Tears in Israel, Joy in Palestine

Last night the popular Sarona market in Tel Aviv was the scene of a gun attack.

The attack was perpetrated by two cousins from the Hebron area.

They killed four people and wounded another 16. People who were just enjoying dinner and dessert at a Max Brenner restaurant.

Both terrorists were apprehended, one was critically wounded and rushed to hospital where he is still receiving life saving medical treatment.

The news met different reactions depending on where you were or who you are.

The Times of Israel has a piece about the four victims:

Forty-two-year-old Ido Ben Ari from Ramat Gan, 39-year-old Ilana Naveh from Tel Aviv, 58-year-old Michael Feige from Ramat Gan and 32-year-old Mila Mishayev from Rishon Lezion.

This particularly got me:

“Thirty-two-year-old Mishayev, the youngest of the four victims, was set to be married in the near future, according to Ynet. She was waiting in the restaurant for her boyfriend when the attack took place. She suffered bullet wounds to her lower body and later died of her injuries. According to Ynet, Mishayev managed to call her boyfriend immediately after the attack.”

The blog Isreally Cool has run a piece about Palestinian celebrations in the aftermath.

There has been the usual clamor to complain about the way the event was reported rather than the substance of the event. I think Anshel Pfeffer makes an excellent point about this:

One particularly crass comment on the attack came from an Electronic Intifada contributor:

The Glasgow University Palestine Society also gave their 10 cents in a rambling Facebook post that ends thus:

“As stated so many times: when you oppress a people, suppress their basic human rights and freedom of movement, steal their land and natural resources, demolish their homes, murder their families, enforce discriminatory and apartheid laws upon them, do not bring to justice those who attack them – then this is the outcome.

End these despicable practices of brutal military occupation NOW!!”

This led to a response from UJS Campaigns director Russell Langer: