A Palestinian terrorist holding a knife runs towards the Gilboa crossing (leading from Samaria to Israel). He was shot by the crossing's security personnel (Facebook page of Red Alert, October 24, 2015).
Knives used by Palestinians during the stabbing attack in Beit Shemesh (Facebook page of PALDF, October 22, 2015).
Two large kitchen knives found in the bag of one of the girls
Hamas death notice for Dania Jihad Hussein Irshed (Facebook page of PALDF, October 26, 2015).
Hamas death notice for the "son of the [Hamas] movement" Mahmoud Khaled Mahmoud Ghaneimat from the village of Surif who was shot and killed during a stabbing attack in Beit Shemesh (Facebook page of PALDF, October 23, 2015).
Richard Lakin, critically wounded on October 13 in the terrorist attack on the number 78 bus, died on October 27, 2015 (Picture courtesy of the family and INN, October 27, 2015).
Weapons found during the detention of two Palestinian terrorist operatives in the Jenin refugee camp (Israel Security Agency website, date, October 27).
The PIJ march in Gaza City in support of the residents of Hebron (Paltoday, October 21, 2015).
Riots hear the Erez crossing (Facebook page of QudsN, October 23, 2015).
John Kerry meets with Mahmoud Abbas (Wafa News Agency, October 24, 2015).
Terrorist Attacks and Events during the Past Week
(as of 12:00, October 27)
Stabbing Attack Prevented in Hebron (October 27, 2015)
- On the morning of October 27, 2015, two Palestinian girls went to the police checkpoint at the entrance of the Cave of the Patriarchs. They refused to allow the police to examine their bags, screaming "We have come to liberate Palestine." The police overpowered them. Two knives were found in the bag carried by one of the girls. The two were detained and taken for interrogation by the Israeli security forces (Facebook page of Red Alert, October 27, 2015).
Stabbing Attack in Hebron (October 26, 2015)
- On October 26, 2015, a Palestinian armed with a knife tried to stab an IDF soldier at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. Soldiers who saw him approach shot him. He was critically wounded and later died in the hospital (Ynet, October 26, 2015). The Palestinian terrorist was Sa'ad Muhammad Yussuf al-Atrash, 19, from Hebron (Facebook page of QudsN, October 26, 2015).
Stabbing Attack North of Hebron (October 26, 2015)
- On the morning of October 26, 2015, a Palestinian terrorist went to the Beit A'innon Junction (north of Hebron). He stabbed one of the IDF soldiers securing the location, wounding him critically. The terrorist was shot and killed by IDF soldiers.
- The terrorist was Ra'ed Saket Abd al-Rahman Jaradat, 22, from Sa'ir (north of Hebron). He was studying accounting at the Al-Quds Open University branch in Hebron (Facebook page of QudsN, October 26, 2015). Fatah issued a death notice for him, claiming he belonged to its ranks (Twitter account of Fatah, October 26, 2015).
- The terrorist posted two items on his Facebook page before the attack. One was a picture of Dania Jihad Hussein Irshed, a female Palestinian terrorist killed while carrying out a stabbing attack in Hebron on October 25, 2015. He wrote, "Imagine she was your sister." The second posting was a poem encouraging stabbing attacks to liberate Al-Aqsa mosque and Jerusalem (Facebook page of Ra'ed Jaradat, October 26, 2015).
Left: The picture of Dania Jihad Hussein Irshed on Ra'ed Jaradat's Facebook page (Facebook page of Sa'ir, October 26, 2015) Right: The death notice Fatah issued for Ra'ed Saket Abd al-Rahman Jaradat (Twitter account of Fatah, October 26, 2015).
Stabbing Attack at the Ariel Junction (October 25, 2015)
- On October 25, 2015, Palestinian terrorist stabbed an Israeli in his mid-20s, severely wounding him. The attack took place at the Ariel Junction in Samaria. The terrorist then fled the scene. He was detained a few hours later by the Israeli security forces. He was Tamer Shawkat Khdeir, 26, from the village of Beita near Nablus. He was not previously known to the Israeli security forces (Facebook page of Red Alert, October 25, 2015).
Stabbing Attack Prevented in Hebron (October 25, 2015)
- On October 25, 2015, a female Palestinian terrorist went to the roadblock at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron. When Border Policemen asked for her identification she took out a knife and advanced towards them. They shot and killed her. The terrorist was Dania Jihad Hussein Irshed, 17, from Hebron. Hamas issued a death notice claiming she belonged to its ranks (Facebook page of PALDF, October 26, 2015).
