Earlier on Thursday morning, 9 Palestinian children and one adult were killed, and 42 were wounded in a tragic traffic accident between a school bus and a truck, near the northern West Bank city of Jenin. The accident that bereaved dozens of families was a subject of celebration to several Israeli extremists on Facebook, who expressed their joy, while one of them said he hopes “it’s a bus a day” issue.The children, from a kindergarten in Shu’fat refugee camp, were on a field trip to a park in the central West Bank city of Ramallah.
The accident took place when a truck, loaded with sand, collided with the school bus forcing it to flip before it caught fire leading to the death of nine children, and a teacher, while 42 were injured, at least three seriously.
The road where the accident took place is under Israeli control. Local observers say the Palestinian Authority has no jurisdiction over this road. Most of these roads are not fully qualified for use.
Israeli medics also arrived at the scene and transferred some of the wounded to the Hadassah University Hospital – Ein Karem, in Jerusalem, Hadassah University Hospital in Mount Scopus – Jerusalem, Schneider Children’s Medical center, and the Sheba Medical Center, Israeli daily, Haaretz, reported.
The comments started flowing with more and more fundamentalists clearly showing their racism and hatred towards the Palestinian people, and the Palestinian children, while the tragic fact that the children were only 4-5 years old, was of not an issue to them.
One of the Facebook users asked his fellows to “relax” assuring them that all of the dead are “Palestinian Children”.
Commenting on Haaretz news item on the accident, several Israelis expressed their sadness for this tragic accident, with some stating “disaster” and “No child deserves this”.
According to the official Palestinian News and Info Agency (WAFA), Israeli President, Shimon Peres, phoned president Mahmoud Abbas, offering his condolences.
It is worth mentioning that both Israeli and Palestinian medics, ambulances and firefighters arrived at the scene to rescue the victims.
Part of the Facebook blog containing comments on the tragic accident; the comments were made on a news item on the Facebook page of the Israeli news website, Walla.
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Benny: Calm down, they are Palestinian Cildren.
Tali: It seems like they are Palestinian children.. Thank God..
Tal: Thank God they are Palestinians
Ajala: Great less terrorists!!!!
Eliya: Only Palestinian children were injured about ten.
Itai: Thank God its Palestinians, let it be such bus every day.
Aleyah: calm down, Its a bus with Palestinian children, lets pray there will be deaths, or at least severe injuries, this is great news to start the day with.
(Several users pressed “like” on the racist posts)
Videos of the aftermath