On 30th September 2015 the Palestinian flag was raised at the UN headquarters in New York. A clear message was sent to the world,- that a state of Palestine exists and is recognized by world leaders.
Since all Israelis were removed from the Gaza strip, in the very unwise appeasement deal, more than 11000 missiles have been fired from there into Israel. Although most have missed the intended targets and others have been intercepted and destroyed without causing harm, the intention of the Palestinians has been clear,- to kill and injure Israelis.
In the weeks leading up to 30th September Israel saw an increased number of terrorist attacks on individual Israelis, causing injury and death. The UN said nothing and went ahead with its recognition ceremony.
The day after the UN ceremony attacks against Israelis intensified
Tensions were fuelled by Palestinian allegations that Israel plans to change the delicate arrangement at the hilltop compound, sacred to both Muslims and Jews. Israel has adamantly denied the allegations and accused Palestinian leaders of inciting the violence and spreading lies over the shrines. Violence was initially confined to east Jerusalem and the West Bank but later spread to Israeli cities in the form of deadly stabbing attacks.
Nablus (Biblical Shechem): Rabbi Eitam Henkin (31) and wife Naama (30) murdered in a drive-by shooting while travelling with their four young children (aged 9, 7, 4, and 9 months). Security forces arrested members of Hamas cell responsible.
Jerusalem: Two killed in stabbing attack near Lion’s Gate. Aharon Banita-Bennet (22) was stabbed to death on the way to the Western Wall in the Old City on Saturday evening with his wife and two young children. His wife and two-year-old son were wounded. Rabbi Nehemia Lavi (father of seven), who came to the aid of the Banita-Bennett family, was attacked and stabbed to death. Police shot and killed the attacker.
Jerusalem: Moshe Malka (15) was stabbed and wounded on his way to prayers at the Western Wall. Terrorist was shot dead by security forces.
Petach Tikva: Knife attack at shopping mall wounded one man. The knife broke, preventing further victims. Bystanders apprehended the terrorist.
Jerusalem: A Palestinian woman (18) stabbed a 36-year-old Jewish man at Lion’s Gate of the Old City. The victim, moderately wounded, shot and wounded the terrorist.
Kiryat Gat (southeast of Tel Aviv): A terrorist stabbed an IDF soldier and snatched his gun, then ran into a nearby apartment, where a woman was just returning home. She fought with him and managed to flee. The terrorist was killed by police.
Tel Aviv: Female soldier and three others stabbed. Terrorist was shot and killed.
Jerusalem: A yeshiva student (25) was seriously injured and another man lightly injured in stabbing attack near the light rail. Terrorist (age 19) arrested.
Kiryat Arba: (Jewish town near Hebron, south of Jerusalem): Man seriously wounded in stabbing attack. Victim evacuated to Jerusalem hospital. Terrorist escaped.
Afula: (town in Galilee): A soldier was wounded in stabbing attack. The terrorist was apprehended soon after.
Jerusalem: (Shmuel HaNavi St.): Jewish boy (16) was beaten and stabbed and lightly injured. Attacker (18, from Hebron in West Bank) was later apprehended by police.
Kiryat Arba: Terrorist stabbed a police officer (47) and tried to grab his gun. Other officers shot him.
Afula: Female terrorist tried to stab a security guard at the Central Bus Station. She was shot and wounded.
Jerusalem: (Sabbath morning): Arab (16) stabbed two Jewish men in their 60s near Damascus Gate, leaving them moderately and lightly wounded, respectively. The terrorist then attacked Border Police officers, who shot and killed him.
Jerusalem: (near Damascus Gate): Palestinian (19, from Shuafat) stabbed two police officers. Nearby police shot and killed him, and accidently wounded a third officer. Officers in serious-to-moderate condition.
Maaleh Adumim: Jerusalem highway: Police officer lightly injured when he pulled over a driver acting suspiciously, and the (female) driver set off an explosive device. Gas canister s were later found in the vehicle. The terrorist was seriously wounded.
