Palestinian stabs Jewish teen in northern West Bank

12:00 Jan 29 2013 near Tapuah junction (exact coordinates unknown at this time)

Palestinian stabs Jewish teen in northern West Bank
An Israeli army bulldozer destroys Palestinian houses in the east Jerusalem Arab neighbourhood of Silwan in Jerusalem’s old city on January 28, 2013. Nine people were injured and seven arrested. Photo by AFP

A Ramallah resident attacked the 17-year old near Tapuah junction; the teen's injuries are slight to moderate; suspect taken into custody.

By Chaim Levinson and Gili Cohen for Haaretz

A Palestinian stabbed a 17-year old boy today near Tapuah junction. As the assailant, a Ramallah resident in his twenties, attempted to flee the scene, a Border Police unit pursued him and took him into custody.

The injuries of the teen, who is being treated at Beilinson Hospital, Rabin Medical Center, Petah Tikva, were defined as slight to moderate. Magen David Adom reported that he was stabbed in the upper body while waiting for a ride at Tapuah junction in the northern West Bank.

The head of the Shomron Regional Council, Gershon Mesika, said: “It is clear to every thinking person that the atmosphere of weakness conveyed by the government strengthens the motivation of terrorists to carry out attacks – on both sides of the Green Line.”

“If security checkpoints had not been removed throughout Judea and Samaria, including at Tapuah itself, the terrorist would not have been able to reach the place armed with a knife. The government must reestablish deterrence.” Mesika added that the first obvious step would be to restore the checkpoints at Tapuah and Hawara junctions near Nablus.

The chairman of the Shomron Residents Committee, Benny Katzover, said: “The IDF must prepare itself appropriately for a stricter policy in the face of any attempted terror attack and on the other hand, the prime minister must go back to using the weapon of the Zionist response and respond to every terror attack with an action in the realm of settlement.”


Settler Stabbed Near Nablus

by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies Report

sraeli medical sources reported, Tuesday, that an 17-year-old settler suffered mild-to-moderate injuries after being stabbed near the Za’tara roadblock, south of the northern West Bank city of Nablus.

Israeli Yedioth Aharonoth news agency reported that that Israeli army arrested a Palestinian youth, 23, from the central West Bank city of Nablus, on suspicion that he stabbed the settler.

The Maan News Agency reported that the army closed the Za’tara roadblock to all Palestinian traffic, while dozens of military vehicles were also deployed in the area.

Maan added that several Israeli settlers hurled stones at Palestinian vehicles, near Salfit, causing damage to a number of vehicles.

In related news, Israeli Channel 7 reported that the army kidnaped a Palestinian youth allegedly trying to infiltrate into Shavei Shomron settlement, in the northern West Bank district of Nablus.
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