Westminster ter­ror’s dis­turb­ing par­al­lel

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE -

Wed­nes­day’s hor­rific ter­ror­ist at­tack in Westminster was shock­ing. The depravity of those who threaten our so­ci­ety knows no lim­its. But it was also un­sur­pris­ing. The po­lice and se­cu­rity ser­vices have been warn­ing for years that it was a mat­ter of when, not if, there was an­other ter­ror­ist in­ci­dent. And we know that this will not be the last. Much com­ment has fo­cused on the low-tech “weapons” in­volved

— a car and a knife. This is noth­ing new: last year’s murders in Nice showed how lethal a ve­hi­cle can be. And, in Is­rael, such at­tacks are all too fre­quent. Since Septem­ber 2015, there have been 55 ram­ming at­tacks in which a ter­ror­ist aimed his car at pedes­tri­ans and 171 stab­bing at­tacks — plus a fur­ther 110 at­tempted stab­bings. In all, 47 people have been killed in ter­ror­ist at­tacks and 686 people (in­clud­ing four Pales­tini­ans) in­jured. Imag­ine three sim­i­lar in­ci­dents to Wed­nes­day’s at­tack hap­pen­ing ev­ery month for the past 18 months – and you still have not imag­ined the full scale of the hor­rors Is­raelis en­dure.

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