Tuesday, January 05, 2016

05-Jan-16: In Gush Etzion, a Tuesday morning stabbing attack

Scene at the busy Gush Etzion Junction immediately after today's
attack [Video grab - source]
Barely 9 in the morning, and a terror attack is already reported from Gush Etzion, a few kilometers south of Jerusalem. It appears to be a stabbing assault at the frequently-attacked Gush Etzion Junction, and the intended victim, an IDF soldier in social social media reports, a 34-year-old male according to Israel National News, and possibly an ordinary Joe Citizen heading off for a day of miluim (military reserves duty) is said to be lightly injured and en route to Shaarei Zedek Medical Center for emergency treatment. The attacker was shot dead.

According to one version of what the police have said, a vehicle traveling from the Arab town of Beit Fajar brought the stabbing attacker close to the hitchhiking post near Kibbutz Migdal Oz, dropping him off there. Some short time after that, he launched his knifing assault. He's reported to be a 21 year old Arab male from the Bethlehem area according to one source. But Ma'an News Agency identifies him as Ahmad Younis Kawazba, 18, from Sair, a village located north of Hebron.

Ma'an tells its readers that the dead man was "the sixth resident of Sair to be shot dead by Israeli forces since a wave of unrest swept the occupied Palestinian territory at the beginning of October". Oddly the Ma'an editors fail to note that the "wave of unrest" is characterized by Arab-on-Israeli attacks - shootings, stabbings, vehicle-rammings - executed by people of about Kawazba's age and younger, a disproportionate number of them from Hebron and nearby villages.

We're confident this omission is an accidental editorial oversight, to be corrected very soon now by the diligent Ma'an journalists. Likewise the extremely strange term they apply to Tzomet Gush Etzion, a place where a succession of Palestinian Arabs armed with knives, guns and cars has descended in order to launch dozens of attacks on Israeli pedestrians, commuters and hitch-hikers morning, noon and night and have been shot dead or wounded by alert Israeli security personnel who are now posted there round the clock:

Ma'an's clever writers, bless their perverted keyboards, call these murderous, lemming-like Arab-on-Israeli attacks "several deadly encounters".

Rajoub of Fatah (and FIFA) [Image Source]
Let's also mention in this context how Jibril Rajoub, the head of the Palestinian Football Association (also the head of the Palestinian Olympic Committee; also a convicted and imprisoned Fatah terrorist in past years; also Head of the Palestinian Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs), has just gone on the record, speaking about people like this morning's failed stabber from Sair, saying "Fatah supports and encourages the heroes who are carrying out the attacks. We are proud of them."

Though Rajoub is a brazen liar, we feel he should certainly be believed on this. (For more about this loathsome child-abuser, see "08-May-13: I am your partner. I am going to kill you now".)

Fatah, for the education of the many reporters and editors who appear not to know this, is headed by Mahmoud Abbas who is also the president of the Palestinian Authority. It's safe to assume Mr Abbas is also deeply proud of the boys and girls who take knives, guns and car keys and set out to kill them some Jews, as many dozens have done in the past 3 months of extreme violence.

Sair (or Sa'er or Sa'ir) is mentioned in the ancient biblical Book of Joshua (15:54) as ציער. The town today is considered a Hamas stronghold, like many of the communities in the area ("West Bank") nominally controlled by the Abbas-led Palestinian Authority.

UPDATE: January 5, 2015 at 10:00 am: Times of Israel's updated report quotes people from the Magen David Adom ambulance service saying this morning's victim suffered injuries to his face and arms, and "was conscious and “walking around” when paramedics arrived on the scene". We hope he's well on the road to a complete recovery by now.

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