JERUSALEM A motorist rammed into a bus stop in Jerusalem on Monday, injuring at least nine men and women before he was shot dead, Israeli police said, in what appeared to be newest in a surge of Palestinian street attacks.
The casualties from the incident close to the western entrance to the city, major to the Tel Aviv highway, included 1 person who was in significant condition and a infant, medics stated.
Police described the motorist as a “terrorist” but did not right away elaborate on his identity. Israel’s Army Radio mentioned he was shot dead by a bus stop guard.
A campaign of stabbings, shootings and car-rammings by Palestinians has killed 19 Israelis and a U.S. citizen since the start of October. Israeli forces have killed at least 109 Palestinians, most of whom the army described as assailants.
Palestinians are frustrated at the failure of extended-operating peace efforts with Israel and its 48-year occupation of the West Bank. Numerous sympathize with calls by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas for Israel’s destruction.
The bloodshed has also been fueled by Muslim opposition to stepped-up Israeli access to Jerusalem’s al Aqsa mosque complicated, which numerous Jews revere as a vestige of their biblical temples.
(Writing by Dan Williams editing by Andrew Roche)
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JERUSALEM A far-proper Jewish activist who set fire to a Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem was sentenced on Tuesday to three years’ imprisonment for the attack that targeted a rare symbol of co-existence in the holy city.
The defendant, Yitzhak Gabbai, 24, is a member of Lehava, an anti-Arab group. A Jerusalem court found that he and two accomplices set fire to a classroom in the “Hand in Hand” school a year ago.
No one was hurt in the night-time arson attack, for the duration of which “Death to Arabs” was daubed on a schoolyard wall. A single of Gabbai’s accomplices received a two-and-a-half-year jail term in July and the other a two-year sentence.
A lot more than 600 young children attend Hand in Hand, which has an equal number of Jewish and Arab pupils. There are four other such schools in the Hand in Hand network in Israel.
Israeli leaders have pledged to crack down on anti-Arab hate crimes in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
Israeli media on Sunday reported a breakthrough in “a recent major case of Jewish terrorism,” but the details are under a gag order.
A police spokesman would not say whether the breakthrough was related to a July 31 torching of a Palestinian residence by suspected Jewish attackers in the West Bank in which three members of a household — an 18-month-old boy and his parents — had been killed.
The incident elicited broad condemnation from Israelis and enraged Palestinians. Bloodshed has considering that surged with practically day-to-day stabbings, vehicle rammings and shootings by Palestinians, which have killed 19 Israelis and a single U.S. citizen because Oct. 1.
Israeli forces have killed 97 Palestinians, of whom 58 had been identified by Israel as assailants or caught on camera carrying out assaults, while most other people were killed in clashes with police or the military.
(Writing by Ori Lewis Editing by Maayan Lubell)
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