There’s a bit of a kerfuffle in Israel over a policeman shooting a knife-wielding Arab dead.
Over what, you ask? Well, it seems that while wielding his knife, the terrorist was also backing up (or so it appears on security camera footage). Still, the policeman said he feared for his life.
A young man was seriously wounded in a stabbing at Tel Aviv’s Hahagana train station on Monday afternoon.
The attacker was in police custody, Israel Radio reported. Initial reports said that the suspect was a 25-year-old Palestinian man from Nablus who had illegally entered Israeli territory. Police were interrogating the man and had forwarded his identity to the Shin Bet security agency.
Unconfirmed reports said that the man was an IDF soldier, but the army would not immediately provide comment.
After all, it’s not like the knife-wielders haven’t been warned:
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) on Monday responded to the rioting and calls for investigation over the shooting of an Arab terrorist in Kafr Kanna in the Galilee, who attacked officers with a knife on Saturday night.
“Someone who goes crazy with a knife on a police car is being portrayed almost like an innocent child, a saint that was killed,” Liberman said.
The foreign minister continued “we saw the pictures, and we saw incidents in the past in which officers did not act firmly and paid with their lives. Whoever attacks with a knife has to understand he is endangering his life – that must be the message.”
In the incident, the terrorist Hir Hamdan was captured on video attacking a police car repeatedly with a knife, and stabbing at an officer who tried to exit the vehicle. When the officer finally managed to make his way out, he shot the knife-wielding terrorist dead.
In a related story:
“I am alive and that is excellent,” recounted the man, who was identified as Moshe. “I was returning from work and on the way I entered the area of the riot. They stopped me, tried to talk to me but I did not understand anything because it was in Arabic. They started throwing rocks at me and setting the car on fire.
“When the car started to burn a few people helped me get out from the right side of the vehicle. It took a few seconds. I felt fire and I felt that the car was burning. I tried to hide under the seat from the rocks, and then they helped me get out of the car and really pushed me into the car of some person who took me to the police station.”
You won’t hear a peep of this story, or any like it, in the press. Arab lynches Jew is the Middle East version of dog bites man. But Jew shoots (knife-wielding maniacal) Arab terrorist, that’s news.
In furthur un-news:
A young woman was stabbed to death and two other people were wounded in a terrorist attack at a hitchhiking station outside the town of Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion Monday evening – the second such attack in less than 12 hours.
The 25-year-old woman died of neck wounds, according to paramedics.
A 26-year-old man who was also stabbed is in light to moderate condition and a 50-year-old was hurt in the jaw and is in light condition.
Witnesses say the terrorist tried to run down his victims with a car at first, but failed, and then got out of the car and began stabbing.
The guard at the gate of the community of Alon Shvut came running to the scene of the rampage and shot the terrorist in the chest several times.
Police said the terrorist was evacuated to hospital with serious injuries but died en-route. He has since been identified as Maher Hamdi al-Hashalmoun, a resident of Hevron.
Did Jen Psaki say the Israelis should have done more to prevent violence to the terrorist?
Almog Shiloni, the 20-year-old IDF soldier who was critically wounded in a terrorist stabbing attack at the entrance to Tel Aviv’s Hahagana train station on Monday, has died of his wounds.
To repeat, this is why policemen get out of their cars guns blazing when squaring off against knife-wielding terrorists. Thank goodness.