Meanwhile in Israel, Hamas claims responsibility for attack in Jerusalem

Just months after a ceasefire ended a months-long war between Israeli forces and Hamas militants in Gaza, violence may again be flaring up in the Middle East.

On Wednesday, eight people including a three-month-old baby were wounded in Jerusalem when a car ran into a crowd of passengers assembling near a light rail station. “A baby in critical condition, a woman in seriously condition, two people moderately and four more lightly,” Haaretz reported. The suspected attacker was also seriously wounded when first responders shot him.

The infant latter passed away as a result of the wounds suffered in this attack.

The attack was suspected to be what in Hebrew is termed a “run-over terror attack.” This kind of attack has been used several times in the past in Jerusalem, most recently in August, when a Palestinian man driving a digger in Jerusalem used his vehicle to flip over a bus, killing Avraham Walles, a 29-year-old father of five. Five others were lightly wounded in the attack: the bus driver, three passengers and a police officer. The incident, which took place in the Shmuel Hanavi neighborhood, has been declared a terrorist attack.

The editor of The Jerusalem Post confirmed that Hamas militants had taken credit for the attack.

The view from Israel is decidedly different from the West, apparently. The Associated Press did its best to downplay the seriousness of the attack on Israeli civilians.

Originally headlined “Israeli police shoot man,” apparently for no discernable reason, AP later revised its headline to read “Car slams into east Jerusalem train station.” The opening paragraph noted that the incident “appeared to be an nationalistically motivated attack.” AKA radical fundamentalist terrorism.

AP’s headline was finally amended one last time to reflect the horror Hamas had unleashed on Israeli civilians: “Palestinian kills baby at Jerusalem station.” Small favors.

After reporting on the details of the attack, the AP took a moment to defend its assertion that this attack was merely an outburst resulting from overzealous nationalism.

Israel captured east Jerusalem, along with the West Bank and Gaza Strip, in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed the area as part of its capital — a step that has not been recognized internationally. The Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state that would also include the West Bank and Gaza.

In this way, the AP defends the attack on civilians including an infant as somehow justified. This, at least, may be slightly less grotesque than First Look journalist Glenn Greenwald’s determination to blame Canada for today’s coordinated attack on its parliament, war memorials, and shopping malls, but it’s a limited distinction.

In closing, read National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg on the AP’s knee-jerk desire to shield Hamas terrorists from criticism — a decision which spectacularly backfired.