November 11, 2014: Stabbings in West Bank

A Palestinian terrorist linked to Islamic Jihad stabbed a woman to death in a West Bank town in November 2014.

A Palestinian terrorist linked to Islamic Jihad stabbed a woman to death in a West Bank town in November 2014.

ALON SHVUT, WEST BANK – Terrorist attacks that target ordinary places are particularly horrific.

Have you ever had to commute to get to work/school? Was it a pleasant experience? Or was it tortuous? Did you drive, either by yourself or in a car pool? Or did you take public transit? Whatever the mode, how would you describe your commute? Wait, don’t answer that!

Me, I used to take the bus to my job as a multilingual analyst at Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Canada’s signals intelligence (SIGINT) agency. My sojourn lasted at least 45 minutes, each way, and involved three separate buses: I did this from 1988 to 2001. I used the commute to read so all in all it was not that bad I suppose.

When the weather was nice I would cycle the 15 km distance which did wonders for my physique but was hell when it rained (not to mention the two minor accidents I had on the road).

When I moved to CSIS in 2001 that all changed. I could walk to work in just a little over thirty minutes and my mental health improved significantly. No more buses. No more bus stops. No more crowded places. It was heaven.

Imagine, then, if your daily commute became a terrorist target. This is what happened to a young woman in a West Bank town on this day in November 2014.

A man who later turned out to be an Islamic Jihad terrorist rammed a vehicle into a bus shelter in Alon Shvut, striking a 26-year old woman and two men. He exited his minivan and proceeded to stab the woman several times, killing her: the two men suffered slight injuries. The terrorist was shot and killed by a guard on duty at the location.

Terrorists need to be killed, period. Abu Mazen and the rest of his friends in his terror government, are inciting the Arab public to murder innocent Jews, and security forces are busy containing the anger. I demand that the prime minister untie the hands of the security forces so they can crush the head of the snake.

Housing Minister Uri Ariel

Commutes are bad enough without having to worry about a terrorist in a minivan. Even if these are ‘soft’ targets, they are events that security forces need to prevent (not that this is an easy task, mind you).

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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