Today witnessed unbelievable carnage in Jerusalem as a Palestinian terrorist used a bulldozer to murder Israelis along a busy thoroughfare in Jerusalem. The tally right now is at least three dead and 44 wounded, including a baby who was thrown from a car an instant before the bulldozer crushed it.
The terrorist targeted two buses, flipping them on their sides. Video of the carnage can be seen here.
The driver, who reportedly had a criminal record and was the holder of an Israeli (blue) identification card, was shot dead by a SWAT officer near the old Shaare Zedek Medical Center. The terrorist was identified as 31-year-old Hossam Dawiath, a father of two from the village of Tzur Baher.The two buses were on their way to Machene Yehuda, a popular shopping destination in Jerusalem.
The terrorist continued on his killing spree, but a short while later a soldier and a SWAT officer jumped on top of the vehicle. The officer then shot the terrorist in the chest and leg and killed him.
The terrorist was from East Jerusalem. Will the terrorists be passing out candies to kids to celebrate the mass murder?
Islamic Jihad says that this is a natural reaction to Israeli occupation, while Hamas says this is a natural response to Israeli aggression. Right. The senseless destruction and targeting of Israeli civilians is a natural reaction. Then again, Israel's very existence is considered an aggression against the Islamist sensibilities, so they can condone attacks such as this.
Meanwhile, Gazans stormed the Rafah crossing between Gaza and Egypt, but were prevented from entering Egypt.
The terrorists have been very busy today.
Carl in Jerusalem and Israellycool both have been covering the latest attack in great detail.
Apparently several hundred Palestinians did manage to break through Rafah Crossing.
Hundreds of Palestinian travelers broke into the Egyptian side of Rafah crossing on Wednesday, a day after being stuck between the Palestinian and the Egyptian gates, witnesses said.Cry me a river. Hamas is fully to blame for the situation in Gaza. They have been unrelenting in their terror attacks on Israel, and Israel is more than justified to close its border with the terrorist entity there. Egypt has no interest in helping the terrorists either.
Some of the travelers could cross into the Egyptian territory as Egyptian forces boosted its presence with anti-riot gear. The Egyptians also opened water cannons at the Palestinians who were pushing towards the gates.
Palestinian youths threw stones towards Egyptian forces at Rafah crossing and Palestinian forces that deployed on the border. Three Palestinians were reportedly injured by stones.
Egypt announced that the crossing was closed following the turmoil, Palestinian sources said. The Hamas-controlled interior ministry also called on the people to evacuate the crossing.
Hamas Spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said what happened at Rafah crossing "reflects the state of pressure that the Palestinians go through in the Gaza Strip."
For sake of veracity, the piece of equipment involved was not a bulldozer, but a front end loader. Although to the victims, it doesn't really matter. They were simply trying to get around Jerusalem when this terrorist sought to inflict as much death and destruction as possible. The Jerusalem Post reports that the number of injured is now 57.
Here is video of the incident:
The attack occurred just outside the FoxNews bureau offices in Jerusalem.
Extensive photos of the devastation can be found at Solomonia. Hot Air has additional coverage.
The media bias already seeps in. The New York Times headlines that a Construction Vehicle Kills 3 In Jerusalem Attack. Right folks, an inanimate object killed three people. Never mind that the driver was a Palestinian terrorist. Since most people read only headlines, they wouldn't learn that it was a Palestinian terrorist who purposefully sought to murder innocent Israelis by crushing their cars and flipping buses on their sides.
The Times isn't alone in media bias and offensive headlines. CNN headlines: Bulldozer rams crowded Jerusalem bus. The BBC reports Deadly Jerusalem Bulldozer Attack. MSNBC headlines 4 Die in Earth Mover Rampage. They get some credit for including the lede that it was a Palestinian who was responsible.
The purpose of writing a headline is to get people to read and inform with the key information. Inanimate objects did not murder those Israelis. Those Israelis didn't simply die because a truck became animated like some Stephen King creation. A Palestinian terrorist purposefully drove the front end loader with the intent to murder as many Israelis as possible.
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