As Memorial Day remembrances turn to celebrations of Israel’s 69th Independence Day
Today is Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day in which Israelis stop to remember the 23,169 fallen soldiers and victims of terror.
An estimated 1.5 million Israelis visited cemeteries.
A siren was heard throughout the country, and people came to a standstill on highways, in markets, and elsewhere to stand in silence.
— Hila B.M (@Hilajes81) May 1, 2017
Today, among those 23,169, we remember Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner, killed in the February 1969 Supersol supermarket bombing in Jerusalem carried out by Rasmea Odeh and her co-conspirators:I thought it would not take long to list the other victims of Palestinian terror we have written about at Legal Insurrection. As I started to go through our past posts, I realized how many terror attacks we had covered over the past 8 years.
Go through this list and you will understand why actual Israeli Jews do not approach the “peace process” with the same naïveté and wishful thinking of left wing American Jews. That is why left-wing Israeli political parties do so poorly, and why the leftist Haaretz newspaper has extensive influence in the U.S. but almost no Israeli readership.
Here is the list, which is not necessarily complete, of the terror attacks we have covered. We remember:
1970 – Members of the Biton family killed in a 1970 rocket attack on a school bus near the Lebanese border.
1972- The victims of the May 1972 Lod Airport massacre
1972 – The 11 Israeli Olympic athletes killed in the September 1972 – Munich Massacre
1974 – The 27 victims of the May 1974 Ma’alot School Massacre
1978 – The victims of the Coastal Road Massacre – March 11, 1978
1997 – The victims of Three simultaneous Palestinian suicide bombings at Ben Yehuda Street, Jerusalem in 1997.
1997 – Anat Rosen-Winter, killed in the 1997 Café Apropo bombing.
2001 – The 21 victims of the June 2001 Dolphinarium disco suicide bombing, including Simona Rudina.
2003 – Dominique Hass and the other victims of the Mike’s Place Suicide Bombing 2003
2003 – Tal Kehrmann and the other 16 victims of the 2003 Haifa Bus 37 Suicide Bombing, including many Druse students.
2010 – American tourist Kristine Luken, stabbed to death in the forest near Jerusalem while hiking.
2011 – Infant Hadas Fogel stabbed to death in her crib by Palestinian terrorists who also killed four members of her family in 2011.
2014 – Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Frankel kidnapped and murdered in June 2014
2014 – Almog Shiloni and Dalia Lemkus, stabbed to death separately the same day in October 2014
2015 – Shalom Sherki, killed in a car ramming in April 2015.
2015 – Rabbi Yaakov Litman, Hadar Buchris and an American yeshiva student Ezra Schwartz, in a week in November 2015 that saw One Wedding, Two Funerals, and a Stabbing
2015 – Rabbi Yeshaye Krishevsky killed in car ramming and Haviv Haim killed in bus shooting in October 2015.
2016 – Dafna Meir stabbed to death by a 16-year old Palestinian in front of her children in January 2016.
2016 – Yaffa Ariel, the 13-year old Israeli girl stabbed to death in bed by 17-year old Arab terrorist in June 2016
2016 – American student Taylor Force, stabbed to death in Tel Aviv in March 2016
2016 – Levana Malichi and Yosef Kirma killed in a Jerusalem shooting attack in October 2016
2017 – The four victims of the truck attack in Jerusalem in January 2017.
2017 – Hannah Bladon, a British exchange student stabbed to death on the Jerusalem light rail in April 2017.
Which reminds me of my interview with an Israeli survivor of the 1970 school bus attack near the Lebanese border, Israel’s Revenge Is That “We Are Still Here”
Near the start of our trip, we visited Moshav Avivim on the Lebanese border, where we met Shimon Biton, a survivor of the 1970 bazooka attack on a school bus by the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
Biton, who was six and one-half years old, lost his father in the attack, and himself was shot point blank range by the terrorists when they realized he survived the bazooka attack. Ten days before we met Biton, he was reunited for the first time in 45 years with the nurse who helped save him.
When we asked whether he ever wanted revenge, Biton told us that the revenge was that “we are still here and building for another 70 families.”
As this post is going live, it’s already evening in Israel and celebrations have started for Israel’s 69th Independence Day.
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