Stabbing Attack in Gush Etzion (October 25, 2015)
- On the morning of October 25, 2015, an Israeli in his early 40s was stabbed by a Palestinian terrorist near the ultra-Orthodox community of Mezad in Gush Etzion (northeast of Hebron). He was in serious condition and taken to a hospital in Jerusalem. According to an initial report, his car was pelted with stones. When he got out of the car a Palestinian terrorist stabbed him. The terrorist escaped from the scene of the attack (Ynet, October 25, 2015). It may have been a combined stone-throwing-stabbing attack.
Stabbing Attack Prevented at the Tapuah Junction (October 25, 2015)
- On October 25, 2015, during a security check at the Tapuah Junction a knife was found in the possession of a Palestinian terrorist who was planning to use it in a stabbing attack. The Palestinian was detained by the Border Police (Facebook page of Red Alert, October 25, 2015).
Stabbing Attack Prevented at the Gilboa Crossing (October 24, 2015)
- On October 24, 2015, a stabbing attack was prevented at the Gilboa (Jalameh) crossing (north of Jenin). A Palestinian terrorist disguised as an itinerant candy-peddler approached the crossing, passing from car to car among dozens of vehicles in the lane entering Israel. He took out a knife and ran towards the security personnel at the checkpoint. One of them identified him as a terrorist, and shot and killed him. According to (Brig. Gen. Res.) Kamil Abu Rukun, head of the crossings authority in the Israeli ministry of defense, the Gilboa crossing is mainly used on weekends, when thousands of Israeli vehicles pass through to carry out commercial transactions in Jenin (Facebook page of Red Alert and Ynet, October 24, 2015).
- The Palestinian was Muhammad Ahmed Sayyid Kamil, 16, from Qabatiya. Hamas issued a death notice for him calling him "a heroic shaheed" (Facebook page of PALDF, October 25, 2015). Ibrahim Ramadan, the governor of the Jenin district, expressed Mahmoud Abbas' condolences to the terrorist's family (Wafa News Agency, October 25, 2015).
Left: Hamas death notice of "heroic shaheed" Muhammad Ahmed Sayyid Kamil (Facebook page of PALDF, October 25, 2015). Right: Palestinian terrorist Muhammad Kamil, knife in hand, runs towards the Gilboa crossing, where he was shot and killed (Facebook page of Red Alert, October 24, 2015).
Stabbing Attack Prevented in Jerusalem (October 24, 2015)
- On the morning of October 24, 2015, an Israeli man reported to the police that an Arab had tried to stab him. He said he heard a yell, turned around and saw an Arab with a knife in his hand. He said he struggled with his attacker and drove him away. He gave the police the knife; the attacker fled the scene (IBA, October 24, 2015)
Palestinian Woman with Knife Detained (October 24, 2015)
- On October 24, 2015, an IDF force detained a Palestinian woman at the Jit Junction in Samaria (west of Nablus). A knife was found in her possession (Facebook page of Red Alert, October 24, 2015).
Molotov Cocktail Thrown at Israeli Vehicle near Beit El (October 23, 2015)
- On October 23, 2015, Palestinian terrorists threw a Molotov cocktail at a civilian Israeli vehicle on the road between Givat Asaf and Beit El (north of Ramallah). They wounded an Israeli couple and their three children. A four year-old girl was seriously burned and the rest of the family suffered minor burns. A Magen David Adom ambulance evacuated the family to a hospital in Jerusalem (Haaretz, October 23, 2015).
Stabbing Attack Prevented in Jerusalem (October 23, 2015)
- On October 23, 2015, residents of the Nof Zion neighborhood in Jerusalem reported a suspicious man observing their houses. Policemen sent to investigate found and overcame him. A knife was hidden in his sleeve. He was 21 years old and lived in Jabel Mukaber. During interrogation he admitted he had been planning to carry out a stabbing attack (Facebook page of Red Alert, October 23, 2015).
Stabbing Attack near the Gevaot Roadblock in Gush Etzion (October 23, 2015)
- On the morning of October 23, 2015, a Palestinian stabbed an IDF soldier at the Gevaot roadblock in Gush Etzion. The soldier suffered minor injuries. The terrorist was shot in the leg and evacuated to a hospital in serious condition (Facebook page of Red Alert, October 23, 2015).
