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October 3, 2015 3:48 pm

2 Dead, Mother and Baby Wounded in Jerusalem Terror Stabbing Attack

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A man at the scene of Saturday evening's terrorist attack in Jerusalem carrying the two-year-old baby with stab wounds in his leg to nearby paramedics. Photo: Channel 10/screenshot.

A man at the scene of Saturday evening’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem carrying the two-year-old baby with stab wounds in his leg to nearby paramedics. Photo: Channel 10/screenshot.

A Palestinian on a stabbing spree in the Old City of Jerusalem Saturday evening killed two men and wounded a woman and a baby, while they were on their way home to the Jewish Quarter from holiday prayers at the Western Wall, Israel’s Channel 2 reported.

The report emerged shortly after the incident, during which the terrorist was shot and killed by Israeli security forces.

Three of the victims were members of the same family. The father, 22-year-old Aharon Banita — an IDF soldier from Beitar Illit — was pronounced dead at the hospital. His wife, Adelle, sustained multiple stab wounds to her upper body, and is in critical condition at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. The couple’s two-year-old son, who suffered a stab wound to his leg, was described as “lightly injured.”

The couple’s other child, an infant daughter, emerged unscathed.

The fourth victim of the attack, 41-year-old Rabbi Nehemia Lavi, a father-of-seven, was also pronounced dead.

According to a report in Ynet, witnesses said that Lavi, a rabbi at Yeshivat Ateret Cohanim in the Old City and for the IDF reserves, heard the commotion from his home near the site of the attack, and rushed out with his gun to try and intervene. But the terrorist stabbed him and took his weapon.

The terrorist was identified as Muhanad Shafeq Halabi, 19, from al-Bireh, near Ramallah. Chief of Israel Police Moshe Edri told reporters on the scene that Halabi apparently acted alone, and that he was unknown to security forces.

In a post on his Facebook page, however, Halabi talked about the Al-Aqsa Mosque and said that the “intifada is here.”

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who arrived as the ZAKA  (Identification, Extraction and Rescue) team was gathering tissue and blood from the area, called the attack an act of “barbarism,” and a “result of the incitement spread by the Palestinian Authority.”

Referring to Thursday night’s terrorist attack in Samaria, during which Eitam and Naama Henkin were killed in cold blood in front of their four children, Barkat told reporters, “Only yesterday, we buried a couple [killed in such an attack], and still we have heard no condemnation from the P.A.”

Meanwhile, as news of the attack in Jerusalem emerged, Israeli media outlets were reporting on “significant progress” in the investigation of the Henkin murders from Thursday night’s drive-by shooting attack. Several suspects from Nablus have been arrested, but no more information on that is available, due to the imposition of a gag order.

The Prime Minister’s Office reacted to the latest in the current wave of Palestinian violence against Israelis by announcing that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — who has been in New York, attending the U.N. General Assembly — is returning to Israel as soon as Shabbat is over. According to the PMO, when he arrives on Sunday, Netanyahu will meet with the heads of Israel’s security services. On Monday, he will convene a meeting of the security cabinet to discuss the appropriate response to the rise in terrorism.

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  • It is terrible and it is widen. Probably, the best answer was to detain the WHOLE family of the terrorist and deport them to Gaza strip. Their house(s) is to be completely demolished. If it is somehow impossible, detain the whole family since 10-year-old members up to 5 -10 years of prison. The younger children may be sent to children kind of camps, or Foster house (I am not sure whether such houses exist in Israel, but something like that). All Houses of terrorist should be demolished up to ground zero. (Israel should learn from its enemy, too). Then it will stop.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    I live in Jerusalem in Ramot Bet. This morning I was at the Western Wall praying. When I came back to my apartment, I noted that Mahmoud Abbas made a very strong statement condemning Israel for killing those who had committed stabbing of Jews and called upon the international community for Israel to stop its extreme reactions to the attacks on the Jews. In addition he cited the fact that the military had come into Palestinian communities and threatened the people. What he did not mention was that all of the Jewish Israelis murdered and wounded in the last four days have been innocent civilians: a rabbi husband and a wife shot to death, each with multiple wounds, in their automobile while their children, ages four months to nine years of age were watching in the back seat of their car, several Jews either coming or going to pray at the Western Wall, and a second rabbi who tried to stop one of the murderers and was murdered himself. What Abbas did not mention was that all the Jews murdered were engaged in celebrating the holiday of Succoth. I wrote a response to Mr. Abbas’s allegations that I have included here:
    No, Mr. Abbas! You and the other leaders of the PA and Hamas have been inciting against innocent Israeli civilians for weeks! You alone are responsible for the killings of your own people who are terrorizing innocent Jewish people living peacefully and just attempting to celebrate Jewish holidays. You are responsible for the murder of a young rabbi and his wife in front of their four children! Your people are murdering innocent human beings for nothing except your hatred that you have been teaching your children in schools and in the media and in your squares and on your streets for the past generations through your miserable jihad! You are guilty of incitement, anti-Semitism, and hatred!

  • Accepting the Arab Peace Plan could have saved the Lives of these people and thousands more,How many more Deaths in this war before Israeli realize that a “Justice and True Peace” is the Only way !

  • Mickey Oberman

    Where are the comments from the readers?
    Why are they always hidden?

  • jeremy

    Now search Israel on Google and press News!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Enough said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    You’ll find 50 articles today about how Israel is evil. Alll about things from decades ago, to make the Jews all a bunch of debbie downers then blame them for being so. It is propaganda not rivaled by the Soviets. They must make sure you go through 50 facts of “context” propaganda spin in case you one day find out that half the world has always been taught to be genicidal to the tiny Jews. Such as this incident. Rich leftist Jews will save us.

    Months of killing random civilians and no non Jewish source on earth reports it, unless the spin part of the story can be added.