Biased BBC presents murderous attack in Tel Aviv as anti-gay hate crime
Kevin Connolly, BBC News, Jerusalem, reports:
There has been speculation that if the bar was popular with the gay community, it may have been a hate crime. It remains a possibility that there was some kind of link to organised crime. But until the perpetrator is captured, it is not clear what the motive may have been.
Why speculate, then? And if you are going to speculate, why stop there?
YNet News takes different line:
The terrorist is an Israeli Arab man who has expressed support for ISIS in the past. The bag he left behind in the nearby shop contained a Quran. The attacker is a 31-year-old resident of Ar’ara, and was once sentenced to five years in prison for attempting to steal an IDF soldier’s weapon. He attacked the soldier at the Karkur junction, hitting him and attempting to grab the soldier’s M-16 rifle. In the end, the soldier, who later required hospitalization, managed to overcome the attacker and caused him to flee the scene.
The attacker was arrested the next day, assaulting a policeman in the process. He was diagnosed with mental problems… He apparently developed a drug and alcohol habit starting at a young age. The attacker also has a past of drug offenses. He was arrested in 2005 after selling 1.1 kilograms of cocaine to an undercover policeman for NIS 16,500. He was sentenced to treatment in a facility under house-arrest conditions.
When is a hate crime not a hate crime?