Here’s the quick scoop. Cab driver Dudu Badri picked up a guy in Beit Shemesh, who then forced him at knife point to drive to a Palestinian village. He was then beaten by three men who stole his cab. Fortunately, they did not steal him.
“I was sure I was going to be Gilad Shalit two,” he told the press yesterday. Of the passenger, he said “He didn’t look Arab at all. “He looked like a regular teen from Beit Shemesh. He asked, without an accent, how much it would cost to get to Jerusalem’s center.”
Somewhere in the middle of the drive, he took out a knife and told Badri that if he didn’t do what he wanted, he’d murder him and run.
Badri was then directed to Beit Hanina, an Arab village in East Jerusalem, told to drive into a dark alley and leave the taxi. He refused, and then was beaten by three men.
“I was sure they wanted to take me into one of the homes and kill me. I didn’t realize they wanted the cab,” he said. He then ran to the main road and managed to flag down a civilian. He was driven to the nearest police station.
You never know how close you come to another international incident. I donâ€™t even want to think about it.
The question is, what can we do about phenomena like this? There may not be anything we can do, aside from maybe silent alarms on all cabs. Don’t they already have that? I think it’s called LoJack.
You knowâ€¦I think I just got that. It’s the opposite of Hijack. LoJack Hijack. HA! Great stuff. Now get them on the cabs. And maybe all the cars that pick up hitchhikers.