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Monday, August 30, 2004

Long Live the Glorious Intifada… Those who think a “one state” Israel-Palestine “solution”—that is, Jews living as a minority in a Palestinian majority state—is a neat idea might want to keep incidents like this in mind:

A navigating mistake almost led to a disaster on Saturday after three Israelis were saved in the last minute from a mob that was about to lynch them in the Kalandia refugee camp.

The three, who were in two trucks, mistakenly entered the camp yesterday afternoon. After several minutes a crowd of hundreds of young Palestinians gathered around them, tossing stones at the trucks. The mob tried to pull them out of the trucks and set the vehicles on fire.

An IDF Engineering Corps’ force, which was called to the scene, managed to rescue the Israelis from almost certain death. One driver sustained moderate wounds, while the other two were lightly injured. MDA ambulances evacuated them to Hadassah Hospital in Ein Karem.

From The Jerusalem Post:

Soldiers from a combat engineering unit extricated three Israeli truck drivers who narrowly escaped being lynched by a raging Palestinian mob in the Kalandiya refugee camp south of Ramallah on Friday night.

The soldiers accompanied the men to the A-Ram checkpoint south of Ramallah where waiting Magen David Adom crews transferred them to Hadassah-University Hospital in Ein Kerem.

Suffering from blows to their bodies and their faces covered in blood, the condition of one of the Israelis was described as moderate and the others light. The garbage truck drivers claimed they mistakenly entered the camp and were confronted by hundreds of Palestinians who threw bricks, metal rods, and stones at the vehicles, and attempted to force them out of the trucks and set them on fire.

"We didn't think they would attack us like animals, they wanted to kill us. I didn't know what to do, I was covered in blood ..I made it to the checkpoint and told the soldiers that three others were still inside a truck in the camp," truck driver Ya'acov Shabu told Channel 2.

The next time you hear someone whining about the Palestinian “right” of return to Israel, ask him or her if that vaunted “right” applies to Palestinians like these or other like-minded folks.

Of course, some who advocate a one-state “solution” may well have this sort of consequence in mind. (Oh, and isn’t it a good thing an IDF engineering unit was nearby? It doesn’t sound like any so-called “activists,” of either the Palestinian or international variety, were rushing to protect the three injured men, much less stand in solidarity with them….)

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