Wednesday, August 17, 2005


Another despicable attack has taken place:

An Israeli Jew killed three people and wounded three others Wednesday afternoon when he opened fire on a group of Palestinians in the industrial area of the West Bank settlement of Shiloh. The police said that the Asher Weisgan, a 38-year-old driver from Shvut Rahel in the West Bank had asked a security guard in the industrial area for a cup of water. He then stole the guard's weapon, shot the two Palestinian workers in his car at the time, and then ran into the industrial area, killing another worker on the way and wounding two others.
Israeli security forces managed to restrain him and took him to Binyamin police station for questioning.

I am, of course, appalled. There doesn't seem to be enough information to get a clear idea of what happened yet, but it will be interesting to see how he will be treated by the authorities. Given the heartening reaction of Jews all over the world to the previous Jewish terrorist attack, just three weeks ago, I am confident that he will be punished most severely.
While it is "only" the third terrorist attack perpetrated by Jews since World War II that I can think of (off the top of my head), I am still quite worried by these incidents. I confidently hope that a strong reaction on all our parts can beat back this cancer of violent extremism.

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