|The Jerusalem Arab who rammed his car into |
Israeli pedestrians on Friday [Image Source: Ynet]
Here's what we now know happened.
First, yes, it was certainly a terror attack, executed by a Jerusalem Arab. Several news sources (this Times of Israel story for instance) say he advertised his intentions via Facebook a day before. His mother supports the son's 'heroic' ploughing down of defenseless pedestrians.
Of course, the state of journalism being what it is, major newsagencies like Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported Friday's attack without once mentioning the words "terror", "terrorism" or "terrorists". The closest AFP came was to say
The car ramming on Friday bore the hallmarks of a series of "lone wolf" attacks by Palestinians in Jerusalem last year. [AFP as carried by Telegraph UK yesterday]As for the BBC with its notoriously selective see-no-terrorism policy, see BBC Watch for another fine example of its usual penetrating critical analysis.
The attacker is Mohammed Salaymeh from the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Ras al-Amud, according to family members. (The Jerusalem Post has his name as Mohammed Mahmoud Abdel Razek Salaima.) His portrait above shows a proclivity for wrapping Palestinian Arab flags around his torso.
His 'resistance' activity involved pointing his Honda sedan at a group of young Israelis standing on the sidewalk in the vicinity of a Jerusalem Light Rail tram stop on the city's Route 1. At about 10:00 am, Friday morning, Purim in Jerusalem and thus a day on which many Jerusalemites were on the streets, he managed to strike five people. Four were young women, all serving in the Border Police, all in their twenties, all standing near the entrance to the Border Police centre.
He then drove several hundred meters further along the road where he then struck a bicycle rider said to be in his fifties. All five victims suffered light-to-moderate injuries.
|Same terrorist, immediately|
after his attack was forcefully stopped
by alert security personnel
[Screen shot from eye-witness
|The terrorists was armed with |
this butcher knife [Image Source]
No one here thinks for a moment that this terrorist attack was the last of its kind.