Terror in the ‘Hood

This week saw the return of Arab terrorism to my Jerusalem neighbourhood. On Sunday, an Arab resident of the nearby neighbourhood of Jabel Mukaber drove a truck into a group of young IDF cadets who were visiting the popular Promenade at the entrance to East Talpiot, backed up and then ploughed into them once more, killing three young women and a young man, and injuring many more, before he was shot dead.

It came as no surprise that the headline of the BBC, not known as any kind of a friend to Israel, attributed the attack to the lorry which served as a weapon, rather than to the perpetrator (and even that, in quotation marks, as if to cast doubt as to whether this was an attack or merely a traffic accident). Only in the secondary headline is it noted that the perpetrator was a “suspected terrorist” and even this is only mentioned after Al Beeb notes that the “suspected terrorist” was shot by the police (in fact, he was shot, while still at the wheel of the truck,  by the soldiers who were attacked and by a tour guide who was, fortunately, carrying his licensed weapon). One gets the impression that he was only mentioned at all, because he was shot dead.

The same was true  of other news outlets such as CNN (a determined enemy of Israel). None of this came as any surprise. What did surprise me – favourably so – was the fact that major European capitals publicly expressed their solidarity with Israel, by displaying the Israeli flag on landmark buildings. Thus, the blue Star of David was flown at half-mast at Rotterdam’s City HallBrandenburg Gate in Berlin was lit up by the Israeli colours, and even the French capital emblazoned Israel’s flag on the façade of the Hôtel de Ville, in a rare gesture of solidarity from a country which is not known for its warmth towards Israel.

As the foreign press only describes the victims as “soldiers”, I would ask you to take a minute or two to get to know them as people – youngsters at the start of their lives, and – tragically – now at the end of those lives.

Erez Orbach, aged 20.
Shira Tzur, aged 20.
Shir Hajaj, aged 22.
Yael Yekutiel, aged 20.

May their memory be for a blessing.








About Shimona from the Palace

Born in London, the UK, I came on Aliyah in my teens and now live in Jerusalem, where I practice law. I am a firm believer in the words of Albert Schweitzer: "There are two means of refuge from the sorrows of this world - Music and Cats." To that, you can add Literature. To curl up on the sofa with a good book, a cat at one's feet and another one on one's lap, with a classical symphony or concerto in the background - what more can a person ask for?
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8 Responses to Terror in the ‘Hood

  1. The BBC is a disgrace to the UK. Thank you for the facts, saddening though they are.

  2. David Kessler says:

    The BBC is institutionally antisemitic.

  3. mariodacat says:

    The American News Agencies are not any better, I’m sad and embarrassed to say.

  4. Chrissie says:

    I recently began following the IDF on Twitter, Shimona, and am constantly amazed and impressed with the caliber and courage of these soldiers. From the border posts watching over Lebanon to training for guerilla warfare, their “Shabbat Shalom” moves me every Friday morning. I hope our new administration allows no doubt as to the strength of our feeling and friendship toward Israel.

    May their memory be for a blessing.

  5. pilch92 says:

    May these poor kids rest in peace. That is very sad that it happened and that the BBC is so against Israel.

  6. CATachresis says:

    I am so ashamed of the BBC! They constantly skew the reporting of incidents against Israel! As you say, they are not the only ones, but the BBC is held in high regard the world over and people listen to what they say! Those who died were just kids!

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