Sunday saw a day where we lost a young Jewess to the terror war which has been waged ever since Islam conquered these lands and instead of permitting the Jews to live, worship and have self-rule, they instead took it to themselves and, as the Christians had before them, gave our places, our holiest of places and renamed them and claimed from those early days forth to have supplanted the Jews in our own lands. This was a day of bloodshed, miracles and the loss of a dear soul who returned to Hashem perhaps at her appointed time but to us seemingly too early. Her name, may it be blessed for all who carry it in her honor, was Hadar Buchris (pictured below), age of only twenty-one, who was stabbed viscously in her head and succumbed to her wounds despite an all-out effort to sustain her and save her life but, alas, that was not to be. Her attacker likely was searching for another victim who then refused an order from an IDF soldier from a nearby checkpoint who had come to investigate what was probably the scream from Hadar Buchris from the pain of what was to be her mortal wounding. Ayala Eretz Hatzvi, who was Hadar’s theater teacher at Ulpenat Nov in the Golan, said that Hadar graduated after majoring in theater. “She was a charming girl, radiant and friendly, a true woman of merit and a kind of psychologist to her friends, who could always turn to her and talk until the middle of the night. She was very talented at theater, both in drama and comedy. When energy was lacking in the group, she always managed to wake everyone up.”
The death of twenty-one year old Hadar Buchris added to the casualty count since the violence escalated at the start of October, twenty-one Israelis have been murdered in these attacks. There were two other incidents Sunday with one of the attacks having incorporated a pair of assaults. We were fortunate that there was but one additional person injured who was able to be treated at a care facility and then released as the wounds were minor. Earlier in the day the quick thinking and in a quick but risky decision to act likely saved a number of lives. The brave act also risked the life of former Samaria Regional Council head Gershon Mesika as upon seeing an attacker wielding a large knife, he swerve launching his car striking the terrorist and landing his car in a ditch. In an interview with Army Radio, Gershon Mesika recounted stating, “I heard someone shout ‘terrorist’ and run toward a girl from Har Bracha, wielding a knife. I made a quick decision; I veered to the right and slammed into her. A soldier then came and finished it.” Gershon Mesika, a resident of Elon Moreh which is located close to the intersection, veered off the road striking the terrorist with his vehicle ramming into the female terrorist after which the terrorist apparently still determined picked herself up to continue the assault. Soldiers on duty at a nearby checkpoint heard the commotion and responded then shooting her, neutralizing her right there on-site. The terrorist was initially listed in serious condition but soon was determined to have succumbed to her wounds and was declared dead at the scene. Gershon Mesika, who is the former head of the Samaria Regional Council, came from the ordeal suffering only minor wounds best described as a few scratches from his actions in stopping the attack. The same cannot be said for his car as indicated in the picture below. Warning, picture includes the body of the neutralized terrorist lying next to the vehicle. Following, below the picture, is a recounting by Gershon Mesika of the events as he viewed them from inside his vehicle which he provided to Arutz Sheva.
The other attack came soon thereafter the attack just covered occurring at Kfar Adumim junction located a little bit northeast of Jerusalem. The initial part of the terror assault was an Arab cab driver using his vehicle to ram the target vehicle in attempts to either force them to crash thus injuring the occupants leaving them either dead, badly injured or simply startled placing all in some various state of shock and near helpless to resist further attacks or to get them to stop and leave the relative safety of the vehicle and then assault them. The report shows the latter was the result after rammed the target vehicle twice, or perhaps thrice, reports vary as is all too often the case as any terror attack is stress-filled and punishing to straight and logical thought thus leaving some details seemingly occurring differently in subsequent remembrances. The cab driver then attempted to strike some pedestrians nearby before finally exiting his vehicle to carry out the attack with a knife having failed to murder anybody with his vehicle.
Rabbi Shmuel Shapira, head of the Zvia Eilat Yeshiva high-school was traveling with his staff when the assault started with the rammings. Rabbi Shapira recounted to Arutz Sheva, “We were en-route to Jerusalem, near Mishor Adumim, a yellow Arab taxi went into us. We made a few turns and the car hit us again. As we exited the car to see what was going on, the taxi driver ran toward us with a knife. One of the passengers in our car had a gun and managed to shoot him. I was close to the terrorist. I was able to get back into the driver’s seat and lock the vehicle. Then, he was hit.” Rabbi Shmuel Shapira sustained some light injuries to his left arm, which he left out of his recounting, perhaps due to modesty or simple oversight, during the attack and was taken to Hadassah Medical Center for treatment. The terrorist died of his wounds being declared dead on scene.
Meanwhile, there was a police statement released to the media where it described events as such, “A Palestinian man at Kfar Adumim junction in a Palestinian taxi tried to run over civilians. When he failed he exited the car with a knife and attempted to stab. The terrorist was shot by a civilian and died of his wounds.” That pretty much sums up the entire incident but for a first-hand accounting we have included below is a video of Rabbi Shmuel Shapira summing up events as best as he was able as the driver of the targeted vehicle.
These terror attacks will probably receive minimal coverage beyond Arutz Sheva even by Israeli mainstream media as media covers news events and there being three terror attacks with knives, rocks, Molotov cocktails, or firearms have become commonplace with an average of three to five every day and with rumors of coming declared ‘Days of Rage’ where mostly young men throw rocks at Israeli vehicles and often increased attempted stabbing and are only reported when somebody dies. In Arab media the coverage will tell of the proud, brave, valiant martyrs who gave their lives for al-Aqsa despite the attacks occurring a distance from the holy site, it is the central figure and the news is a constant drumbeat of how the Jews are defiling or attempting to destroy the al-Aqsa Mosque. The al-Aqsa Mosque was the rallying cry of the Hevron and Jerusalem riots in 1929, 1933, and 1937-9 all before there was any Jewish state or claims of occupied territories. The Mufti of Jerusalem Amin al-Husseini used claims that the al-Aqsa Mosque was being destroyed by the Jews. The claims of Jews assaulting or attempting to blow up the al-Aqsa Mosque or the Dome of the Rock are often used and these two structures are often mistaken one for the other. The Dome of the Rock is the gold topped building while the al-Aqsa is less ornate. The Dome of the Rock is the structure closest to where the first two Jewish Temples stood while the al-Aqsa Mosque sits in an area where the Jews had some minor structures which may have served as residences or changing rooms and Mikvah, which, for lack of a better analogy, a public bathing pool made up of collected rainwater or other considered pure sources and is used for purification not all that dissimilar in use as to a baptism except the person using the Mikvah needs to be naked such that all parts of the body have actual and complete contact with the water including the hair which must be submerged and not permitted to float on the surface. Below there is an image placing the al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock pictures side-by-side for comparison.
Looking at the image of the Temple Mount, there is room between the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque where the temple could be erected or, like King Herod, Israel could enlarge the Temple Mount again making it easily large enough to handle the Temple along with a couple of Synagogues and potentially another church complex or whatever seems to be a good idea at the time. By adding more to the Temple Mount the additional area could be placed under Israeli control freeing the area from any Jordanian dictates. The options are endless but the one thing which must never be permitted is making the entirety of the Temple Mount in Arab hands as it cannot be risked that the Temple Mount and surrounding areas be forbidden for Jews to access. That too comes under, Never Again!!
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