Rare respect in the UK for the victim of a Palestinian terror attack

April 18, 2017

There is another dispatch today which you can read here:

The “activist” who organized a seafood restaurant attack and the murder of girls at a bat mitzvah; and Israel slams the New York Times for carrying out a “journalistic terror attack”.




[Note by Tom Gross]

Players for the English lower league soccer club Derby County bow their heads (above) during a minute’s silence before the start of yesterday evening’s game against Huddersfield Town, in memory of Hannah Bladon, who was murdered in the Jerusalem terror attack on Good Friday.

Bladon, 20, was a keen Derby County supporter who was studying for a semester at Jerusalem’s Hebrew University. Thousands of fans from both Derby and Huddersfield (photo below) stood in respect, while players from each team bowed their heads and linked their arms.

Such expressions of sympathy for the victim of an act of Palestinian terrorism are rare in Europe, and many English soccer fans are notorious for their anti-Semitic chants about sending Jews to gas chambers. (Bladon was not Jewish.)




The BBC, although freely using the term “terrorism” to describe other terror attacks last week, for example, on the St Petersburg metro, on a Stockholm street, and in a Cairo church, refused to use the term “terrorism” in relation to Friday’s Palestinian attack on Jerusalem’s light railway, in which a pregnant Israeli woman was among the injured.

It is now standard practice for the BBC to use the term terrorism when terror attacks are committed around the world except when Jews are the intended victims. (I have written about this previously. See for example The BBC discovers ‘terrorism,’ briefly. Suicide bombing seems different when closer to home .




Bladon (above), from the town of Burton-on-Trent in Derbyshire, was stabbed to death by a Jerusalem resident and fellow railway passenger Jamil Tamimi, who comes from a well-known family of Palestinian extremists, other members of whom have in the past also carried out terror attacks on Israeli civilians.

Israeli media reported that Bladon was standing near the terrorist on the train because she had given up her seat to enable a woman who was holding a baby to sit down.

In a statement Bladon’s parents said she “was the most caring, sensitive and compassionate daughter you could ever wish for.”

The BBC has made much of the fact that the terrorist was psychologically disturbed, as if many other terrorists aren’t and that in some way excuses the politically-motivated context for his act – that in an atmosphere of near daily incitement in the official Palestinian media calling on persons to carry out acts of terror against Jews, he travelled across town to a Jewish neighborhood in order to kill people there.

Ironically, Bladon’s killer may now be rewarded courtesy of the British taxpayer. Palestinian terrorists and their families receive hefty rewards for their acts of terror from the Palestinian Authority -- using siphoned off British aid money.

At least Hananh’s death was covered in the British media. When I interviewed the mother of Rachel Thaler, a British Jewish girl aged 16 who was murdered by a Palestinian suicide bomber in an Israeli shopping mall, three and a half years after her murder her mother Ginette Thaler told me “Not a single British journalist has ever interviewed me or mentioned Rachel’s death.”

I wrote about Rachel Thaler in the article The Forgotten Rachels , for the weekly magazine The Spectator in 2005, but since then she has still not been mentioned in any other mainstream British publication. (The Spectator also published the piece online under their heading “Dead Jews aren’t news -- even if they are British”.)


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