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1 Dead, Over 10 Wounded in 2nd Terror Ramming Attack in Jerusalem; Hamas Claims Responsibility (VIDEO)

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An Arab driving a van killed one person and wounded some 14 others, several critically, when he slammed into pedestrians and vehicles at two points along the capital’s light rail line midday Wednesday, according to Army radio.

The fatality, Cap. Jidan Assad, 38, a Border Police officer from the Druze village of Beit Jaan, and the wounded were crossing the street when they were hit by the speeding vehicle, according to police.

Assad is survived by a pregnant wife and three-year-old son, according to Ynet News.

At one point, footage from a light rail security camera shows the white Volkswagen van hitting pedestrians as it rushed down the tracks (see video below).

Victims at scene of Jerusalem terror ramming. Photo: Israelphoto

Victims at scene of Jerusalem terror ramming. Photo: Israelphoto.

The driver then descended from his vehicle, several blocks north of the Old City, and attacked passersby with a metal rod, police said.

Border Police officers in the vicinity gave chase along the rail line, and opened fire at the suspect, killing him, police said.

The driver was wearing clothing similar to those worn by a haredi Jew, Army radio reported.

Police are reporting that the suspect, Ibrahim al-Akari, 38, was a Hamas member from the city’s Shuafat neighborhood. On his Facebook page, al-Akari lauded the shooting of Yehuda Glick on October 29.

Palestinian sources said the brother of the suspect was part of the Hamas cell that murdered Border Policeman St.-Sgt. Nissim Toledano in Lod in 1992. After serving time in an Israeli prison, he was released in the Shalit deal with Hamas in 2011, according to Israel’s Ch. 2 News.

The brother was deported and is presently residing in Turkey.

Jerusalem terror ramming suspect Ibrahim al-Akari. Photo: Twitter

Jerusalem terror ramming suspect Ibrahim al-Akari. Photo: Twitter.

Hamas took responsibility for the attack and called for perpetrating more such attacks. Islamic Jihad called it “heroic.”

The attack was similar to a ramming attack on October 22, in the same vicinity, in which an infant and a young woman were killed and close to 10 others wounded.

The area, commonly referred to as the “seam line,” divides the city’s Jewish and Arab neighborhoods. There are several hotels along the route, which passes near the Old City’s Damascus Gate.

“This is a hard day for Jerusalem,” Mayor Nir Barkat said in a statement.

“On behalf of the residents of the city, I convey my deepest condolences to the family of the victim murdered in the terror attack and I wish those who were injured a quick recovery.

“I have an important message for the city’s residents: the goal of the terrorists is to disrupt our lives and to hurt and scare us. We answer them  by showing that we continue with our normal, daily routine. This is the message we will send the terrorists. We are here to stay. We will not budge. We will overcome the challenges and win this battle,” Barkat said, adding, “We will enforce a tougher policy, and win this war.”

Victim: Jidan Assad, 38, of Druze village of Beit Jaan. Photo: Twitter

Victim: Jidan Assad, 38, of Druze village of Beit Jaan. Photo: Twitter

Economy Minister, Naftali Bennett on his Facebook page, derided Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, as being “the driver of the deadly cars in Jerusalem. The terrorists are just his messengers.”

President Reuven Rivlin said in a Tweet that “There can be no forgiveness for those who turn cars into weapons to attack innocent people.”

Paula Stern, 53, a long-time American immigrant, makes a daily commute on the light rail past where the last two terror attacks, and innumerable Arab stoning incidents, have taken place.

On her way home, Stern spoke with The Algemeiner as cars passed by the scene of the attack.

She said nearly all of the rolling stock has smashed windows and dents from the rocks, and noted that security on and along the line was heavy in the wake of the terror attack.

“The guards are more alert than normal; there are blue lights of police cars all over,” she said, as the train sped along the route. “The train’s going a lot faster today than normal,” she noted. “It’s amazing how fast he’s going.”

Living in Ma’ale Adumin, east of the city, for the last 13 years, Stern pointed out that the train serves the capital’s Arab, as well as Jewish, residents. She wants the city to close off the line, which runs through Arab neighborhoods, as a punishment and deterrent to potential attackers.

Stern hopes the municipality would consider building a second line, one that avoids the current route, which traverses Arab Shuafat and Bet Hanina, on the way to the city’s northernmost Jewish neighborhoods.

“I’m sorry – if you’re going to attack a train, we’re going to have to stop it for now; for whatever period of time, the train’s not going through Shuafat. If they burn the tracks again, that line can be abandoned,” she said, referring to months and millions of dollars of nationalistic vandalism by Palestinians against the very line which serves them.

