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Terror In Jerusalem

Three were killed and approximately forty injured when a terrorist went on a rampage inside a front end loader today. While more details about the terrorist's background and means of infiltration and attack will be clearer soon, in the meantime two stories tell you what you need to know

First, from Voice of America.

"The employee of a contractor company working on the street here in Jerusalem directed his bulldozer in the direction of civilian vehicles - a bus and cars that are on the street all the time yelling Allah al-akbar, apparent to us based on things we have experienced in the past,' said Daniel Seaman, a spokesman for the Israeli government. "This is undeniably a terrorist attack." Police say the attacker was a Palestinian who lived in East Jerusalem who held Jerusalem identity papers. Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem have access to Jewish West Jerusalem and carry out nearly all construction work in the city.

Second, from the Jerusalem Post.

Hamas said the terror attack was "a natural reaction to Israeli aggression." A Hamas spokesman, nevertheless, stressed that the group did not know who was behind the attack. The armed wing of the Islamic Jihad, the Quds Brigades, praised the attack. In a press release, the group said that the attack was a "natural reaction to the crimes of the occupation."

The driver was shouting "Allahu Akbar!" and Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad - both heavily funded by Iran - praised the murderous rampage.

A scroll on one of the cable news channels this morning read "the attack is believed to be politically motivated," and I felt compelled to put something up as soon as able to give more 'political' context.

UPDATE: I knew there was a reason I felt compelled to put up something with the proper context of the Jerusalem attack. Note the following headline from the UK's Times Online and the usage of quotation marks around 'terror' attack: Bulldozer 'terror' attack on bus in Jerusalem.

Perhaps the editors mean something else, but most readers will infer that there are doubts about the linkage of terrorism to the attack.