On Monday, a Palestinian terrorist set off a bomb in a packed Jerusalem bus during evening rush hour. At least 21 people are reported to be “injured.”
“Injured” doesn’t begin to describe the mayhem. Jerusalem resident Racheli Dadon was on the bus with her 15-year-old daughter. From her hospital bed, she described the aftermath. “Everything was dark and smoky, I looked for my daughter and she was all burned. After the explosion I collapsed. Her face was all black, you couldn’t see her.”
As is their wont after a gruesome murder of innocents, Palestinians celebrated by honking their horns and passing out candy in the streets, with the candy representing the sweetness of the moment.
Some took to social media to express their satisfaction, while others drew cartoons, with one showing a Palestinian woman ululating in front of the burned out bus—the injured trapped inside–while handing out candy.
Later in the day, Joe Biden expressed his “overwhelming frustration” with the Israeli government, which he said, was “moving Israel in the wrong direction.” He was vexed by the “expansion of settlements” designed to provide a buffer between Israelis and the Palestinians who would murder them.
Joe said he didn’t know whether the Jerusalem bus explosion was a terrorist attack, but added that the U.S. condemns “misguided cowards” who resort to violence.
Misguided cowards? What does that even mean?
Also on Monday, Israel revealed that it had used a “breakthrough” technique to unearth a 40-metre-(132-foot)-deep cross-border tunnel dug by Hamas militants from Gaza into Israel. Not to worry, Hamas announced shortly thereafter. This was “only a drop in the sea of what the resistance has prepared.”
It remains to be seen just how effective this new technique proves to be. In the meantime, the “settlements” that so vex Joe Biden are useful in detecting tunneling activity underneath them. It was the construction of a vast underground network of tunnels in Gaza—many leading into Israel—that laid the groundwork for the 2014 war.
Referring to this war earlier in the month, on April 1, Bernie Sanders accused Israel of having killed 10,000 “innocent people” in indiscriminate “attacks” during the 2014 Gaza war. In fact, the number was closer to 2,300, and they weren’t indiscriminate. The “attacks” were responses to rockets being fired on Israeli cities and infrastructure, aimed specifically at the buildings where the rocket fire originated, and targeted militants rather than “innocents.”
When France lit up the Eiffel Tower with the colors of the Belgian flag after the terrorist attacks in Brussels, a pro-ISIS forum posted online, “What will be the color of the Eiffel Tower in the next attacks?” Does anyone believe that France would bathe the Eiffel Tower in the blue and white of the Israeli flag if the victims of the bus explosion had been killed rather than wounded? Or that anyone would be seen wearing a “Je suis Israelien” button?
“Some of the wounds of the victims who arrived to us are from nails and bolts that penetrated their bodies. It gives the impression of wounds from a terror attack,” said one of the doctors treating the wounded. You see, Palestinians fill their bombs with nails and bolts — and sometimes also rat poison — to cause maximum damage to their victims.
So there are a lot of anxious families in Israel today. Needless to say, there will be no candle light vigils anywhere with folks praying for the recovery of the victims, no altars with teddy bears and flowers and photos of the maimed. No outpouring of condolences from foreign dignitaries, other than Uncle Joe’s condemnation of “misguided cowards.”
No photos either in any of my local newspapers, but you can see photos and a video of the scene from Hell in USA Today.