Two Jews Killed Before Palestinian Assailant Shot in JerusalemGwen Ackerman
A Palestinian from the West Bank stabbed two Israelis to death and wounded a baby and one other person in Jerusalem’s Old City, police said, the second deadly attack by Arab assailants in 48 hours.
The attacker grabbed a gun from one of his victims and opened fire on police, who shot and killed him.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called the violence “a direct result of incitement by the Palestinian Authority and routine incitement in mosques.” He urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to increase sanctions and act “decisively” against all who “encourage terrorism.”
Israeli-Palestinian violence has been on the rise since mid-September amid clashes at a Jerusalem shrine holy to both Jews and Muslims. A shooting on an Israeli car in the West Bank on Oct. 1 left the driver and his wife dead and their four children slightly injured.
The escalation came after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced to the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 30 that he is no longer bound by accords he signed with Israel. Peace talks with Israel have been on hold for more than a year.
Netanyahu will convene top security officials Oct. 4 upon his return from a trip to the U.S. and will hold a meeting of his inner cabinet the following day, according to a text message from his spokesman.
Husam Badran, a spokesman for the Islamic Hamas movement that rules the Gaza Strip, said in an e-mailed statement that the Jerusalem bloodshed was part of the “growing armed resistance in the West Bank against Israeli measures against the al-Aqsa mosque and our people.” The Islamic Jihad, a smaller group based in Gaza, claimed responsibility for the assault.