March 30, 2020

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30-Oct-16: Another vehicle ramming attack, another shooting attack, another "martyr"
This evening’s attack vehicle after IDF forces stopped it and its
driver [Image Source]

Haaretz reports [“Three wounded troops hurt in West Bank car-ramming“, October 30, 2016] on an Arab-on-Israeli vehicle-ramming attack late this afternoon in Beit Ummar, a town that has earned itself [click here] a reputation for wanton violence in recent years.

A Palestinian driver was shot dead after running over three Border Policemen north of the West Bank city of Hebron. The three troops were lightly wounded. The incident occurred in Beit Omar, north of Hebron. The victims were evacuated to a hospital in Jerusalem by the Magen David Adom ambulance service… [In addition, a] Palestinian teen was killed in Beit Omar last Thursday after he pelted an army patrol jeep with stones. Military Police have since opened an investigation into the incident.

Times of Israel, quoting Arab sources, names the driver of the ramming car as Khaled Ahmad Aylan, 23 years old, of Beit Ummar.

The Arab news source Ma’an News Agency names him as Khalid Ahmad Elayyan Ikhlayyil, and in its Arabic version [here] gives prominence to a smiling portrait of the would-be killer, calling him (who’s surprised by this?) shahid, Arabic for “martyr

As we noted last night [“29-Oct-16: Knives, cars, guns: Israeli security thwarts weekend attacks“], another vehicle-ramming attack was launched against Israelis this past Friday near Ofra.

The same Haaretz article also reports about a shooting attack last night that brought with it echoes of the intense violence of the early 2000s:

On Saturday evening, gunmen opened fire toward Israelis driving near the Karmei Tzur settlement. No casualties or damage were reported and a manhunt is underway for the assailants.

The editors at Haaretz don’t name last night’s victim who, thankfully, escaped uninjured. She is Ruthie Gillis whose vehicle came under fire as she was driving from her home in Karmei Tzur towards Jerusalem. Her husband, Dr. Shmuel Gillis, a respected haematologist at Hadassah hospital in Ein Karem, was murdered by gun-firing Arabs on the same road fifteen years earlier in 2001 as he was driving home from the hospital to his wife and five young children.

He treated patients suffering from leukemia and lymphoma, not only from Israel but also from Gaza, Ramallah, Nablus, and even from Jordan and Egypt. One of his patients, an Arab woman, described him as “better than an angel”… [Source]

The savagery that holds much of Palestinian Arab society and its leadership in its fierce grip pays scant attention to whether Israeli victims are life-saving doctors or angels. As we wrote here [“18-Oct-16: What do the Palestinian Arabs think and feel now?“] less than two weeks ago

Palestinian Arab support for… “an armed intifada” is currently high, as it has been for a long time. Three months ago, it stood at 54%. In this latest poll, it’s down all the way to 48% – which still means every second Palestinian Arab favours the continuation of a shooting/stabbing/ramming campaign against Israeli civilians. Think about that for a moment, and consider what it means for those of us who come into contact with them every day. 

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