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IDF Soldiers Targeted in Escalating Jerusalem Attacks

Police said they suspect a “nationalist” motive in the attack and have opened an investigation.
Two attacks on Israeli security personnel again raise the question of whether a third intifada is on the way.

Two attacks on Israeli security personnel again raise the question of whether a third intifada is on the way.
Photo Credit: PMW screenshot

Arabs opened fire with a blaze of bullets aimed at security personnel at a guard post just outside of Jerusalem this morning (Thursday).

The attack occurred at a checkpoint on Highway 60 north of the capital staffed by Border Police personnel at the entrance to Kalandia.

Several bullets managed to reach their target, hitting the building where security personnel were taking cover. The guard post was damaged but no one was injured, according to the IDF spokesperson who said 29 bullet casings were recovered at the source of the gunfire.

A full M-16 or AK-47 magazine clip typically holds 29 bullets. PA police are armed with AK-47 weapons.

The incident raises new questions about growing Arab violence around the country, and threats of a new intifada aimed at Israelis.

A cartoon posted on Facebook March 11th by the Fatah Mobilization and Organization Commission and translated by the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) watchdog group called for the return to armed struggle. Fatah is led by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Less than a week later, a member of the faction’s central committee declared on official PA TV, “A national enterprise cannot succeed without the National Liberation Movement, Fatah. We in this movement have not cast down the rifle and have not let go of the rifle. The rifle is here!”

Just one day earlier (Wednesday) Palestinian Authority youths in Bethlehem set fire to an IDF watchtower, according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency. Photos of the incident were allegedly posted on the Facebook page of the Aida “refugee camp.”

Quoting an IDF spokesperson, the news agency reported “20 Palestinians hurling rocks and they also rolled a burning tire” at nearby Aida, a so-called “refugee camp” but was unaware of arson at the watchtower.

An alleged incident involving an IDF soldier who claimed he was stabbed by a group of PA Arabs in Pisgat Ze’ev on Thursday morning was later found to be a false report. The soldier later confessed to police the attack had never taken place.

About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.


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4 Responses to “IDF Soldiers Targeted in Escalating Jerusalem Attacks”

  1. Benjamin Fox says:

    Kick all Arabs out of Israel's land and tell them to go hate somewhere else you won't take it any more, they are evil, liars and hateful rape crazy animals and need to be in the lake of fire with their little god allah.

  2. Israeli army is strong and powerful,. Why idoes every one scare of frigging intifada, just kick they butt,. Period, no talks no apologizing.

  3. Run Guo says:

    i understand Israel is G.D's light to all the nations and wants to be nice, even to their enemy, when i see Jews gets kill by the terrorist, and then get released soon, i found it unacceptable. specially according to American standard.

    it is just matter of time before israel is worn down, I just pray that Israel govt will change its strategy towards terrorists, send them all to heaven, so they can get busy with their virgins, and leave this world in peace.

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