Surprise stabbings of Jews are a growing terror trend.
We are seeing a growing volume of knife attacks on Jews in Israel as the new Palestinian terror tactic.
The murder of four Jews praying in a synagogue in Jerusalem with knives and machetes received a lot of attention, but there are almost daily knife attacks on Jews, primarily but not exclusively in Jerusalem.
That terror tactic is necessitated, in part, by Israel’s security barrier, checkpoints and raids which make it much more difficult to infiltrate weapons and explosives into Israel for use in terror attacks.
But knives are more readily available, and knife attacks seem to be promoted as a tactic.
Hamas-affliated Palestinian students at Al Quds University produced a video celebrating the murder of the four Jews in Synagogue:
Hamas even produced a video on how to stab a Jew:
The latest incident took place in Tel Aviv, when a Palestinian started stabbing people on a commuter bus. The Times of Israel reports:
Eight people were still in hospital on Wednesday morning, hours after a Palestinian man stabbed commuters on a Tel Aviv bus and passersby in the street during rush hour, including three who were left in serious condition
Four people were in moderate condition and two sustained minor injuries. Seventeen people were injured overall, a police spokesman said, labeling the incident a terror attack.
The attacker was identified as Hamza Matrouk, 23, a Palestinian from the West Bank city of Tulkarem. He was shot after a short chase, during which he continued to stab people on the street, and taken into police custody. Matrouk was in Israel illegally. In an initial interrogation, Matrouk claimed that the terror attack was motivated by the Israel-Hamas war last summer, and recent tensions surrounding the Temple Mount.
A video uploaded to the internet shortly after the attack appears to show part of Wednesday’s stabbing. A number of people can be seen fleeing down the street when, from the left side of the screen, the attacker can be discerned racing after a woman in a blue jacket, whom he stabs in the back before running off down the street.
As almost always happens after such terror attacks, Palestinian social media celebrated.
“A morning of resistance, a morning for the nation,” wrote Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum on his Facebook page, above a photo of a black-handled combat knife lying on the pavement encircled by police tape.
Gaza-based Hamas official Husam Badran praised the act on Facebook as “extraordinary” and called for more “acts of resistance” either by individuals or groups.
Izzat al-Rishq, a member of Hamas’s political bureau based in Qatar, called the attack “heroic and brave,” adding that it is “the natural response to the crimes of the occupation and its terror against our people.”
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