A Palestinian in Jerusalem carried out a terror act of vehicular jihad Sunday when he rammed a speeding truck into a group of Israeli soldiers Sunday, killing four and wounding 15 before being shot dead by an armed tour guide who himself had been sideswiped by the truck (for more on that, read Daniel Greenfield's post here at the Freedom Center's blog The Point.
Video of the incident showed the truck backing up after plowing in to the crowd, as the driver attempted to create more carnage. "There was no sense in that reverse," said a witness. "He drove backward to crush more people. That was really clear."
"Today we saw evil and cruelty incarnate," Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon said in a statement. "This murderous attack is a direct result of murderous Palestinian incitement. I call on the Secretary General and the Security Council to condemn this terror attack immediately."
The four fatalities included three women and a man in their 20s. Several victims had to be extricated from beneath the truck.
"This is part of the same ongoing battle against the global scourge of terrorism," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement. "We can only fight it together, but we'll fight it."
Netanyahu said the truck's driver had been identified and appeared to be "a supporter of the Islamic State." Israel's police chief Roni Alsheich told reporters the attacker was from an Arab neighborhood in east Jerusalem. Fox News reports that five people were arrested in connection with the attack, including the terrorist's father and brother.
Since September 2015, Palestinian attackers have killed 40 Israelis and two visiting Americans.
According to Fox, Hamas spokesman Abdul-Latif Qanou called the slaughter "heroic" and encouraged other Palestinians to do the same and "escalate the resistance."
The Palestinian "resistance" may "be quiet, it may linger, but it will never end," he said.
Afterward, pictures and video circulated on social media showing Palestinians celebrating the attack, as they routinely do, by handing out sweets on the streets.
"Unfortunately, there is no limit to the cruelty of terrorists who spare no means in killing Jews and disrupting their way of life," said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. "Those who incite and support terror must pay a heavy price."
Video courtesy of UK Telegraph