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Eyewitness to Terror

Eyewitness to Terror

Right in front of me, two Arabs stabbed a rabbi in cold blood.


On Wednesday morning I visited my daughter, who lives in the Old City of Jerusalem. As I was leaving through Jaffa Gate I saw people running toward me. As I instinctively ran toward what they were running from, I saw two Arabs crazily stabbing a rabbi.

It was even worse than the gruesome Palestinian terror training videos we see on Facebook.

For a few moments it was only me, the two Arabs, and their victim. Everyone else had run away.

I was thrown into a surrealistic scene of the Torah command: "Don't stand idly by the blood of your brother."

My heart exploded with desire to help. My first thought was to jump on the Arab closest to me and pull him off the rabbi.

As I got within a few feet, a border guard came up beside me. She hesitated in shooting, then: bang bang bang.

I checked that the Arabs were not wearing explosive vests.

After 5-6 shots, the Arabs kept stabbing as if nothing happened. (These terrorists often act while drugged up, to continue the lethal rampage long after their senses tell them to stop.)

A second border guard came and I stayed back, not wanting to get in the way of the bullets. That proved wise; while neutralizing the Arabs, they appear to have accidentally shot the rabbi and another man.

Acting out of instinct, I bent down to check that the nearly-dead Arabs were not wearing explosive vests.

After a few moments, I walked away. I'd had more than enough.

Where is the World?

My body was at full adrenaline for several hours following the attack. I am traumatized from the whole experience and am heartbroken I was not able to assist more.

Like a large number of other Israeli citizens, I am a licensed gun owner. I had just become re-certified, and had bought a thigh holster for my pistol. I've been wearing it for the past month, but did not bring my gun yesterday because I didn't expect anything. Otherwise I might have been able to stop the attack a moment sooner.

My children made me promise to carry my pistol at all times now.

I might have been able to stop the attack a moment sooner.

In the meantime, I am confused and bewildered by how the world has turned against Israel. We fight daily against delegitimization in the UN, demonization in the media, and against genocidal jihadi barbarians.

We Jews strive mightily to help mankind, to live our values, and to breathe freely in this special land promised by God.

Yet innocent, God-fearing Jews are being slaughtered in the streets. Shame on humanity for standing by silently!

This entire tragedy is too great to bear. Rabbi Reuven Biermacher, a treasured member of our family, has been torn away. Please God, may this be the last one.

Jaffa Gate

At the scene: Revuven Schwartz, the author, with beard at right.

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December 23, 2015

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Visitor Comments: 22

(18) Anonymous, December 29, 2015 5:37 AM

Silenced suffering

We are victims of clerics inciting barbarism to the Palestinian - Muslim mobs, why is this acceptable to the peacekeeping nations of the world??

(17) Anonymous, December 29, 2015 2:48 AM

We are with you!

Dear Mr. Schwartz,

It has been almost two weeks since I have heard any news or turned on my computer. I just sat down to go to the Aish website and am appalled to see what has happened in the last number of days - as I have been in times past.

It saddened me to read your comments about nobody standing with Israel. Please know that there are MANY who stand with you although you may not know our names as we don't make the news. We contact our elected officials and let them know we must stand with Israel. I personally take classes on Torah from our local Rabbi, who is a very dear friend of mine. Most of all, I want you to know that MANY in America pray for the welfare of Jewish people everywhere. I have visited Israel only once, but hope to come again. May Hashem be with you and bless you with His comfort and healing from the trauma you have experienced. We also pray for the family who lost their beloved Rabbi.

Devorah, December 31, 2015 12:47 AM


Truly, MANY are praying daily for the peace of Jerusalem and of Israel - that her borders be secure and people safe and sound - that the enemy be thwarted and defeated. Much has already been averted; many have already been conquered. Still, many soldiers pray as you, fellow soldiers, stand in the place G-d has chosen for you to be. Do not be afraid: the G-d of Israel lives and vengeance is His to execute, according to Word, with perfect timing.

Rest and be assured that all that is meant for evil will be turned to good - may HaShem bless the Jewish people and comfort those who have lost any thing to the enemy, great or small. He is just and faithful; He will never forsake you, even when such a heavy loss is experienced: wait on Him. The end is not what appears to be the end; He is faithful and just.

Our heavenly Father is the G-d of renewal and restoration: remember that all that has been lost will be amply returned to its original condition - no, even better condition than before. Shalom!

The day is dawning.

(16) Lisbet, December 28, 2015 12:46 AM

Yes the world has gone mad! I don't understand either why Israel is being victimised especially after what happened in the Holocaust. I feel outraged about it, but the evil we see is the outward manifestation of the spiritual battle in the heavenlies.

(15) Anonymous, December 28, 2015 12:00 AM

Well said. If you hate us(Jews) don't partake of our contributions
to humanity and to the world, medical care etc.

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