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Netanyahu calls to end Palestinian payments to attacker families

19 June 2017, 02:34 | Rufus Hill

Israeli policemen secure the scene of the shooting and stabbing attack outside Damascus gate in Jerusalem's old city Thomson Reuters

Israeli policemen secure the scene of the shooting and stabbing attack outside Damascus gate in Jerusalem's old city

Untold in the headline, is the fact that the 3 dead Palestinians had carried out the stabbing and shooting attacks on Israeli officers (which killed a female Israeli officer) in the Old City in Jerusalem.

"Instead of condemning the attack, Fatah... issued a statement in which it condemn (s) the officers who killed the terrorists, and praised the murderers as heroes", Netanyahu said, referring to Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's party. If true, it would mark the first direct IS action against Israel and the group warned on its affiliate news agency it "will not be the last".

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the Daesh claim was an attempt to "muddy the waters", adding that the attack was carried out by "two Palestinians from the PFLP and a third from Hamas". She was identified as Hadas Malka, 23, a staff sergeant major.

The detentions came after Friday's attack on police officers near the Old City, according to the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper.

Since October 2015, more than 285 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces during - or immediately after - alleged attacks on Israelis or in clashes with Israeli security forces, according to Palestinian figures.

"I call on the countries of the world... to demand an immediate cessation of Palestinian Authority payments to the families of terrorists", Netanyahu said. They were contradicted by Hamas the militant wing of the Palestine Arabs who claimed the three men were members of their organisation. Channel Ten quoted Palestinian sources as saying that Palestinian Authority officials were concerned that more terror attacks were planned, giving Israeli forces "another excuse to increase their oppression of Palestinians".

"The Israeli victim of the terror attack, Hadas Malka, Hy" d, was laid to rest Motzoei Shabbos at the military cemetery in Ashdod.

Netanyahu noted the several steps taken by the Jerusalem government to prevent further attacks, including preparing to demolish the terrorists' homes, the revoking of Palestinian visits in Israel previously approved for the Muslim month of Ramadan, and police reinforcement of security arrangements and checking procedures in the plaza around the Damascus Gate, where the attack occurred.

Israeli security forces raid the West Bank village of Deir Abu Mash'al near Ramallah, Saturday, June 17, 2017.

At times the attacks were daily occurrences, but they have relatively subsided in recent months.

Israel blames the violence on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders compounded on social media sites that glorify violence and encourage attacks.



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