Sunday, May 14, 2017

A Jordanian stabs an Israeli and the Jordanians are outraged (so are we, for different reasons)

...Don't bother looking for Jordanian sympathies for the Israeli injured or Hashemite wishes for their speedy recovery. They don't exist. Mr Al-Momani's call for "collective efforts" to "confront terrorism" wherever it exists is obviously quite selective. He doesn't, for instance, mean to include our daughter's murderer, Ahlam Tamimi, who has been given shelter in Jordan even though she is now on the FBI's Most Wanted Terrorists list.

Arnold/Frimet Roth..
This Ongoing War..
13 May '17..

Recent (and very recent) events have gotten us thinking about the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and its attitude to terror. One thing's clear: there are aspects of this that ought to be much better known. We feel a duty to help that happen.

First, the drama of today. There has been an early-afternoon Arab-on-Israeli knifing attack in Jerusalem's Old City today (Saturday), close to what Israelis call Lions' Gate. It's also known as St. Stephen's Gate or Sheep Gate and it's one of the seven open Gates in Jerusalem's Old City walls.

The Israeli victim is injured but alive and getting emergency treatment at Jerusalem's Shaarei Zedek Medical Center for knife wounds to the neck and head. He was conscious and in stable condition when rushed to the hospital.

The attacker, said to be a visitor from Jordan who arrived in Israel (yes, indeed, Jordanians can do that) a couple of days ago, is dead.

What happened is, as usual, largely a matter of the prejudices and openness a person brings to the discussion.

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