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Note To The Washington Post: He Lost Control And I Think He Liked It

Sometimes I wonder if other people get mad when they read the news or if that’s just me. Take this piece by the Washington Post, entitled Jerusalem train line destined to connect Jews and Arabs has widened bitter divide, as if, yeah. It’s the train’s fault that Jews and Arabs aren’t best buds. As if it’s the train that makes Arabs so angry that HELL YEAH. They just have to vandalize public property. Oh, and kill Jews. Because Jews.

So why was I reading this piece in the first place? Because I decided that today’s surf of the news would include the Washington Post. Because it seemed less likely that I would encounter anti-Israel news bias there as compared to, for instance CNN or the New York Times (or Haaretz, for that matter).

The lede sucked me in and so I clicked over to the article from the homepage. I scanned the piece and came to the part where the authors summarized the light-rail stop attack by Abd al-Rahman al-Shaloudi in which 3 month-old infant Chaya Zissel Braun and 22 year-old Ecuadorian convert to Judaism, Yemima Mosquera were murdered.

Adbel-Rahman Shaloudi, Jerusalem light rail
Chaya Zissel Braun, HY”D

Al-Shaloudi made a sudden sharp left turn in the middle of the street, doubled back the wrong way and aimed his car at the people standing at the light-rail train stop, awaiting the train. Security cameras captured the event on film for posterity. Watching the video, one can only conclude that the attack was absolutely deliberate. Al-Shaloudi meant to kill as many Jews as possible.

But the Washington Post doesn’t include the footage. Instead, the text editorializes and speaks of competing claims:

Israeli officials called it a terror attack.

Do you see how they did that? Instead of saying, “It was a terror attack” or “Al-Shaloudi purposely, and with malicious intent, ran his car into a crowd of Jews” the Washington Post says that Israel “calls” it a terror attack, calling into question whether or not it was in fact, a terror attack, which it was.

You only need to see the footage to know this.

The text continues:

 The driver’s mother said her son must have lost control of his car.

Well, of course she said that. She’s his mother. She is the one who taught him how to tie his shoes and count (dead Jews?). Besides, it’s sorta kinda true. Al-Shaloudi saw a crowd of Jews and he lost it. His anger overtook him and he just had to run over a bunch of Jews.

(Karen) Yemima Mosquera, HY"D
(Karen) Yemima Mosquera, HY”D

So here’s the thing: evil, at its essence, is the act of releasing control over one’s inhibitions and subsequently giving in to base temptation. We are good until we lose our humanity. But it’s the kind of loss that’s a choice. Al-Shaloudi chose to lose his humanity. He chose to forget the difference between right and wrong and let that take him where it would.

He knew what he was doing—knew exactly what he was doing—when he rammed his car into a crowd of Jews. And had William Booth, Ruth Eglash, and Sufian Taha only watched the footage, they would have known that, too.

Judge for yourself:



15 thoughts on “Note To The Washington Post: He Lost Control And I Think He Liked It”

  1. Norman_In_New_York

    Why does the Israeli government continue to tolerate the racists of the foreign press instead of booting them out? If Hamas and the PA can extort spin in exchange for access, so can Israel, if only to level the playing field.

      1. Freedom one must earn. When somebody commits a crime, they are deprived of their freedom, even in “democratic” countries. The same should apply to “press”. We don’t need such press, the same way as we don’t need criminals walking free.

      2. The Palestinians and allies are in a state of war with Israel. During WW2, the US would not have allowed press sympathetic to the Empire of Japan to publish lying news reports about the battles in the Pacific and remain in Washington DC. They would have lost their visas.

  2. ahad_ha_amoratsim

    It breaks my heart every time I see a photo of Chaya Zissel HY”D.
    Our kids used to have an apartment on Sheshes HaYamim (I know, Sheshet) near Kvish Echad — right near the light rail stop where this happened. (There was no light rail then.) When we’d visit, we used to catch the bus, or a taxi, right in front of Givat ha Tachmoshet.

      1. ahad_ha_amoratsim

        This morning’s attack was about 650 meters from where my stepson learns. Hashem yiracehim v’yashmirem al kol amo Yisrael.
        Hayinu l’ag vakeles bagoyim, nechshavnu k’tzon latevach yuval, laharog ul’abed ul’maka ul’cherpah; uv’khol zos shimcha lo shakachnu!

        1. Oy! I was in town, but nowhere near there. I was there for the protest last week. A lot of good it did.

          Town was a very depressing place today. Depressing music on the radios, people worried and tense, calling their family members to let them know they’re okay. . . everyone is saying: we don’t know when it’s going to happen. It can happen to anyone, anytime! (chalila)

          1. ahad_ha_amoratsim

            Yeah, we found out about it when my stepson called his mother to tell her he was ok and to ask her to find out more information. He doesn’t read papers, listen to radio or watch TV or use the internet, so his news is what he sees or hears about.
            Stay safe and strong, Varda.

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