Palestinian Minors Detained, Planned Stabbing Attack in Jerusalem (October 23, 2015)
- On October 23, 2015, Border Policemen detained four Palestinian minors aged 12-14 from Shuafat who planned to carry out a stabbing attack at the Nablus Gate in Jerusalem. They were detained while trying to bring two large knives (in a bag) from Shuafat into Jerusalem. One of them was related to a Palestinian terrorist who carried out a stabbing attack in Jerusalem last month (Ynet, October 23, 2015).
Stabbing Attack Prevented in Hebron (October 22, 2015)
- On October 22, 2015, a Palestinian terrorist tried to stab an IDF soldier and Israeli woman in the Tel Romeida neighborhood of Hebron. The soldier fired into the air and the terrorist fled (Ynet, October 22, 2015).
Stabbing Attack in Beit Shemesh (October 22, 2015)
- On the morning of October 22, 2015, two Palestinian terrorists tried to get on a school bus in the Beit Shemesh (west of Jerusalem). When passersby asked them why, they got off. From there they went to a bus stop in the city and stabbed a 27 year-old ultra-Orthodox man, wounding him. Arriving on the scene, police shot at the terrorists, killing one and critically wounding the other (Facebook page of the Israel Police Force, October 22, 2015).
- The two Palestinian terrorists were Mahmoud Khaled Mahmoud Ghaneimat, 22, who was shot dead, and Miqdad Muhammad Ibrahim al-Khikh, 20, both from the village of Surif, north of Hebron (Facebook page of QudsN, October 22, 2015). Both worked in construction in Beit Shemesh and were known to the Israeli security forces. One was a Hamas operative and the other had been imprisoned in Israel between 2012 and 2014 for a security offense (captured in possession of a knife at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron). Under their shirts they were wearing Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades T-shirts; the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades is Hamas' military-terrorist wing (Haaretz, October 22, 2015).
Improvised Bomb Attack Prevented (October 21, 2015)
- On October 21, 2015, Israeli policemen, relying on intelligence information, stopped a Palestinian vehicle at the entrance to Kfar Azaria near Ma'aleh Adumim. Two improvised bombs were found in the vehicle; they were neutralized and destroyed by a police demolitions expert. According to the initial investigation, the two Palestinian suspects planned to use the bombs to attack Israeli security forces (Facebook page of the Israel Police Force, October 21, 2015).
Vehicular Attack near Beit Umar (October 21, 2015)
- On the evening of October 21, 2015, five IDF soldiers were inured in a vehicular attack not far from Beit Umar, between Hebron and Efrat. Two of them were in critical condition and the others suffered minor injuries. According to the initial investigation, the Palestinians first threw stones at an Israeli military vehicle. When the passengers got out, the Palestinian drove up and ran them over. Despite their wounds, the soldiers shot and wounded the terrorist (Ynet, October 22, 2015).
- The terrorist was Muhammad Fahim Shalaldah, 21, from Sa'ir. Hamas was quick to issue a formal death notice for him, claiming he served in its ranks (Facebook page of PALDF, October 22, 2015). However, the Palestinian ministry of health in Ramallah and the Palestinian prisoners' club claimed he was still alive (Panet, October 22, 2015).
Stabbing Attack at Kikar Adam, north of Jerusalem (October 21, 2015)
- On October 21, 2015, a 19 year-old female soldier was stabbed and critically wounded at Kikar Adam, north of Jerusalem. According to an initial investigation, two Palestinians stabbed the soldier, who served as security. One of the terrorists then ran towards another female soldier, who shot and killed him. Another Palestinian accomplice was detained (Haaretz, October 21, 2015). The terrorist killed was Muataz Ataallah Qasem, 22, from the Al-I'zariya neighborhood of east Jerusalem (Facebook page of QudsN, October 21, 2015).
Stabbing Attack in Hebron (October 20, 2015)
- On October 20, 2015, two Palestinian terrorists tried to stab two IDF soldiers at Beit Hashalom in Hebron. One soldier suffered minor wounds. IDF soldiers at the scene shot and killed the two terrorists. They were Bashar and Husam al-Ja'abari, 15 and 17 years old, from Hebron (Haaretz and Hamasmsb, October 20, 2015).
