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17 hurt as terrorist plows car into Jerusalem crowd
By Jonathan Lis and Amos Harel, Haaretz Correspondents, and The Associated Press
Tags: Palestinians, Israel 

Seventeen people were wounded Monday night when a resident of Arab East Jerusalem plowed his car into a crowd of Israel Defense Forces soldiers on their way to the Western Wall to mark the upcoming Jewish New Year.

The attack occurred in the capital's Tzahal Square, close to the Old City.

Two of the wounded were in serious condition, four were moderately hurt and the rest were lightly wounded, the Magen David Adom rescue service said. At least 13 were still hospitalized Tuesday morning. One of the victims was still in moderate to serious condition.
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Jerusalem Police Commander Ilan Franco said the driver had apparently acted alone.

"A man in a vehicle struck a number of people in Tzahal Square," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. "We can confirm it was a terror attack. The man was shot and killed."

A previously unknown group claimed responsibility for the attack, Channel 2 television said.

An Israel Radio reporter at the scene described a large group of mostly ultra-Orthodox Jews chasing an Arab into the Old City after the attack.

The emergency call came into Magen David Adom at 10:55 P.M., but it described the incident as a traffic accident. Only when the ambulance arrived did it become clear that it was a terror attack.

"I saw the car coming quickly and hit a group of soldiers and students standing there," an eyewitness said. "It happened very fast. It was impossible to know beforehand that this is what he intended to do."

Rescue personnel evacuated all of the victims to hospitals in the city. Local TV showed footage of a wounded soldier on a stretcher, holding his head, as he was wheeled into an ambulance.

Dr. Yuval Weiss, the director of Hadassah University Hospital, Ein Karem, said that 10 victims had been treated at the hospital, all of them fully conscious.

Jerusalem police said that though there was no prior intelligence indicating a possible terror attack, the level of alert had been raised in recent days due to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and the upcoming Jewish holidays.

This is the third time a vehicle has been used in a terror attack in Jerusalem in as many months. In July, two East Jerusalem residents carried out separate attacks with vehicles used in ongoing construction work in the city, killing three people and wounding many others.

