Rapid re­sponses as at­tacks con­tinue

Pales­tinian of­fi­cials say shoot­ings came too quickly


jerusalem — Vi­o­lence in Jerusalem and the West Bank surged Satur­day, as three Pales­tinian at­tack­ers wield­ing knives were shot dead by Is­raelis, and two ad­di­tional Pales­tinian as­sailants were shot and wounded.

The un­ceas­ing at­tacks by Pales­tinian youths against Jewish tar­gets and the of­ten deadly fire by Is­raeli po­lice, sol­diers and civil­ians rep­re­sent how in­ti­mate and how close the con­flict is.

Pales­tinian teens stabbed at Is­raeli sol­diers and po­lice not much older than them­selves Satur­day; then they were quickly shot at close range.

Is­raeli po­lice said a fe­male of­fi­cer fa­tally shot a Pales­tinian woman who stabbed her in He­bron.

Sur­veil­lance and am­a­teur video of pre­vi­ous at­tacks show that they are of­ten over in sec­onds. Is­raeli mil­i­tary of­fi­cials are de­scrib­ing the as­saults as sui­cide at­tacks, car­ried out with lit­tle or no hope of es­cape.

Pales­tinian of­fi­cials charge that Is­raeli author­i­ties and civil­ians are too quick to shoot. Some Pales­tinian fam­i­lies have ac­cused Is­raelis of plant­ing knives at the scenes.

Po­lice tight­ened clo­sures of Pales­tinian neigh­bor­hood sin East Jerusalem, lim­it­ing ve­hic­u­lar traf­fic and check­ing iden­ti­fi­ca­tion cards and frisk­ing young men.

Hun­dreds of Is­raelis — Jews and Mus­lims — took to the streets in Jerusalem on Satur­day night to protest for peace.

For the first time in more than a decade, Is­raeli sol­diers were be­ing de­ployed to city cen­ters in Is­rael. Thou­sands of bor­der po­lice re­servists were called up for duty.

Eight Is­raelis have been killed in Pales­tinian knife, gun and ve­hic­u­lar

at­tacks this month. Thirty-four Pales­tini­ans were killed by Is­raeli fire, in­clud­ing 17 la­beled by Is­rael as at­tack­ers, and the rest were killed in clashes with Is­raeli troops, ac­cord­ing to a count by the As­so­ci­ated Press.

On Fri­day, Pales­tini­ans set fire to a Jewish shrine in the West Bank. The blaze at the Tomb of the Prophet Joseph, on the out­skirts of the north­ern West Bank city of Nablus, was brought un­der con­trol by Pales­tinian forces.

In the West Bank city of Jenin on Fri­day night, a group of Pales­tinian mil­i­tants at­tached to a lo­cal af­fil­i­ate of the al-Aqsa Mar­tyrs Brigades called for more knife at­tacks against Is­raelis.

On the diplo­matic front, Is­raeli of­fi­cials said they would op­pose a French draft pro­posal be­ing cir­cu­lated at the U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil that calls for an in­ter­na­tional peace force to be de­ployed at the raised es­planade that holds al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock in the Old City of Jerusalem. The holy site, called the Noble Sanc­tu­ary by Mus­lims and the Tem­ple Mount by Jews, is revered by both faiths and has been the scene of fre­quent clashes.

Is­raeli lead­ers have ac­cused Pales­tinian po­lit­i­cal and reli­gious lead­ers, in­clud­ing Pales­tinian Author­ity Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ab­bas, of in­cit­ing vi­o­lence at alAqsa by falsely claim­ing that Is­rael wants to change the sta­tus quo agree­ments that re­serve the area for Mus­lim prayer only, while al­low­ing vis­its by tourists, in­clud­ing Jews and Chris­tians.

Pales­tini­ans re­vere al-Aqsa both as a reli­gious site and a sym­bol of Mus­lim pride and Pales­tinian as­pi­ra­tions. They point to a small but grow­ing num­ber of Jews who want to be al­lowed to pray at the site of their de­stroyed tem­ples and to Jewish ex­trem­ists who want to see the third tem­ple built there.

Is­rael’s For­eign Min­istry said, “By tak­ing up the false charge used by Pales­tinian lead­ers of a change of the sta­tus quo on the Tem­ple Mount, the pro­posed French text re­wards the ter­ror­ism that the Pales­tini­ans ini­ti­ated.”

Is­raeli lead­ers say they will safe­guard the sta­tus quo. They in­sist that Is­rael is a trust­wor­thy stew­ard of holy sites in Jerusalem, pro­tect­ing places sa­cred to three ma­jor faiths.

In Jerusalem on Satur­day, Is­raeli po­lice said a 16-year-old Pales­tinian was stopped for ques­tion­ing at one of the newly built check­points de­ployed to cor­don Arab East Jerusalem from Jewish West Jerusalem. The teen pulled out a knife and was fa­tally shot by po­lice at the scene.

In He­bron, in the West Bank, where hun­dreds of Jewish settlers live in the an­cient heart of the Pales­tinian city, Is­raeli author­i­ties said a Pales­tinian teen ap­proached an Is­raeli po­lice of­fi­cer near the Cave of the Pa­tri­archs, a place holy to Mus­lims and Jews, and pulled out a knife.

The of­fi­cer suf­fered light in­juries to her hands. A bor­der po­lice of­fi­cer shot and killed the at­tacker, Is­raeli po­lice said.

Also in He­bron, Is­raeli po­lice say a Pales­tinian man bran­dished a knife and was shot dead by an Is­raeli civil­ian.

Late Satur­day, a fourth Pales­tinian was shot and wounded by Is­raeli sol­diers af­ter the man at­tacked troops with a knife in He­bron. A soldier was lightly wounded. The as­sailant is in se­ri­ous con­di­tion.

A reporter for the Is­raeli news­pa­per Haaretz said that Jewish settlers at­tempted to stop the am­bu­lance from tak­ing the Pales­tinian to the hospi­tal.

Later, a fifth Pales­tinian was shot and se­ri­ously wounded at the Qa­lan­dia check­point near Ra­mal­lah in the West Bank.


At a march for peace in Jerusalem, Is­raeli Jews and Mus­lims hold plac­ards in He­brew and Ara­bic. On the diplo­matic front, Is­raeli of­fi­cials said they would op­pose a French draft pro­posal be­ing cir­cu­lated at the U.N. Se­cu­rity Coun­cil that calls for an in­ter­na­tional peace force to be de­ployed at the raised es­planade that holds al-Aqsa mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem.

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