It was meant to be a very busy, but typical day (November 2, 2015) in my work as a tour guide in Israel. I was scheduled to meet a couple at Jaffa Gate for a 3 hour tour of the Old City starting with the new excavations in the Tower of David Museum, then meet up with another group in the Jewish Quarter, and finish the day with an after school program for elementary school girls who live in the Old City, telling them stories about Jerusalem and doing art projects that are related to the topic.
I met the couple – Jewish American tourists from NY named Stu and Corky – and we started to talk about the history of the area. While we talking, a young man, 22 year old Arab from Jerusalem snuck up next to me. He said in Hebrew, “slicha,” meaning, “excuse me,” as if he were about to ask a question. I turned to him expecting that he was someone who wanted directions to the Western Wall, as often happens to me while I’m guiding in the Old City. Instead, he took a heavy, glass bottle and struck me several times with it, breaking it over my head. By the second blow, I fainted. I woke up a little later on the ground, realizing what had happened, and that I was bleeding.
Stu and Corky
I was able to walk, so I made my way around the corner to the police station, assuming that Stu and Corky had run away, and that there was no possibility anyone would ever catch the terrorist. As soon as I arrived at the Police station, a van pulled up with “magavnikim” security personnel who are under the auspices of the army and police and serve in the Old City. “We caught him! We caught him!” they told me. I couldn’t understand how they knew who I was, but then I remembered the blood on my head. Just after that, Stu and Corky arrived to the police station. Amazingly, they had actually fought off the attacker and chased him. Stu was a volunteer firefighter, and knew from his training that chasing after him yelling would help draw the attention of the security forces, which it did (as well as ensuring that the person who was caught was the same one who carried out the attack which has been very helpful in the court proceedings). Corky, who had taught over 20 years in the NY, said she knew how to fight back as well.
It turns out that the entire incident was seen on camera (there are over 300 cameras throughout the Old City which are monitored 24 hours a day). The ones watching the cameras immediately contacted security forces in the area, and the terrorist was caught in moments.
Unfortunately, the rest of the day (which happened to also be my Hebrew birthday) was spent getting a CT and stitches in the hospital, and speaking with police investigators, and I didn’t make it to my scheduled plans. But, thank God, I wasn’t more seriously injured. I follow the Jewish tradition of married women covering their hair, and I wear a scarf that is wrapped in a way that has a good amount of padding on the top – exactly where he hit me. After the attack, the scarf also served as a bandage until the ambulance arrived, and they were able to start to take care of the wound.
But, of course, I was left with a dilemma: I have been guiding in all areas of Jerusalem for years, feeling safe to go and explore, and loving it! What do I do now? Should I continue to do this? Thinking through everything that had happened, I realized that actually, the area very is safe with all the police and army all throughout the city, and the cameras. And more than that, I decided that I’m not going to let terror keep me away from what I love to do, and all the more so, Jerusalem and guiding throughout Israel. I will continue to learn, explore, and guide in every corner of the city and the country: Gush Etzion, the Dead Sea, Tel Aviv, and in Southern Israel, showing visitors the inspiring history, and about the security situation.
Learning about the history, archaeology, and Biblical sources is very empowering. With all of the problems we are facing in Israel and around the world, I think that the healthiest response is to take the opportunity to strengthen ourselves in our knowledge, commitment to what we believe in, and physically (and yes, I’ve signed up for an awesome program of self-defense classes for women in Jerusalem!)
Just a week after the attack, I was back in the exact same place giving a tour, and was able to say the blessing thanking God for doing a miracle for me in this place, and I can say that on my birthday, my life was renewed for me.
For the second time in less than a week, a Palestinian Arab terrorist — this time a teenage girl — stabbed an Israeli Jew at the Lion’s Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.
An unidentified 18-year-old Palestinian Arab female attacker stabbed the 25-year-old male victim in the back after she sneaked up behind him Wednesday morning at around 10:30 am, Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said.
Video Sources: Yossi Klatzski / Uncensored
An armed Israeli man who was passing nearby immediately neutralized the terrorist. “The Israeli man responded quickly by drawing his weapon and shooting her,” Rosenfeld said.
