Palestinian Terror Attacks Prompt Israel to Reimpose Travel Restrictions
JNS.org – A day after an Israeli border policeman was critically wounded in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem, which was preceded by an Israeli hiker being shot to death by a Palestinian terrorist in Judea and Samaria, Israeli officials have decided to reimpose restrictions on Palestinians that had been eased in honor of the month-long Muslim holiday of Ramadan.
Hours after the stabbing on Sunday, which took place near the Damascus Gate outside the Old City, riots broke out in the area and security forces clashed with Palestinian rock-throwers.
The Israeli defense establishment had planned to ease restrictions on the movement of Palestinians across Judea and Samaria and between the Gaza Strip and Israel. But following Sunday’s stabbing attack, committed by an 18-year-old resident of the Palestinian village of Sa’ir, entry passes into Israel were revoked for all the residents of the village. Five-hundred exit passes permitting Palestinians to fly abroad from Ben-Gurion International Airport will also be revoked.
Last week, before the terror attacks, Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai had said the Israel Defense Forces would facilitate the travel of thousands of Palestinians from the disputed territories and Gaza who sought to enter Israel to visit relatives.