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January 18, 2017 / 20 Tevet, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘truck’

Don’t Judge the Soldiers

Monday, January 9th, 2017

The video of Jewish soldiers running away during the Armon Hanatziv terror attack was difficult to watch.

Realistic or not, we expect our soldiers to be well trained, physically, and, more important, mentally, to charge and engage the enemy.

It’s all too easy to ignore that these soldiers are inexperienced teenagers, some with more training, most with less. And yet we expect them to respond properly, effectively and professionally to bewildering situations on a level of competence we’d expect from seasoned combat veterans.

The IDF has to invest a lot of time and effort to train combat soldiers to charge the enemy and then pull the trigger. For most people it’s not a natural act.

Most of the soldiers in the Armon Hanatziv attack had had minimal combat training, and were designated for deployment in office positions, “Jobnikim,” in IDF slang.

In addition, it would be foolish to assume that the Elor Azaria trial which has torn up the country for close to a year did not impede their reaction time, compelling them to think ten times before charging and opening fire.

However in a civilian milieu, even experienced security personnel must think three times before pulling the trigger, in case their target is actually an innocent civilian.

There were mistakes made yesterday, just like there were mistakes made in Hebron, including mistakes made by Azaria’s officers, going all the way up the chain of command.

There were also heroes.

Lessons will be be learned from this incident, just as the IDF learned from previous ones. There will be investigations and consequences, as there should be.

Unfortunately, our suicidal enemy will still invent new, different and evil way to attack us.

In our war against Islamic terror, we must not drag our soldiers to court like common criminals, or shame them in social media.

Sgt. Elor Azaria last March and the soldiers in Armon HaNatziv on Sunday had to deal with an evil enemy in a very complicated situation, and whether or not their responses were picture perfect, or even warranted, they were acting in the service of our country. To treat them any other way is to invite more confusion and, inevitably, more victims of terrorism.

 


May all our wounded soldiers have a Refuah Sheleimah – a healthy and complete recovery.

 

Stephen Leavitt

Reports: Truck Murderer Was Released Security Prisoner

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

The Arab terrorist who was shot dead after driving a truck into a group of uniformed Israeli soldiers, killing four soldiers and injuring at least 13 Sunday afternoon, was Fadi Ahmad Hamdan al-Qunbar, 28, a released prisoner who lived in nearby eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabal al-Mukabbir. He carried an Israeli “blue card” and an Israeli driver’s license.

Hamas released a statement in Arabic on social media, hailing the “heroic and brave truck attack in Jerusalem which comes as natural reaction to the Israeli occupation’s crimes.”

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov quickly reacted to the attack in a Tweet, saying: “My thoughts go out to victims of shocking #terror attack in #Jerusalem. Must be condemned by all. Absolutely no excuses, no justifications!”

Perhaps it’s time for the IDF to adopt the Russian Army’s rules of engagement.

David Israel

Berlin Truck Attacker Killed in Shootout with Cops

Friday, December 23rd, 2016

Anis Amri, the Tunisian terrorist suspected of killing 12 and injuring 50, ramming a truck into pedestrians in a Christmas market in Berlin this week, was killed by the police in a shootout outside Milan, Italy, Friday morning, following a furious, Europe-wide manhunt, Italian Interior Minister Marco Minniti announced. He explained that an examination of the body showed clearly that “the person killed, without a shadow of a doubt, is Anis Amri, the suspect of the terrorist attack.”

Amri, 24, who had spent time in prison in Italy, was stopped by two policemen during a routine police check in the Sesto San Giovanni neighborhood of Milan. When they asked him to show his identity papers he pulled a gun from his backpack and was killed in the shootout that ensued. One of the policemen was shot and was evacuated to hospital.

According to Italian authorities, Amri has used at least six different names and three nationalities since leaving Tunisia in 2011. His first stop in Europe was in Italy, where he served three and a half years for setting a fire at a refugee center.

David Israel

Israeli Critically Wounded in Berlin Truck Attack

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

Among the victims of the terrorist truck that jumped the sidewalk about 8 PM Monday near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin, was an Israeli man who was critically injured in the attack, Israel’s foreign ministry reported Tuesday.

According to report, the man is in hospital on a respirator. The condition of his wife, who accompanied him to the Christmas market, is unknown. The couple was reported missing when they hadn’t returned to their hotel overnight.

The Berlin police announced early Tuesday that the killing of at least 12 and wounding of dozens more when the truck plowed through a Christmas market was “a suspected terrorist attack.”

