Sunday, May 20, 2012

20-May-12: Ongoing 'cycle' of violence, Jerusalem Day edition

Israelis cycling and having fun
in the 2010 Yom Yerushalayim 30 km ride [
Image Source]
It's Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day. The day on which Israel-minded Jews celebrate (in both the secular and - at least for the Dati-Leumi Religious-Zionist stream to which we subscribe - the religious sense) the day on which the city holy to three Abrahamic faiths was re-united in 1967, following which it embarked upon a period of tremendous and unprecedented growth and restoration.

A little earlier today, a Palestinian Arab male approached the soldiers and police manning a checkpoint at the Gush Etzion Junction several kilometers south of Jerusalem and launched a personal and violent attack on them with the aid of a concealed knife held inside his shirt. Initial reports say he is now quite seriously injured as a result of the use of that same knife. Fortunately, the Israeli security personnel are all unhurt.   

The security checkpoint served to secure the annual Hebron-to-Jerusalem bike ride being held in honor of Jerusalem Day. Hundreds of happy cyclists took part today, as every year. [Some background on the ride is here, courtesy of, which is also the source for the 2010 photo above.]

The Palestinian Arab man received immediate medical treatment on the spot from an Israeli Magen David paramedic team. Later he was transferred to the Hadassah Ein Kerem medical center where hundreds of Palestinian Arab terrorists before him have received medical care after previous attacks on Israelis. Hadassah, among other Jerusalem-area hospitals has sadly accumulated a wealth of world-class experience in dealing with the special challenge of saving and healing the thousands of Israeli victims of Palestinian Arab terrorism who are brought to its emergency department. A CBS television Bob Simon segment ("An Island Of Sanity") dealt with this phenomenon three years ago.

The sheer beauty of reunited, flowering, flourishing, peaceful Jerusalem must drive the hatred-addled jihadist fanatics absolutely insane. Happy Yom Yerushalayim!

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