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Israeli pedestrians on Friday [Image Source: Ynet]
This Ongoing War..
07 March '15..
We now know that the dramatic events we described on Friday morning ["06-Mar-15: Jerusalem, Purim and terror... once again"] were a classic terror attack. They involved an ideologically committed jihadist who signaled ahead of time that he planned to do it; a loving mother (a genre with which we are only too familiar) who beams with pride at her son's murderous passions; a car driven into a group of pedestrians; and a thwarted attempt to seriously maim and kill people via a butcher knife that failed only because alert people with guns sized up the situation and popped the attacker, leaving him lying in a pool of his own blood, but alive.
Here's what we now know happened.
First, yes, it was certainly a terror attack, executed by a Jerusalem Arab. Several news sources (this Times of Israel story for instance) say he advertised his intentions via Facebook a day before. His mother supports the son's 'heroic' ploughing down of defenseless pedestrians.
Of course, the state of journalism being what it is, major newsagencies like Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported Friday's attack without once mentioning the words "terror", "terrorism" or "terrorists". The closest AFP came was to say