She “is definitely going to continue” riding the line, and emphasized that she was not frightened by the attacks.

“The answer is no; I’m not afraid. I think that, despite the fact that there are attacks now daily…” noting that the cars’ windows have rock-resistant safety glass, and were designed to weather malicious vandalism.

“The city has to do something,” she contended. “I don’t see rewarding a neighborhood that throws rocks all the time on the train, and now someone from the neighborhood came and killed people.

“I don’t see the logic of the train continuing to go through there. I really don’t,” she concluded, as the train sped along and police sirens wailed in the background.

Watch  light rail security camera footage of the beginning of the attack:

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Watch traffic camera footage of end of the the attacker’s path of carnage:

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This report will be updated as more details are confirmed.

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  • Selina Owen

    Is this what the world is supporting an independent terror state of Palestine to look like?

  • Efram

    If only Bibi had finished the job in Gaza. Cutting off the head would make destroying the rest of Hamas much easier.

  • Luigi Rosolin

    Israel need all of God help and had to take some drastic action. The mosque Dome of the Rock should be demolish as is the satan arrogant answer to God and Islam cult is the basic reason of Jews persecution and Palestinian’s terrorism. Demolish and rebuild a church there. Muslim should not allowed to stand there. Enough war is war Israel cannot vin terrorism: had to eliminate the font that is Islam.

  • Sofia B

    So where would you deport them to? Since every country around is muslim and definitely no friends of Israel. I have a better solution, but its not printable, and unfortunately, Israel is a civilized Country.

    Why Israel is treating the Hamas relatives is beyond me, why not Hamas send them to the countries that support them and give them weapons. They have hospitals.

    Treat the Israelis, and we know there are many that are old and sick, and don’t get the same treatments as these relatives of monsters.

    It won’t stop – Jerusalem has become their price, and innocent people are paying with their lives.

  • Michael

    Egypt has banned the Muslim Brotherhood.Hamas is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Why on earth has Israel not banned the Muslim Brotherhood? Hamas members should be rounded up, their homes destroyed and they and their immediate families be immediately deported.Individuals committing acts of terror in Israel should be shot and killed on site.These are terrorists committed to killing Jews.Close the border to Gaza and starve Hamas.arrest the Palestinian political leaders supporting Hamas terrorism.

    • Alison Weston

      I like it.

  • Robert Davis

    shalit’s parents who kicked up such a shindy and forced natanyahou-chickensh. to free over a 1,000 terrorists to get their son back,should be happy now. By the way I wonder HOW MANY people have been killed since those terrorists were freed by chickensh.netanyahou? thank you to the shalit family…

  • NuritGn

    Close Jerusalem to ALL Arabs; Arab-Palestinian terrorism has targeted Jerusalem particularly in an attempt to gain control of the city from Israel. The result is that they have turned Jerusalem, the City of Peace, into a bloody battleground and have thus forfeited their claim to share in the city’s destiny.

  • T.C.

    You should be standing by your Prime Minister at such a time as this.I would be proud to call this man the leader of my country. I wish there were more brave, brave leaders like him in the world today.

  • koskas

    The soldier calls the police in stead of shooting these bastards. That’s the worst in this vidéo.

    • Eric

      While the soldier probably remembered last week’s terror attack, he cannot legally assume that this is another attack. For all he knows, it was a drunken driver. If it was, that soldier would have been sentenced to years of imprisonment for killing an Arab (because Israel apparently likes to treat their Jewish citizens more harshly than their Arab ones). Also, have you ever shot a gun? Until he unstraps his clip, puts it in, unlocks the safety, cocks the gun and fires, that is at the very least 5 seconds (and that’s for a professional). The driver was already gone by then. The terrorist was a few hundred meters down at that point. You don’t just go shooting in the middle of the street with people all over the place even if you know it’s a terrorist attack. You need a CLEAR and up close shot (just like the police did in the second video where they shot him from just about point blank). This isn’t the movies like Chris Tucker not taking into account innocent bystanders. The soldier did the right thing in making the call instead of trying to shoot.

  • Abbas will praise this Jew killer as a great Muslim and Obama and Susan rice will praise Abbas!

  • Scott

    If the Palestinians are going to wage a war. Israel must do what Obama will not.
    Name the enemy and take action accordingly.

  • Paul

    I believe he was sponsored from QATAR wit good training by Susan Rice agents. Wit orders frm her superiors

  • Wm. J. Levy

    And so it begins, Instead of suicide bombs they are using vehicles.
    The solution no Arab can drive in Jerusalem.
    The fact that the killer was dressed as a Herudi and we’ve seen photos of Hamas killers dressed like IDF soldiers should be a call to arms for the IDF and Israel.

