30 Sivan 5768, 03 July 08 03:58
by Ze’ev Ben Yechiel
(IsraelNN.com) In Wednesday’s bizarre and gruesome bulldozer terrorist attack, an Arab worker for the Jerusalem Municipality murdered three Jews and injured upwards of 45 when he rolled his bulldozer over cars and pedestrians on Jerusalemâ€™s Jaffa Road. Despite the mobilization of Yasam (special police anti-terror units) and other Israeli police forces, the terrorist was shot dead by a young religious off-duty Givati soldier who had just finished his basic training.
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For several minutes there was no police presence on the scene, during which time the terrorist had free rein to massacre Jewish civilians. As in the Merkaz HaRav terror attack in March of this year, it took a civilian to step in and stop the slaughter. An army private, brother-in-law of one of the two Merkaz HaRav heroes, wrestled a gun away from a security guard, and shot three bullets into the bulldozer driver’s head. The shooting of the terrorist by the teenage soldier was filmed live on news cameras. The private, who initially did not want to speak with the media, gave a modest account of his heroism.
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The picture on Jaffa Road after the attack: cars were crushed, a bus was overturned and blood stains were spattered about. Thirty minutes after the scene, people were still being treated for shock, and crowds were gathered on rooftops.
The bulldozer driver is the second resident of the Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Tzur Baher in four months to murder Jewish civilians.
Brigadier-General Shachar Ayalon, Deputy Commissioner of the Israeli Police, called for the demolition of the house of the terrorist. â€œUnfortunately we have this situation between us and [the Arab residents of the town]. This is how we must react until they understand that they cannot behave themselves in this manner,â€ he said.
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One bystander named Michael commented on the fact that the Jerusalem Municipality hires Arab labor. â€œThis is our fault, because we hired these people, and we created a situation which endangers the lives of all Jews. We need to get rid of all Arab workers.â€
Sammy Grossman, a young paramedic-on-motorcycle with the Zaka rescue organization, witnessed the horrific sequence of events as they unfolded. â€œI was there by chance. I was passing by on my motorcycle. I suddenly saw a bulldozer weaving through the street in all directions like crazy, running over everything that moved. When I saw the bulldozer heading my way, I threw the motorcycle to the ground and fled.â€
Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupoliansky also called for the demolition of the terroristâ€™s house. Lupoliansky noted in a statement from the scene that his daughter was on a bus close to the scene of the attack, but was unharmed.
One question among many that the Jerusalem onlookers were debating is if the destruction of the house of the Merkaz HaRav murderer, widely called-for at the time, would have discouraged Wednesday’s terrorist and averted a tragedy.
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