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Terror: A Paramedic’s Account of Last Week’s Attack in Tel Aviv

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(Photo: flickr/israluv)

Last week’s stabbing attack aboard a Tel Aviv bus brought terror back to Israel. But the attack also showed the Jewish state and her people’s resilience and strength even during the hardest of times. A fine example of this is found in The Times of Israel - a volunteer paramedic’s account of the attack:

7:00 am, first call of the morning: mass casualties on ____, near the ____ bridge. We arrive at a chaotic scene, suffused with blood and terror, reverberating with the screams of horrified bystanders and moans of the afflicted.The instructors at Magen David Adom tell you that this is a possibility, that working on an ambulance is potentially dangerous, and despite your best efforts, nothing can prepare you for the inevitable confrontation with tragedy.

We are instructed by the highest ranking paramedic on the scene that we are immediately needed to assist a woman suffering from a hemothorax (sucking-bloody chest wound) lying on the pavement in the parking area located in the rear — an apparent stab wound to the chest.

Although she is bleeding profusely, she is conscious and able to communicate. I am surprisingly calm, my mind somehow putting the situation into context, which allows me not to panic. Oxygen is administered and we get her into an Advanced Life Support vehicle (נ׳׳תן), sirens blazing as it speeds away. As we return to our ambulance, a Basic Life Support vehicle (לבן), we discover another person, critically injured, waiting for us inside. I am instructed to get in the back of the vehicle with the victim as the driver starts the car. Today is only my fourth shift on the job …

“Where is she injured?!” The driver asks in Hebrew. She too is conscious but bleeding at an alarming rate, half the ambulance floor is now covered in blood, yet I don’t see any wounds.

Now I panic. My heart is beating so fast I can taste its tissue on my tongue. I am alone with a critically injured patient and I don’t…

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Monday, January 26th, 2015 at 8:51 AM  | Stand for Israel

At the Scene of Tel Aviv Terror Attack

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(Photo: twitter/Benhartman)

Yesterday we kept you updated on the vicious stabbing attack on a Tel Aviv bus, including the story of a brave eighth grader who fought the terrorist off with his backpack. Today, The Jerusalem Post provides these gripping eyewitness accounts of the Holy Land’s latest brush with terror:

For almost two hours on Wednesday morning, one of central Tel Aviv’s busiest junctions was gripped with fear and adrenaline, as dozens of witnesses and journalists recounted the city’s first lonewolf terrorist attack in over two months.

Kazis Metzliyah, the head of the traffic division for the Dan bus company, was one of the first to hear about the attack. Around 7:30 a.m. his phone rang, and on the other end was Herzl Biton, the driver of the No. 40 bus.

Moments earlier, Biton had been stabbed repeatedly by the attacker, whom the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) named as 23-year-old Hamza Muhammad Hassan Matruch from Tulkarm. “He told me he was going to die, and if he does, to take care of his children for him … ”

Moses Collins witnessed the attack from a second No. 40 bus riding behind the one where the attack happened.

He saw people running off the bus in front of him, he said, but didn’t understand why at the time. His bus stopped, and the passengers got off and gathered on the pavement, unsure of what had happened on the bus in front of them.

Collins said he had seen the attacker run south down Menachem Begin and then disappear off a side street.

Standing at the scene on Wednesday, one could piece together the timeline of the attack – if one just followed the blood …

The blood remained in the parking lot around the corner, where Ezra Malfout, a middle- aged employee of the lot, stood helping a customer.

“They’re lucky I was a medic in a combat unit. Two of the victims were stabbed and laid here, and I helped them and stopped the bleeding until the…

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Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 at 8:56 AM  | Stand For Israel

“I Threw My Bag at the Terrorist” – 8th Grader Survives Tel Aviv Attack

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(Photo: flickr/ Diariocritico de Venezuela)

More than a dozen Israelis were wounded in today’s stabbing attack on a Tel Aviv bus. Yediot Achronot brings us this story of a young boy who survived the attack:

Liel Suissa, an 8th grader from Bat Yam, was on his way to his new high school Wendesday morning, when a Palestinian terrorist armed with a knife began to attack people on the number 40 bus in central Tel Aviv.

“The terrorist suddenly began stabbing,” the 13-year-old recalled. “We all ran back. Most people came flying towards me.

