Three members of a Jewish family and a fourth person, also Jewish, may breathe a little easier this week after an anti-Semitic British attacker was arrested and convicted.
Patrick Delay, 19, a resident of the small market town of Coggeshall, Essex, pleaded guilty to charges of racially aggravated harassment this past Thursday.
The charges were connected to his yelling ‘Hitler is on the way to you. Heil Hitler, Heil Hitler. Heil Hitler!’ while hurling at least six canisters of nitrous oxide (laughing gas) at four members of an Orthodox Jewish community in the north London neighborhood of Tottenham Hale on January 6, as he was riding by in a van.
Delay faces sentencing at Wood Green Crown Court on February 2.
The victims, Cheya Stern, her 13-year-old son, her brother Simon Lemberger and a fourth person, Abraham Law, were hit by the canisters, according to a report by Metro.
Shomrin civil patrol organization spokesperson Shulem Stern told the news website, “They were scared about what would happen next. Jewish people have to face this anti-Semitism on a daily basis and visibly Jewish people are often targeted…
“It’s good that someone had been convicted and some actions has been taken,” he added.
The European Union has dotted its “i”‘s and crossed all its diplomatic “t”‘s effective Monday afternoon, with a nod to the niceties of political good form, but few were fooled.
The EU statement condemning the terror attack in Jerusalem was dated late Sunday afternoon, but the document was emailed to media until at least 18 hours later — and in some cases, didn’t reach media until funerals for the victims were well underway.
Four young Israeli soldiers were murdered by a Jerusalem Arab terrorist who mowed them down in a truck, backed up the vehicle and then again ran over whoever was left standing. Seventeen others were injured, including one female IDF soldier who is fighting for her life in a Jerusalem hospital.
As in the statement by the U.S. State Department, the European Union was careful to avoid identifying the terrorist as an Arab resident of Jerusalem — or as a Muslim — or as anyone, in fact, even though his identity was known quickly due to a joyful announcement by the Hamas terrorist organization.
Instead, the statement referred to “what appears to have been a deliberate terror attack by a truck driver on a group of people gathered in the Armon Hanatziv promenade.
Is there any terror attack other than one that is deliberate?
“The EU condemns the murder of these four young Israelis, as well as any praise or incitement for terrorist acts. We extend our sincere condolences to the families of the victims and hope that those injured will make a full recovery,” the statement continued.
“There can be no justification for such a crime: the EU will continue to work with those who seek peace and denounce those who pursue violence and terror,” the European body wrote.
Except that the EU has yet to denounce the Ramallah government of the Palestinian Authority, or the leadership of the Palestine Liberation Organization — neither of which have condemned this horrific attack — and both of which have for generations dedicated their budgets and political efforts to praising those who commit such “crimes” and inciting their populations to further attacks.
Moreover, nowhere was there any mention of the fact that candies and sweet pastries were distributed in the streets of Gaza and throughout the Palestinian Authority-controlled cities of Judea and Samaria – with no censure by the Ramallah government that so recently had won the unanimous support of the European Union in its vote for resolution 2334(2016) at the United Nations Security Council, condemning Israel.
Today, there was a terror attack, similar in so many ways to the one I lived through. No, I wasn’t there, and like today, Elie wasn’t there. He wasn’t…but he could have been…then and now.
Nine years ago, I was sitting in a restaurant in Eilat celebrating my anniversary with my husband when my phone beeped. The short version of the story was that my son’s unit had gone to Jerusalem to take part in the “slichot” (special prayers before the Jewish New Year) and on the way, a terrorist who was in a bad mood because his family decided he couldn’t date his cousin (I kid you not), decided to take out his anger by ramming his family’s reinforced BMW into a group of artillery soldiers – Elie’s unit.
Elie was not there, but he could have been. Elie was not hit, but 23 other soldiers were. Like today, the driver was bent on murder and attempted to put the car in reverse to run over (again) those that he’d plowed through.
Unlike today, many soldier’s in Elie’s unit quickly opened fire and the terrorist was killed within seconds. No soldier was hit again – all lived.
In that incident, when asked what happened, the commanding officer stood up and lied through his teeth. “I shot the terrorist,” he admitted.
Who fired? He was asked.
Me, he answered.
Who else? He was asked.
Me, he answered.
And so, by the conclusion of that incident, it was reported that the commander had fired and killed the terrorists – from about 17 different angles, simultaneously.
The body of the terrorist, riddled with dozens of bullets, was returned to his family. They even complained about the condition of the body. No one died in that attack…because no one ran.
The Chief of Staff and all the way down, stood up for the soldiers in Elie’s unit and the Palestinians backed down. There was no international tribunal – after all, the only one that died was the terrorist who had tried to kill the soldiers.
Late in the middle of the night, as the soldiers in Elie’s unit were returning to base, hours and hours after the attack, I spoke to Elie, only then learning it was the soldier’s from his unit. I listened, thanked him for calling, closed the phone and barely breathing, I picked up my computer and let myself out of the hotel room so as not to awaken my sleeping husband of 25 years.
