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A Weekend of Tensions and Thwarted Terror Attacks

May 16, 2022

by: Kate Norman

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Israeli security forces responding to a terror attack at the Tapuach Junction in November 2015

Monday, 16 May 2022 | This past weekend saw more tension amid two thwarted terror attacks in Judea and Samaria, a Jewish man attacked in an eastern Jerusalem neighborhood and Arab commemorations of the “catastrophe” of the Jewish state’s rebirth in 1948.

The weekend opened with a bang on Friday morning when a Palestinian man hurled a brick at an Israeli car and then tried to break in, as shown by security footage of the incident published on the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Twitter page.

Footage shows the Israeli car drive off and the attacker run away, pursued by an Israeli soldier who was in a vehicle parked nearby. The attacker runs off screen for a few seconds but then runs back on screen toward the soldier. The man is holding what looks like a rock, raised and ready to throw at the soldier.

The assailant approaches the soldier, who fires his gun toward the man’s lower half, bringing him to the ground.

“Our soldiers neutralized the suspect, who was then taken to a hospital for treatment,” the IDF tweeted along with the video.

“The suspect was found to have a knife and bottle of acid in his possession,” the military added.

On Sunday, Arabs across the land waved Palestinian flags and collectively mourned Nakba Day. Nakba means “catastrophe” in Arabic.

The so-called “catastrophe” they commemorated was the rebirth of the modern Jewish state in 1945, when the Israeli Declaration of Independence was proclaimed.

The day is often marked by rioting and a spike in tensions, though yesterday’s events and demonstrations passed by with relatively little ruckus.

Nonetheless, Sunday night saw violence, as a 43-year-old Jewish resident of Jerusalem was attacked in Issawiya, an Arab neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem.

The man reportedly was attacked by an angry mob who beat him and sprayed him with pepper spray before Border Police officers rescued him. The man was treated for head wounds and taken to the hospital in good condition, Israeli media reported. Photos released on social media show the man with a bloodied head.

It remains unclear what set off the crowd and why they attacked him.

Also Sunday night, farther north, Israeli Police arrested a 22-year-old Palestinian man carrying an axe and a suicide letter near the infamous Tapuach Junction, a traffic crossing in the Samaria region that is a notorious hotspot for terror attacks.

The man was reportedly circling the junction in a vehicle for almost an hour looking for lone Israelis to attack, the Israeli Police reported.

He was arrested and taken in for questioning, and police reported he was carrying a suicide letter declaring his intention to execute a terror attack.

“The vigilance of the police and the pursuit of contact apparently prevented a major attack,” the local police commander said in a statement, as quoted by the Times of Israel. “We will continue with determination and professionalism together with the other security forces to protect the security of Israeli citizens everywhere and at all times.”

The thwarted tacks are the latest ripples in a terror wave that has claimed 19 lives since the end of March.

The most recent attack took place earlier this month when two terrorists armed with axes and knives attacked in the central city of Elad, killing three men and injuring several others. The three men killed were all fathers, leaving behind a total of 16 children.

Israeli security forces remain on high alert across the country to continue thwarting attacks in hopes of stemming the tide of terrorism.

Posted on May 16, 2022

Source: (Bridges for Peace, May 16, 2022)

Photo Credit: Israel Police/commons.wikimedia.org

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