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      1.   Let`s see how livni reacts 23:20  |  Arie 22/09/08
      2.   Yet another demented terror action 23:28  |  Johnny 22/09/08
      3.   God Thanks To Armed Civilians 23:34  |  Eli 22/09/08
      4.   armed civilians 23:46  |  JL 22/09/08
      5.   how much longer are the fantasies of dealing with arabs going to 23:52  |  victor hardman 22/09/08
      6.   Vehicle terror in Jerusalem 23:57  |  P Hackner 22/09/08
      7.   Criminal idiot... !! 23:59  |  Esther 22/09/08
      8.   AGAIN! 00:00  |  docD 23/09/08
      9.   DELETED BY MODERATOR 00:03  |  Pssed OFF ARAB 23/09/08
      10.   no country would suffer suc a crime,collective punishment needed 00:07  |  louis 23/09/08
      11.   That`s the very reason Israeli civilians carry arms 00:07  |  * BEN JABO 23/09/08
      12.   would Olmert also call this a pogrom? 00:15  |  Eddie 23/09/08
      13.   News wires confirm that soldiers were targeted 00:18  |  Palestinian in UK 23/09/08
      14.   Poor Pal terrorists drive luxurous BMWs... 00:21  |  Humphrey 23/09/08
      15.   These Arabs Do Not Help Anyone or Anything 00:30  |  Baruch Gold 23/09/08
      16.   Time for a few missiles 00:35  |  SystemF 23/09/08
      17.   # 10 louis 00:35  |  Axel 23/09/08
      18.   why is Jerusalem currently the most unsafe place in Israel? 00:42  |  ivo 23/09/08
      19.   ben jabo 11 00:47  |  potobac 23/09/08
      20.   terror 00:48  |  Don 23/09/08
      21.   "Opressed Arabs" driving BMWs? 00:48  |  Sara 23/09/08
      22.   Ben Jabo`s version 00:48  |  Tito 23/09/08
      23.   #11 - I respectfully disagree with you 00:55  |  Adam 23/09/08
      24.   demolish the home of the family 01:05  |  judith 23/09/08
      25.   victor, of course Bush won`t speak out 01:11  |  MaryRose 23/09/08
      26.   Interesting use of `terror` 01:34  |  Colin Wright 23/09/08
      27.   Another Arab Hero (Ester #7) 01:42  |  Steve 23/09/08
      28.   # 10, Louis 01:48  |  Maria 23/09/08
      29.   A better title might be...... 02:19  |  David James Vickery 23/09/08
      30.   Since when has J`lem 02:26  |  Chris Linthwaite 23/09/08
      31.   enough already 02:27  |  shimon 23/09/08
      32.   A beginning 02:37  |  Adam Price 23/09/08
      33.   Hate expressed at a level 02:40  |  Scharker Yid 23/09/08
      34.   # 29 David James Vickery 02:42  |  Michael Jacobs 23/09/08
      35.   What if it wasn`t a terrorist attack? 02:46  |  Alex 23/09/08
      36.   "terror" attack?? 02:47  |  Hmm 23/09/08
      37.   shimon, wisdom would say 02:51  |  Maria 23/09/08
      38.   "Terror" 02:55  |  Ismail 23/09/08
      39.   Driver`s License 03:03  |  Fish 23/09/08
      40.   Chris #30, civilians have no "right" to engage in "resistance" 03:17  |  Dr. L. Brnd 23/09/08
      41.   # 38 Ismail 03:18  |  Michael Jacobs 23/09/08
      42.   Clever lawyers will bring peace 03:20  |  Sol Icitor 23/09/08
      43.   Wait Till Next Week... 03:39  |  Yosemite 23/09/08
      44.   the way to a terrorists heart 03:42  |  Billy Munney 23/09/08
      45.   He did not just attcak soldiers!!!!!!! 03:47  |  Maurice 23/09/08
      46.   Memo to Haaretz: Attacking soldiers isn`t terrorism 03:56  |  peacelover 23/09/08
      47.   #43 Monitor 04:05  |  Michael Jacobs 23/09/08
      48.   The "holy month of Ramadan"a civillian car,driver without uniform 04:10  |  PETER SM 23/09/08
      49.   Definitely a TERRORIST attack 04:16  |  American 23/09/08
      50.   Re #26, 47 Colin Wright exonerates Menachem Begin! 04:22  |  DJStahl 23/09/08
      51.   More good news from the recent attack in Jerusalem -- 04:31  |  DJStahl 23/09/08
      52.   #35 Alex, So you want 2 Birth Rights 04:32  |  Monitor 23/09/08
      53.   Attack in civilian clothes,car is by definition 04:35  |  Joe Frazier 23/09/08
