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Israel Reacts to Stabbing of Border Police Officer

Israel Police Spokesman Discounts IS Claim of Responsibility

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19 Jun 2017 (All day)
Israel Reacts to Stabbing of Border Police Officer
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened the Cabinet meeting Sunday morning by saying that it is imperative for the international community to demand of the Palestinian Authority that it discontinue the practice of paying terrorists and their families a stipend for carrying out attacks on Israelis. The comments came following a weekend in which an Israeli Border Police officer was killed by knife-wielding terrorists in Jerusalem while the PA portrayed the event as the extra-judicial murder of her three attackers by Israeli security forces. 23-year old Border Police officer Hadas Malka was gravely wounded in the attack while three Palestinian men who set upon her with knives and a homemade firearm (which malfunctioned) were shot dead at the scene by her comrades. The PA refused to condemn the killing of Malka but did issue a statement condemning the police response to the attack which killed her attackers.

“Apparently, there is no limit to lies and brazenness,” Netanyahu said. “The same PA that refused to condemn the attacks will now pay salaries to the families of the murderers. I call on the nations of the world to condemn both the murder and those who praise it, and to demand the immediate cessation of Palestinian Authority payments to the families of terrorists.”

He also said that since the attack Friday evening, security have conducted sweeps of the village where her attackers came from and have arrested dozens of known terror operators and sympathizers.

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov responded to Netanyahu by issuing a statement that I am appalled that, once again, some find it appropriate to justify such attacks as ‘heroic’. They are unacceptable and seek to drag everyone into a new cycle of violence.”

Also on Netanyahu’s agenda over the weekend was a battle with the international media, including the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) which covered the stabbing attack with a headline saying "Three Palestinians killed after deadly stabbing in Jerusalem," drawing widespread ridicule from the general public and condemnation from Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

After a concerted diplomatic campaign which also included an assist from Donald Trump Jr., the son of the current President of the US, the headline was changed to "Israeli policewoman stabbed to death in Jerusalem."

"We accept that our original headline did not appropriately reflect the nature of the events and subsequently changed it,” a BBC statement said. “Whilst there was no intention to mislead our audiences, we regret any offense caused."

Meanwhile, the Islamic State (IS) terror militia claimed responsibility for the attack, a claim which was rigorously denied by Palestinian terror militias and the Israeli security services. Also over the weekend, attempts were made by Palestinian youths to riot on the Temple Mount leading to police forces temporarily closing the site to visitors, a move which was condemned by Jordan as an example of anti-Moslem bigotry and police brutality.

 

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