It is 12h16am. In just a few short hours, Israel has endured multiple terror attacks.
It can happen anywhere. On the bus, walking in the street or driving your car. Without a warning. Israel is enduring a frightening wave of terror where the weapons of choice are knives and guns to murder, cinderblocks and rocks to throw at cars. The most potent weapons are the words of incitement that emanate from the Mosques and the factional leadership, including PA President, Mahmoud Abbas, that are whipping the street into a frenzy of hatred with intent to murder.
Brought up on an unhealthy diet of “kill the Jewish usurper” incitement education from birth, Arabs from both the territories and Israel have embarked on daily terror attacks. Teenage Arab terror assailants have stabbed their Jewish peers. Women in modest hijab’s have stabbed other women or soldiers. An infant was stabbed. Rabbi Eitam Henkin z”l and his wife Na’ama, were murdered in front of their children while returning home after Shabbat. Palestinians responded by singing and waving around pictures of the dead Jews. Everybody is a target in lust for Jewish blood.
Israeli baby treated by paramedics after stabbing
Two weeks ago, Mahmoud Abbas used his opportunity to address the UN General Assembly to effectively relegate the Oslo Peace Accords into the garbage bins of history. As far as he is concerned, Palestinians are not bound by any peace deals and couple this with the hatred that spews forth from his mouth and you have a recipe for disaster. Make no mistake, this current wave of terror has been carefully orchestrated and the excuse that Jewish presence on the Temple Mount is the root cause is just the latest in the string of lies that grows ever longer. The Al Aqsa Mosque has effectively been defiled by those who use this sacred shrine as a weapons storage facility.
The world is silent. Jews under attack from Arabs is not nearly as sexy or headline-generating as Israeli reprisals. The world media gets hysterical when terrorists are “neutralized” by Israeli security forces. Those damn Jews, defending themselves again!
Palestinians declare more and more days of rage. Yes we know, you have days of rage, days of temper tantrums, days of victimhood, days of poor-us-ISIS-have-eclipsed-our-infamy- what-do-we-do? With the focus of the world firmly on Syria and ISIS, Palestinians have had to do something to be relevant again. How sad that once again they have chosen tactics that are counterproductive to peace.
Well, I am also having a day of rage. I am enraged at the senseless violence and tragic death. I am furious that I feel that I cannot trust the Arabs I interact with on a daily basis. I am aggrieved that before I go to meetings or embark on my daily routine I have to weigh the safest options. I am angered that yet again, the chasm is widening and the distrust growing.
We will endure this as we have war, 2 intifadas and multiple waves. We are sustained by hope and the tenet that above all, we choose life. The world may be silent but we are not – we will find every forum we can to shout out that #Jewishlivesmatter!
My immense gratitude to the IDF, police and all in Israel’s security forces who are defending us with their lives. Quite literally!
The time for blame games and accusations of tit-for-tat are over. This blood frenzy where Jews are targeted one by one is based on the most evil and oldest hatred.
I am appealing to all who are reading this to show your support for Israel by helping us disseminate information about what is happening here. Help us end the silence! And while you are sharing, reposting, tweeting and emailing, please stand in solidarity with us by raising an Israeli flag on your social media pages.
The time is 13h13. By now the names and numbers of casualties have been released. The names of the wounded circulated for prayers for swift healing. The messages checking in with friends have died down.
May tomorrow be a quiet day.