“I was sitting on the bus and I heard people shouting. The terrorist had suddenly gone to the driver and stabbed him. He was shouting things, but I couldn’t hear clearly. I saw him stab the driver, and I ran to the back with the others to get away from him. He approached us, I broke the window and got out.”

Suissa added: “I threw my bag at the terrorist as he approached so he would not come closer. The driver hit the brakes when the terrorist approached us. The terrorist flew into the air and I used my elbow to break the window so that we could get out. The driver opened the door as well.

“He chased us even after we left the bus, with the knife in his hand. I ran behind some cars, and when the security guards came to chase him, I pointed to where he had run. They said afterwards that they had shot him in the leg. I was nervous at first, but then I got over it. I feel alright. It felt like a movie, not like something real. There was a lot of stress.”

 

 

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 11:34 AM  | Stand For Israel

Watch: Terrorist Flees Scene of Tel Aviv Stabbings

Stand for Israel reported to you on today’s horrific attack in Israel, in which a terrorist stabbed 17 people aboard a Tel Aviv bus. Yediot Achronot has this video of the terrorist running from the scene and attacking a woman as he flees:

Hamza Muhammed Hassan Matrouk, a 22-year-old from Tulkarm, stabbed 13 people on a bus in central Tel Aviv on Wednesday, wounding four of them seriously before he was chased down, shot and arrested by police in an attack praised by the Islamic militant Hamas group.

A new video from the event, the Palestinian can be seen fleeing the scene of the attack – Tel Aviv’s Beit Maariv Bridge – while being chased by Israel Prison Service forces, who eventually shot and arrested him. In the video, he can be seen stabbing a pedestrian as he runs.

The assault, described by police as a “terror attack,” was the latest in a spate of attacks in which Palestinians have used knives, acid and vehicles as weapons in recent months, leaving dead and injured. Police identified the assailant as a Palestinian from the West Bank and said he had entered Israel illegally.

During questioning, Hamza Muhammed Hassan Matrouk said he committed the attack because of Operation Protective Edge – Israel’s 50 day war with Hamas – and events at the Temple Mount. He also said hew as motivated by watching radical Islamic material that spoke of “reaching paradise.”

 

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 9:57 AM  | Stand For Israel

Terrorist Stabs More Than a Dozen on Tel Aviv Bus

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(Photo: flickr/Andrew Nash)

Terror has returned to the Holy Land today. While France’s recent Islamist attacks are still fresh in our minds, The Times of Israel reports that on Wednesday a Palestinian terrorist stabbed more than a dozen people aboard a Tel Aviv bus, wounding several of them seriously:

A Palestinian man stabbed commuters on a Tel Aviv bus during rush hour Wednesday morning, injuring some 17 people, several seriously, police said.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said it was a terror attack.

Four of the victims were hospitalized in serious condition, another five were left in a moderate condition, and the remaining were lightly injured according to media reports.

The attacker was identified as a Palestinian from the West Bank city of Tulkarem, 23. He was shot after a short chase, during which he continued to stab people on the street, and taken into police custody.

He was named later as Hamza Matrouk, 23, of the West Bank town of Tulkarem. He was in Israel illegally. He said he was motivated to carry out the terror attack by the Israel-Hamas war this summer, and recent tensions surrounding the Temple Mount.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed incitement against Israel by the Palestinian Authority, and its head Mahmoud Abbas, for the attack. Hamas praised the attack as heroic …

The attack occurred at about 7:30 a.m. on a No. 40 bus heading north through the city from Bat Yam.

The attacker first stabbed the bus driver, Herzl Biton, who attempted to fight back, including using pepper spray, before attacking others as passengers attempted to escape the scene. Biton was among those seriously injured.

Officers from a prison service who happened to be nearby and saw the bus swerving out of control and a man running away, gave chase, shot the man in the leg, wounding him lightly and subsequently arrested him.

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 9:16 AM  | Stand For Israel

Who Will Obtain Justice for Alberto Nisman?

