I just arrived home (safely, as always) on a SEPTA bus three hours ago. At no time during my trip (which also involved a trolley from Center City, and then an MFL subway / El car, back home here to Kensington) did it ever cross my mind that I would possibly be stabbed by terrorists at any point.
Nine people were stabbed on a Tel Aviv bus this morning, by a Palestinian-Arab terrorist, who initially attempted to flee on foot, but was soon, fortunately, shot and is now in custody.
The assailant is a 23-year-old man from the West Bank city of Tulkarm, illegally residing in Israel, police said.
Tel Aviv police chief Bentzi Sau said the attacker, reportedly a resident of the Tulkarem West Bank who had entered Israel illegally, boarded the bus about 400 meters away from where the incident began. He first attacked the driver, then began stabbing a number of bus passengers.Some will surely tell us that this is just a confused young man who was so oppressed that he couldn't help but stab as many Jews as possible once the bus picked him up, and "the incident began." Certain others may even wonder if the driver, who was apparently attacked first, might have done something to provoke this surely peaceful, knife-wielding gentleman, into attacking him and then being involuntarily forced into a wild, Jew-stabbing frenzy?
Meanwhile, people with brains will recognize and acknowledge the fact that Israel is still very much fighting a terror war on all fronts at all times, and that the constant incitement from its alleged "peace-partners," which produces bus riders whose purpose is to stab Jews, rather than to get from home to work or restaurant or shopping or vice versa, is very much more of a problem, than Jews building apartments in places where some would prefer they not live.
Tomorrow, I'm going to once again board numerous subways and buses, and later this weekend even a few SEPTA regional rail trains. And not once during any of those trips will I worry about being stabbed, even though I just wrote about this right now.
Is it too much to ask for Israelis to eventually be able to one day expect the same?
This is a video of people running from the scene, including the terrorist, who stabs an innocent woman as he races past her.
This is a video of the same individual having been rendered helpless by the Israeli cops.
His name is Hamza Muhammed Hassan Matrouk, a 22-year-old from Tulkarm, which is somewhere in Judea or Samaria.
He does not seem very happy for some reason. - ML