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Israeli Press Review of 01.07.2016
Israeli Press Review
Israeli Press Review of 01.07.2016

Major Headlines
  • Israeli girl, 13, stabbed to death by Palestinian in West Bank bedroom

A 13-year-old girl died after being stabbed repeatedly by a Palestinian assailant who entered her bedroom in the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba on Thursday morning. Another man was seriously wounded in the terror attack, the Times of Israel reports.

The victim, Hallel Yaffa Ariel, was rushed to Shaare Zedek Medical Centre in Jerusalem unconscious, not breathing and in critical condition, where doctors said they were unable to save her.

A 31-year-old man also suffered multiple stab wounds and shooting injuries in the attack, according to rescue and hospital officials.

It appears the man, a civilian guard responding to the attack, was accidentally shot by other guards in an effort to neutralise the terrorist.

The assailant was shot and killed, the Israel Defence Forces said.

The Palestinian health ministry identified him as Muhammad Nasser Tarayrah, 17, from Bani Naim, adjacent to Kiryat Arba.

Local officials said the home lies on the edge in the Ramat Mamre neighborhood, adjacent to a fence surrounding the settlement.

According to an initial account, the attacker jumped the fence — a breach that sent an alert to the IDF and civilian security guards in the area — and broke into the girl’s bedroom, where she was sleeping.

Forces searching for the cause of the breach heard screams coming from the house and raced in to find the girl with multiple stab wounds in her bed, according to Channel 10. One of the guards hurried to her to provide first aid and was jumped by the attacker who managed to stab him.

The girl’s father and other guards fired shots at the attacker, killing him, and also wounding the responding guard.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel


  • Knesset brawl erupts after Arab MK calls IDF soldiers “murderers”

 Two Israelis were wounded in a stabbing in Netanya on Thursday, Yediot Aharonot reports.

One 40-year-old man was moderately wounded. A 62-year-old woman was lightly wounded. They were both stabbed in their upper bodies.

Paramedics were called to the scene to provide treatment, and the injured were evacuated to hospital in Netanya. 

The attacker was shot dead at a distance from the scene. He was a Palestinian resident of a town near Tulkarem.

Click here to read the full article in Yediot Aharonot


  • Israeli activists evacuated from Ramallah after car is set on fire

Nine Jewish Israeli citizens were evacuated from Ramallah unharmed after local residents set their car on fire on Wednesday night, the Times of Israel reports.

There were no injuries reported in the incident.

The group of Israelis, members of the peace group “Two States, One Homeland,” deliberately entered the city, the Israel Defence Forces said, despite a military order to stay out of West Bank towns located in Palestinian Authority-controlled Area A.

The organisation said in a statement its Jewish members had joined Palestinian activists to hold an iftar meal — the fast-breaking dinner held at the end of each day on Ramadan.

The army stated that the activists were attacked with rocks by local residents and one of their vehicles was set alight.

But while initial news reports painted the nine activists’ extraction as a lucky escape, the group downplayed the incident, saying, “It appears one of our vehicles was set on fire and was slightly damaged while it was empty. The Palestinian security services quickly took control of the incident and helped us file a complaint. Despite the reports, at no point did we feel threatened and our Palestinian friends were horrified by the incident.”

The nine Israelis will be questioned by security forces to determine why they violated military orders, the IDF said.

“Two States, One Homeland” is a movement that calls for a European-style confederation between Israel and a future state of Palestine, that would allow citizens from both sides of the conflict to live in either country but retain their original nationality. The Israeli side of the group is comprised largely of Jewish settlers.

Click here to read the full article in Times of Israel

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