Terror Attack In Jerusalem

Just when I thought the day could not get much worse following the rocket attacks on Be’er Sheva and Ashdod, palestinian terrorists have again targeted innocent civilians, detonating a bomb in Jerusalem about an hour ago.

Photo: Channel 10

An bomb tied to a telephone poll exploded Wednesday at bus stop outside the International Convention Center, just opposite the central station in Jerusalem.

At least 25 people were wounded in the incident, four of them seriously. All of the casualties have been evacuated to the Hadassah Hospital in Ein Karem. The Magen David Adom emergency services said that there were no fatalities.

Bus No. 74 and No. 14 were hit in the explosion.

An eyewitness in the area at the time of the explosion told Haaretz that she heard a loud blast close to the central bus station and second later sirens began to wail and security forces appeared on the scene.

The entrance to the city has been closed. Security forces were combing the area for other suspicious packages or objects.

To state the obvious, Israel’s response needs to be swift and punishing.

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11:08PM: Today, a kiosk owner noticed a suspicious bag, and called police. As he was speaking to them, it exploded.

Here’s the recording of the call.

10:44PM: Unbelievable bile published by the Huffington Post.

Mainstream Media Fails Again in Coverage of Jerusalem Bombing

The media in this country never ceases to disappoint. Media outlets all over the world make mistakes and lack in their coverage at one point or another, but I wanted to throw a few things at my TV after watching CNN’s coverage of the bombing in Jerusalem this morning. And to be fair to CNN, I didn’t get a chance to check out how other American media outlets covered the bombing, but I’m sure they didn’t veer off too far from CNN’s coverage.

No one has yet claimed responsibility for the bombing, but Isha Sesay, one of CNN’s genius anchors, started off the news hour with, “We begin with a gruesome explosion in Jerusalem.” Gruesome huh? How come there was no “breaking news” graphic when eight Palestinians were killed in Gaza yesterday? Palestinian children were killed by Israeli air raids, but I guess that’s not gruesome enough for some media outlets. The death of innocent Palestinians is not considered breaking news. These “news” outlets always seem to pick up the story half way through and never from the beginning (when Palestinians are getting killed by Israelis); it’s only when an Israeli gets killed or injured that breaking coverage begins.

The era of responsible journalism is long dead; I know that, but tell us the ENTIRE story. There is always a beginning, middle, and an end. Tell us about the Israeli blockade on Gaza that has crippled the Gazan economy and has made living conditions there unbearable for its 1.5 million citizens. The UN described the situation there as “grim”, “deteriorating” and a “medieval siege.”

Then CNN had the mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, on the phone to discuss the bombing. Barkat began by telling us how “innocent people were hurt” and how they will find the “coward person” who committed this act. Yes, innocent people were hurt and that’s always wrong and unfortunate, but “innocence” isn’t exclusive to Israelis. And the Israeli military commits acts of cowardice on a daily basis when it drops bombs on defenseless Palestinian civilians.

Carol Costello, with a really sad looking face like she’s about to cry, told us about two Israeli pregnant women who went into labor after the explosion. Again, this is unfortunate and no one should have to live through the fear of being blown up into a thousand different pieces, whether it is on a bus or via an Israeli air raid, but there have been countless pregnant Palestinian women who have had to deliver their babies on Israeli checkpoints due to arbitrary restrictions on movement. Not to mention the deaths of Palestinian babies on these checkpoints due to complications and the lack of medical supplies.

Yes, I write this from a Palestinian perspective, but it doesn’t mean that I am insensitive to the loss of innocent life on the other side. Yes, I am angry about the Israeli occupation and treatment of Palestinians, but it doesn’t mean that I agree with or support bombing a bus full of innocent people. Neither do the majority of Palestinians. But at the same time, I cannot stand how some media organizations in this country jam Israeli propaganda down the throats of their viewers and readers. The Pro-Israeli slant in the media here makes me cringe with disgust. And I KNOW I’ m not the only informed viewer who does an eye-roll when it comes to American TV stations’ coverage of the region.

