange sense of déja-vu.
Only a couple of hours later, at the busy Gush Etzion intersection, another of these “Palestinian resistance heroes” murdered three people in a drive-by shooting attack which morphed into a vehicle-ramming. One of the dead was an 18-year-old American tourist, Ezra Schwartz, a recent high-school graduate who was on a gap year in Israel, studying at a yeshiva in Beit Shemesh. Another was Rabbi Ya’akov Don, the son of Holocaust survivors, a teacher and educator, who left behind a wife and four children, between the ages of 13 – 21.
And let us not forget the third victim. The terrorist who drove past a column of cars at the busy intersection, firing indiscriminately, also killed a “Palestinian”, 24-year-old Shadi Arafa, who was on his way home from work. But I expect that, in his case, the “Palestinian” leadership will apologise to his family and proclaim him a shahid – a marty – as they did in 2004, when they “mistook” the son of a prominent Christian Arab Israeli lawyer for a “settler” and shot him while he was out jogging.
In both of these barbaric attacks, the murderers were apprehended – alive, I am sorry to say.
May God avenge the blood of their victims.