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07-May-17: An Arab girl of 16 launched a failed knifing attack at Damascus Gate tonight

Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate shortly after tonight’s thwarted attack
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There has been yet another Arab-on-Israeli stabbing attack at Damascus Gate on the periphery of Jerusalem’s Old City. The attacker, yet again, is a teen-age Palestinian Arab girl with a knife. The outcome, as we have seen so many times, is that security personnel did what security personnel do and opened fire under attack. This time, the assailant is dead.

Ynet, reporting this evening (Sunday) on an incident that happened just before 7:00 pm, says:

A female terrorist was shot dead by Israeli security forces on Sunday evening after she attempted to stab Israel policemen at the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem. The terrorist was identified by the Palestinian health ministry as 16-year-old Fatima Hjeiji from a town near Ramallah. Though she was treated at the scene by Zaka paramedics, she died from her injuries. No other people were injured in the incident. According to police, while charging at the security personnel, she was shouting, “Allahu akbar.” Police spokeswoman Luba Samri said a knife was recovered from the scene together with a farewell letter from the teenager to her family quoting a verse from the Koran that signed off with the word “shahida”—Arabic for “martyr.”

The attacker’s knife [Social media]

Times of Israel provides a little more detail:

According to police, the girl approached a group of officers who were standing guard at the gate. “The terrorist arrived from Sultan Suleiman Street toward the steps of the Damascus Gate. She approached a police and border guard force stationed in the area. She took out a knife and while screaming ‘Allahu Akhbar’ tried to attack them,” the spokesperson said. “The force responded with determination and professionalism, and neutralized her,” the spokesperson added.

The Palestinian Arab Ma’an news source has the girl’s full name:  Fatima Afif Abd al-Rahman Hjeiji, and gives the name of her Ramallah-area home village as Qarawat Bani Zeid. As always, it refers to the attack as being merely “alleged” and recycles its standard boilerplate apologetics:

“Though Israeli forces often claimed that Palestinians were allegedly attempting to carry out stabbing attacks when they were shot and killed, Palestinians and rights groups have disputed Israel’s version of events in a number of cases.”

What Ma’an fails, as always, to do is observe how many Arab-on-Israeli terror attacks are done by children, and how many of the children are girls. Also: how a society produces weaponized and apathetic children driven by a hatred so all-encompassing that it conquers their own will to live.

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