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November 4, 2015 10:44 pm

Israeli Research Group Creates Profile of Average Palestinian Terrorist Stabber

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The knife used by an Arab terrorist in the stabbing attack in Kiryat Arba. The terrorist was shot and killed. Photo: Israel Police Foreign Press.

The knife used by an Arab terrorist in a stabbing attack in Kiryat Arba. The terrorist was shot and killed. Photo: Israel Police Foreign Press.

Amid the recent wave of terror sweeping Israel, research group the Meir Amit Intelligence and Information Center released a report on Tuesday profiling what it called the “Palestinian who most commonly carries out a terrorist attack in Israel, especially a stabbing attack.”

The assailant is usually male (as there have been female attackers as well), young, between the ages of 17 and 19, and unmarried, according to the report. He is likely from an east Jerusalem neighborhood, especially Jabel Mukaber or Sur Baher, or the Hebron area.

Israeli officials have been referring to the attackers as acting mostly on their own and indeed the Meir Amit center’s report agreed with the assessment, saying the average attacker was following a spontaneous personal decision without following any formal organization or leadership.

Although the six-week span of intensified Palestinian attacks erupted largely after rumors of an Israeli takeover of the Temple Mount — a holy site for both Muslims and Jews — most of the Palestinians and Jerusalem residents who carried out the attacks were secular, according to the report.

The report also claimed the attackers were largely “personally and socially frustrated,” feeding off anti-Israel incitement on social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. This explanation was also expressed on Wednesday in an Arabic letter sent around by Jerusalem educational authorities to parents in the city asking them to pay special attention to distress signals from their children, including possible “feelings of helplessness” or destructive behavior.

The Meir Amit report said the futile nature of these stabbing attacks to influence Israel in the way of the more devastating attacks of the intifadas may “indicate the depth of the frustration and desperation felt by the younger generation of Palestinians at the forefront of the wave of attacks.” The report noted that the combination of “difficult conditions” in many Arab east Jerusalem neighborhoods coupled with the proximity to the flash point Temple Mount area has also galvanized young Palestinians from the eastern part of the city to carry out attacks.

Since September 14, 12 Israelis have been killed in the violence as well as 70 Palestinians, most of the Palestinians were killed while carrying out terrorist attacks or in clashes with Israeli security forces.

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  • dante

    here’s an important and overlooked part of the puzzle:

    life is tough. it is frustrating, especially for young males in a rigidly restricted social-sexual environment who have no prospects of marriage. even when things go well, life can be full of failure, frustration, disappointment and loss.

    when someone in despair over his own life-chances, perhaps envious of friends or relatives, is encouraged to blame the Jews for his frustration, etc. and told that he will be honored by his family and his society and, in addition, that he or his family will be rewarded for a “heroic” attack, be it against an 80 year old woman or not, it can be predicted that certain people will accept the invitation to violence.

    all the more so if a young man is a social outcast, gay, or has some disability. his society has given him a way in which he can “redeem” himself.

    problems? it’s not your fault. it’s the Jews, the Jews, the Jews. just pick up a knife and your problems will be solved. it’s the call of a profoundly sick society that has always valued destroying what others have built over building something, itself.