The American media’s coverage of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the conflict that ensues because of this occupation really infuriates me to say the least. Tell me both sides of the story. Provide me with context. Present me with the facts and explain to me the WHY! Overlooking such basic elements of journalism places a good deal of responsibility on mainstream American media outlets with regard to perpetuating public ignorance about the Middle East.

10:00PM: Honest Reporting notices a trend when it comes to the mainstream media’s treatment of the attack.

8:20PM: Holy moral equivocations, Batman! US President Barack Obama has chosen to offer condolences for the loss of palestinian life yesterday at the same time as he condemned today’s terror attack.

US President Barack Obama also condemned the blast Wednesday afternoon.

“I condemn in the strongest possible terms the bombing in Jerusalem today, as well as the rockets and mortars fired from Gaza in recent days. Together with he said. “There is never any possible justification for terrorism. The United States calls on the groups responsible to end these attacks at once and we underscore that Israel, like all nations, has a right to self-defense.”

However, the president also chose to express America’s condolences for Palestinian deaths at this time.

“We also express our deepest condolences for the deaths of Palestinian civilians in Gaza yesterday. We stress the importance of calm and urge all parties to do everything in their power to prevent further violence and civilian casualties,” he said

6:55PM: Huge Bezeq fail on the Channel 2 site.

6:45PM: From the Arabic version of Ma’an News (autotranslated):

It should be noted that an explosive device placed in a bag of garbage exploded about three weeks ago near a road leading to the settlement of Gilo in southern Jerusalem, wounding a Palestinian worker was injured.

What’s their point?

6:32PM: 7 more mortar shells fired into Israel. This is really the terrorists saying “Come get us if you can!”

6:30PM: Video report of the attack.

6:00PM: Photos of ZAKA volunteers clearing the blood and other body parts from the scene of the attack (click on images to enlarge).

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5:42PM: As of two hours after the attack, no US official has made a statement.

515PM: The following hospital hotlines are available if you can’t reach loved ones:

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5:05PM: Israel radio has confirmed one dead.

4:56PM: Simply deplorable (hat tip: Shy Guy)

4:40PM: The device that exploded reportedly weighed between 1 and 2 kg and was packed with shrapnel.

4:38PM: Nice palestinian response to attack.  The handing out of sweets is no doubt soon to follow.

4:35PM: Scenes from Jerusalem earlier:

4:32PM: I have heard unconfirmed reports of at least one dead.

4:30PM: Comment from a friend: Must be those disgruntled Thai workers again (reference).

4:28PM: Live Channel 2 feed here.

4:26PM: Received from ZAKA:

Motti Bukchin, ZAKA volunteer: “We immediately began treating the wounded – two women who were lying on the pavement, by the side of the bus. We were joined by other ZAKA volunteers and emergency workers who assisted in treating and evacuating the wounded to hospital. We have not witnessed scenes like these in Jerusalem for years.”

The ZAKA volunteers are currently working on clearing the scene, including blood and body parts which have been spread over a wide area by the blast.

31 people were injured in the blast.

4:25PM: According to Israel’s Channel 2, eyewitnesses reported a trolly bag was left at the bus stop without an owner.

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comments

  • Shy Guy

    Attack in Jerusalem, as illustrated by Associated Press.

    • http://www.israellycool.com/ israellycool

      Disgusting.

  • Jim from Iowa

    This is terrorism. No political objective justifies this act. Israel has every right to hold responsible those who planned and implemented this terrorist bombing.

    • http://www.israellycool.com/ israellycool

      Just hold them responsible or also go after them?

      • Jim from Iowa

        Of course they should identify those responsible and then capture or kill them. Just lashing out blindly in anger doesn't serve the long-term interests of Israel.

        • Shy Guy

          Lashing out can be done without blindness.

          • Jim from Iowa

            Lashing out does not serve the interests of the Israeli people. And stop reading Jihad Watch. I think it is making you a little mental.

            • Shy Guy

              Can't handle facts, lefty? Good. Keep your head up your ass. Enjoy the tranquil view and soothing sounds.

