Over the weekend, three Israelis were murdered by Palestinian Arab terrorists — two young soldiers murdered by a terrorist who rammed into them in Samaria, and a young father of four who was stabbed to death by a terrorist in Jerusalem.
Meanwhile, of course, there was no condemnation of the attacks from the Palestinian Authority. That’s not surprising, considering the PA has rewarded terrorists for killing Israelis before. It’s even less surprising when you consider that PA president Mahmoud Abbas called David Friedman, the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, a “son of a dog” when Friedman slammed the PA for not condemning the murderous attacks.
Abbas ranted, “[The US administration] has said that settlement building is legitimate. That’s what several American officials have said including, first and foremost, their ambassador in Tel Aviv David Friedman. He said [settlers] are building in their land. Son of a dog, they are building in their land? He is a settler and his family members are settlers.”
Abbas’ virulent anti-Semitism has been apparent for decades; that is nothing new, and neither is the silence of the world about the virulent Palestinian anti-Semitism, whether from the PA or Hamas, only 70 years after the Holocaust.
But though the world may little notice that three young Jews were murdered, their families will have to live with the grief forever. The two soldiers murdered by Ala Qabha, 26, who did a U-turn on the road before accelerating and plowing into the group of soldiers, were Sgt. Netanel Kahalani, 20, from Elyakim in northern Israel, who was buried early on Sunday in his hometown, with thousands in attendance, and Capt. Ziv Daos, 21, from the central town of Azor, who was buried on Sunday at the military cemetery in Holon and was reportedly slated to be released from his military service on Thursday.
Kahalani’s father Danny said at the funeral, “I have not yet processed this and I don’t know if I can go on. I loved you so much, and I lost you in a second. Twenty years is nothing, but I am thankful for them.” His mother Naomi said, “Netanel was a gift. I thank God for giving me this child. He had a heart of gold, a pure soul. He was an incredible child. Everyone loved him; he helped everyone, always smiling. He never held a grudge against anyone.”
Daos, 21, was a platoon commander in a Home Front Command search and rescue unit. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of captain.
Shirel Sharabi, a friend of Daos, told the Ynet news website, “I’m broken. We were good friends for years in high school. He was always the most successful, the smartest, the most talented. He was the one everyone wanted to be around. Modest and quiet, yet so powerful. He was a guy with a heart of gold and a pure soul.”
On Saturday, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot confirmed that Israeli forces arrested Qabha’s brother and an uncle, who were suspected of helping him carry out the deadly attack. Hamas celebrated the murders, saying it “proves our people’s readiness to continue the Jerusalem intifada,” and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group said it “commended” the attack and urged “further attacks against the Zionist occupation.”
Neither group took responsibility for the attack.
On Sunday, Adiel Kolman, a 32-year-old father of four who worked at an archaeological dig, was attacked by 28-year-old Abd al-Rahman Bani Fadel, who started stabbing him while Kolman tried to fight him off; he died Sunday night from the wounds. Police shot Fadel to death after hearing Kolman’s cries but were too late to save Kolman.
Kolman’s mother, Yael Kolman, told the Hadashot TV news channel, “Even though he worked in a dangerous place, he did not express fear or concern. … Recently, he spoke with us a lot, as though he knew that he was going to leave. … He was a great soul; we called him ‘the jewel.’ He was a social person, loving and embracing. God plucks the flowers,” adding, “We will try to be with the children and compensate them for the father who is gone.”