Four IDF soldiers killed, 15 wounded in east Jerusalem truck attack

Four IDF soldiers killed, 15 wounded in east Jerusalem truck attack

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Scene of the truck ramming attack
The scene where a truck rammed into a group of Israeli soldiers in the Armon Hanatziv area of east Jerusalem, killing at least four. JINIPIX PHOTO

A truck crashed into a group of soldiers in eastern Jerusalem Jan. 8, killing four and injuring at least 15, in what is suspected to be a terror attack.

The soldiers, cadets in an officers’ training course,  had just gotten off of a bus on early Sunday afternoon on the promenade in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of eastern Jerusalem, also known as East Talpiot. The promenade marks the border between the eastern and western halves of the city, and is usually full of joggers, walkers and tourists.

Four of the soldiers, all 20, were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Magen David Adom. At least one of the injured was in serious condition. The injured soldiers were evacuated to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Karem and to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. Three of the dead soldiers are reported to be women.

The driver of the truck was shot and killed by shots fired during the attack, when the truck veered from where it was driving and headed for the soldiers, according to reports. Witnesses told Israel Radio that after the truck hit the group it accelerated in reverse, trapping more soldiers under the large truck.

Reports said the truck had come from the eastern Jerusalem Arab neighbourhood of Jabel Mukaber and had yellow Israeli license plates. The driver was later identified as Fadi al-Qanbar, 28, of Jabel Mukaber. Hamas said he had served time in an Israeli prison.

Hamas praised the attack in a statement posted on the Facebook page of its spokesperson.

“The continuous operations in the West Bank and Jerusalem prove that the Jerusalem intifada is not an isolated event, but rather a decision by the Palestinian people to revolt until it attains its freedom and liberation from the Israeli occupation,” the post said.

The ZAKA search and rescue organization also arrived at the scene to help treat the injured alongside other emergency services and to remove the remains and blood at the scene for burial with the body.

“This is a very difficult attack. I arrived with other ZAKA volunteers and the scene looked like a battlefield. Many injured lay on the grass, some of them were still trapped under the terrorist’s truck,” ZAKA Jerusalem commander Bentzi Oering said in a statement.

A video of the attack was later posted on YouTube.

Foreign Minister Stéphane Dion condemned the attack.

“Canada strongly condemns today’s horrifying terrorist attack that killed four young Israel Defense Forces soldiers as they were on a cultural tour of Jerusalem. We are deeply saddened by the loss of life and hope for a speedy recovery for those injured,” Dion said in a statement

“Canada also condemns the glorification of terrorist attacks. Such craven efforts to incite violence can never be justified. As a partner, friend and ally of Israel, Canada fully supports the right of Israelis to live in peace and security, free from the threat of terrorism and incitement to violence.‎”

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  • TerrorIsEvil

    This is an horrifically tragic day – another in a long series of horrific days that Jews in Israel have
    experienced during attacks by Islamic countries, terrorists and armies out to
    destroy the State of Israel. It has been happening forever and most notably in
    the 20th and 21st centuries. G-d blesses the fallen
    soldiers and their colleagues and families.

    People in the media have tried once again to minimize and isolate the attack as some kind of aberration. They look for causes, reasons and identified groups as if the cause is not and
    has not always been obvious and clear – hate for Jews by Islamists who have been fed this hate from birth by their parents, Imams, and, most significantly, literal interpretations of holy books
    which instruct them to kill Jews and infidels wherever they find them.

    Who is to blame for this? The terrorist, who lives and enjoys all the bounty and freedom of living inside Israel just as the young women and men he cowardly slaughtered and the 17
    wounded youth whose lives were ruined by this cowardly butcher yesterday.

    Others to blame are the UN, the EU, Obama’s regime and all decisions made to appease terrorists and mollify Muslims and those who want Israel gone and Jews dead – replaced with what they call
    a “Palestinian State” but they mean a terror state in place of Israel like many
    neighboring Muslim states and terror Caliphates in the region.

    Churches, academics, left-wingers who take sides against Israel, Mosques that spew pure hate and a media that manufactures lies to the point where one would think that Jews and
    Israel present barriers to peace because, in the view of Jew-hating media, Israel
    is the most evil place in the world because it defends its people and country
    against Islamic barbarism (which the media seem to be in love with).

    The only solution and answer to terrorism is to put them down with as much force as is required to do the job so that it is a deterrent. It is absolutely necessary to instill fear into
    anyone attempting such evil. Anyone who sets out on the road to killing Jews
    must be a target before he reaches for his/her weapons. You do not arrive at
    answers by pandering to terrorists, by giving them the benefit of the doubt, by
    offering them endless incentives, by promising them a country which they have
    never had and which they have never deserved.

    Two world wars were won through clear instructions to wipe out the enemy. The successors of Hitler and his Reich, Tojo and Mussolini would be here today if there were a UN and EU at
    the time of WWII telling American and allied troops not to shoot or not to use “disproportionate
    force,” never use nuclear bombs or threatened the Allies that they would be
    prosecuted for war crimes if they dare try to win the war.

    The people who say that war is not legal, just or necessary for just one side of the conflict have never seen terrorists run over their children with a massive truck or seen the end
    results of flesh and blood strewn about a restaurant where an Islamic terrorist
    has just followed the “inspiration” of ISIS, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Iranian
    regime, or any number of Islamic individuals doing the evil work of their
    prophet. Anyone who is inspired to kill according to the Koran is sick and
    criminal.

    It is time to stop appeasing and trying to impress the rats who are expressing their antisemitism by tying Israel’s hands and preventing it from normal living as the world’s one and only
    extremely small Jewish state, that they want to shrink over time and give away
    to the same brutal conquerors who terrorize and kill Jews and all mankind.