I had intended, today, to finish the post I was working on, about an afternoon walking tour in one of Jerusalem’s loveliest neighbourhoods. But yesterday, two deadly bomb attacks by “Palestinian” terrorists drove all thoughts of the beauty of Ein Karem from my head, and, although I have mostly refrained from writing about the many terror attacks that the “Palestinians” have carried out over the past few months, preferring to escape into the world of archaeology, nature, and music, I can no longer keep silent.
This is 15-year-old Aryeh Schupak, a yeshiva student who held both Israeli and Canadian citizenship (otherwise, I doubt the Canadian government would have so much as taken notice of his vile murder, let alone condemn it). He and his fellow-student Elchanan Biton were on their way to morning classes at the yeshiva (Jewish religious seminary) where they both studied when, just before 7 o’clock yesterday morning, a massive explosion which was apparently remotely detonated near the bus stops at the Givat Shaul exit from Jerusalem, mortally wounded him, and a man in his 40s, and severely wounded Elchanan and many others. Aryeh was pronounced dead on his arrival at the Sha’arei Zedek Medical Centre. Of the 39 wounded, two are still in serious condition and one, the man in his 40s mentioned above, is fighting for his life*.
Less than half an hour later, another huge explosion rocked the bus stops at the Ramot Junction in north Jerusalem. This bomb was also detonated remotely. Both explosive devices, which forensic experts say were prepared to professional standards, were filled with nails and ball-bearings to maximise injuries. That is how despicable are our enemies, who worship death and who love it even more, the greater the suffering they can inflict on their victims! The spawn of Satan responsible for the attacks have not yet been caught and it is highly possible that they have more such vile actions planned for the near future. Intelligence experts say the attacks were well-planned, by people who know Jerusalem well and who may, actually, be “Palestinians” from east Jerusalem.
In another serious incident, Tiran Fero, an Israeli Druze from Daliyat el-Karmel, who would have celebrated his 18th-birthday today, November 24th, was critically injured on Tuesday afternoon in a traffic accident near the “Palestinian” town of Jenin. He was therefore taken to the hospital in that city, while his companion, who was also injured, had the good fortune to be evacuated to an Israeli hospital. Tiran’s injuries were so severe, he had to be placed on life support. But armed “Palestinians” forced their way into the hospital, disconnected the teenager from the instruments that were keeping him alive, and in so doing, ensured his death – and then snatched the body, before the horrified gaze of his father and uncle, who had rushed there to be with him. There have been claims that he had already been pronounced dead by the hospital, but his uncle and father, who were at his bedside, and who hid in order to avoid being kidnapped, or murdered, by the attackers, have stated categorically that Tiran was still alive when he was abducted. For long hours, it was not certain who had actually abducted the boy (or snatched the body), but the Al-Aqsa Martys Brigades claimed responsibility and demanded a “prisoner exchange” in return for restoring Tiran’s body to his family. After negotiations in which Israel reportedly threatened to take military action, Tiran’s family nobly requested that not one Israeli soldier be endangered in order to bring their son home and armed Druze youths demonstrated in front of the Daliyat el-Karmel Town Hall, threatening that if the body was not returned by this morning, they themselves would go to Jenin and bring their brother home, by whatever means necessary, the body was returned and the funeral is scheduled for this afternoon.
How despicable our enemies are, to murder a teenager lying helpless in his hospital bed, and then use his body for blackmail and extortion!
And these are the people with whom we are expected to make peace.
*UPDATE: On Shabbat, November 26th, Tadasa Tashume Ben Ma’ada, an oleh (immigrant) from Ethiopia, succumbed to his wounds sustained in the bombing, becoming the second fatality of the terror attack.
I am shocked by your post, though I shouldn’t be, given whom you’re dealing with! The detail was horrendous, but I am not so sure that anything good will come out of it, just more killing, sadness and anger.
I don’t think our enemies expect anything good to come out of it. What is important to them is to kill as many Jews/Israelis as possible. With regard to the Druze teenager, it has been reported they “mistakenly thought he was an Israeli soldier”. At least, that is what the “Palestinian Authority” claimed – as if it would have been all right if Tiran actually had been an Israeli soldier.
I am so saddened to see you live under this war and fear daily. It is a tragedy and I am appalled to read how brutal these people are. They are not human and they do not have a God guiding them. Our God does not ever say “kill others”.Please be safe. Lynn
Thank you. I must admit, whenever I travel by bus, I have a good look round for suspicious packages, both at the bus stop and after boarding. In fact, I definitely feel nervous using public transport – but I won’t let that stop me. That would be giving in to the terrorist scum (no apologies here for strong language).
This is all so heartbreaking. I am sorry this is happening and so often. XO
Shimona, my prayer and thought will cover you and your Country. Sincerely and truly.