I’ve been in several lockdown situations in Israel due to terrorist incidents and scares, where it wasn’t known whether the present situation was safe to resume regular activities and one needed to shelter in place, by order of authorities, until such time as deemed clear. One of these occurred at the Jerusalem main bus terminal, when an unattended package had been left (I think it was near the Be’er Sheva bus area), and all the commuting passengers remained mostly immobilized for what seemed like a rather long period of time, trapped like little anchovies in a tin. Tick-tock, tick-tock — the day wore on, long and drawn. Tick-tock-tick-tock — inside the interminable terminal.
It was greyish and dreary standing there, like a mannequin sandwiched next to others of the same, our safety and fate one with each other in that moment, not knowing whether we were going to be blown to smithereens by an Arab terrorist’s bomb, or whether some schmo had just forgotten their newspaper and lunchbag or some such daily toteables on their way to and fro. Luckily, this time, it was not terminal for any of us waiting there that day.
Last night was a bad night for Jewish diners getting together with friends and families at Max Brenner in Tel Aviv. They were killed and severely wounded by the bullets of two Arab terrorists (reported by Hamas as brothers, but noted as cousins by Israeli media) who had illegally infiltrated Israel to carry out these attacks.
I learned about these attacks through my local CBS affiliate, part of a larger television market which aired a very well-sourced panoply of footage from the scene and elsewhere. Kudos to you, CBS, for making this known and for doing a very good job of it. Such incidences are so often over-looked, as if the killing of Jews by Arabs has become so commonplace, that it no longer warrants coverage. The fact of the matter is, sadly, that Arab terrorism against Jews is mostly suppressed from being shown in the mainstream media. Perhaps our nationality as Jews is the reason for this pattern, as Arab terrorism against others is usually always reported. I guess the leftist media need to self-perpetuate their myths of the Jewish “bad guys”.
In any case, that’s not the point. Families in Israel and Jews worldwide are mourning the losses of these lives, who mattered very much to us. One woman, whose name was Mila, was both caretaker to her siblings and to her parents, at the same time. Who will there be to care for her family, after the initial well-wishers have come and gone and none remain to care for her family?
The evolving story had many of the initial “facts” changing, from one news outlet to the next. I saw one interview on YouTube with an individual who speaks so authoritatively when asked what the terrorists wore, although there is no indication that he was present at the scene, but only that he said that people that he knew had said to him that they had been there. Did those people describe what the terrorists wore to him? Is he the unconfirmed “eye witness” later reported by a Jewish media source to have described the terrorists disguised as Orthodox Jews?
It is clear from the security footage of the incident caught on tape that neither of the terrorists are wearing any clothing meant to disguise themselves as Jewish. Unless they removed such clothing prior to their murder spree, they are simply dressed in casual business garb. They have no headcoverings, no tassels, and they certainly didn’t trade the ubiquitous Adidas track suit, so popular among Arab terrorists these days, for any Armanis by the looks of these particular outfits in which they were garbed to commit their deeds.
Certainly, they tried to appear inconspicuous, so as not to alert the local populace as to what their forthcoming intentions would be. They did a good job. There were no belly bombs visible, no suicide vests with wires, no scimitar between clenched teeth. Just your regular, commonplace Arabs hanging out amidst the Jews, wherever they might dwell. Nobody paying any mind to some Arabs sitting amongst them, dressed as perhaps any Arab businessman, or Jewish one, for that matter, might be dressed.
It’s been said by the Arab bartender at the restaurant that the two men were there for about 15 minutes before their rampage. In one report attributed to the bartender, he says they ordered dessert. He described them as looking like “lawyers”. Another report supposedly taken from the one which reported “dessert” suddenly has this as “milky brownies”. I guess we missed the additional information, somewhere, as we did when we hear that this bartender describes their dress as “warriors”, in black (suited, nevertheless) and being immediately recognizable as “West Bank”.
“Lawyers?” “Warriors”? I can understand the mistake, if it was given as an oral report and the rest of the report was heard/read elsewhere additional to the information given. The statistics, also, have seemed unclear, as well, with internet url headlines not matched to written headlines — hence, my hesitancy to list what, for me, still remains unclear.
What is clear, though, is that nobody thought anything about there being Arabs dining as regular patrons amongst them. Why? Because it is a usual occurence, contrary to what the apartheid-promoters would have you believe. Yep, just regular people, like you and me, out for a bite on the town. Unusual? Not a bit, in this democratic, free country.
What is usual, though, is the same color-blindness that Israel takes, to its detriment, in NOT having discriminatory attitudes and actions towards the Arabs. If even Israeli restaurant patrons take no mind of Arabs amongst them, then how can it be that Israelis are tarred with a feathered brush saying that we don’t allow Arabs among us; we separate them; we’re apartheid; discriminatory? If such things keep happening, doesn’t it prove otherwise? Shouldn’t we be more discerning and discriminate more, when, what is too sadly usual and common occurs again: Arab terrorism targetting Jews?
Here is some of the horrible footage:
Update: In an amazing afterstory, there lies a miracle. An Israeli policeman and his wife had been out at the cinema, and rushed homeward upon hearing about this attack. As they got home, a confused-seeming man asked them for some water. He went into the home and had some water, being left behind with the wife and other of the policeman’s relatives as the policeman headed back out to the attack scene. When the policeman got there, he saw one of the terrorists, who was dressed similarly to the man back at his home. The policeman raced back home, and there he pinned the second terrorist down, until backup could arrive to apprehend the terrorist. The policeman’s family was unharmed.
I think the same angels who had come and pronounced the blessing to arrive in the form of the birth of Yitzhak (Isaac) to Sarah and Abraham, while they dwelled in the tent, were the same ones protecting this family. The same principles were in play. The idea to be hospitable to one another, especially to the stranger, is a major Jewish tenet. The story, or more particularly, its outcomes, that G-d abundantly blessed those who, in return, had blessed others, has become an essential, and guiding principle among the Jewish, and essentially, all, Middle-Eastern people. Perhaps G-d, or the angels, suddenly revealed the darkness to this terrorist over what he’d done, and shown him the kindness in showing the same to others, as this Jewish family had done. Only G-d, and he, will know.
Staff: United With Israel. “Miracle: Policeman Mistakenly Invites Tel Aviv Terrorist Into His Home; No One Was Hurt”; United With Israel.org, June 9, 2016: http://unitedwithisrael.org/miracle-policeman-mistakenly-brings-terrorist-into-his-home-no-one-was-hurt/