by: Janet Aslin
Wednesday, 15 September 2021 | Two yeshiva (religious school) students who were moderately wounded during a terror attack on Monday were released from Sha’arei Zedek Medical Center yesterday.
Their assailant, 17-year-old Basil Shawamra, is a Palestinian resident of the town of Deir al-Asal al-Fauqa, near Hebron. The stabbings took place inside a clothing store near the entrance to Jerusalem’s busy central bus station on Jaffa Road.
Ynetnews carried this report from Yaakov Rahman, an eyewitness, who said, “The terrorist entered the Adika store on Jaffa Street, near the bus station. He stabbed an ultra-Orthodox man in the hand and another person in the head. The security personnel fired two bullets inside the store.”
Earlier that day another attempted terror attack, this time against an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier at the Gush Etzion Junction, was stopped by another soldier before it could be carried out.
The recent attacks reflect the simmering tensions in Israel over the past week after six Palestinian prisoners escaped September 6 from the Gilboa Prison. Israeli police managed to capture four of the six fugitives over the weekend, while two remain at large.
Many Palestinians regard the fugitives as “heroes,” publicly celebrating their “valor” and following their quest to evade capture with hearty enthusiasm. The news of four of the terrorists’ apprehension over the weekend turned the public celebration into public outrage, sparking a number of violent protests, a volley of rockets over the weekend and now the attempted terror attacks.
Hamas, the terror group ruling the Gaza Strip, is capitalizing on these sentiments, spurring its people on to further acts of violence. Both Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the second largest terror group in the Strip, hailed Monday’s “heroic” stabbing, explaining that it came “within the framework of the freedom uprising launched by our Palestinian people in solidarity with the heroic prisoners.”
Security forces remain on high alert as Israel prepares to enter Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) this evening.
Ilse Strauss contributed to this report.
Posted on September 15, 2021
Source: (Bridges for Peace, September 15, 2021)
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