      54.   Jumping to conclusions 05:01  |  Tom 23/09/08
      55.   His family will have to pay to deter 05:03  |  Jozef 23/09/08
      56.   terrorism 05:28  |  Jasper 23/09/08
      57.   His family will have to pay dearly 05:35  |  vik 23/09/08
      58.   Action and Reaction 05:48  |  ELIAS 23/09/08
      59.   The palestinian have the right in J-town 06:21  |  David 23/09/08
      60.   #50 Irgun and the Stern Gang were Terrorists.. 06:27  |  Edithann, USA 23/09/08
      61.   Settlers 06:33  |  AARON 23/09/08
      62.   attack 06:40  |  rm 23/09/08
      63.   "Apartheid" 06:47  |  Steve 23/09/08
      64.   Vik 07:03  |  Justice 23/09/08
      65.   To Axel- the anti-semite from Germany 07:06  |  Abraham 23/09/08
      66.   PUKE perhaps all cars driven by Pals should be confiscated 07:09  |  Margie in Tel Aviv 23/09/08
      67.   To DJ Stahl on #51 07:10  |  Shmuelshachor 23/09/08
      68.   "Peacelover" #46 07:15  |  Arakçı 23/09/08
      69.   Vickery was in the Palestinian`s head 07:16  |  Margie in Tel Aviv 23/09/08
      70.   Monitor give the Arabs birth rights where they`re born 07:27  |  Margie in Tel Aviv 23/09/08
      71.   Haaretz That Was A Damn Good Idea... 07:32  |  Yosemite 23/09/08
      72.   Elias of Lebanon 07:33  |  Margie in Tel Aviv 23/09/08
      73.   Another Zionist massacre 07:36  |  Yothu Yindi 23/09/08
      74.   Interior security 07:40  |  Avinash 23/09/08
      75.   Best wishes to the wounded 07:42  |  KUTW 23/09/08
      76.   The only deterrence is moving towards a peace deal 07:46  |  sh 23/09/08
      77.   should`ve plowed into b`tselem 07:49  |  Mark 23/09/08
      78.   Interior security 07:50  |  Avinash 23/09/08
      79.   The other view point 07:51  |  The Newyorker 23/09/08
      80.   Maybe He Ran Out of Break Fluid 07:53  |  Rashid Maghraoui 23/09/08
      81.   Palestinian UK, and terror definition 07:59  |  Cipora Julianna Kohn 23/09/08
      82.   IDF OFFICER: Good job!! 08:06  |  Jewish State 23/09/08
      83.   Stop the outrageous behavior of the ?Israeli? Arabs. 08:13  |  Jean Van Daem 23/09/08
      84.   "Blame the morons who voted for him." MaryRose @#25 08:24  |  Akiva P 23/09/08
      85.   By international decree, killing jews is not terror 08:26  |  Ilan 23/09/08
      86.   #79 The Newyorker - It`s evident you`re a recent arrival 08:27  |  * BEN JABO 23/09/08
      87.   #73 Yothu Yindi - Almost a great Idea 08:29  |  * BEN JABO 23/09/08
      88.   Baruch #15 08:32  |  Esther 23/09/08
      89.   #60 Editann - USA 08:32  |  * BEN JABO 23/09/08
      90.   #30 TERRORISM 08:36  |  HM 23/09/08
      91.   Intertwined histories... 08:43  |  Esther 23/09/08
      92.   Sometimes a SPADE IS JUST THAT...A SPADE 08:43  |  Ben Yeppi 23/09/08
      93.   East Jerusalem Arabs 08:50  |  Zionist 23/09/08
      94.   Goes to rpove - 08:54  |  Shalom 23/09/08
      95.   #79 The Newyorker`s stupid view point 08:56  |  Hastaroth 23/09/08
      96.   To Pal in UK - Cowards Attack non-military Areas 08:59  |  B`Galil 23/09/08
      97.   Were they wearing IDF uniforms? 08:59  |  Clickfool 23/09/08
      98.   Lt. Elad Amar - a true hero 09:04  |  Adrian de Klerk 23/09/08
      99.   #91 Esther 09:10  |  Michael Jacobs 23/09/08
      100.   Ramadan 09:10  |  Daniel 23/09/08
      101.   Re : Adam 09:13  |  shlomo 23/09/08
      102.   Re : Adam 09:13  |  shlomo 23/09/08
      103.   Hooray!!! After all, there is intelligent life on Haaretz ! 09:14  |  Leeza Cohen Coleman 23/09/08
      104.   Re Hmm 09:17  |  shlomog 23/09/08
      105.   Enough is enough - END OCCUPATION WITH ITS TERRORISM 09:18  |  Ivar 23/09/08
      106.   Ismail 09:19  |  Shlomog 23/09/08
      107.   #13 Palestinian in the UK 09:22  |  Daniela 23/09/08
      108.   It`s in their genes........ 09:37  |  Harry 23/09/08
      109.   How is this a terrorist act? 09:38  |  Mohammed 23/09/08