Death of Man Wounded in Shooting and Stabbing Attack in Armon Hanatziv
- Richard Lakin, 76, who was critically wounded in the terrorist attack on the number 78 bus in Armon Hanatziv, Jerusalem, died. He was shot in the head and stabbed in the chest. His death raises the toll in the attack to three. Two other passengers were killed, Alon Govberg and Haim Haviv. The updated number of Israelis killed in the current wave of terrorism now stands at 12.
Detention of Two Terrorist Operatives from the Jenin Refugee Camp
- Before dawn on October 27, 2015, Israeli security forces detained two wanted terrorist operatives in the Jenin refugee camp. They were planning military-type terrorist attacks. One was Qais Sayyidi, 24, a Hamas operative who had shot at Israeli security forces, manufactured and planted IEDs and was an arms dealer. The other was Thair Jaradat, 29, a Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) operative. A large quantity of weapons were found in the house they were hiding in, including M-16 assault rifles, a pistol, a shock grenade, night-vision goggles, ammunition, military vests, etc. (Israel Security Agency website, date, October 27).
Rocket Fire Attacking Israel
- On the evening of October 26, 2015, terrorists in the Gaza Strip fired a rocket into Israeli territory. It fell in the western Negev; there were no casualties and no damage was reported (Facebook page of Red Alert, October 26, 2015). The Companies of Sheikh Omar Hadid, an ISIS-affiliated Salafist-jihadi network in the Gaza Strip, issued a statement claiming responsibility for the rocket fire (Twitter account of the Companies of Sheikh Omar Hadid, October 26, 2015).
- In response to the rocket fire Israel Air Force aircraft struck two Hamas terrorist installations in the southern Gaza Strip (IDF Spokesman, October 26, 2015).
PIJ March in Support of the Residents of Hebron
- On October 21, 2015, the PIJ in the Gaza Strip held a march to show support for the residents of Hebron, which has been the focus of the recent wave of stabbing attacks. During the march children brandished knives and masked PIJ military-terrorist operatives waved Qur'ans, knives and swords. They marched over Israeli and American flags, and then burned them (Paltoday, October 21, 2015).
Palestinian Demonstrations near the Border Security Fence
- On Friday, October 23, 2015, Palestinians held demonstrations near the border security fence in the Gaza Strip at a number of locations, among them the Erez crossing (northern Gaza Strip), the area around Nahal Oz (northern Gaza Strip), the area of al-Bureij (central Gaza Strip) and east of Khan Yunis (southern Gaza Strip). Young Palestinians rioted and IDF forces used riot control measures to disperse them (Ma'an News Agency, October 23, 2015). Compared with previous weeks, there seems to have been a decline in both the scope and intensity of the riots.
Senior Operative in Shi'ite Military-Terrorist Network Killed by IDF
- On October 20, 2015, Ahmed Sharif al-Sarhi, aka Abu Bilal, 27, from Dir al-Balah, was killed by IDF fire near the border security fence east of al-Bureij in the central Gaza Strip. According to a statement issued on his death by the Al-Sabirin network, he was killed by sniper fire when he and a squad of network operatives were on a surveillance mission. According to IDF sources he was a sniper, one of a squad situated near the border security fence (Ynet, October 20, 2015). In addition, there were riots in the area between young Palestinians and an IDF force; 14 Palestinians were wounded (Ma'an News Agency, October 20, 2015).
- Ahmed al-Sarhi was a senior operative in the Al-Sabirin network, which is affiliated with Hezbollah and Iran. He escaped two targeted killings on his house during Operation Cast Lead and Operation Protective Edge. He formerly belonged to the PIJ. Al-Sabirin and Fatah issued death notices for him. His funeral was held in Dir al-Balah, attended by supporters of Fatah, the PIJ, Hamas and the Al-Ahrar network in the Gaza Strip. His body was draped in the Palestinian flag (Al-Youm Al-Sabaa, Egypt and the Facebook page dedicated to the memory of Ahmed al-Sarhi, October 21, 2015; the website of the Al-Sabirin network, October 20 2015).
Left: Funeral held for Ahmed al-Sarhi, attended by representatives of the various terrorist organizations (Dunia al-Watan, October 25, 2015). Right: Death notice issued by Al-Sabirin for Ahmed al-Sarhi (Facebook page of the al-Sabirin network, October 25, 2015).