I went down to the lobby and started to write. It’s what I do when I get upset. And the first thing I wrote was “It could have been Elie.” And then I started to cry. I cried as I typed, wiping away the tears that wouldn’t stop.
Finally, the tears dried and I continued. People passed me sitting in the hotel lobby and asked if there was internet; the guard came over and asked if I was okay. On and on, I answered questions as if nothing had happened but inside I was screaming. It could have been Elie – nine years ago…and again today when he rode his bicycle down to our accountant, about 10 minutes from where the attack took place. An attack in which an Arab rammed his vehicle into a crowd of soldiers, as one did nine years ago.
An attack in which one soldier is seen running towards the attack, only to stop and turn back. And then dozens of others are seen running away while in the background you can see that the truck that rammed into the soldiers is reversing to try to hit the downed soldiers again. The terrorist tried that nine years ago and failed. Today, he succeeded. Nine years ago, the soldier stood and took a stand, defending their fallen comrades. Today, they ran.
As the horror of what happened today unfolds, I’m left with one thought.
Nine years ago, I believe Elie would have been one of the commanders who opened fire had he been there instead of the operation he was on in a nearby Arab village rather than with his unit in Jerusalem.
Today, I believe Elie would have been one of the ones who would have fired. Because he had commanding officers who stood in front of his men, not behind them, because he was taught that you fight to live, not run. He was taught that if you run, others could die. Today, others died.
And the reason they ran is clear to everyone. If it wasn’t clear, five ex-IDF chiefs wouldn’t have felt the need to try to come and protect their own. Frankly, their action disgusts me and as a mother, I would ask them why, instead of fighting for Gadi Eisenkot, they didn’t put the same effort into fighting for our children. They were attacked today – and they suffered.
And, if Gadi Eisenkot were to be believed, they are not our children. They are adults. For that alone, he should resign. So, shame on Eisenkot and shame on you five.
Chairman of the Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani died on Sunday, IRNA reported Sunday. He was hospitalized due to heart attack in a state-run hospital in the Iranian capital earlier in the day.
Rafsanjani was sought by the Argentinian government for ordering the 1994 AMIA bombing in Buenos Aires. This was based on the allegation that senior Iranian officials planned the attack in an August 1993 meeting, which included Ayatollah Khamanei, the Supreme Leader, Mohammad Hejazi, Khamanei’s intelligence and security advisor, Rafsanjani, then Iran’s president, Ali Fallahian, then intelligence minister, and Ali Akbar Velayati, then foreign minister.
In 1997, during the Mykonos trial in Germany, it was declared that Rafsanjani, then president of Iran, together with Ayatollah Khamenei, Velayati and Fallahian, directed the assassination of Iran’s opposition activists in Europe.
Rafsanjani served in different posts since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. He was described as a pragmatic conservative, and “veteran kingmaker.” He supported a free market domestically, favoring privatization of state-owned industries, and a moderate stance internationally, seeking to avoid conflict with the United States and the West.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman on Sunday evening visited the site of the terrorist attack in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv and were briefed by Jerusalem District Police Commander Yoram Halevy.
Prime Minister Netanyahu said in his statement:
“We in Jerusalem have just experience an unprovoked terrorist attack, a murderous attack that claimed the lives of four young Israelis and wounded others. This is part of the same pattern inspired by Islamic State, by ISIS, that we saw first in France, then in Germany and now in Jerusalem. This is part of the same ongoing battle against this global scourge of the new terrorism. We can only fight it together, but we have to fight it, and we will.”
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a statement at around 5 pm Israel time Sunday, expressing his sadness and outrage over the vicious terror attack that left four young IDF soldiers dead and 15 others wounded in Jerusalem.
“I am deeply saddened and outraged at the terror attack earlier today in Jerusalem that claimed the lives of four and injured many more,” wrote Cuomo in a post on the Twitter social networking site. He added in what may have been a pointed reminder to the White House, “In times of crisis, friends stand shoulder to shoulder with each other. Our thoughts are with the people of Israel today and we pray for those lost and injured and their families.”
Gov. signed the bill just before leaving to lead the annual Celebrate Israel Parade.
Two years earlier, Cuomo came to Israel on an official visit during which he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin, as well as with U.S. natives of New York who are currently living in the Jewish State.
A bus driver waiting nearby saw the truck run over the soldiers, and then the soldiers opened fire, and the driver ran over them again.
Some reports indicate that the terrorist was shot and killed by the soldier’s civilian tour guide, other reports say the soldiers shot him.
Emergency medical forces declared this a mass casualty incident.
Yakov Kaminetzki, a volunteer with United Hatzalah’s EMS ambucycle unit reported from the scene of the event: “When I arrived at the scene I saw a number of pedestrians who were run down by a large truck near the Armon Hanatziv Promenade. Some of the pedestrians were unconscious and trapped underneath the vehicle. I requested that the dispatch and command center send additional assistance including fire and rescue services as well as additional EMS responders due to the large number of injured persons. Near the vehicle were a number of other pedestrians who had sustained various degrees of injuries some of whom were in serious and moderate condition.”