              • Jim from Iowa

                The best way I can think of Israel lashing out is if you slapped on your own personal suicide vest and headed toward the nearest mosque. That'll show 'em. Get your own hot head out of your own personal ass, sir.

                • Shy Guy

                  Fortunately for us Israelis, many of us are familiar with this quote from the movie Patton:

                  "I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor, dumb bastard die for his country."

                  • Jim from Iowa

                    You're off your chum. Turn off the news. Hug your kids and do deep breathing exercises for the next few hours. I'm telling you this for your own good, Shy Guy.

                    • Shy Guy

                      The kind of gibberish answer expected from the corn fields of Iowa.

                    • Jim from Iowa

                      I just pressed the "thumbs down" button on your last comment. Two can play at that game, buddy! And I know you're really not angry at me. I'm sure you're just an angry guy in general. Calm down.

                    • Shy Guy

                      Boo hoo

    • Shy Guy

      Terrorism???? Not according to CNN – quote:

      "Police described the explosion as a “terrorist attack” — Israel’s term for a Palestinian strike. It was the first such bombing in Jerusalem in seven years.

      Source: Hot Air

      • http://www.israellycool.com/ israellycool

        This just gets worse and worse

      • juvanya

        Ironically, EMTs in Israel had just been planning a trip to Japan to help with the humanitarian crisis. That will get postponed now, as it appears another intifada may have already begun. That will certainly test the Egyptian military’s commitment to enforcing an arms ban and closed border.

        Hmm…the Itamar Intifada

    • juvanya

      The problem is holding them responsible is not enough. They are suicidal martyrs. They dont care if they die, are arrested, jailed, or killed. As long as one Jew is eliminated or in pain, they put another notch in the success column.

      • Jim from Iowa

        If you've identified the problem accurately, juvanya, then what is the solution?

        • juvanya

          What would you do if Nebraska shot rockets at Iowa every week? What would you demand if a bomb blew up a bus in Cedar Rapids? What would you do if a family in Anamosa was brutally butchered while they slept?

          Would you call for the perpetrators be found and brought to justice or would you demand that Nebraska be flattened (the parts that arent already lol)?

          • Jim from Iowa

            My honest answer is that I don't know what I would do if any of these events occurred because they are so inconceivable here in peaceful, tranquil Iowa. I'm pretty sure flattening Nebraska (even though it's already pretty flat) is not the solution. Now, Minnesota is another story altogether.

            • juvanya

              There you go.

            • Tim from Iowa

              On this side of the state, I'd advocate heavily for flattening Illinois.

  • Bubbe

    "To state the obvious, Israel’s response needs to be swift and punishing."

    Go, go, go! Now, don't wait. Family member's usual ride is #74 but he called in sick to work. Be'er Sheva family and friends safe so far.

  • juvanya

    4:40PM: The device that exploded reportedly weighed between 1 and 2 kg and was packed with shrapnel.

    I remember in Hebrew school, it was during the Oslo War/Intifada, we were told how they would pack nails and shards of metal into the explosives to do more damage.

  • juvanya

    <img src=http://i.imgur.com/GSGIC.png>

    Heres another bunch of BS like that

    • juvanya

      <img src="http://i.imgur.com/klYAe.png"&gt;

      And theres more! "State run" I wonder if theyd say that about Gaza "Hamas run" or France "State-run French press"

  • walt kovacs

    guess the third intifada has started

  • walt kovacs

    facebook, youtube and every leftist terror appeaser in the states and the eu have jewish blood on their hands this morning

  • Jim from Iowa

    So now the U.S. has condemned the attack. Not soon enough? Didn't say exactly the right thing? Or set the right tone? So now some on the right in Israel will lash out at the Obama Administration. So what's new about that? You should know who are your friends, the one's who want peace for you (apparently more than some in the right-wing coalition) and those who are your enemies. Go ahead. Lash out at America if it makes you feel better. Like it or not, we're the last friend Israel has in the world.

    • http://www.israellycool.com/ israellycool

      G-d bless America. But last friend in the world? Hardly.

