The Israel haters would like everyone to believe that palestinian terrorism is in fact “legitimate resistance”, a natural response to the “occupation.” According to them, this is not a religious conflict, but territorial; we are targeted because we are occupiers, and not because we are Jews.
This terrorist did not get the memo.
Malek Saada, a 20-year-old from the occupied West Bank, was working illegally as a baker in Lod, a mixed Jewish-Arab town south of Tel Aviv, when, a year ago, he ambushed Revital Danino outside her home, moderately wounding her before fleeing.
Captured by Israeli police, court papers showed, Saada confessed to the attack and said he had “purified himself” in advance at a mosque and targeted Danino because she was wearing religious Jewish garb.
“(The attack) was definitely nationalistic in nature,” Saada’s lawyer, Alaa Tellawi, told Reuters, reiterating what he described as his client’s position from the outset.
Testifying at the opening of Saada’s trial, Danino, a 45-year-old school principal, raised another possible factor in the attack: drink.
“When he was close to me, he had a smell of alcohol, but his behaviour was very decisive,” she told the three judges, as Saada sat slumped in the dock, watching impassively.
Officials on both sides have said a wave of Palestinian street attacks that began in 2015 stemmed from a volatile combination of political tensions in the conflict with Israel and personal problems suffered by some of the assailants.
“He had murder in his eyes,” Danino said, short of breath, her face flushed. “I curled up by instinct, and felt his knife slipping from my neck and further down, to where I was stabbed.”
“I elbowed him and apparently it was then that he dropped the knife and ran away,” she added, holding up a sweater, perforated between the shoulders, that she said she had been wearing on the evening of the attack.
Saada did not address the court. Tellawi said his client did not dispute the events described in the indictment, but the lawyer also suggested that while Saada had a political motive, personal emotions linked to his conservative Muslim background also came into play.
“This is a young man who, while in Lod, drank alcohol, behaviour that his father learned about. When he asked his father to arrange for him to marry the woman he loved, his father refused,” Tellawi told Reuters.
“That led my client to wake up one day and say, ‘I’ve had it with this life,’ and to find a Jew to attack.”
In other words, a palestinian fed up with life due to family troubles, decided to murder a Jew, but only after purifying himself at a mosque. I am guessing this was the result of being brought up on the religious idea that murdering Jews gets you to Paradise. Note also how he actually had a job in Israel proper.
This kind of thing is way more common than the haters would have you believe.
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