American Attempts to De-Escalate the Current Wave of Terrorism Continue
- Over the weekend the United States led the political efforts to de-escalate the current wave of Palestinian terrorism. On October 24, 2015, John Kerry, the American secretary of state, met separately with Mahmoud Abbas and King Abdallah of Jordan in Amman. Mahmoud Abbas demanded that Israel maintain the status quo on the Temple Mount and implement previous agreements before the PA would take any measures (Wafa News Agency, October 24, 2015). After the meeting Kerry announced a series of measures Israel would take on the Temple Mount to de-escalate the situation, including installing cameras and keeping Jews from praying there.
- At the beginning of the weekly government meeting on October 25, 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had the following to say about Kerry's announcement (ITIC emphasis): "I made clear in my talks with Secretary of State John Kerry that there will be no change in the status quo. The Temple Mount will remain as is and will be managed as it is now. Arrangements for visits by Jews to the Temple Mount are safeguarded; there will be no change in them, just as the prayer arrangements for the Muslims. Israel has an interest in stationing cameras in all parts of the Temple Mount. First, in order to disprove the claim that Israel is changing the status quo. Second, to show where the provocations really come from and to foil them before they ever happen. I heard the positive response of Jordan's foreign minister to what I said last night. I hope it will help calm things, at least regarding the Temple Mount" (Website of the Israeli prime minister, October 25, 2015).
- The Palestinians met the Israeli prime minister's announcement with suspicion and rejection. The Palestinian media represented the installation of cameras as a way to help Israel control the situation in Al-Aqsa mosque:
- The foreign ministry of the Palestinian national consensus government condemned Netanyahu's declaration, claiming he was trying to change the status quo. According to the ministry, Netanyahu's statement stressed his intention to divide Al-Aqsa mosque with regard to time and place, expressing his desire that extremist Jews could continue to visit the Temple Mount. In addition, the only agency, said the ministry, that could guarantee the situation [on the Temple Mount] was the UN Security Council, whose representatives should examine the situation first hand (Wafa News Agency, October 25, 2015).
- Hamas was also quick to oppose the understandings reached, claiming the Americans were trying to rescue Netanyahu and his government from the crisis of the current intifada. Hamas claimed it was a step taken to deepen Zionist control of Al-Aqsa mosque. In the meantime, Hamas called on Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan to reject any initiative that gave Israel an opportunity to maneuver the rights of the Palestinian people, and urged them "to fulfill their obligations" to Al-Aqsa mosque (Ma'an News Agency, October 25, 2015).
- Mahmoud Abbas held a press conference after meeting with Federica Mogherini, the EU representative for foreign affairs. He said he opposed the bloodshed and killing of civilians (without explicitly mentioning Israel). He demanded the Israeli government take steps to preserve the status quo of Al-Aqsa mosque and to prevent the settlers from attacking Palestinians (which he claimed took place "under the protection of the Israeli army"). Only when Israel had implemented those measures, he said, would it be possible to return to negotiations (Wafa News Agency, October 26 2015).
Encouragement for the Current Wave of Terrorism in the Palestinian Media
Ongoing Incitement in the Social Networks
- This week as well the Palestinian social networks posted propaganda inciting stabbing and vehicular attacks against IDF soldiers and Israeli civilians. It focused on the glorification of Palestinian terrorists from the Hebron region who carried out stabbing and vehicular attacks (Facebook pages of Khalil Online and Beit 'Awwa, October 22-25, 2015).
Hamas incitement to run over IDF soldiers (Facebook page of PALDF, October 22, 2015)
Left: The Arabic reads, "The spirit of Palestinian stabbing attacks (Hamas' Felesteen, October 22, 2015). Right: From Hamas' Felesteen: Knives beat olive branches (Felesteen, October 23, 2015).
The response of a Palestinian, uploaded to a prominent Palestinian Facebook page (Facebook page of QudsN, October 26, 2015).
As of October 27, 2015. The statistics do not include mortar shell fire or rockets which misfired and fell inside the Gaza Strip.
The statistics do not include mortar shell fire or rockets which misfired and fell inside the Gaza Strip.
Al-Sabirin (the al-Sabirin Movement for the Victory of Palestine) is a terrorist network operating in the Gaza Strip for more than a year. It is apparently affiliated with Hezbollah and Iran, which would seem to finance its activities in the Gaza Strip. The Salafi-jihadists in the Gaza Strip are of the opinion that its objective is to spread Shi'a in the Gaza Strip (Onlinejihadexposed.com, October 10, 2015).