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The DJ who was playing at Tel Aviv’s Haoman 17 nightclub early Monday morning
told The Jerusalem Post that he was informed about a terror attack outside the
club shortly after it happened, but was asked by management to keep
The club was holding an end-of-summer party that was being held
for high schoolers from around the country, and the club owners wanted to avoid
pandemonium and panic.
The DJ, Yinon Yahel, was walking away from the
scene carrying his equipment at about 3:45 a.m. through a crowd of hundreds of
teenagers, long after police had neutralized the scene.
Yahel said “the
management came and told me that there was an attack outside the club, but told
me to keep playing and not to say anything, so that people wouldn’t panic.
Everyone was inside by then so they didn’t seem to know what was going
Only after an hour, when the scene outside was neutralized, were the
teenagers evacuated from the club.
Eight people were injured in the
attack, after a terrorist from the West Bank carjacked a taxi and rammed it into
a police road block, before going on a stabbing spree.
Police said that
the roadblock and the fact that most of the party-goers were by then inside
averted a greater tragedy.
One of the teenagers, a 16-year-old named Amir
who came from his home in Tiberias to attend the party, said that around an hour
after the attack happened “they cut off the music and turned on the lights and
told us the party was over and we had to leave.”
Amir said that by then a
number of party-goers had seen the news on their smart phones and word was
making its way around the club about what happened.
He said that a few
teenagers had shown off pictures of the scene and the aftermath that they had
taken with their cell phones before police shuffled them away from the
The aftermath of the attack did not quite befit the horror one
would expect from a scene of such mayhem.
For a solid two blocks on
Salameh Street hundreds of teenagers milled around and laughed, excitedly
gossiping about their brush with terror as they took time to pose for pictures
Every few minutes a bus to Rishon Lezion and other cities
outside Tel Aviv would pull up and be swarmed by dozens of eager
Another teenager, Yoav, said he was outside the club when the
attack happened, and he saw people fly into the air when the cab crashed into
the crowd. He said he saw the terrorist stab a border patrolman in the neck and
at that point he fled. By 4 a.m. he was leaning against a wall on Salameh Street
with about half a dozen friends, smoking cigarettes and waiting for their ride
Meters away, crime scene investigators continued to examine the
mangled taxi cab, as a few patches of blood congealed on the sidewalk.