      110.   To Pal in UK (13) 09:39  |  Kaphkao 23/09/08
      111.   CFOOL Was the Arab wearing a uniform? 09:40  |  PETER SM 23/09/08
      112.   For B-Galil # 96 09:42  |  Clickfool 23/09/08
      113.   Re # 107 Daniela 09:45  |  Mohammed 23/09/08
      114.   Michael #99 09:47  |  Esther 23/09/08
      115.   #88 Esther in TA,just one question 09:52  |  Hastaroth 23/09/08
      116.   # 83 09:56  |  elsie 23/09/08
      117.   Yes it is terrorism 10:00  |  Robins 23/09/08
      118.   If they are soldiers, he`s not a terrorist... 10:04  |  An Arab Neighbor 23/09/08
      119.   Civilians attacking soldiers isn`t necessarily terrorism 10:10  |  Michael 23/09/08
      120.   MOHAMMED Only Moslems recognise Jerusalem as Arab 10:17  |  PETER SM 23/09/08
      121.   #105 ivar has failed to consult brain surgeon 10:20  |  victor hardman 23/09/08
      122.   East Jerusalem 10:21  |  Israeli 23/09/08
      123.   "AL-MUGHRABI" MEANS "THE MOROCCAN" IN ARABIC 10:25  |  Yishai Kohen 23/09/08
      124.   Question for Robins #117 10:26  |  Clickfool 23/09/08
      125.   For Peter SM # 111 10:29  |  Clickfool 23/09/08
      126.   #29 Daud Trickery 10:34  |  Ari ben Yisrael 23/09/08
      127.   ARAB neighbour the sodiers were going to pray,not attack Arabs 10:40  |  PETER SM 23/09/08
      128.   FOURTH TRY, HAARETZ 10:40  |  MR 23/09/08
      129.   #124 question for boris the clucking fool 10:42  |  victor hardman 23/09/08
      130.   #114 Esther 10:43  |  Michael Jacobs 23/09/08
      131.   CFOOL"Guerillas"are entitled to kill without uniforms?Which are 10:44  |  PETER SM 23/09/08
      132.   Young radical Arabs should not operate motor vehicles in Israel 10:46  |  David E. 23/09/08
      133.   Why call the 19 year old offender a terrorist? 10:52  |  Dutch 23/09/08
      134.   Clickfool and playing the village..... 10:54  |  Warren 23/09/08
      135.   inevitable result of gov`t impotence, incompetance & indifference 10:56  |  dante 23/09/08
      136.   The Palestinian has to be blessed... 11:00  |  Dutch Dirk 23/09/08
      137.   If he had been shot while approaching the victims 11:02  |  Nero 23/09/08
      138.   #119 michael misses the point entirely 11:03  |  victor hardman 23/09/08
      139.   #133 doris the cardigan pipes up from 7000 miles away 11:05  |  victor hardman 23/09/08
      140.   #133 doris the cardigan pipes up from 7000 miles away 11:06  |  victor hardman 23/09/08
      141.   These Israel-haters are sick people 11:12  |  Free Gilad Shalit 23/09/08
      142.   DORIS"19 years old"? They are brainwashed for martyrdom at age 3 11:12  |  PETER SM 23/09/08
      143.   Destroy his unmarked military HQ 11:19  |  Ilan 23/09/08
      144.   #133 Dutch 11:21  |  Michael Jacobs 23/09/08
      145.   Another "hero" bites the dust 11:25  |  Jonathan 23/09/08
      146.   No 136 11:28  |  Nina 23/09/08
      147.   wow - Haaretz used the word "terrorist"!! 11:29  |  Kenny 23/09/08
      148.   Clickfool - An appropriate Name 11:30  |  Bobby Sands 23/09/08
      149.   #133 Dutch, calm yourself. You could get a heart attack 11:35  |  Jonathan 23/09/08
      150.   #136 Dutch Dirk 11:37  |  Michael Jacobs 23/09/08
      151.   HOW many "persecuted, opressed,starving refugees" drive Beemers? 13:21  |  PETER SM 23/09/08
      152.   it`s funny to see so many still lost in the definition game - 13:28  |  ivo 23/09/08
      153.   141 - Totally agreed. 13:35  |  ScotGuy 23/09/08
      154.   With a BMW, it probably wasn`t poverty that "made him desperate" 13:57  |  Jonathan 23/09/08
      155.   Extra judicial assassination 14:27  |  Nick Ferriman 23/09/08
      156.   potoboc "thats valid not terror" 14:44  |  judah 23/09/08
      157.   clickfool they were wearing pink uniforms 14:48  |  judah 23/09/08