    • walt kovacs

      jim

      fact of the matter remains that the obama admin has been as bad on the mideast as bush

      im glad they condemned the attack

      now its time for them to cease with the moral equivalence of bombs to building

      • Jim from Iowa

        We both strongly support Israel, Walt. But this is where we disagree. Condemning terrorist attacks, rockets from Gaza and a bomb in Jerusalem, while also opposing the construction on settlements on disputed land in the West Bank is not a policy of moral equivalence. The US is trying to broker a peace process between Israel and the PA even though neither side is making good faith efforts to come to the bargaining table. We have helped arm the Israelis to fight the terrorist elements that Hamas has created in Gaza. There is no moral equivalence, just a consistent, strong voice from the US in support of our friends in Israel, at peace with neighbors who want peace in return. I don't honestly know what more the Obama Administration can do to play a more constructive role in the region, Walt.

        • walt kovacs

          when the pa chose to return to the table only at the end of the freeze…that is when the obama administration should have seen the truth

          jews living on the west bank has nothing to do with the arabs not finalizing a peace deal

          and international law is misused when it comes to the towns on the west bank (they are not settlements…the word is an abomination)

          arabs live in israel…jews can live in the west bank, and should be allowed to live in gaza

          THE LAND OF JUDEA WILL NOT BE JUDENFREI

          unless of course the pa would be happy with a total population transfer…just like india and pakistan did

          then there are no more arab towns in the galil….jerusalem will be for jews only…and all the arabs can go and live in nablus and beit lechem

          there…i solved the problem

          • Jim from Iowa

            Some solution, Walt. I'll give it an "A" for its simplicity alone. But it doesn't seem a very just solution for the Arabs, even though they've tried to destroy Israel many times. No one but religious Jews even recognize the concept of Judea and Samaria. You can't expect other peoples to accept such an idea. Not even Israel's friends here in America. A homeland for the Palestinians on the West Bank is the long term solution for peace for Israel, for Jews and Arabs. It really is that simple, Walt.

            • walt kovacs

              jim, old buddy…old pal

              the arabs had a 20 year period to create a state…why didnt they?

              but you are correct….a palestinian state is the only solution for true peace

              cuz when they have their state…and then attack israel…they wont be able to pull this "collective punishment" bs anymore….and the idf will finally be able to wipe that abomination off the face of the planet

              amen

              ps….the so called palestinians have a homeland…its jordan…look it up

            • Fred from Alabama

              History bears out that the Palestinians were given the opportunity for a homeland to call their own. What happened? They turned down the offer.

              Perhaps Israel's friend in the United States and the rest of the free world should stop asking them to negotiate with terrorists and start asking them, the Palestinians, what they are willing to give up for peace.

            • http://twitter.com/unpluggged @unpluggged

              The judophobic Islamic propaganda that is overwhelming now in the world seems to have totally washed your brain off.

              I'm in no way a religious Jew, and yet do recognize (and not just recognize) that Judah and Shomron are the most important parts of the Land for the Jewish people as a whole and for the State of Israel. Israel cannot be complete without them. And, by the way, J&S isn't a "concept".

              I don't give a shit if "other peoples" do accept this eternal right of the Jews or don't. These "other peoples" have nothing to do with it.

              The propaganda seems to be so effective that you are believing now that the so-called "Palestinians" actually exist. But if they really do, they would be the single people (ethnic group) for which the precise date of emergence is known – that is, 1964. Don't forget they were created by the KGB.

              And now, after they staged an attack in Givat Ram, the very heart of the Jewish statehood, Israel must take any steps which would bring to the final and sure elimination of these animals. Netanyahu instead escapes to Moscow to beg his Russian masters.

              Condolences from Moscow to all of our brethren who mourn in Zion in these tough days.

              • nanaloshen

                Jim, unplugged is right. Judea and Samaria are historical names – you don' t have to be an orthodox Jew to know that. Just like you don't have to be Jewish to love Levy's rye bread. Get with the program buddy.

  • jpl

    Cheesy move to create the impression that the turmoil in other Arab countries is about the "peace process"–I actually heard some expert professor on (natch) NPR saying so, even though what's been so striking is how little the "democracy" movement has talked about the "Palestinians" or even Israel.