(JNi.media) David Ashur, owner of a jewelry store on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem, was among the locals who helped stop two teenage terrorist cousins who carried out a stabbing attack with scissors at the entrance to the Mahane Yehuda market Monday morning. The grotesque, Chien Andalou style “knives intifada” being launched by ever-younger Arab youths in Israel reached a new low with the two girls (14 and 16) from eastern Jerusalem who came to the market armed with scissors and tried to stab passersby—only to end up stabbing in the head and the back a 70-year-old Arab gentleman who came all the way from Bethlehem to do his shopping.
Can things grow more surreal? A Western country lives its normal, hurried life, cars jamming the streets, factories pounding, fields harvested, the shopping malls are packed, television and the Internet are sizzling, and all the while life is interrupted for short spurts during which some teenagers armed with sharp instruments lash at strangers in the streets, only to be gunned down eventually by security forces. Mad enough for you?
“At about 11 AM I heard from outside the store someone shouting, ‘They’re stabbing me! They’re stabbing me!’” Ashur, 58, a resident of Jerusalem who owns the ADM jewelry store told Walla. “I went out, and, acting on instinct, grabbed a chair from the shop next door. I ran and saw two female terrorists, one with a pair of scissors. I focused on her, neutralized her with the chair, then a policeman came and shot her.” The jeweler added: “She was just a girl, dressed like a pupil. She was all covered up except for the face. She did not scream or speak.”
One of the girls was, indeed, shot by a policeman, the other was wounded, then the same policeman apparently shot a security guard who arrived on the scene. There’s a video-gone-viral depicting the cop rushing out of a barbershop, still wrapped in an apron, running through the streets like a lavender-caped Superman. Where are Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí when you need them?
The entire scene took place right in front of the District Health Ministry’s Office, which could probably serve for laughs in a comic take on Israel’s crazy season. It also happened right on top of the light rail tracks, which resulted in the suspension of light rail traffic for a while, which was decidedly less comical.
Minister Naftali Bennett said earlier on Monday that the IDF must re-invade the Palestinian Authority and cleanse the terrorism out of it. He might want to reconsider and send in an army of psychiatrists instead, and truckloads of valium.