Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Mass Stabbing on Tel Aviv Bus (Updated)


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?

Editor's Update:

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


  1. Preoccupied Territories latest:

    "PreOccupied Territory...
    After Stabbing On Tel Aviv Bus, EU To Stop Selling Buses To Israel "


  2. This one needs life imprisonment for attempted murder.

    And Israel absolutely must stop freeing those who murder, or seek to murder, its citizenry.

    In fact, I am almost reluctant to say this, but Israel would be much better off with a death penalty for murder.

    1. I'm not a fan of capital punishment but it remains to be seen if anything will ever be construed as a military action subject to the same definitions as any other ongoing warfare. Killing murderers isn't going to change anything and locking them up for life doesn't do much either. Their families are paid off, they themselves get to sit around with no responsibilities for life and they're all called heroes. Maybe chain gangs is the answer. Have them all out in the hot sun all day digging irrigation ditches and building security fences. 12 hrs a day 6 days a week.

    2. Chain gangs?

      What a refreshing idea in an old-timey kind of way.

      "What we have here-ya is a failya to communicate!"

      Carr: Them clothes got laundry numbers on them. You remember your number and always wear the ones that has your number. Any man forgets his number spends a night in the box. These here spoons you keep with you. Any man loses his spoon spends a night in the box. There's no playing grab-ass or fighting in the building. You got a grudge against another man, you fight him Saturday afternoon. Any man playing grab-ass or fighting in the building spends a night in the box. First bell's at five minutes of eight when you will get in your bunk. Last bell is at eight. Any man not in his bunk at eight spends the night in the box. There is no smoking in the prone position in bed. To smoke you must have both legs over the side of your bunk. Any man caught smoking in the prone position in bed... spends a night in the box. You get two sheets. Every Saturday, you put the clean sheet on the top... the top sheet on the bottom... and the bottom sheet you turn in to the laundry boy. Any man turns in the wrong sheet spends a night in the box. No one'll sit in the bunks with dirty pants on. Any man with dirty pants on sitting on the bunks spends a night in the box. Any man don't bring back his empty pop bottle spends a night in the box. Any man loud talking spends a night in the box. You got questions, you come to me. I'm Carr, the floor walker. I'm responsible for order in here. Any man don't keep order spends a night in...

      Luke: ...the box.

      Carr: I hope you ain't going to be a hard case.

      Luke: [Smiles, shakes head] .

    3. These poor sick terrorists are obviously in need of therapy and love. Lots and lots and lots of love. I'm thinking 72 virgins therapy. Only one application required.

  3. Your tax dollars at work. His family will get up to $3,000/month from the PLO courtesy of the US and EU.

  4. I still can't support a death penalty, partially for practical reasons - why give them what they want? Spending the rest of their lives in a cage, instead, is far less glorious than being 'martyred' for their sick, racist 'cause.'

    Lock them away for good, and make sure they're kept there.

    And as Trudy notes, something really needs to be done about our tax dollars funding Palestinian-Arab terror pensions.

  5. I wonder if we have not finally reached a sort-of tipping point.

    Maybe... just maybe... this most recent round of Jihadi incitement and murder might penetrate the skulls of so many of us who simply refuse to look up from our daily lives and notice something significant happening in other parts of the world.

    I am not counting on it, but I am keeping my fingers crossed.

    And, no, I don't like the idea of capital punishment either. What I like even less is freeing the murderers of Jews from Israeli prisons.

    The very idea of it sickens me. Sadly, Israeli law is not based on what personally pisses-off Mike Lumish.

    The Knesset needs to do something about that, I think.

    1. Hopefully. I often think the same after each round of violence, and yet I'm always inevitably disappointed. But sooner or later, the scales are bound to finally tip toward reason, right?