Before we knew that the summer of 2014 would be a summer dominated by war, it looked like it would be a summer dominated by abduction.
On June 12, three teenage boys were kidnapped from a West Bank bus stop and popular hitchhiking station on their way home from high school. The search gave way to an Israeli crackdown on Hamas as Israelis gathered to pray for the teens' welfare. On June 30 the authorities announced they had found the bodies of Gilad Shaar, Eyal Yifrah and Naftali Fraenkel.
For many, fear and sadness mingled with horror when news broke that a Palestinian teenager, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, had been burned alive in the Jerusalem Forest by Jewish extremists a few days after Shaar, Yifrah and Fraenkel were found dead.
Meanwhile, Gaza militants were firing rockets on Israel. On July 7, the same day that three Israeli Jews confessed to killing Abu Khdeir, Palestinians fired 30 rockets and mortar shells on Israel. On July 8, the Israeli army launched Operation Protective Edge, which turned into a deadly and controversial 50-day war. More than 2,000 Palestinians were killed, as well as more than 70 Israelis.
Just as it seemed that Israel could finally get back to what passes for normal here, clashes and riots between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces kept tensions high in Jerusalem. And then came a spate of terror attacks that have used everyday objects – cars, knives – to make everyday activities – traveling, praying, shopping for bread and hummus – potentially deadly. Below is a terror timeline tracking attacks on Israelis since October:
October 22: Three-month-old baby Chaya Zissel Braun is killed and seven people wounded when a Palestinian man drives his car into a light rail station near Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem and runs over passersby disembarking from the train. One of the casualties – Karen Mosquera, a 22-year-old woman from Ecuador – later dies of her wounds.
October 29: Prominent U.S.-born right-wing activist Yehuda Glick, an outspoken advocate for greater Jewish access to the Temple Mount, is seriously wounded in a drive-by shooting outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem. Glick survives the assassination attempt and is later released from the hospital.
November 5: Border Police officer Jadan Assad is killed and at least 13 people wounded when a Palestinian driver rams his van into a crowd of people at a light rail station on Shimon Hatzadik Street in Jerusalem. The driver then plows into a nearby junction, exits the vehicle and attacks bystanders with an iron bar. Shalom Aharon Badani, 17, later dies of his wounds.
November 5: Three soldiers are wounded, one seriously and two moderately, when they are hit by a car near a guard tower on Route 60 in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc. The Shin Bet security service later says the hit-and-run incident was a deliberate attack, not a traffic accident, as had initially been suggested.
November 10: Israel Defense Forces soldier Almog Shilony, 20, is stabbed to death near Haganah train station in south Tel Aviv.
November 10: Dalia Lemkus, 26, is killed and two people wounded in a stabbing attack at a hitchhiking post near the settlement of Alon Shvut.
November 18: Four worshippers are killed at prayer when two East Jerusalem residents armed with guns, axes and knives attack the Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof. A fifth Israeli, police officer Zidan Nahad Seif, is killed trying to stop the attack.
Three of the worshippers – Moshe Twersky, Aryeh Kupinsky and Kalman Zeev Levine – are U.S. citizens and the other, Avraham Shmuel Goldberg, is a British citizen.
December 1: A Palestinian woman stabs Israeli man waiting at Gush Etzion Junction hitchhiking post, causing light shoulder injuries.
Later the same day, an Israeli bus traveling near Shilo Junction is hit by either gunfire or stones, causing damage but no casualties.
December 3: A Palestinian teenager stabs two Israelis at Rami Levy supermarket in Mishor Adumim industrial park, near the settlement of Ma'aleh Adumim, causing moderate injuries.
December 25: An Israeli man, 40, and his 11-year-old daughter were wounded after a firebomb was thrown at their car in the West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Shomron. The father was lightly wounded, and the daughter remains in serious condition.
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