Is­rael forces kill two Pales­tini­ans in W Bank

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

JERUSALEM—Is­raeli po­lice shot dead a Pales­tinian wo­man and a man on Wed­nes­day, say­ing they had tried to stab secu- rity forces at a check­point in the oc­cu­pied West Bank.

In the last half year, Pales­tinian at­tacks have killed 28 Is­raelis and two vis­it­ing U.S. cit­i­zens. Is­raeli forces have killed at least 193 Pales­tini­ans, 130 of whom Is­rael says were as­sailants. Many oth­ers were shot dead in clashes and protests.

Po­lice said the wo­man, hold­ing a knife, and the man walked rapidly to­wards po­lice and other Is­raeli se­cu­rity guards in a ve­hi­cles-only lane at the Qa­lan­dia check­point out­side Jerusalem.

“Po­lice called on them sev­eral times to stop. When they kept ad­vanc­ing ... the of­fi­cers neu­tralised the ter­ror­ists,” a po­lice state­ment said.

The Pales­tinian Health Min­istry con­firmed the two deaths and iden­ti­fied the wo­man as 23-year-old Maram Abu Is­mail. The man with her was not im­me­di­ately named al­though some re­ports said she was the wo­man’s hus­band.

Po­lice, who have been on high alert dur­ing the cur­rent Jewish Passover hol­i­day week, is­sued a pho­to­graph of three knives on the ground which they said the two had been car­ry­ing.

Fac­tors be­hind the blood­shed that be­gan in Oc­to­ber in­clude Pales­tinian bit­ter­ness over stalled state­hood ne­go­ti­a­tions and the growth of Is­raeli set­tle­ments in the West Bank, stepped up Jewish ac­cess to a dis­puted Jerusalem shrine, and Is­lamist-led calls for Is­rael’s de­struc­tion.

The pace of what had been near-daily Pales­tinian stab­bing, shoot­ings and car-ram­ming at­tacks has slowed, al­though a sui­cide bomb­ing on a Jerusalem bus that wounded 15 peo­ple on April 18 has fu­elled Is­raeli se­cu­rity con­cerns.—Agen­cies in­di­ca­tor of the coun­try’s eco­nomic growth and pro­vide an ac­cu­rate pic­ture of the econ­omy as a whole.

The Fed study, which con­structed an al­ter­na­tive mea­sure of China’s real GDP growth, said its mea­sure aligns well with China’s of­fi­cial GDP fig­ures. The al­ter­na­tive model uses a se­ries of sec­toral data that cap­ture the strength of key sec­tors of the Chi­nese econ­omy from the fourth quar­ter of 2008 to the fourth quar­ter of 2014, said the study, adding that it cap­tures the vari­a­tions in Chi­nese GDP growth fairly well and ex­plains about 99 per­cent of Chi­nese eco­nomic growth dur­ing this pe­riod. fig­ures be­cause they al­ways over­look the fol­low­ing facts: firstly, China, over the years, has ded­i­cated it­self to im­prov­ing its sta­tis­ti­cal bench­mark, which has al­ready been geared to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards; and se­condly, China has al­ready ad­justed its of­fi­cials’ per­for­mance eval­u­a­tion sys­tem in an ef­fort to ease lo­cal gov­ern­ments’ urge to mas­sage the growth fig­ures. On Oct. 8, 2015, China’s cen­tral bank an­nounced that China’s of­fi­cial statistics will conform to the Spe­cial Data Dis­sem­i­na­tion Stan­dard (SDDS), a sta­tis­ti­cal sys­tem cre­ated by the In­ter­na­tional Mone­tary Fund (IMF) to im­prove trans­parency.—Xin­hua

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