I sit facing my computer, and words fail me. I have just witnessed one of the most tragic and traumatic events of my life.
A Jewish young man died in my arms tonight. His sin? Being Jewish in Jerusalem.
At about 8:25 this evening, we got a call from the MDA dispatcher about a stabbing on David Street – the Arab shuk leading from Jaffa Gate to the Kotel. I immediately left my apartment and sped over to the chaotic scene not far from there on a Hatzolah ambu-cycle.
Upon arrival, a horrible sight greeted me. A young Jewish man, lying in a pool of his own blood, with a 15″ knife sticking out of his stomach. After being at many bombings, car accidents and other traumatic events, this scene had the distinction of being the worst one I have ever seen.
His skin a very pale color, and his eyes half open, I reached him. The only people around were police officers, who didn’t really know what to do. The young Jewish man was not breathing, and he had no pulse.
This is the nightmare of any EMT. Alone, as the only person with medical training at the scene, there is not much you can do. Many tasks need to be done, and many people are needed to do them. Starting CPR, connecting oxygen, starting numerous IV’s due to massive blood loss …
What was the young man’s crime? What did he do wrong? To us, the residents of the Old City, these answers are clear. The Arabs want us out of Israel — out of Jerusalem.
The terrorism will continue — and will get much worse in Jerusalem. One thing I can tell you — we won’t run. We will stand firm, and remain here until one side wins — us or them. The battle is for the soul of the Land of Israel — let no one think otherwise.
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Note that the Gaza withdrawal was supposed to end this sort of thing. The Oslo accords were also supposed to end this sort of thing. When will they realize that there is no diplomatic solution to terrorism? The inherent nature of terrorism is that the diplomats can disclaim any responsibility for it, so by its very nature there can be no diplomatic or negotiated end to it.