    When the first bus blows up killing Jews I hope that 500 Arab buses blow up.

  • art frank

    Immediately destroy the savage’s home and deport all the savage’s family to jordan or gaza strip. All savages caught in terrorist acts should be put down on the spot like this one.

  • steven L

    > one Billion Islamists!

  • steven L

    For the fanatics it is too late despite the support provided by the West and the US Pr. in particular.

  • Donald Krausz

    If you catch and kill him he and his people think that he is a hero and will be rewarded accordingly.
    If you identify him and take similar action in revenge he has succeeded in bringing you down to his level. Yet one cannot let him and them get away with this.

    Some mass punishment must result. Imprisoning those that advocate such terrorism from the top down would be a useful start and to hell with world opinion.

  • Reform School

    Franchised in Jerusalem.

    Refined at the Twin Towers.

    Inspired by Crown Heights?

  • Dov meir

    It is coming the time in which the Jews will think about the ability to remain humanic. Impossible to win teror by courts as it is impossible to win a war by courts with juridical processes.

    • steven L

      Religious Fanaticism can’t prevail.

  • Bernard Ross

    Hamas took responsibility so why isn’t gaza border closed to starve out the terrorists and drain the swamp, why are Hamas officials relatives being treated in Israels hospitals….BB is responsible.

    • Dante

      …why are Hamas officials relatives being treated in Israels hospitals…

      AFAIK not themselves but their children.

  • Elana Frishman

    This video should be forwarded to Obama with the following captions “imagine this happening in your Capital PRESIDENT and it is your innocent daughters crossing the street!” DON’T THINK FOR A MOMENT THAT THIS IS IMMINENT. WAKE UP!

    • steven L

      She won’t cross any street. Not to worry.

    • Ron

      It would be a waste of time and effort. Obama couldn’t care less. He has supported the Muslim Brotherhood since taking office. Besides, he has already had Major Nidal’s jihadist attack at Fort Hood, in which one of the dead victims was a pregnant woman, and which he and his administration have shrugged off as “workplace violence”; the Boston bombing; the Navy Yard shootings. ISIS (who according to Obama “have nothing to with Islam” – just like the Waffesn SS had nothing to do with Nazism ) have been calling for individual lone wolf attacks, and we are seeing the result. Fusilier Lee Rigby was beheaded in broad daylight in Woolwhich, and David Cameron reckoned that had nothing to with Isl. Converts to Islam are consistently “misunderstading it’s teachings and murdering infidels. Don’t burn the qur’an, read it! These savages are following it’s teachings.

    • Efram

      He would applaud, of course. That is exactly what he wants to happen in Washington, and worse. After he officially gives his blessing to Iran to complete their nuclear weapons program, much worse will follow.

  • Dov Stein

    A vehicle is a weapon. No car license to suspected to be terorist. Revange to the Palestinians leaders whom inciting to do that

  • Yussi

    Savages! How do u make peace with their ilk? Imposible it’s kill or be killed..deport them and level’s the only way to stop this madness….

    • Tone Lechtzier

      Amen, deport all of them, including those released from prison. My condolences to those injured, and their families. More jews would relocate to Israel if the Arab terrorists were eliminated.

    • Mrs. B.

      Hear! Hear!

  • 1/3 of the Jewish Knesset members justify him. After all the Palestinians are all freedom fighters. Right? Those 1/3 are the REAL murderers!!!!

    • Dante

      1/3 of the Jewish Knesset members justify him.

      I cannot believe that, it is too appalling.


  • Lauren Goldman

    Israel should have a hog farm where the bodies of these untermenschen can be deposited. Unless it would pose a health hazard to the hogs eating these sacks of camel sh-t.

  • Obama started this by creating ISIS. Black President? NEVER AGAIN

    • Noellsq

      Shame on you color does not have anything to do with it. He is a ideological nightmare. All his aides are book learned no practical experience

    • Baht Harim

      Ridiculous and racist. Shame on you. And read a history book. George W. Bush destabilized the Middle East with the unnecessary war on Iraq. ISIS is the child of Al Qaeda, formed long before Obama was President.

    • The idea that anyone besides radical Muslims created ISIS is ignorant and wrong.

    • Doc Smith

      Get real…the weather is too hot….my back aches..
      the roof leaks….my truck needs new tires…
      its all Obamas fadult……do u have a brain?
      use it..good grief!