Palestinian assailant shot dead after stabbing and killing Israeli settler in Old City

18:00 Mar 18 2018 Jerusalem's Old City

Palestinian assailant shot dead after stabbing and killing Israeli settler in Old City Palestinian assailant shot dead after stabbing and killing Israeli settler in Old City
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Israeli police officers at the entrance of the Temple Mount following a stabbing attack in the Old City, March 18, 2018. Credit: Nir Hasson Published by Haaretz

JERUSALEM (Ma’an) --
MARCH 19, 2018 10:48 A.M. (UPDATED: MARCH 21, 2018 11:21 A.M.)

A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli forces on Sunday night, after he committed a stabbing attack that lead to the death of an Israeli settler in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.

The slain Palestinian was identified as 28-year-old Abd al-Rahman Bani Fadel, from the northern occupied West Bank village of Aqraba in the Nablus district.

Sources told Ma’an that Fadel is a husband and father of three, including a newborn baby.

Fadel had received a temporary Israeli entry permit, which Israeli news website Ynet said he was given in order to find work inside Israel. He had previously been granted such permits before.

While in the Old City, Fadel stabbed an Israeli settler, identified by Ynet as Adiel Coleman, a resident of the illegal West Bank settlement of Kokhav HaShahar. Coleman was evacuated by medics to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, where he succumbed to his wounds.

During the attack, Fadel was shot by an Israeli police officer, with witnesses telling Ma’an that he was shot more than 10 times.

Witnesses added that following the attack, Israeli police deployed across East Jerusalem, closed of all entrances to the Old City, along with roads and streets adjacent to walls of the Old City.

Israeli authorities also shut down the Qalandiya and Jabaa checkpoints between East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Israel’s Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat issued a statement shortly after the attack, blaming the stabbing on “incitement” by the Palestinian Authority (PA), saying “Israel’s enemies are constantly trying to harm soldiers, policemen, security guards and civilians which is due to the serious incitement that they are exposed to by the Palestinian Authority.”

The Israeli narrative of “lone wolf” Palestinian assailants under the influence of incitement, which has been perpetuated by the current right-wing Israeli government, has been dismissed by analysts as overly simplistic.

Palestinians have instead pointed chiefly to the frustration and despair brought on by Israel's 50-year military occupation of the Palestinian territory and the absence of a political horizon as reasons for the outbreak of violence that started in October 2015.
>b>Israeli Seriously Wounded in Stabbing Attack in Jerusalem's Old

Assailant, a 28-year-old resident of the West Bank village of Aqraba, killed at scene ■ Man in his 30s stabbed in upper body, taken to hospital

by Nir Hasson, Jack Khoury and Yaniv Kubovich for Haaretz
Mar 19, 2018 12:04 AM

>> UPDATE: Israeli man dies of wounds sustained in Jerusalem stabbing attack >>

An Israeli was seriously wounded Sunday in what police are calling a stabbing attack in the Old City of Jerusalem. The assailant was killed at the scene.

Magen David Adom emergency responders arrived at the scene, on Haggay St. near the entrance to the Temple Mount, and treated a man in his 30s with wounds to his upper body. He was taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in serious condition. According to MDA, his condition has since deteriorated.

The assailant, 28-year-old Abed al-Rahman Bani Fadel, is from the West Bank village of Aqraba, near Nablus. Local residents told Haaretz that he was an introverted man who worked in a warehouse. His brother and uncle are part of Hamas' leadership in the West Bank, though he was not considered to be an active member in the organization.

The Israeli military said he had no background of security offenses, and he was not on the radar of the Shin Bet security service or Israel Police. He had a five-day permit to enter Israel, which began Sunday, to find work.

The attack comes two days after two Israeli soldiers were killed in a West Bank car-ramming attack.

Hamas commended the attack in a statement, saying it commemorated 100 days since U.S. President Donald Trump declared Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed on Saturday that Israel would demolish the home of the Palestinian responsible for the attack.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on his Twitter account that he holds Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas responsible for the attack.

Following the attack, the IDF may recommend to the government to change the security barrier’s route in the area of the attack, military sources said. If the barrier is ultimately moved it will split the village of Barta’a in two.
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