Five Jews in Israel were wounded on Sunday in the latest terror attacks on Sunday morning, according to Middle East news outlets. In one of the attacks, a suspected Palestinian terrorist drove his motor vehicle into a group of hitchhikers at a rest area in Israel. At least four Israeli civilians were injured with two of them listed as serious.
Two hours later, another Palestinian terrorist, identified by police as a woman, stabbed a civilian security officer a short distance away from the controversial city of Jerusalem. Israeli cops said the security officer’s wounds were serious but not life-threatening.
The suspect was described as a 22-year-old Palestinian female from Bethlehem, dressed in a traditional black hijab. She approached a security officer at his post just outside Beitar Illit and attempted to stab him. Israeli counterterrorism officials said they believe her plan was to enter the city and attack a large group of Jews assembled at a bus stop.
Terror attacks like these have become analmost daily occurrenceover the past month, reaching from Israel’smain citiesto small villages in Judea and Samaria. “The Palestinians have chosen a new modus operandi using weapons other than firearms and IEDs [improvised explosive devices]. While using knives have proven less deadly than car bombs or other so-called impact weapons, the threat has left many civilians apprehensive about walking in public,” said former police detective and security manager Loren Kellman.
A similar attack occurred in the United States on Wednesday when five people were stabbed at the University of California, Merced, by an assailant who was shot and killed by police. Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke identified the suspect in that stabbing spree at UC Merced as Faisal Mohammad, an 18-year-old from Santa Clara. He was a first-year student majoring in computer science major. http://abc30.com/1069241/
The five victims were all attacked in front ofan office building on campus, according to a campus public safety officer who requested anonymity. “I was suspicious of the authorities who controlled the flow of information about the incident. They really hesitated to identify the perp since he was a Middle Easterner. But how can they cover up the identity a person with the name Faisal Mohammad as anything but a Muslim attacker?” the campus cop wondered.
Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show..
He's former chief of police at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter's University and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.