      158.   clickfool were the extra judicial killings in 14:51  |  judah 23/09/08
      159.   The Police are 100% sure 14:54  |  Liam 23/09/08
      160.   The Police are 100% sure 14:54  |  Liam 23/09/08
      161.   Did the French resistance wear a uniform 14:58  |  Rab C Nesbitt 23/09/08
      162.   IDF-soldiers walking in their own sovereign state 15:00  |  Alicia 23/09/08
      163.   #155 Ferriman - His first crime was 15:26  |  * BEN JABO 23/09/08
      164.   #161 Rab C. Nesbitt 15:29  |  * BEN JABO 23/09/08
      165.   #155 nick the fairy man now writes comedy sketches 15:34  |  victor hardman 23/09/08
      166.   Thanks for the chuckle, Warren # 134 16:01  |  Clickfool 23/09/08
      167.   Nick Ferriman # 155 He Was Still Deemed To Be A Threat 16:14  |  Jeff Northridge 23/09/08
      168.   #119 Michael - Make up your mind 16:31  |  * BEN JABO 23/09/08
      169.   Desperate rejected hamas suitor takes revenge... 16:38  |  bat yam 23/09/08
      170.   155 - Nick 17:14  |  Palestinian in UK 23/09/08
      171.   Terrorist Driving BMW. 17:21  |  Michael T 23/09/08
      172.   #155 Nick Ferriman 17:31  |  Not Quite 23/09/08
      173.   Alicia # 162 Be Careful 17:42  |  Jeff Northridge 23/09/08
      174.   # 162 Alicia 18:01  |  Nick Ferriman 23/09/08
      175.   168 BJ. Let the facts make up our minds. 18:03  |  Michael 23/09/08
      176.   # 163 Ben Jabo 18:12  |  Nick Ferriman 23/09/08
      177.   Victor Hardman alias Paul Harris 18:25  |  Nick Ferriman 23/09/08
      178.   #172 Ferriman 18:28  |  Alicia 23/09/08
      179.   You`re right, Nick F. 18:29  |  Gray 23/09/08
      180.   Americans react towards terrorism in the street of the USA 18:31  |  Jay Draiman 23/09/08
      181.   Mr Ferriman, #173 18:38  |  Big Sur 23/09/08
      182.   # 167 Jeff Northridge 18:42  |  Nick Ferriman 23/09/08
      183.   Cipora Julianna Kohn 18:57  |  Nick Ferriman 23/09/08
      184.   #174 Gray you have it wrong the ideology is reversed 19:01  |  Big Sur 23/09/08
      185.   # 171 Not quite 19:05  |  Nick Ferriman 23/09/08
      186.   Nick Ferriman 19:09  |  alfredo 23/09/08
      187.   Nick Ferriman, reference war or Occupation. 19:12  |  Big Sur 23/09/08
      188.   Nick Ferriman 19:16  |  Not Quite 23/09/08
      189.   Nick Ferriman # 172 & 173 East Jerusalem Is Annexed Not Occupied 19:24  |  Jeff Northridge 23/09/08
      190.   #176 Big Sur 19:27  |  Nick Ferrman 23/09/08
      191.   # 181 Alfredo 19:39  |  Nick Ferriman 23/09/08
      192.   Nick Ferriman 19:52  |  Marrano 23/09/08
      193.   # 182 Not quite 20:03  |  Nick Ferriman 23/09/08
      194.   a traffic accident? 20:05  |  Tom 23/09/08
      195.   Nick Ferriman # 177 The News Just For You (part 1) 20:13  |  Jeff Northridge 23/09/08
      196.   #185 Marrano 20:14  |  Nick Ferriman 23/09/08
      197.   judah 156 20:25  |  potobac 23/09/08
      198.   # 183 Jeff Northridge 20:32  |  Nick Ferriman 23/09/08
      199.   Israel`s REAL Enemies: "Big" Sur & the Rabid right 20:44  |  Gray 23/09/08
      200.   #184 Nick Ferriman 20:51  |  Michael Jacobs 23/09/08
      201.   Nick Ferriman #188 20:53  |  Not Quite 23/09/08
      202.   Who will make it better? 20:54  |  Molly A 23/09/08
      203.   Nick Ferriman # 177 The News Just For You (part 2) 20:56  |  Jeff Northridge 23/09/08
      204.   #173 JEFF: Kikar Tzahal is in West-Jerusalem 22:10  |  Alicia 23/09/08
      205.   # 8 AGAIN! 22:12  |  Ines 23/09/08
      206.   # 9 no country would suffer suc a crime,collective punishment n 22:16  |  Ines 23/09/08
      207.   #190 Mr Ferriman You are incorrect 22:23  |  Big Sur 23/09/08
      208.   #133 Dutch, one could say the same thing on how you label Israeli 22:25  |  Big Sur 23/09/08
      209.   #199 Gray I am a racist? you label Jews what are you? 22:31  |  Big Sur 23/09/08
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