It’s that time of year again, when the Arab world rises up to protest Israel’s sin of existing. So far the Nakba festivities have included a deadly terrorist attack in Tel Aviv and an attempted mass infiltration of Israel’s Syrian border by rioters.
Inside Israel, police were on high alert for disturbances among the country’s Arab minority. In a reflection of the jitters, a deadly traffic accident involving an Arab lorry driver in Tel Aviv set off fears that an attack had been carried out. The lorry plowed through a crowded street, crashing into a bus, several cars and pedestrians, killing one and injuring 16 others. Police said the 22-year-old driver claimed it was an accident, but said they were still investigating.
The suspicion that this was a terrorist attack wasn’t so much due to the Nakba “jitters,” as it was due to the fact that the driver mowed down several vehicles before reportedly jumping out of his truck and attacking a woman with a toppled traffic light. During the incident, was also reportedly yelling “itbach al yahud! (death to Jews!)” and “allahu akbar (God is great!)”
Several news organizations have also characterized the mobs rushing the Israeli border as “protesters.” In fact, they appear to be rioters, who were bussed to the area in an attempt to infiltrate the border and provoke Israeli security forces.
More bias will be likely as the coverage continues. Israel’s self-defense efforts are regularly condemned by the international community, and unfortunately this time isn’t likely to be any different.