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Israel Trip 2016 Tag

As Legal Insurrection readers know, my recent trip to Israel was intended to give me a chance to meet and help document the stories of the victims of the recent so-called Knife or Stabbing Intifada, such as the family of Yaakov Don. Because my trip was cut short from two weeks to three days due to a family health emergency, I didn't get to meet any of the victims or their families. I also intended to document the victims of past terrorism, as I did in 2015 when I met with a survivor of the 1971 rocket attack on a school bus at Moshav Avivim, and the families of Edward Joffe and Leon Kanner, killed in the 1969 supermarket bombing masterminded by Rasmea Odeh. In particular, I planned on focusing on the Ma'alot Massacre, the May 1974 takeover of a school in the northern Israeli town of Ma'alot by Palestinian terrorists who infiltrated from Lebanon. Of the over 100 hostages, 25 were killed including 22 students.

Do I look dangerous? (Wait, don't answer that.) I must have at about 3 a.m. Israel time as I entered Ben-Gurion Airport for my 4:50 a.m. flight to Boston through Amsterdam. As I entered the terminal, long before the security checks, I was pulled aside by some guy I didn't even notice before, and asked to empty my pockets and open my bags on a table. I then was asked a series of question. I don't even remember what they were. I was allowed to go, and then went through the usual security checks other passengers go through. I'm still trying to figure out which profile I fit:

One of the goals of my recent trip to Israel was to meet with the families of the victims of the ongoing Palestinian violence, sometimes referred to as the Knife or Stabbing Intifada. Of course, the Knife or Stabbing Intifada hasn't only been knives and it hasn't only been stabbings -- there have been shootings and cars turned into deadly weapons. Unfortunately, because my two-week trip was reduced to three days because I had return to the U.S. due to a family medical emergency, I did not get to meet with any families. I was to meet with the widow of Yaakov Don, but the call to me came just 30 minutes before our meeting, and I had to cancel. With the news today of another terrorist shooting, this time in Tel Aviv, it's important to remember that the Tel Aviv attack is just one in dozens of attacks the past few months. You probably don't recognize the name Yaakov Don. But you may remember the name Ezra Schwarz, the American Teenager Murdered in Palestinian Attack on November 19, 2015.

Sunday, June 5, 2016, was Jerusalem Day. Prof. Miriam Elman had a write up on the significance of Jerusalem Day and the liberation of the Old City, Jerusalem Reunited 1967: Three Israeli Soldiers, One Iconic Photo. Soldiers at Western Wall Then and Now The Israeli national holiday celebrates the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967, after part of the city including the Old City, was under illegal Jordanian occupation since the 1949 Armistice Agreement was signed after Arab armies failed to destroy Israel in its War of Independence. Jerusalem Day is a very nationalistic holiday, similar to our July 4th Independence Day, with flags displayed almost everywhere. Tens of thousands of people stream into the city for the march towards the the Western Wall (the "Kotel").

I'm leaving for Israel for almost two weeks. On June 9, I'll be speaking to the Israel Cornell Club. Hopefully I also can see some Legal Insurrection readers there -- it's open. BUT, you need to register (HERE) since seating is limited. It's being held in the David Ben-Gurion House in Tel Aviv, which is the house once occupied by .... (please, don't make me tell you). As with my travels in 2013 and 2015, I'll post when I can on interesting places and people I meet. As before, I expect to report on the human side -- the victims of the Arab terror campaigns past and present.