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(Photo: wikicommons)

In yesterday’s Daily Dispatch, we noted the suspicious death of Alberto Nisman, the Jewish-Argentinian prosecutor who had long pursued justice for the 85 people killed in the 1994 bombing of the Buenos Aires Jewish community center. The Times of Israel’s David Horovitz writes about Nisman’s tireless investigation the bombing, the damning evidence against Iran and Hezbollah he found, and says that all decent people should be appalled at Nisman’s death:

We know all of this because of the indefatigable investigative work of one man, Alberto Nisman, who 10 years ago took over the investigation of the bombing. It was Nisman who traced the evidence, in what remains the worst-ever terrorist attack in Argentina, all the way back to that meeting of the Iranian leadership in Mashad.

So definitive and persuasive were Nisman’s conclusions that Interpol placed the key Iranian conspirators, along with Imad Mughniyeh, on its international watch list, requiring member countries to assist in their arrests and extradition …

Last week, Nisman, 51, alleged that the current Argentinian president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (Nestor’s widow), and her Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman, had worked to cover up Iran’s involvement in the attack. He said he sought to question her over the scandal.

On his first visit to Israel seven years ago, Nisman, a non-observant Jew, told me that he had been warned off the AMIA case by Iran, and that he had received death threats, including one that he found recorded on his home answering machine which was particularly troubling because his daughter was standing next to him when he played it. In one of several subsequent telephone conversations, he said the Iranians had told him — during hearings at which they sought in vain to have their incriminated leaders cleared by Interpol — that he had slandered their nation, that his capture would be sought, and that he would spend years in Iran’s jails.

As I wrote at the time, Nisman did not appear particularly fazed by the threats, saying lightly that he had no plans to visit the Islamic Republic….

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2015 at 8:52 AM  | Stand For Israel

A United Fight Against Terrorism

(Photo: Oren Nahshon)

(Photo: Oren Nahshon)

In the first few weeks of 2015, the world has already seen several horrific terror attacks, including last week’s devastating terror attacks in Paris by radical Islamists. Writing at The Jerusalem Post, The Fellowship‘s Senior Vice President Yael Eckstein says that through the tragedy, she also has hope that the world’s response is the start of a united fight against terrorism:

The free world ended 2014 with prayers for new beginnings and hope for a change of direction from the violent path it was heading in. Despite the evil in our midst, none of us is ready to give up trying to create a bright future for our children and grandchildren. The Jewish people especially has experienced many catastrophes throughout history, yet we have never raised our white flag in defeat, and we’re certainly not going to start now. The New Year brings with it new hope, and freedom-lovers across the world rang in the Gregorian New Year with raised glasses to the prospect of renewed peace in the world.

Yet that hope was quickly shattered.

In the first week of January, the ruthless terrorist group Boko Haram carried out one of the deadliest attacks in years, killing as many as 2,000 people in Nigeria. In Afghanistan, Yemen, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Egypt, there have been numerous attacks since the beginning of the year. Yet terrorist attacks in these regions of the world have become so routine that they’re barely reported on anymore.

But then it happened: an atrocious and dreaded attack on the West. Seventeen innocent people were killed in Paris. …

And so last week, once again, as the reports flooded in of the massacres in Paris, I found myself slamming my fists down on the table and screaming out the burning questions we have all been asking for years. “When will the world wake up from our slumber and realize that the Islamic terror threat is a viable threat to our children and grandchildren’s future? When will people on all sides of the…

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Friday, January 16th, 2015 at 8:38 AM  | Stand For Israel

France to Deploy 5,000 Police to Protect Jewish Schools

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(Photo: flickr/peter-benedik)

In the wake of last week’s terror attacks in Paris – particularly the shootings that occurred at a kosher market, leaving four Jewish men dead – France’s Jewish community is concerned of further anti-Semitic violence. The Times of Israel reports that the French government is deploying 5,000 soldiers and police to protect the nation’s Jewish schools and the children who attend them:

France will deploy nearly 5,000 security forces and police to protect the 700 Jewish schools in the country, its interior minister said Monday, after last week’s attacks, one of which targeted a kosher supermarket.

Bernard Cazeneuve said soldiers would also be posted as reinforcements, as he addressed parents of a Jewish school to the south of Paris, near where an Islamist gunmen shot dead a policewoman on Thursday, one of 17 people killed in a three-day bloodbath.

Four Jewish men were killed Friday at the HyperCacher supermarket, prompting concerns of further attacks on Jewish targets …

On Sunday, following a meeting with President Francois Hollande, a leading figure in the Jewish community said the French army may protect Jewish sites.