David Israel

Kurds Shoot Rockets at Turkish Airport, Kill 11 Police in Truck Bomb Attack

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Turkish authorities blame the Kurdish PKK of shooting rockets at a civilian airport in Diyarbakir in southwestern Turkey Saturday night, sending passengers and staff scrambling for shelter, Dogan news agency reported. There were no casualties. According to Dogan, four rockets were shot at a police checkpoint outside the airport’s VIP lounge just before midnight. According to Turkish TV, the rockets did not hit their target but landed instead in an open field nearby. Diyarbakir governor Huseyin Aksoy told the TV news channel there was no disruption in the flights schedule.

The PKK has been fighting the Turkish government since 1984, and is considered a terrorist organization by the US and the EU.

On Friday morning, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim reported that 11 police officers were killed and 78 wounded, including three civilians, in a truck-bomb attack in the Cizre district of the southeastern province of Şırnak.

According to Dogan, the attack took place at a police check point outside a riot police station in the Konak neighborhood on the Cizre-Şırnak highway. After some shooting, the bomb on the truck was detonated, destroying the riot police building.

Speaking at a press conference with his Bulgarian counterpart Boyko Borissov in Istanbul, Yildirim vowed to overcome all attacks against his country, saying, “No terrorist group could hold Turkey captive,” and “the brotherhood will not be damaged.”

“Let our nation know that we have opened a total war against these terrorist groups,” Yildirim announced, then quoted Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, founding father of modern Turkey, who paraphrased on Patrick Henry when he declared, “Give me independence or give me death.” Yildirim added that “these vile people” would get their just deserts.

David Israel

Watch: Munich Killer Ali Sonboli Had Shouting Match with German Truck Driver [video]

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

According to the German newspaper Das Bild, the deadly Munich shooting that claimed the lives of 10 people and injured 27 was the work of an 18-year-old German citizen of Iranian origin named Ali David Sonboli.

Bild released a video after the shooting, with the loud shouting match between the shooter, who was pacing on the top floor of a nearby parking garage, and Thomas Selby, 57, a truck driver who was looking at him from his balcony.

Selby told Bild: “I was having a beer after work and I heard gunshots. First they were at the McDonalds – boom, boom, boom. Then people were running out of the parking lot. It’s right under my house. I looked from my balcony and saw him reloading his pistol. I threw my beer bottle at him. It broke on the roof.”

Their calls back and forth, including a third person who joined in, were captured on video. The following is a translation from the German transcript:

Neighbor: “You’re a son of a [expletive].”

Shooter: “Because of you I’ve been abused for seven years.”

Neighbor: “You’re a son of a [expletive].”

Shooter: “And now I have to buy a pistol in order to shoot you.”

Neighbor: “A pistol? Go [expletive] yourself.”

Shooter: “I’m German.”

Neighbor: “You’re a son of a [expletive], that’s what you are.”

Shooter: “Stop taking pictures.”

Neighbor: “You son of a [expletive], what are you doing?”

Shooter: “I was born here.”

Third voice: “[Expletive] foreigners.”

Neighbor: “What the hell do you think you’re doing.”

Shooter: “I grew up here in Hartz IV (a welfare neighborhood).”

Neighbor: “You’re a son of a [expletive], you.”

Shooter: “You’re right, you’re right, you’re right.”

JNi.Media

At Least One Jewish Person Hurt in French Truck Attack

Friday, July 15th, 2016

According to Rabbi Yossef Yitschok Pinson, director of Habad Loubavitch of Nice Côte d’Azur and head Chabad-Lubavitch emissary in the region, at least one of the wounded, whose Hebrew name is Moshe ben Yaakov, is a member of the local Jewish community, Chabad.org reported Friday morning.

Counselors at Chabad’s Gan Israel day camp were at the scene of the attack, and crossed the street just moments before the attack, narrowly missing the truck’s path of destruction, Rabbi Pinson said, adding, “They had to run from the truck, it was just a few feet away from them.”

The camp staff was quickly hauled to a local restaurant for shelter, from which they later were taken to the rabbi’s home. “Obviously, they are very upset, having seen everything—people falling and bodies,” Pinson said.

“We are praying for everyone who has been injured in this terrible attack,” said Pinson, and requested that people pray for Moshe ben Yaakov’s recovery.

Chabad Gan Israel plans to provide the staff with professional help to deal with the trauma.

David Israel

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/at-least-one-jewish-person-hurt-in-french-truck-attack/2016/07/15/

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