Today is Tu b’Av, often described (rather inaccurately) as “the Jewish Valentine’s Day“. The shops are filled with love-themed gifts, such as heart-shaped cushions, and sexy underwear decorated with hearts (as with the overly-commercialised St. Valentine’s Day in the West, “love” as been replaced by sex), and florist shops enjoy a boom in sales.
That is what I wanted and intended to write about. But fate intervened, in the person of a despicable, homicidal “Palestinian” terrorist, Muhammed Tareq Dar Yousef from the village of Kobar, the same village which was the home of his cousin who invaded a private home in the Jewish village of Neve Tzuf/Halamish a year ago, and murdered three members of the Salomon family.
Yesterday evening, this murderous “Palestinian” village notched up another foul act of terrorism to its “credit” when Muhammed Yousef climbed over the fence of the village of Adam, a gated community not far from Jerusalem which is generally regarded more or less as a suburb of the Capital, and stabbed three people – Yotam Ovadia, a 31-year-old father of two, who was stabbed repeatedly and who later died of his wounds, a man of 58 who is still in hospital but whose condition is said to be improving, and a man of 41, who was lightly wounded but who was carrying a gun with which he managed to shoot and kill the terrorist before the latter managed to stab anyone else.
I am ready to bet you won’t read or hear about this in the media outside Israel (except maybe in the Jewish press), and if you do, it will probably be confined to a headline about how a Jewish settler “extra-judicially executed” a Palestinian teenager.
Yotam Ovadia (HY”D) had been on his way to his parents’ home, to pick up the ingredients for a special Tu b’Av meal he had planned to make for his wife, Tal – who is now left to raise their children, 2-year-old Harel and 7-month-old Itai, on her own.
May God avenge his blood.