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Det var som et filmmanus: en enslig palestiner går amok med en hjullaster midt i Jerusalem. Han velger veien utenfor kontorene til AP og BBC for maksimal oppmerksomhet, og går så løs på alt som kommer i hans vei, biler, busser, mennesker. En soldat på perm skyter ham i hodet flere ganger, men han fortsetter hardt såret.

Hen Shimon, a 19-year-old soldier, said the whole scene was a «nightmare.»

«I just got off the bus and I saw the tractor driving and knocking everything down in his path,» she said. «Everything he saw he rammed.»

Yosef Spielman said the construction vehicle picked up a car «like a toy.»

«I was shocked. I saw a guy going crazy,» he said. «All the people were running. They had no chance.»

Det er horror-filmens første bud: total overmakt mot forsvarsløse mennesker. Det er en situasjon som har en spesiell betydning for jøder. Andre bud: at det kommer som lyn fra klar himmel. Jødene har kommet over at de er forsvarsløse, men overraskelsesmomentet er de ikke kvitt. Hendelser som dette styrker følelsen av sårbarhet tross en mektig hær, en følelse av at det kan skje når som helst, hvor som helst. Med de følger det har for holdningen til palestinere i hverdagen.

Eyal Lang Ben-Hur, 16, was in a bus when the driver yelled «Get out of the vehicle! Everyone out!» People fled in a panic, he said, and the bus was hit an instant later.

Eli Mizrahi, an officer in a special anti-terror unit, said he and his partner sped to the scene on a motorcycle from the nearby Mahane Yehuda market in downtown Jerusalem. An off-duty soldier had just shot the attacker, but not killed him.

«I ran up the stairs (of the vehicle) and, when he was still driving like crazy and trying to harm civilians, I fired at him twice more and, that’s it, he was liquidated,» Mizrahi told reporters.

The attack occurred in an area where Jerusalem is building a new train system. The project has turned many parts of the city into a big construction zone. Israeli police said the attacker was a bulldozer operator who worked in the area for a construction firm.

Mannen het Hosam Dwayyat og var fra landsbyen Tsur Baher i Øst-Jerusalem. Ved nyheten om det han hadde gjort feiret slektninger (bildet). Tre ble drept og over 40 såret.

Palestinian goes on rampage in Jerusalem; 3 killed