Israel-Palestine Feature: 5 Killed in Attacks in Tel Aviv and West Bank

PHOTO: Scene of the shooting in the Etzion bloc in the West Bank on Thursday (Magen David Adom)

Five people were killed and six others injured on Thursday in attacks in Israel’s Tel Aviv and near an Israeli settlement in the Palestinian West Bank.

The death toll was the highest in a day since a surge in Palestinian-Israeli violence from October 1 that has killed more than 100 people. They came after a lull of almost a week.

In Tel Aviv, two people were killed and two were injured in a stabbing attack in an office building as afternoon prayers were taking place.

The assailant was caught by passersby and arrested by police at the scene, and was taken to a hospital with light injuries. Police identified him as a 36-year-old Palestinian father of five from the West Bank village of Dura, near Hebron.

In the afternoon, three people were killed and four others injured in shooting near the Israeli settlement of Alon Shvut in the West Bank.

Israeli security forces said the attacker opened fire with an Uzi submachine gun from inside a car at Israeli vehicles. When he ran out of ammunition, he rammed his car into another automobile near the Gush Etzion settlement.
Security personnel disarmed and arrested the suspect.

A Jewish-American youth and a Palestinian man were among those killed. Official Palestinian sources claimed hte Palestinian victim was killed by Israeli forces who opened fire, while Israeli security forces say he was slain by the Palestinian gunman.

In the aftermath of the incidents, the Israeli Minister of Defense Moshe Ya’alon and the army’s chief of staff met the mayor of the Gush Etzion Regional Council, Officials are reportedly considering measures such as the temporary restriction of movement of Palestinians in the area, the deployment of extra Israeli security forces, and the construction of a “fence” along certain roads.

More than 80 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces since October 1. Many of them have been shot after they attacked civilians and security personnel, while others have died in demonstrations.

At least 15 Israelis have been slain by Palestinian assailants, mainly in stabbings.

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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.


    • Glad you got the joke, Amir, despite the fact it was censored first time around for no discernible reason.

      BTW, your gratuitous presumption is quite wrong as I got this reference, which I always found very amusing, from reading the actual bible in hardcopy, not any website.

      Anyhow, back on point: can I take from your denial of even the word ‘occupation’ that you are in favour of now officially annexing the West Bank to Israel? If so, how would you deal with the ‘demographic threat’ of all those Arabs [as you call them, due to another denialist taboo about the word Palestinians] demanding citizenship in your allegedly ‘Jewish State’?

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