Suspected car-ramming attack by Palestinian teen highlights rising tensions, amid questions over Israeli police actions

This is the most recent in a series of violent incidents within the West Bank and Jerusalem, that are prompting concern over rising tensions, in addition to questions over how Israeli police reply to some occasions.

{A photograph} of Monday’s incident exhibits a silver automobile half on its facet crashed by the home windows of a concrete constructing, at a checkpoint south of the West Bank metropolis of Tulkarem. The driver, named domestically as Mohammed Younes from Nablus, was killed when different guards opened fireplace on him, the protection ministry mentioned.

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Israel’s Defense Minister Benny Gantz has ordered checkpoints throughout the occupied West Bank to go on a heightened state of alert.

The newest incident comes lower than two days after a stabbing attack in Jerusalem, which left a person hospitalized with knife wounds, authorities mentioned. Police have been criticized for capturing the suspect a number of instances as he lay on the bottom, whereas apparently incapacitated.

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Video of that incident, which occurred near the Damascus Gate entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday afternoon, confirmed the attacker pulling out a knife and lunging at an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man crossing the street behind him.

After a tussle, throughout which the stabbing sufferer, 20-year-old Avraham Elmaliach, sustained blows to the neck and higher physique, the suspect is then seen operating in the direction of two Israeli border police officers who transfer ahead and interact him. After a number of seconds, one of many officers opens fireplace, dropping him to the bottom.

As the suspect, 25-year-old Mohammed Salameh from the West Bank city of Salfit, lies wounded on the bottom, the police officers fireplace a number of more instances killing him.

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The video sparked criticism, with Israel’s Regional Cooperation Minister Issawi Frej saying on Twitter that assailants ought to solely be shot to avoid wasting lives, and never once they now not pose a hazard.

Many Palestinians went additional. A press release from the workplace of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas referred to as it an assassination.

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Israel’s Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev defended the police, saying in an announcement that the police officers couldn’t make sure whether or not the suspect was carrying a suicide belt. “Where there is doubt, there is no doubt,” he mentioned in a tweet.

The police officers concerned have been questioned over the incident, which police say is commonplace process after a deadly capturing. Israeli media studies the 2 are anticipated to be exonerated of any wrongdoing.

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett additionally gave his backing to the police officers. “This is how our officers are expected to act and this is how they acted,” he mentioned in an announcement. “We must not allow our capital city to become a hotbed of terrorism.”

There have been no less than 5 assaults in Jerusalem since September, together with one by a Hamas gunman that killed an Israeli working on the Western Wall.

All 5 incidents have seen the Palestinian suspect shot useless, CNN and different reporting exhibits.

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To forestall additional assaults, Israel’s Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel informed Israeli tv that police powers to cease and search wanted to be stepped up. “It is not reasonable that Palestinians can walk around [the Damascus Gate and the Old City] without inspection,” he mentioned.

He additionally raised the prospect of metallic detectors being reinstalled at entry factors to the Al Aqsa mosque compound.

When they have been final put in, in the summertime of 2017, following the deadly capturing of two Israeli police officers, it led to a number of weeks of unrest across the Old City, which ended when the machines have been eliminated.

Away from Jerusalem, there are additionally issues over a rising variety of assaults by Jewish settlers in opposition to Palestinians within the West Bank. A report by the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) recorded 410 such assaults within the first 10 months of 2021 (up from 358 for the entire of 2020) together with greater than 100 in opposition to people.

Four Palestinians have been killed in settler violence, OCHA says.

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