Thursday, December 3, 2015
Thursday: two Palestinians killed, finally arrests in case of arson attack that killed Dawabshe family
Scene of the attack at the Hizma checkpoint earlier today.
Updated. A Palestinian was shot and killed near Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem on Thursday evening after stabbing an Israeli police officer. He was the second Palestinian to be killed that day and the 110th since 1 October.
An Israeli police spokesperson said the officer was stabbed in Jerusalem,with the attacker "shot and killed" at the scene. The policeman,in his mid-thirties, suffered moderate injuries and was transferred to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center. Israel's Channel 2 news later said he was hit by friendly fire as Israeli forces shot at the attacker. Israel's Magen David Adom ambulance service said the victim suffered stab and shooting wounds and was in a moderate condition. The attacker was identified by the Israeli police as a 21-year-old Palestinian from the northern occupied West Bank district of Tulkarem. The incident took place on a section of Hanevim Street near Damascus Gate in the Old City.
Earlier in the day a Palestinian was shot and killed after opening fire on Israeli soldiers stationed at the Hizma military checkpoint north of Jerusalem in the occupied West Bank.
Two Israelis were injured, the Israeli army and emergency services said. According to the Israeli site YNet that happened after shots were fired at the military at the checkpoit from a moving car.
A military spokesperson confirmed the suspect's death and said an Israeli soldier was shot in the upper body, adding that one bystander was injured.Israeli emergency service Magen David Adom said that paramedics arrived to the scene and treated one victim who was in severe condition.
Israeli media reported that the bystander was a 47-year-old Israeli man left with critical injuries, and the soldier received a gunshot wound to the hand. The Palestinian liaison department identified the Palestinian as Mazin Hasan Ureiba from Abu Dis. He was an officer in the Palestinian Authority general intelligence service and a father of four, sources told Ma'an.
Hizma lies to the north of Jerusalem. It can only be reached through a checkpoint that connects it with occupied East-Jerusalem. At all other sides it is surrounded by the ''Security Fence'' and by an Israeli settlement that separates it from the Shu'afat refugee camp.
Israeli newspapers in general don't pay much attention to Palestinians killed these days. If they mention it all it is in passing in an article that reports this or that ''attack'' took place (during which often no Israelis are hurt - unlike the incindents reported here). Today was no esception. The papers were much more interested by the news that the security service Shin Bet partially lifted a gag order on the fact that about a weeek ago a number of Jewish youths have been arrested in connection with the ''price tag'' arson attack that this summer killed three members of the Dawabshe-familiy, a baby and his father and mother. Further details have yet to be revealed. The gaga order is still partly in place.
Till now three young settlers had been taken in ''administrative detention'' in connection with this murderous arson attack, one of them being Meir Ettinger, the grandson of the notorious rabbi Kahane, founder of the ''Jewish Defense League'' and the racist ''Kach party'' that was outlawed in Israel in the nineties.