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      Another Bulldozer Attack in Jerusalem: 23 Wounded

      Story includes photos/video. For the second time in 3 weeks, an Arab commandeered a bulldozer this time wounding 23 before being shot and killed.
      By Hillel Fendel
      First Publish: 7/22/2008, 2:13 PM

      For the second time in three weeks, an Arab commandeered a bulldozer to commit a terrorist attack in Jerusalem. He wounded several people before being shot and killed.



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      The terrorist began his attempt to murder Jews on King David St. near the Yemin Moshe neighborhood.  He took a tractor from a construction site, and began plowing into vehicles along the street, hitting at least three cars - one of which he completely overturned - and a bus. One driver was able to escape from his car even though the tractor plowed it into a bus stop. When the terrorist reached the intersection of Keren HaYesod St., a citizen and Border Guard policeman shot and killed him.  The entire incident was over very quickly, eyewitnesses said.

      Medics attempt to rescue a person from his wrecked car. Ambulance stretcher awaits his extracation from the vehicle.
      Israel News Photo: B. Gordon, IsraelNN.com
      The wrecked grey car was one of the last targets on the bulldozer before the terrorist was killed.
      Israel News Photo: B. Gordon, IsraelNN.com

      Less than three weeks ago, an Arab from eastern Jerusalem killed three people in a similar attack before he was himself killed by a heroic yeshiva student/soldier. The tractor used in today's attack was smaller than the one used in the previous one.

      Of the 23 injured, one is reported in moderate condition - apparently with an amputated leg - and the others have light injuries or are suffering from trauma.  Among them are a woman and her nine-month-old baby son.

      A bus stop wrecked by the bulldozer.
      Israel News Photo: B. Gordon, IsraelNN.com
      Back of bus wrecked in attack, 22July08
      Israel News Photo: B. Gordon, IsraelNN.com

      Gag-Order on Terrorist's Name
      The dead tractor terrorist was an Israeli citizen, living in Um Tuba, a south-eastern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood not far from Sur Baher.  His name was publicized over the radio, and minutes later, a gag order prohibiting it from being disseminated was publicized - apparently because of his family connections with a an orange-bearded Hamas legislator who has been jailed for involvement in terrorism.

      Moshe Feiglin, leader of the Likud's Manhigut Yehudit faction, was an eyewitness to the attack. He told Voice of Israel Radio that his first impression of the attack was the tractor-shovel attempting to drop down upon a passerby. "At first I thought it was some kind of accident, but very quickly we realized that it was an attack.  Thank G-d, it ended very quickly, because of the alertness of passersby who shot him - I saw a man I know from the southern Judea community of Susia, but he was the first one to shoot the terrorist, and then the Border Guard policeman came and finished the story."

      Driver's window of bus smashed by bulldozer. Policeman inspects bus interior. 22July08
      Israel News Photo: IsraelNN.com
      Medics transfer an injured man to an ambulance as police distance bystanders.
      Israel News Photo: B. Gordon, IsraelNN.com
      The bulldozer minutes after the terrorist was shot.
      Israel News Photo: B. Gordon, IsraelNN.com
      Glass on the road from a passing vehicle hit by the bulldozer, 22July08
      Israel News Photo: B. Gordon, IsraelNN.com

      The man who first shot the terrorist was later announced to be Yaki Asael, 56, father of eight, from Susia.

      "We have long called for a policy of not hiring Arabs in construction," said Shifra Hoffman of Victims of Arab Terror.  "We hold the government guilty of this attack for not implementing this policy."