Just yesterday, we posted [“09-Feb-18: At the Tomb of Patriarchs, yet another thwarted Arab-on-Israeli stabbing attack“] about what we called the sixth thwarted attack in and around the ancient and sacred Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron during the past two months.
Today there’s yet another. Times of Israel reported around 4:00 pm this afternoon:
For the second day in a row, Border Police arrested a Palestinian suspect in the West Bank city of Hebron on Saturday, after finding a knife hidden under his clothes at the entrance to the Tomb of the Patriarchs holy site. After the 15-year-old boy set off the metal detector at a checkpoint outside the holy site, officers cocked their weapons at him and asked him to slowly raise his shirt. Upon recognizing the knife underneath, security forces detained the teen and took him in for additional questioning… [“Palestinian stopped outside Hebron holy site with knife”, Jacob Magid in Times of Israel, February 10, 2018]
Times of Israel reports that in a separate thwarted attack yesterday (Friday), Israeli security forces arrested another armed Palestinian teenager at the entrance to the West Bank community of Hashmona’im, located just off Route 443 and a short stroll away from the city of Modi’in.
|The 15 year-old from Bil’in had this knife on his body when arrested
at the entrance to Hashmona’im on Friday
Service personnel from the Border Guard (Mishmar Hagvul) police were alerted and ordered the suspect to stop. He ignored their command and was soon overpowered, arrested, searched and taken into custody. The would-be attacker, a resident of nearby Bil’in, was found to be armed with a knife. No one was injured though it’s apparent to any intelligent observer that this, like today’s attack, could easily have ended very differently.
With its easy access – located near major highways and half-way between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Bi’in is host to an ongoing media-focused cottage industry of holding weekly “protests” to which members of the reporting industry have made their way on Friiday’s throughout the past thirteen years [see Al Jazeera for background]
The underlying story, which is egregiously ignored by the mainstream media, is the way fifteen year-old Palestinian Arab children are front-line troops on behalf of the Palestinian Arab cause, having undergone a relentless and ongoing process of weaponization in their schools, social media and mosques.