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22-Feb-20: In Jerusalem, two thwarted Arab-on-Israeli stabbings

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Earlier today (Sabbath morning) around 11, a knife-wielding Arab male ran towards Israel Border Police officers on duty near the Lions Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City.

Israel National News says the officers

called to the terrorist, asking him to stop, but he turned towards them instead. The officers fired at the terrorist, neutralizing him. He later died of his wounds.

A passer-by, a woman of 42, suffered a leg injury which, according to i24News, resulted from the shooting, and was taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center for treatment.

Times of Israel quotes Israel’s Channel 13 TV news naming the attacker as Maher Ibrahim Za’atara, 33. of East Jerusalem’s Jabel Mukaber neighborhood. Security camera video footage [here] shows him clearly waving his knife as he rushes towards the scene of the attack.

Aljazeera’s report on the thwarted stabbing [“Israeli forces kill Palestinian in Jerusalem after alleged attack“] quotes the official Palestinian Authority news agency Wafa saying “the man was shot several times and left on the ground bleeding near the Lions’ Gate (also known as Bab al-Asbat) before Israeli paramedics arrived at the scene.” Presumably the Israelis were supposed to do something else.

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A Palestinian Arab news source [here] has the thwarted attacker’s picture and describes him as the father of three children. It also reports that “Israeli forces raided [the attacker’s] home and detained his father and two of his brothers, Palestinian news agency WAFA reports.

Based on past experience, the orphans and widow of the attacker’s family can now expect to have a well-funded life at the expense of the PA’s program of financial incentives for terrorists and their heirs.

Another terror attack was thwarted in Jerusalem yesterday (Friday). By way of background, the promenade in Armon Hanatziv, a southern suburb of Jerusalem, offers one of the most impressive views of the city as a whole and in particular the Old City and the Temple Mount. 

That it attracts large numbers of visitors, both locals and tourists, every day is part of what also makes it a favored site for terror attacks by knife-wielding or vehicle-ramming assailants, intend on their moment of fame – and victims. In January 2017, an Arab resident of East Jerusalem aimed his truck at a group of IDF soldiers in the car park area of the promenade and killed four of them.

Times of Israel says a woman attempted to stab passers-by at the popular promenade on Friday morning. Said to be a Palestinian Arab from East Jerusalem, she made several stabbing attempts with her knife while screaming Allahu Akbar (according to Ynet) before being wrestled to the ground by civilians. Police then took her into custody. One man was mildly injured by the assailant.

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