If you’ve been paying attention to your social media feeds today, you may have noticed liberal outrage over the 21,000 bomb dropped on ISIS in Afghanistan. But was there any outrage over the woman killed in Jerusalem today at the hands of a Palestinian terrorist?
While spending Good Friday in Jerusalem, a young British woman was stabbed to death with a kitchen knife by a Palestinian terrorist as she was taking a journey on light rail. The victim was identified as Hannah Bladon, a 21-year-old student who was studying abroad at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
According to The Guardian, the attack, which police said involved a Palestinian assailant with a history of mental health issues, took place on the city’s light railway, not far from the Old City. According to witnesses, paramedics at the scene attempted to give CPR to the unconscious victim who had been stabbed in the chest several times.
The tram was approaching its stop at about 1pm when the attacker stood up abruptly, produced a knife and launched his attack on Bladon who was next to him.
According to one report in the Times of Israel – sourced to the police – the assailant had been returning home from a mental health care unit in northern Israel to his home when the attack occurred. He was identified in the local media as Jamil Tamimi.
Despite efforts to provide first aid, authorities at the Hadassah hospital Mount Scopus later announced that Bladon had died of her injuries shortly after being admitted.
A police spokesman told the Guardian that it appeared the victim was a 25-year-old Briton visiting Israel on a student visa.
The alleged attacker was arrested at the scene after being overpowered. Reports described him as a 57-year-old East Jerusalem resident from the Palestinian Ras al-Amoud neighbourhood who has a criminal record and suffers from mental health problems and has made a recent attempt to kill himself.
Video footage from the immediate aftermath of the attack showed the assailant being wrestled to the ground by police and bystanders and disarmed outside the carriage of the tram.
Some are speculating that the attack was a form of “suicide by cop,” but you’d think the terrorist would’ve attacked an officer if that was the case. Plus, the timing of the attack being on Good Friday is just a tad “coincidental.”
As students of history may remember, Pope Urban II called for the first Crusade in 1095 to protect Christian pilgrims who were traveling to the Holy Land from Muslim assailants. Nearly a millennium has passed, and little has changed.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]