Terror attacks by Palestinian Arabs against Israelis continued over the weekend.
On Sunday morning, three stabbing attacks were thwarted in Judea and Samaria (so-called West Bank). The botched attempts to murder more Israeli Jews followed a deadly attack on Friday when two Palestinian Arab youths stabbed an “American citizen” to death, according to The State Department.
The “American citizen” was, in fact, an Israeli Jew with dual nationality who went shopping with his wife and baby daughter.
Tuvia Yanai Weissman lived with his wife Yael and his four-month-old daughter Netta in the Jewish village of Ma’aleh Mikhmas in Samaria. The couple went to a local supermarket in Sha’ar Benyamin just north of Jerusalem when Tuvia noticed two young Arab terrorists beginning to stab people. He didn’t hesitate, and ran, unarmed, to the spot of the attack to protect other shoppers. The 21-year-old Staff Sergeant of the IDF didn’t stand a chance against his two 14-year-old assailants who stabbed him repeatedly in the upper torso.
Tuvia’s wife Yael said during the funeral that her husband “was a hero.”
She stood on a podium next to Tuvia’s grave and cried out loudly when she recalled what happened when they arrived at the supermarket:
Yesterday, we went shopping so that when you returned to the army on Sunday you would know that Netta and I had everything we needed and that nothing was missing. You were always like that. Whenever you were with us during the weekends you did everything you were not able to do during the week when you were away.
We came to the supermarket. We were together. You were worried the whole time about Netta and made sure she stayed close to me. Then, in one moment, everything happened. We heard there had been a stabbing and even though you did not have any weapons, you ran to help without thinking twice.
I was not able to stop you and I am not sorry. If you had not raced there (to help), you would not be the Yanai that I know, the one I fell in love with. I waited for you to return to me and Netta, I waited for you to hug us and say that everything was fine and that you had succeeding in stopping the terrorists. We waited a long time and you did not return.
Tuvia’s mother Orly caused participants of the funeral to cry when she took the podium and said, “I am going to scream. It is a good scream.” She then yelled the name of the victim twice, loudly and clearly. The sobbing of the other mourners was audible during the moments of silence that followed.
Orly asked the mourners to briefly sing with her a famous one-line-long religious Jewish song “about how the heavens will be happy and the land will be redeemed – a song she said she sings, at times, when she is driving alone in the dark, so that she will be less afraid,” The Jerusalem Post reported.
The mother then shared what she had experienced moments before the funeral took place.
“I closed my eyes and asked you to come to me. You did. You kissed me on the forehead and told me that everyone was fine. Then you said, I have to go, I am going to the source.”
The U.S. State Department used different language to describe the administration’s “feelings” about the brutal murder of an Israeli Jew by Palestinian Arabs.
Spokesman Mark Toner released a press statement:
We condemn in the strongest possible terms the attack that took place yesterday in the West Bank that resulted in the death of U.S. citizen Tuvya Weisman. There is no justification for terrorism. This horrific incident again underscores the need for all sides to reject [emphasis added] violence, and urgently take steps to restore calm, reduce tensions, and bring an immediate end to the violence.
The language used by the State Department was harshly criticized by Lori Lowenthal Marcus, the Jewish Press correspondent in Israel. She questioned why the Obama administration has so much trouble telling the truth about what is happening to Israeli Jews in the current Palestinian terror war and especially those Jews who are living in Judea and Samaria.
“Why is it that this U.S. Administration, including its leader, President Barack Obama, refers to the intentional murder of Jews in the most remote and passive of terms? No one murders Jews: an attack happens, and later the unfortunate Jew dies,” wrote Marcus.
He continued, “No Jews are targeted because they are Jews: the victims – random ones, of course – just happen to be Jews. And it’s gotten worse. Now the Israeli Jews, when they happen to die of some random attack, are not even Jews, but Israelis, unless they happen to live beyond the 1949 Armistice Line (the invisible Green Line) in which case they are neither Jew nor Israeli, but simply the maligned “settler” or, sometimes, only referred to as the other half of their dual nationality, such as American – as if they have no connection at all to the Jewish people or Israel, and as if those connections had nothing to do with their random death.”
Jerusalem Post Star columnist Caroline Glick recently touched upon the issue of the international attitude towards Jews living in Judea and Samaria during a speech she held earlier this month.
In a passionate plea against the establishment of a Palestinian state, Glick said that the international community, by pushing for a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria, the biblical heartland of Israel, is trampling Jewish civil rights.
Glick called the international behavior towards the so-called “settlers” a “moral atrocity, morally reprehensible and strategically idiotic.”
During the past five months, Palestinian Arabs targeted Israeli Jews in 181 stabbings, 74 shootings, 38 vehicular attacks and hundreds of rock- and firebomb attacks.
Thirty-one Israelis died, and 355 were wounded in what PA President Mahmoud Abbas calls “a peaceful uprising.”