Friday, April 08, 2022

2 people murdered in terrorist attack on Tel Aviv's Dizengoff Street

Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid's disastrous government has led to more tragedy on Dizengoff Street, a commercial neighborhood:
Two people were killed and eight people were wounded - some seriously - in what appeared to be a terrorist shooting attack in the center of Tel Aviv on Thursday night. The attack took place in multiple locations on Dizengoff Street, a popular scene filled with restaurants and bars in the main Israeli city.

The gunman was feared to still be on the loose and large security forces - police and IDF soldiers - were running down the main Tel Aviv boulevard in search of the attacker. Police are asking the public to stay at home and get off the streets until the gunman is caught.

At least four of the wounded were said to be in critical or serious condition, according to Sourasky Medical Center. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Defense Minister Benny Gantz were making their way to the Kirya Military headquarters in Tel Aviv and receiving regular updates about the attack.
Gantz is clearly also to blame for failing on his part to prevent this from an army perspective. Now, they've led to yet more horrific disaster as a result of this mess.

Update: another terrorist who'd been part of this latest attack was found and killed:
Israel was on high alert after a Palestinian terrorist killed two people and injured several other on a busy street in central Tel Aviv on Thursday night. The terrorist was killed in an exchange of fire with Israeli forces several kilometers away in Jaffa on early on Friday morning.

Dizengoff Terrorist identified

Identified as 28-year-old Ra’ad Fathi Hazem from the Jenin refugee camp, he was located hiding near a mosque in Jaffa by two Shin Bet officers who identified a suspicious figure who was similar to the suspect. According to reports, Zaydan pulled out his gun and fired 10 bullets toward the officers who returned fire and killed him.

Walla! Reported that it's believed that Hazem knew the area and that he hoped to hide in the mosque during the first Friday prayers of Ramadan.

The Shin Bet said that he had no known organizational affiliation, previous arrests or security background. Palestinian reports said that his father was a senior officer with the Palestinian Authority security forces but retired about a decade ago. His uncle praised the attack on Facebook, saying that he had joined his uncles who were affiliated with Fatah and were killed in clashes with security forces.

His father was later filmed outside his house telling a crowd that had gathered that “You will see the victory soon… God, liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the occupiers.”

The agency said that Hazem had entered Israel illegally and that it is being investigated if he had received any support.
Some could say that this particular jihadist acted as a lone wolf attacker, yet predictably, they carefully avoid any deeper discussion of Islamofascism and its role in this incident. What it does reveal is the minds of the attackers.

Update 2: Nadav Shragai makes a valid point on how lone wolves are part of a murderous ideology.

Update 3: Robert Spencer points out how British news sources like the UK Guardian and Reuters have villified Israel in all this.

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