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Terrorist attack with bulldozer wounds 23 in Jerusalem - driver relative of jailed Hamas member

July 22, 2008

Another Bulldozer Attack in Jerusalem: 23 Wounded

by Hillel Fendel

( For the second time in three weeks, an Arab commandeered a bulldozer to commit a terrorist attack in Jerusalem. He wounded several people before being shot and killed.

The terrorist began his attempt to murder Jews on King David St. near the Yemin Moshe neighborhood. He took a tractor from a construction site, and began plowing into vehicles along the street, hitting at least three cars - one of which he completely overturned - and a bus. One driver was able to escape from his car even though the tractor plowed it into a bus stop. When the terrorist reached the intersection of Keren HaYesod St., a citizen and Border Guard policeman shot and killed him. The entire incident was over very quickly, eyewitnesses said.

Medics attempt to rescue a person from his wrecked car. Ambulance stretcher awaits his extracation from the vehicle.
Israel News Photo: B. Gordon, The wrecked grey car was one of the last targets on the bulldozer before the terrorist was killed.
Israel News Photo: B. Gordon,

Less than three weeks ago, an Arab from eastern Jerusalem killed three people in a similar attack before he was himself killed by a heroic yeshiva student/soldier. The tractor used in today's attack was smaller than the one used in the previous one.

Of the 23 injured, one is reported in moderate condition - apparently with an amputated leg - and the others have light injuries or are suffering from trauma. Among them are a woman and her nine-month-old baby son.

A bus stop wrecked by the bulldozer.
Israel News Photo: B. Gordon, Back of bus wrecked in attack, 22July08
Israel News Photo: B. Gordon,

Gag-Order on Terrorist's Name
The dead tractor terrorist was an Israeli citizen, living in Um Tuba, a south-eastern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood not far from Sur Baher. His name was publicized over the radio, and minutes later, a gag order prohibiting it from being disseminated was publicized - apparently because of his family connections with a an orange-bearded Hamas legislator who has been jailed for involvement in terrorism.

Moshe Feiglin, leader of the Likud's Manhigut Yehudit faction, was an eyewitness to the attack. He told Voice of Israel Radio that his first impression of the attack was the tractor-shovel attempting to drop down upon a passerby. "At first I thought it was some kind of accident, but very quickly we realized that it was an attack. Thank G-d, it ended very quickly, because of the alertness of passersby who shot him - I saw a man I know from the southern Judea community of Susia, but he was the first one to shoot the terrorist, and then the Border Guard policeman came and finished the story."

Driver's window of bus smashed by bulldozer. Policeman inspects bus interior. 22July08
Israel News Photo: Medics transfer an injured man to an ambulance as police distance bystanders.
Israel News Photo: B. Gordon, The bulldozer minutes after the terrorist was shot.
Israel News Photo: B. Gordon, Glass on the road from a passing vehicle hit by the bulldozer, 22July08
Israel News Photo: B. Gordon,

The man who first shot the terrorist was later announced to be Yaki Asael, 56, father of eight, from Susia.

"We have long called for a policy of not hiring Arabs in construction," said Shifra Hoffman of Victims of Arab Terror. "We hold the government guilty of this attack for not implementing this policy."

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