The area was cordoned off by police and a search was launched for other possible terrorists in the area.
The stabbing victim was treated at the scene by paramedics before being evacuated to a hospital in the capital. He is listed in fair condition and is conscious.
The terrorist was also taken to a city hospital and is listed in serious condition. Police are examining the possibility that she may have been operating as part of a terror cell, according to Rosenfeld.
On Saturday night, a 19-year-old Palestinian Arab stabbed and shot to death two rabbis, and wounded the wife and baby son of one of them, also near the Lion’s Gate.
The wounded rabbi’s wife ran down an alley to summon help – with a knife still in her shoulder – while the terrorist continued shooting into a crowd of tourists.
The murderer, allegedly a member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, was shot and killed by an Israeli police officer.
Just a few hours later, a 15-year-old Jewish boy was stabbed by another Palestinian Arab terrorist as he walked down the street a few blocks away from the Old City walls.
Israeli police spotted the terrorist with the knife still in his hand and shot and killed him.
(JNi.media) Minister of Internal Security Gilad Erdan has posted on his Facebook page that he is asking Israeli police to consider charging the Arabs who declined to help Adele Bennett after she had been knifed in the Old City Saturday night.
“Whole groups of Arabs looked on and saw the incident and did not open their mouths, and laughed,” Bennett, who had lost her husband, Aharon, in the attack, told reporters on Sunday from her hospital bed. “I really begged for help, help, help me,” she said. “I heard curses, they spat in my face, one slapped me. The knife was still in me, in the neck, still inside my body. They slapped my face, laughed, shouted, no one tried to help.” Rabbi Nehemiah Lavi, who rushed to help the stabbed couple, was also killed.
Erdan wrote: This evening I visited, along with the Prime Minister… Adele Bennett who was wounded with her baby in the attack in the Old City and lost her husband Aaron who was murdered… Following Adele’s shocking testimony about the behavior of the storekeepers and passersby who saw a woman in the Old City with a knife in the neck crying out for help and instead of helping her behaved like animals — laughed at her, beat and spat on, I asked the police to urgently consider initiate criminal proceedings against them for failure to prevent a crime.
Dr. Aaron Lerner of IMRA has cited the relevant law, published 30 June 1998:
1. (a) It is an obligation of a person to aid a person in front of him, due to a sudden, severe and immediate danger to his life, to his bodily integrity or to his health, when the person nearby can help, without risking or endanger himself.
(b) Someone who notifies the authorities or alerts another person who can provide the assistance required, is deemed to have helped for the purposes of this Act; In this section, “authorities” – the Israel Police, Magen David Adom and firefighting service.
2. (a) The provisions of Section 5 of the Unjust Enrichment Law, 1979, shall also apply when the qualifying person operated under his obligation under Section 1.
(c) The court may require the person causing the danger that the aided person encountered, including the aided person himself if he caused this danger, to indemnify those who assisted in accordance with their obligation under the provisions of Article 1 for reasonable expenses and disbursements incurred.
3. Subject to the provisions of Article 2 (a), there is nothing in the provisions of this Act that shall derogate from the provisions of the law.
4. A person who contravenes the provisions of Section 1 of this Act, shall be liable to a fine.
5. The Minister of Justice is responsible for implementation of this law.
6. The commencement of this law is at the conclusion of 90 days from its publication.
(JNi.media) “Israel will have to make decisions regarding active responses to the Palestinian incitement, with the chief instigator being Mahmoud Abbas,” Minister of Transport and Deputy Prime Minister Israel Katz said Sunday morning on Army Radio, following the two violent attacks that took place Saturday night in Jerusalem. “We must win this struggle, and if need be we’ll launch Operation Defensive Shield 2 and Operation Walls of Jerusalem. We must step up measures to boost Israel’s security,” Katz said.
