Palestinian Attacks Continue in and Around Jerusalem Amid Report Abbas Ordered Shift to West Bank
Palestinian violence against Jews continued this weekend when a terrorist stabbed and injured an Israeli man in Jerusalem, reports the Times of Israel.
Israeli police shot and critically wounded the terrorist; however a second Israeli man was accidentally injured by police gunfire.
The stabbing was the first in Jerusalem since October 17, and comes amid analyses that the Palestinian violence has shifted primarily from the Israeli capital to the West Bank.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas issued a directive 11 days ago to cease attacks in Jerusalem in order to increase attacks in the West Bank, emphasizing the areas of Gush Etzion and Hebron, the Jerusalem Post reported.
This weekend’s events show that not all Jerusalem Arabs are heeding Abbas’ call to divert attacks, suggesting that broader societal Palestinian incitement continues to play a major role in driving violence against Jews.
Meanwhile, two Palestinian attackers attempted to stab Border Police officers at the Tapuah Junction in the West Bank, and were subsequently shot by Israeli authorities — one terrorist died as a result.
Palestinians also rioted in the West Bank city of Ramallah, leading Israeli police to shoot an assailant who was ready to throw a Molotov cocktail. As Israeli first-responders administered first aid to the wounded Palestinian, another Palestinian terrorist approached the medical officers wielding a sharp object. Seeking to prevent another terrorist attack, an Israeli commander in a jeep ordered his driver to approach the terrorist. The driver hit the second Palestinian and moderately wounded him.
These incidents mark more than 60 separate terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians and security personnel in the last month, killing 10 Israelis and injuring dozens more.
Steven Emerson is the Executive Director the Investigative Project on Terrorism (www.investigativeproject.org) where this article first appeared.