I wanted to write about the latest Palestinian terrorist attack in Jerusalem but, as is often the case, events overtake us quickly.
On Friday evening, I noticed a helicopter hovering over the Old City. This surprised me, seeing as there didn't seem to be much violence with the nearly 200,000 Muslims (including hundreds allowed in from the Gaza Strip, even!) who defiled the Temple Mount earlier in the day. (This is the Islamic month of Ramadan, in which major roads in Jerusalem are reserved for Muslim-only traffic into the Old City. It takes me about an hour to go visit my mother via another route, in a trip which normally takes me 20 minutes in the usual, direct route. I bet you don't hear about this in the media.)
It was only Saturday evening, Motza'ei Shabbat, that I could check the news reports and heard that Hadas Malka had been murdered by three Palestinian terrorists. She was 23 years old at the time of her death; the Pali murderers were 18. They used knives and a gun in their attack and were shot to death by other officers on the street. This happened near Sha'ar Shchem, aka Damascus Gate, on the north wall of the Old City. Police officers and Border Patrol troops have been attacked (and killed) there before. In fact, 19-year old Hadar Cohen was murdered in the very same spot just a year ago. Both Hadar and Hadas were young women serving in the Border Patrol, which is actually an arm of the Israel Police force.
My immediate thoughts were on the futility of it all. Hadas was buried Saturday night. She will be pretty much forgotten very quickly, as Hadar was last year. Young lives snuffed out for nothing at all. This won't "liberate" any imaginary "Palestine". Ever. It's just killing for the sake of killing. The three young Pali terrorists - taught to hate by the mosque across the street from their homes, by their parents, by Palestinian Authority propaganda, by the UNRWA school system that funds the spreading of hate with Dollars and Euros - have ended their lives for no good purpose, either. (The mother of one of the murderers proclaimed that she wished that they had killed 50 or 60 times as many Yahud [Jews]. The PA will now grant a lavish stipend to the families of the murderers forever, unless someone puts a stop to that madness, too.)
But then it got worse. When I looked for international media coverage of this attack in Jerusalem by Palestinian terrorists, I found references mostly in places like the Jewish News, and Israeli media. The rest of the world didn't seem to notice. The BBC did have something to say: they tweeted: "Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem". Not an Israeli policewoman murdered, but three Palis killed. This was as misleading a headline for Fake News as the BBC can contrive.
After some severe condemnation, including from Donald Trump Jr., the BBC changed its headline.
Last night, someone drove a van through a crowd of people in the vicinity of a mosque in London. Within a short time, there were over 1,000 news reports on this at Google News. Must be a "Man Bites Dog" story, Muslims hurt by a Jihadi-style ramming attack. Just now, something else happened in Paris, apparently a car ramming attack. Nearly 100 news items about this appeared at Google News almost immediately. When a police officer is attacked in London or a sentry on guard is murdered in Ottowa or a police van is hit in Paris, it's global news immediately. But when an Israeli officer is murdered in Jerusalem by cowardly Palestinian Jihadis, the media doesn't take notice. Repeatedly.
With years and years of fawning headlines and stories about Palestinian terrorists and their unfounded claims and propagandistic grievances, it is not surprising that so many uninformed people in so many places - including Lefty but ignorant Jews who should know better - are babbling about Israel "stealing land" and the "brutal occupation" in the safest and most free country in the Middle East (for Arabs!) and "illegal settlements" being an "obstacle to peace in the Middle East" and describing Muslim immigrants and foreign invaders as "indigenous Palestinians" and so much other hogwash. Perhaps that was the intent of the "journalists" in the first place. No one seems interested in the truth anymore. History will never be the same.
In memory of Hadas Malka, HY"D.