In 2002, Defensive Shield was a large-scale IDF military operation, the largest in Judea and Samaria since the 1967 Six-Day War. It was an attempt to bring a stop to lethal terrorist attacks, especially in suicide bombings, most notably the March 27 suicide bombing during Passover Seder at the Park Hotel in Netanya that killed 23 Jews. Beginning on March 29, 2002, a siege on Yasser Arafat’s Ramallah compound was followed by incursions into the six largest cities in Judea and Samaria and surrounding villages. From April 3–21, the IDF operated to crack down the terror infrastructure in these areas, while imposing strict curfews on civilian populations and restrictions of movement of international personnel, including human rights monitors and journalists.
Operation Defensive Shield resulted in an initial drop of 46% in the number of suicide bombings, from 22 in February–March to 12 in April–May, and a 70 percent drop in executed attacks between the first half of 2002 and the second half. 2003 saw 25 executed suicide bombings, compared with 56 in 2002, but, more crucially, there was sharp rise in stopped attacks — 184. 2003 also saw a 35% drop in the number of fatalities from 220 deaths in 2002 to 142 deaths resulting from suicide bombings.
It took at least two more years of security and police work to break down the terror infrastructure in Judea and Samaria, which remains broken even while violent attacks have been increasing. At least until recently, Israeli security sources were convinced that the majority of these attacks in 2014-15 have been carried out sporadically by individuals.
Against the background of the recent terror attacks in Jerusalem Saturday night and Sunday morning, there have been telephone conferences with the heads of the defense establishment, and new guidelines have been issued, according to Minister Katz, who said “the security system works in full force in Judea and Samaria. There is significant progress and arrests of people in the Shechem area. The Henkin couple’s murder has been solved, and of course we are enhancing the forces on the ground.”
“If we’ll have to launch Operation Defensive Shield 2, we will,” Katz told Army Radio. “We are not interested but it can happen. We will adopt clear decisions to address this terror. The cabinet will be required to make decisions. We must become the aggressors and they the persecuted assailants, until they are stopped. If we must go from house to house and from camp to camp to eliminate the weapons and terrorists, we’ll do it,” Katz warned.
Transportation Minister Katz also gave the green light Saturday night to begin paving a new road in Samaria, Route 55 leading Karnei Shomron and Kedumim, bypassing the Arab villages of Azun and Nebi Elias. Plans for the new road have been concluded a long time ago, but former Finance Minister Yair Lapid blocked the project.
A day before he set out to attack Israeli Jews in the Old City of Jerusalem, 19-year-old Muhnad Halabi apparently had already declared a “third intifada,” according to the Hebrew-language Ynet news site.
The young Jerusalem Arab terrorist attacked a Jewish family Saturday night as they were walking back from the Western Wall to the Lion’s Gate on HaGai Street.
“From what I can see, a third intifada has broken out. What is happening in Al Aqsa is what is happening in [all] our holy places and the way of our Prophet, and what is happening to the women of Al Aqsa is what is happening to our mothers and sisters.
“I don’t think the people will accept this humiliation. The people will rise up in an intifada,” he wrote.
Halabi murdered two people — including the 35-year-old father who he stabbed over and over, along with several others — before he grabbed the father’s gun and then shot family members and a group of tourists standing nearby.
He seriously wounded a 22-year-old mother and a 2-year-old toddler, who suffered a bullet wound to the leg.
Israel is celebrating the Succot holiday and I wish I could share happy pictures and videos from Israel but there are pogroms happening in Jerusalem and you probably have not heard a thing from your news channels.
Over the past month Muslims have been attacking Jews throughout Jerusalem and have been showing their real anti-semitic face.
A Jewish man who was returning from his Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) dinner was stoned to death by Muslim terrorists, Jewish men and women visiting the Old City of Jerusalem are attacked with stones and molotov cocktail bottles and Jews whose only wish is to pray on the Temple Mount are harassed, kicked, stoned and assaulted by Muslim terrorists.
Let’s stop beating around the bush and call what the Muslims are carrying out in Jerusalem by its real name; a full fledge anti-semitic pogrom against Jews!
It started with Muslim men, women and children screaming their heads off at Jewish worshippers and threatening them.
There were those who said, ‘no big deal’ all they are doing is screaming and there are those who even had the audacity to defend the Muslim behavior as freedom of speech.
