|The human bomb, lying prone on the |
ground at the light rail stop today,
with security personnel pointing
guns at him from every direction
[Image Source: Video]
This Ongoing War..
17 July '16..
It's hard for us to observe what went on in the center of Jerusalem during this morning's rush hour and not make comparisons with events at the very same location almost exactly fifteen years ago.
Here's how Times of Israel is currently reporting today's drama in a still-unfolding terror attack:
Police in downtown Jerusalem on Sunday morning arrested a man who was carrying explosives in his backpack. The suspect, identified as a West Bank Palestinian, was detained near the light rail stop on Jaffa Road after he raised the suspicion of a security guard. Police said the man was standing “behind the stop, with a bag in his hand.” When the guard asked to examine the contents of the bag, he noticed a bomb and called police. Sappers were promptly deployed to the scene and the road was closed off, along with the adjacent King George Street. Police said the man was found to be carrying “a number of pipe bombs” and had been arrested and taken in for questioning. A video from the scene showed police pointing their guns at the suspect, who lay on the ground near the train stop. A second clip showed sappers strip-searching him, apparently for explosives. Media reports said the man was a resident of Beit Ula, near Hebron in the West Bank. Police said he was “in his 20s.”
The alert security guy, by the way, is an Israeli Druze.
On August 9, 2001, a human bomb, dispatched by Hamas under the management of a female Hamas agent, came to the very same spot.
The instructions he had been given (as we know from the public, first-person testimony of the woman who managed and engineered the massacre) were to explode the contents of the guitar case on his back right in the center of the intersection of King George and Yafo, Jerusalem's busiest corner. It seems he noticed that there were more people - and in particular more children - inside the Sbarro pizzeria whose all-glass facade looked out onto that intersection. So he ignored what he had been told about where to kill the largest possible number of people and walked an additional few meters into the fast-food place on the corner. At that hour, it was filled with boisterous youngsters on school summer vacation.
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