Jerusalem: Stabbing attack foiled at Lion’s Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City. Terrorist (18, from eastern Jerusalem) was shot and killed.
Jerusalem: (Ammunition Hill, northern Jerusalem): Border policeman was stabbed and lightly injured by a female terrorist (16). The officer managed to shoot and stop her, and she was evacuated to hospital.
Jerusalem: (Pisgat Zeev in northern Jerusalem): Two terrorists (both teenagers) stabbed and seriously wounded a man (25) and a boy (13) riding his bicycle. Police shot and killed one terrorist and apprehended the second. The boy is in critical condition.
Jerusalem: (8:30 pm near entrance to city): Terrorist on bus stabbed a soldier (19) and tried to grab his gun. After a struggle, the terrorist was shot and killed by a police officer.
Ra’anana: A Palestinian man stabbed an Israeli man in a bus station near the city hall of Ra’anana, leaving him with light stab wounds. Civilians overpowered the attackers and he was arrested by the police.
East Jerusalem: Baha Aliyan (22) and Bilal Ranem (23), armed with a firearm and a knife boarded a bus in East Jerusalem and started attacking and stabbing the passengers. One of the assailants tried to take control on the bus and locked the bus door to prevent the passengers from escaping. Police arrived, killed one of the assailants and neutralized the other, who left two dead and sixteen wounded.
Jerusalem: Alaa Abu Jamal rammed into a crowd of people waiting in a bus station in West Jerusalem, then went out of the vehicle and started stabbing the victims until he was neutralized by a security guard and was killed. One Rabbi died and another four people were injured, others were treated for anxiety.
Ra’anana: A Palestinian man stabbed four people in a bus stop in Ra’anana and fled the scene when he was caught by civilians who neutralized him and the police arrested him.
Jerusalem: A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli woman at Jerusalem’s main bus station.
Jerusalem: A Palestinian attempted to stab a policeman at the Damascus Gate of the walled Old City, but was shot dead by police
Nablus (Biblical Shechem): Palestinians set fire to the tomb of Joseph
Hebron: A Palestinian disguised as a photojournalist stabbed and moderately wounded an IDF soldier near the West Bank city of Hebron, police reported Friday.
The terrorist was shot dead at the scene.
Hebron: A man approached a checkpoint in the city and tried to stab one of the security forces. When this attempt failed, he came after an Israeli citizen who used his personal firearm and shot the attacker three times.
Jerusalem: Shortly after the Hebron attack a civilian told the security forces that he saw a suspicious looking man in the Armon Hanatziv area. Border Police forces approached him and asked him to present his identification documents. At this point the man pulled out a knife and tried to stab one of the officers. The attacker was subsequently shot and killed.
So many attacks in such a short time!! What has been the response of the UN to these blatant acts of terrorism? The UN condemned the stabbings in Jerusalem’s Old City on 3rd October, which left Nehemia Lavi and Aharon Benet dead and Benet’s wife and child injured, but then there was a deafening silence.
On 14th October the UN spoke:-
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on Israel to undertake a “serious review” of its potential “excessive” response to Palestinian terror.
“The apparent excessive use of force by Israeli security forces” is “troubling,” said Ban’s spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, according to AFP. That situation “demands serious review as it only serves to exacerbate the situation leading to a vicious cycle of needless bloodshed,” he added.
How many Israelis are expected to die before Israeli forces are allowed to take such measures as they deem necessary to protect their people? How many of those who sit in the UN would not do all they could to protect their families if they were attacked? The video posted of the bus stop attack shows how determined the Palestinians are to cause injury and death,- even when several people ran to assist those who had been slashed the perpetrators kept attacking!! It seems that only the bullet will stop them. Their leaders applaud what they are doing and call for more attacks. Perpetrators are not condemned but encouraged.
Does the UN now regret having recognized Palestine as a state? I doubt it. The UN headquarters in Jerusalem are on the Hill of Evil Counsel. That says it all.