The Muslim crowd had no pity on anyone and Jewish women and children were their next targets. The screaming turned to spitting and specific threats. Notice the Jews who were attacked in the video below were not holding any Israeli flags! In fact, they were Ultra Orthodox Jews who are not Zionist! They were on the Temple Mount simply to pray. This is exactly what anti semitism looks like for those of you who still have a hard time identifying the behavior of the Muslims on the Temple Mount!
People were still excusing the fanatic Islamic anti-semitic behavior and claiming it was just the radicals. Then then Muslim officers on the Temple Mount attacked Jews who were looking to just take a drink from a fountain on the Temple Mount. It is simply unreal how there are those around the world who claim Israel is an apartheid and then excuse this blatant demonstration of Islamic racism and anti-semitism.
In case any of you are still under the impression that these Muslim terrorists are just a fringe sect, watch a Muslim ISRAELI Parliament member assault Jews who came to pray on the Temple Mount.
This Arab, Muslim Israeli parliament member who has more freedoms and rights in Israel than he would in any Islamic regime assaults Jewish worshippers telling them to go to hell and that they have no right to pray on the Temple Mount!
Of course when the IDF finally reacted to these acts of terror, the world press pointed a finger at Israel! I am so sick and tired of the blatant anti-semitic behavior of the world! It happens every time and nothing ever changes! Israel is attacked and there is press silence, Israel responds and then the entire world gets up on their hind legs to blame the Jewish State for defending itself and winning!
The videos above were horrific to watch but there were those who excused the terrorist’s behavior with the excuse that Jews praying on the Temple Mount (the holiest place on Earth for Jews) is a provocation. If the videos above made you upset, the two that you are about to watch will infuriate you. Unlike the videos above that took place on the Temple Mount, the videos below took place in Jerusalem. The Jews who were attacked below were not walking to pray on the Temple Mount but were walking to pray at the Western Wall! Please do not tell me that the hatred aimed towards Israel is not anti-semitic. Watch the videos below and explain what settlements, occupation or any other of the other justifications used by the Arabs to murder Jews have anything to do with the attack below!
Watch this Jews get attacked as he walks to the Western Wall wearing his prayer shawl.
Don’t think for a second these Muslim terrorists are a branch of Hamas. They are the fruit of the official PA headed by none other than Abu Mazen himself who last week commented on the current attacks that are taking place in Jerusalem. Israel’s “peace” partner did not condemn the fascist behavior of Muslim terrorists but rather justified them.
Taken from the Palestinian Media Watch website Abbas: We won’t allow Jews’ “filthy feet”“We bless every drop of bloodthat has been spilled for Jerusalem…blood spilled for Allah…Every Martyr will reach Paradise,and everyone wounded will be rewarded by Allah”PA: Jews are filth, they desecrate and defile Jerusalem When anti Israel activists use fake quotes from Israeli leaders I always demand they bring their source and video of the quote they are faking. My demand is usually met with four letter words instead of facts, so here is the video of the man the world calls a “peace partner”
Yes! He did say pure Muslim blood and yes he also claimed Churches are theirs as well.
JUST in case you thought these attacks were random, watch and listen to Abu Mazen explain his solution to the Jews who seek to pray at the holiest place in the world for the Jewish religion.
The audacity of these Muslims knows no boundaries at all. In one case, a Muslim woman assaulted a Jewish man and the man was just not going to take it so he reacted.
Here is the picture of a Jewish man who was covered as assaulting an innocent Muslim woman in Jerusalem.
He sure looks like a crazy Jewish man attacking a very innocent Muslim woman, doesn’t it? Now take a closer look at what this woman is holding in her hand!
So what really happened? Watch the actual video below and see just how far Islamic Taqiyya goes!
Jerusalem is under attack and the press is silent!
What can YOU do? 1. SHARE these videos with your communities and show the truth to as many people as possible! 2. Follow the @Israel_shield Twitter account and help fight anti Israel propaganda 3. Come on over to the IsraelShield Facebook page and help spread the truth!