Israel-Palestine Feature: 1 Palestinian Woman Killed, 1 Wounded in Latest “Stabbing Attack” Incidents

PHOTO: Israeli security forces and bystanders near Palestinian woman shot on Sunday in West Bank

One Palestinian woman has been killed and one wounded by Israeli security forces in the latest “stabbing attack” incidents in the West Bank.

Defense Ministry guards shot dead a woman on Monday morning, saying that she approached them with a knife near the Israeli settlement of Alfei Menashe.

The Ministry said the victim, 23-year-old Rasha Awissi, was shot after she refused to halt, despite several warnings by the guards. It said she left a note to her family:

I’m ending my path, and I’m reaching this end with my full mental capacity, in defense of my homeland and the young men and women.

I can’t bear what I see any longer. All I know is that I can’t take it.

To my mother and brothers, please forgive me.

On Sunday, an Israeli security guard wounded a woman after she stabbed him at the entrance to the Israeli settlement of Beitar Illit.

Security footage showed the woman pull a knife from her purse and lunge at the guard, who was “lightly injured”, according to Israeli officials.

In another incident on Sunday, two Palestinian attackers wounded an Israeli man who was shopping inside the West Bank village of Nabi Ilyas.

The victim was seriously wounded but was able to drive to a nearby Israeli military checkpoint. The Palestinian men fled the scene.

Earlier in the day, a Palestinian man rammed his car into Israelis at a bus stop in the northern West Bank, leaving two people seriously injured and two others lightly wounded. The driver was shot and killed.

More than 70 Palestinians were killed in October by Israeli security forces. Ten Israelis were slain by Palestinian attackers, mainly in stabbings.

Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


  1. This will surely advance the Arabs towards their goals. Either make the Jews run aways in fear or help to create a palestinian state. It did work in the past, so no reason why this shouldn’t work again. And again…

    • It doesn’t help that the Muslims are being constantly driven to hate Jews by a stream of propaganda from Iran, Hezbollah, the Brotherhood, etc etc.

      I don’t see quite the same level of world wide encouragement for Jews to hate Muslims, although there is some.

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