Palestinians shot dead for Israeli police stabbing were not IS, says Hamas

Pierre Vaugeois
Juin 19, 2017

The BBC headline was subsequently revised to "Israeli policewoman stabbed to death in Jerusalem".

The three perpetrators, all from the West Bank, were shot dead, and the policewoman, Hadas Malka, a 23-year-old staff sergeant major, was taken to hospital in critical condition and later died of her wounds.

But the attack Friday evening suggested that the three suspects were operating as a team and had planned the attack.

Al-Quds said that Netanyahu threatens of more intensified measures in Jerusalem, where streets and gates were closed and West Bank residents were moved back to the West Bank. Israel blames the violence on incitement by the Palestinian leadership. The PA has not condemned the Friday night attacks.

According to police, two Palestinian perpetrators opened fire at a group of police officers who returned fire, and a third stabbed Malka, who fought her attacker for several seconds while trying to draw her weapon.

"The three heroes, now martyrs, who have stage the Jerusalem attack are not affiliated with ISIS and are Hamas and Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine members", senior Hamas leader and spokesman Izzat al-Rishq tweeted.

He called for the world to "demand the immediate cessation of Palestinian Authority payments to the families of terrorists, something that only encourages terror".

Last week U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the Palestinians had agreed to stop the payments but both the Palestinians and Israel disputed the claim. It stepped up a campaign against the fund after a wave of Palestinian attacks began in September 2015.

Israeli police said they killed three Palestinians involved in the attack.

Palestinian protesters throw stones towards Israeli security forces during clashes following a demonstration against the blockade on the Gaza Strip, near the border fence east of Jabalia refugee camp on June 5, 2017.

The fate of the area is an emotional issue at the heart of the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.

In response to the attack, Israeli security services said that they were canceling entry permits for West Bank Palestinians to visit relatives inside Israel during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Palestinians say it stems from anger over decades of Israeli rule in territory they claim for their state.

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