After more than one week of unabated Arab violence against Jews in Israel, it has become clear that elements in the Palestinian leadership, as well as Arab-Israeli lawmakers, are fueling the flames in order to ignite another Intifada.
Stabbing attacks and massive rock-throwing continued over the weekend, and a Palestinian woman tried to enter Jerusalem with a car bomb on Sunday morning. She was spotted by an alert police officer who pulled her over. The woman then detonated an explosive device that was connected to a gas canister in the car. The car went up in flames, and the terrorist was seriously injured; the police officer escaped with light injuries.
On Sunday evening, an Israeli Arab from the town of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel ran over an Israeli soldier near Gan Shmuel in the Hadera area. The 20-year-old terrorist then got out of the car and stabbed the wounded soldier and three other bystanders.
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The 19-year-old female soldier is still fighting for her life and was transferred to the neurological department of Sheba Hospital in Tel Aviv to undergo surgery after she was stabbed in the head and upper torso.
On Monday morning, another stabbing attack took place near the Old City of Jerusalem. An Arab-Israeli tried to stab a police officer at Lion’s Gate of the Old City, but was shot down and killed by other officers. There were no injuries because the police officer wore a protective vest.
It was the third stabbing attack near the Lion Gate in two weeks time. On October 3, a Palestinian Arab stabbed two Israeli Jews to death and wounded a woman and a 2-year-old child in the same area. On October 7, a Palestinian Arab woman was killed by an Israeli citizen when she stabbed him in the back.
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A couple of hours later, two stabbing attacks were carried out within one hour in the Jewish neighborhood Pisqat Ze’ev in Jerusalem and Ammunition Hill, a kilometer from Pisqat Ze’ev.
In Pisqat Ze’ev, two young Arab brothers, 13 and 15 year old, from the Arab neighborhood of Beit Hanina in Jerusalem, first stabbed a Jewish man on a bicycle and then slit the throat of a 13-year-old Jewish boy before they were neutralized by police and a citizen. The 15-year-old terrorist was killed, and the younger one was seriously injured.
Western Journalism spoke with residents of Pisqat Zeev who said that the Jewish boy died shortly after the attack, but the Israeli news site Ynet reported later that the boy was in critical condition after an operation in Hadassah Medical Centre. The boy’s life was saved by a woman who saw what happened and used first aid to stop the bleeding. She told reporters that she had learned first aid via the internet.
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In Ammunition Hill, a female Arab terrorist stabbed a police officer who pulled his gun and shot the woman. Both the terrorist and the police officer were moderately wounded.
Another stabbing attack near the Old City of Jerusalem that occurred on Saturday was recorded on video. Police officers can be seen talking to a young Arab seconds before he suddenly pulls a knife and stabs the officers. Other police officers quickly react and shoot the terrorist, who died on the spot.
As Western Journalism reported last week, the stabbing attacks and other violence against Jews are a direct result of incitement. Hamas has released several videos that call for stabbing attacks, rock throwing, the use of Molotov cocktails and vehicular terror attacks against Jews.
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But there is more.
Palestinian leaders and clerics are encouraging Arabs to rise up and to take part in the violence. One of them is PA President Mahmoud Abbas, who in English says he is against the use of terror but in Arabic tells another tale. This was best illustrated by blogger Elder of Zyon, who juxtaposed two recent statements by Abbas.
Israeli experts point to the fact that the wave of violence started directly after Abbas’ speech at the General Assembly of the United Nations. During that speech, the PA leader called for the intervention of an international force to protect the Palestinians from supposed Israeli aggression at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and elsewhere.
The call for international intervention was harshly criticized by other Palestinian leaders and further eroded public support for the 80-year-old Palestinian leader. It was regarded as a sign of weakness.
A poll published in August showed how weak the position of Abbas has become. 80 percent of the Arabs living in territories under PA control think Abbas’ government is corrupt, and 66% of the Arabs who participated in the poll would vote for Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh if presidential elections were held now.
Abbas needs the violence to show the Palestinian public that he is still part of the ‘resistance.’ He knows that his popularity will rise because of what some now call the ‘suicide stabbing war.’
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh is another Palestinian leader who incited the Palestinians to join the uprising. On Friday, Haniyeh called upon the Palestinian public to strengthen and increase the violent uprising that he called ‘the intifada.’
“We are calling for the strengthening and increasing of the intifada…It is the only path that will lead to liberation. Gaza will fulfill its role in the Jerusalem Intifada, and it is more than ready for confrontation,” Haniyeh said after prayers in a Gaza mosque.
A few hours after he issued this call, hundreds of Palestinians stormed the border with Israel. The IDF shot dead five Palestinians who tried to infiltrate Israel after they demolished the border fence.
On Friday night, Saturday night and Monday, several rockets were fired at southern Israel while the IDF deployed the Iron Dome anti-rocket shield in the cities of Beer Sheva and Ofakim.
Over the weekend and on Monday, violent clashes at the Gaza border fence continued, and the IDF killed another four Palestinian Arabs when they infiltrated Israel. Also on Monday, a car near Kibbutz Eshkol on the border with Gaza was hit by bullets; there were no casualties.
Hard evidence of the level of Palestinian incitement against Jews in Israel was also delivered by the Middle East Media Research Centre (MEMRI) and Palestinian Media Watch.
MEMRI published a video of a Muslim cleric in Gaza who, with foam at the mouth, brandished a knife and called upon his congregation to stab Jews to death. He told the Israeli Jews that they had come on their own volition to be slaughtered in what he called ‘our land.’ He said he didn’t want a single stabber, but groups of three or four terrorists. “Some should restrain the victim while others attack him with axes and butcher knives,” the cleric ranted.
Palestinian Media Watch revealed that several PA officials had praised the murderous attacks on Jews. In one post, PMW showed the Facebook page of an advisor to PA President Abbas who honored the murderer of two Jews and called the stabbing attack he executed in Jerusalem’s Old City a “heroic act.”
PMW also published video evidence of Abbas’ role in the incitement. In one video, Abbas can be seen praising a group of Islamist women who harassed Jews in the Old City of Jerusalem.
“We bless you, we bless the Murabitin (those carrying out Ribat, or religious conflict/war to protect land claimed to be Islamic), we bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah, Allah willing. Every Martyr (Shahid) will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded by Allah. The Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is ours, and they have no right to defile them with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem,” Abbas said.
Arab members of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, played their part in mobilizing the Arab masses in Israel. As a result of their incitement and provocative behavior inside and outside the Knesset, hundreds of Arabs in Nazareth, Yaffo, Lod, Jerusalem, Umm al-Fahm and other places with an Arab population took the streets for violent demonstrations against the ‘Israeli aggression.’
Arab MK Hanin Zoabi last week said that the ‘resistance’ against Jewish activity on The Temple Mount will continue and compared Israel’s policies in Jerusalem with those of the Nazi regime. Another Arab MK, Jamal Zahalka, last week harassed police officers in the Old City of Jerusalem and said that Jews have no right to visit The Temple Mount.
Another Arab MK, who is involved with the incitement against Israel, is Ayman Odeh of the United Arab List. He was in Nazareth, where he was asked to give his comments on the situation in the city during a broadcast of Channel Two News in Israel when the Arab mayor of Nazareth spotted him and slammed him in front of the cameras:
“What are giving interviews for? You have done nothing! You have destroyed the world! Get Out of here,” screamed the Nazareth Mayor.
Earlier, the mayor told Army Radio that “this cannot go on. We must find a way to live together. We are all only hurting ourselves. The leaders are destroying coexistence, which is our future,” Israel National News reported.
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