“He told us that all the schools, all the synagogues will be protected, if necessary, on top of the police, by the army,” said Roger Cukierman, president of the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France, of his meeting with Hollande.

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Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 at 11:28 AM  | Stand for Israel

Netanyahu, Rivlin Speak at Paris Victims’ Funeral

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(Photo: Haim Zach/GPO/ASHERNET)

Today in Jerusalem, the four victims of last week’s attack on a kosher market in Paris were buried after a joint funeral. The Times of Israel reports that Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu both gave moving words at the service:

Thousands of mourners gathered at a Jerusalem cemetery Tuesday for the funeral of four Jews killed by an Islamist gunman in Paris, in a ceremony attended by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Reuven Rivlin and other Israeli and French officials. While the families delivered heartfelt eulogies for their loved ones, Israel’s leaders denounced Islamic extremism and the terrorists it is producing, and urged the world to confront the violence and restore security …

Said Rivlin: “Dear families, Yoav, Yohan, Philippe, Francois-Michel, this is not how we wanted to welcome you to Israel. This is not how we wanted you to arrive in the Land of Israel, this is not how we wanted to see you come home, to the State of Israel, and to Jerusalem, its capital. We wanted you alive, we wanted for you, life. At moments such as these, I stand before you, brokenhearted, shaken and in pain, and with me stands an entire nation…”

Concluded the president: “We cannot allow it to be the case, that in the year 2015, 70 years since the end of the Second World War, Jews are afraid to walk in the streets of Europe with skullcaps and tzitzit. It cannot be allowed that we should see in the news frequent vandalism of Jewish cemeteries, of Jews being beaten, and of synagogues and communities under attack. It is no longer possible to ignore or remain ambiguous, or to act weakly or with leniency against the rabid anti-Semitic incitement. Ignorance and violence will not simply go away on their own…”

Netanyahu hailed the power and resilience of the Jewish people, who have “managed to rise from the ashes” to build “a thriving state” in which the Jews determine their own destiny.” Israel, he said, would…

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Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 at 1:21 PM  | Stand For Israel

French Terror Attacks Shocking, But Not Surprising

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(Photo: flickr/llyglad)

I remember a time when news of a terrorist attack would elicit shock, surprise, even disbelief. Nowadays that is no longer the case. How many people can say that they were surprised to hear about another terrorist attack in France by Islamist Radicals? Upon hearing the news I was saddened, angered, and disgusted but I was not surprised, not even a little.

Last week’s attacks in France were the bloodiest we have seen in a while. But this year has begun much as last year ended. Two separate attacks in France occurred during the last month of 2014. In one, Islamist radicals plowed their vehicles into French shoppers at an outdoor Christmas market. Around the same time, a terrorist tried to stab and kill a policeman, before being stopped by other officers.

In the wake of last week’s attacks, the Palestinians sent Palestinian Authority (P.A.) President Mahmoud Abbas to join the anti-terror rally in Paris. While Abbas locked arms with world leaders and donned a sympathetic look of concern on his face, his coalition partners Hamas praised the attack, posting photos of the three terrorists with this caption: “The shahidim [martyrs] who were dispatched by God, the heroes of the raid in Paris.”

According to reports, Benjamin Netanyahu was asked not to attend the rally in France. Only when the Israeli prime minister made it clear he was coming anyway did he receive an official invitation from France, highlighting that the Palestinians had already been formally invited to attend the rally.

So acute is Europe’s fear of hurting feelings within the Muslim world that Abbas – who supports and glorifies terror against Israelis, denies that the Holocaust took place, and rejects the existence of a Jewish state – would be welcomed at a rally held in part to show solidarity for four murdered Jews. At the same time, the leader of the Jewish state and only democratic country in the Middle East was treated as an unwelcome guest.

In this type of climate is it any surprise that the attack…

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Tuesday, January 13th, 2015 at 8:44 AM  | Stand For Israel

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Terror Returns to the Holy Land — Again

Recently our attention has been focused on brutal terrorist attacks around the world. But with Wednesday’s attack on Israelis aboard a Tel Aviv bus, our focus returns to Israel, where we must continue to defend the society and the values we have taken so long to develop and build.


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