Copycat bulldozer attack in Jerusalem wounds 16

Tuesday, July 22, 2008 |  Ryan Jones and Nicole Jansezian

An Arab municipal worker operating a bulldozer on a busy downtown Jerusalem street attempted a repeat of a deadly bulldozer attack in the Israeli capital three weeks ago by charging into traffic on Tuesday afternoon.

Sixteen people were wounded, one seriously, when the bulldozer tried but failed to overturn a public bus and smashed into at least five other vehicles.

"[The terrorist] saw the bus, rammed the bus twice and continued down the street," said eyewitness Yohanan Levin. Still shaking from the attack, Levin said the driver was clearly bent on death and destruction. "He didn't care if it was a guy, a baby, a grandmother. He drove straight through."

The attack came to a sudden halt when nearby Israeli police officers shot and killed the terrorist.

Earlier this month, another Arab resident of eastern Jerusalem killed three Israelis and wounded dozens more when he went on a rampage in a massive earth-moving bulldozer on Jerusalem's Jaffa Street.

Tuesday's attack on King David Street resulted in far fewer casualties and damage as the terrorist had to make due with a far smaller bulldozer.

But that did nothing to reduce a feeling of trepidation among Israelis, who in the wake of a string of deadly attacks in the capital this year increasingly view the Arab residents of Jerusalem as their top security threat.

"Now I’m scared to walk by these bulldozers," said Kenny Lerner, who was eating at a nearby restaurant when the attack happened. "I'm afraid to live like this. This is like the days of the bus bombings."

Yerach Tucker, a volunteer rescue worker who arrived on the scene just as the attack was coming to an end, said that "all the world needs to see this, to see how the Jewish people are forced to live" in their own capital.

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