As the blog This Ongoing War noted recently, a string of Palestinian terror attacks over the weekend went largely unnoticed by the mainstream media.
Here’s the list of 9 separate attacks over the course of just two days, Saturday and Sunday, April 25th and 26th:
April 25, 2015 (Saturday)
- A 17-year-old Palestinian Arab attacked security personnel manning two checkpoints near Ma’ale Adumim. He was armed with a meat-cleaver and a knife. The attack was foiled when he was shot and killed.
- A Palestinian Arab, a resident of the Jerusalem neighbourhood of Shuafat, drove his car directly at four Israelis standing at the location known as the Kohanim Route in the village of A-Tur, part of Jerusalem, on Saturday night. A woman in her twenties suffered moderate injuries (though we see the Jerusalem Post said she is in critical condition. The injuries of three other people were defined as light. The vehicle was founded abandoned later the same night, and following an intensive police search, the driver was found and arrested.
- Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat was driving to the scene of the attack the same evening when his vehicle came under a hail of rocks hurled by people from the roadside. The mayor’s car was damaged, but there are fortunately no injuries to report.
- Not far from Jerusalem, on Route 443, the road that connects north Jerusalem with the Tel Aviv metropolitan area and with the new city of Modi’in in-between, a Kavim commuter bus was firebombed on Saturday night. Fortunately there were no passengers on board and the drive was unhurt. One source reports that security forces located a second firebomb nearby, evidently prepared and about to be hurled at something in the vicinity.
April 26, 2015 (Sunday)
- A security guard was attacked during the evening while he was standing, evidently on duty, at a bus stop in the community of Eli. The purpose of the attack, carried out by a 19-year-old Palestinian Arab resident of Nablus, appears to have been to steal the security man’s weapon. The attacker was repelled, and handed over to the police.
- In a second weapons-related attack, an Arab prisoner serving time in Ketziot Prison on terror charges, and for being a member of Islamic Jihad, a prohibited terror organization, attempted to grab the gun of a security guard by coming at him armed with a can opener. The guard’s face suffered lacerations, but he managed to subdue the prisoner. The Arab is now in solitary confinement, and will be charged with attacking a guard.
- Outside the ancient Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron around 6:15 pm, a serving member of the Border Police suffered stab wounds to the head and upper body, and left in moderate condition, after coming under knife attack by a Palestinian Arab, Assad al-Salayma, 20. The attacker was shot dead on the spot by other officers.
- Arab rock-throwers attacked the Jerusalem Light Rail while it was passing through the Shuafat, Jerusalem, neighbourhood. There are no injuries but one of the tram cars was damaged. Attacks on the Light Rail’s 23 vehicles have become an almost daily occurrence.
- Rioting continued in the A-Tur neighborhood, close to where the tram was attacked. Rocks and fire-bombs were hurled at police and security personnel.
Here’s how major UK news sites reported the terror attacks.
The Guardian: Only one report devoted to any of the terror attacks – an April 25th Reuters story (Palestinian man killed in incident at Jerusalem checkpoint) on the Palestinian knife attack near Ma’ale Adumim.
The Independent: No reports on any of the terror attacks.
The Telegraph: One report, an April 25th story by Kate Shuttleworth (Palestinians shot dead after Israeli officer stabbed) which briefly covered both the knife attack near Ma’ale Adumim and the car attack at A-Tur.
Times of London (The Times): No report on any of the terror attacks.
Financial Times: No report on any of the terror attacks.
As This Ongoing War observed about the broader failure of the Western media, even those who think of themselves as careful observers of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would have no idea that these series of Palestinian terror attacks had occurred.
- No BBC reporting on weekend terror incidents (bbcwatch.org)