Palestinians Terrorist Attacks, January 1-5, 2016*
Wednesday, January 6th, 2016 @ 7:58PM
Left: Palestinian websites and social networks continue to glorify the Palestinian terrorists who carry out attacks against Israel, blacken Israel’s name and issue calls and post notices encouraging terrorist attacks and the continuation of violence and stone throwing. Hamas is in the forefront of encouraging terrorist attacks.
Palestinian Terrorist Attacks and Attempted Attacks, January 1 – 5, 2016
- January 5, 2016 – stabbing attack: A Palestinian terrorist got out of his car at the Gush Etzion Junction, walked up to one of the soldiers securing the site and stabbed him. An IDF force shot and killed the terrorist. The soldier was not seriously wounded. The terrorist was Ahmed Yunis al-Kawazbah, 17, from Sa’ir (north of Hebron), the son of senior Hamas operative Yunis al-Kawazbah, who in the past was imprisoned in Israel and detained by the Palestinian Authority (PA) preventive security forces.
- January 4, 2016 – attempted stabbing attack: Police securing Haim Bar-Lev Boulevard [Route 60]in Jerusalem noted a young Palestinian, who aroused their suspicions. When they went to examine his documents he pulled out a knife and tried to stab one of them. He then ran away. The police shot him in the leg. A 15-year-old girl incurred minor wounds indirectly caused by the gunfire at the terrorist.
- January 3, 2016 – shooting attack: An IDF soldier was wounded in the leg in a shooting attack at a junction south of Hebron. He was standing near a guard post when he was hit by sniper fire.
- January 3, 2016 – shooting attack: A woman soldier was shot by sniper fire while standing next to the stairs leading to the Cave of the Patriarchs. The shots were fired from the direction of buildings inhabited by Palestinians. She was evacuated to a hospital in moderately serious condition. Israeli security forces instituted a search for the Palestinian sniper (who has not yet been caught).
- January 3, 2016 – attempted stabbing attack: An Israeli was wounded in a stabbing attack in the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood of Jerusalem. A Palestinian terrorist went to a bus stop, pulled out a knife and tried to stab an Israeli man standing there. He then fled. Israeli police forces called to the scene of the attack located and detained the terrorist.
- January 1, 2016 – two-part shooting attack:
- Three people were killed and seven wounded in a two-part shooting attack that began on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv. A terrorist armed with a submachine gun opened fire at the patrons of a pub on Dizengoff Street and fled the scene. He was identified on security camera footage from neighboring stores and seen preparing for the attack. He shot and killed two people in the pub and wounded seven more. He also sprayed nearby businesses with bullets. He then fled north, got a tax and drove away. Close to the seaside Mandarin Hotel (north of Tel Aviv), he shot and killed the taxi driver, left the body, took the taxi and drove several hundred meters. He then abandoned the taxi and escaped. Israeli security forces are conducting an extensive search, but so far the terrorist has not been found.
- The terrorist is Nashat Milhem, 29, an Israeli Arab from the village of Ara in the center of the country. He was identified by his father from the security camera footage shown on TV. Nashat Milhem spent five years in prison, indicted in 2007 for attacking an IDF soldier and trying to snatch his weapon. His brother was detained as an accessory to murder. Later his father and two cousins were detained on the same charge. The Israeli media also reported that a resident of East Jerusalem had been detained on suspicion of aiding and abetting Milhem.
- Senior Hamas figure Musheir al-Masri praised the killings. He said they proved Israel was under attack by the “resistance” and that all its attempts to end the intifada had failed. He called on the PA security forces to end their security coordination with Israel, saying that “all the paths of resistance” were open to the Palestinian people (Alresala.net, January 1, 2016).
- December 31, 2015 – vehicular attack:
- A Palestinian terrorist tried to run over several IDF soldiers checking Palestinians at a roadblock in the Huwwara region (south of Nablus). One soldier was injured. The terrorist was shot and killed. He was Hassan AliBazour al-Silawi, 22, from the village of Raba (southeast of Jenin), a student at the American University in Jenin. During the past six months, he posted many pictures of Hamas military-terrorist operatives on his Facebook page.
- Hamas issued a death notice for him, calling him its “son, the heroic shaheed.” Hamas spokesman Husam Badran posted praise for the attack, and the Facebook page of the Islamic Movement in Jenin called him a “son of Hamas” (Facebook pages of Quds, Hassan al-Silawi, the village of Raba, the Islamic Movement in Jenin and Hamas, December 31, 2015).
- Terrorist Attack Foiled at a Hotel in Eilat
- The Israeli State Attorney’s Office issued indictments for two Palestinians, both residents of East Jerusalem, who planned to plant a bomb in a hotel in Eilat, Israel’s southern tourist city. The attack was prevented by the awareness of hotel employees. The accused worked and lived in Eilat. They had no security record and were not affiliated with any terrorist organization. They had become acquainted at work.
- About two months ago they met at one of their homes and decided to carry out a terrorist attack. At first, they discussed a stabbing attack but decided instead to plant a bomb in a hotel in Eilat. They carried out surveillance of the hotel and followed a group of Israelis staying there. On November 30, 2015, one of them went to the hotel to gather information. He represented himself as a potential patron interested in renting a room for an extended stay, asking to see various possible rooms. The detailed questions he asked made the hotel employees suspicious, eventually leading to the detention of the two Palestinians. They claimed they had been influenced by Hamas websites (Ynet, January 2, 2016).
- Riots, Clashes, and Popular Terrorism
- In the meantime, demonstrations, protest marches, riots, and the throwing of stones, Molotov cocktails, and pipe bombs continue in Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem. In some instances PA security forces prevented Palestinian demonstrations. There were clashes between students and Israeli security forces at the American University in Jenin (Samaa, December 30, 2015). The funerals of Palestinian terrorists whose bodies were transferred to the PA by Israel were sites of mass demonstrations attended by thousands, including public figures. On the other hand, the events marking the establishment of Fatah, held on January 1, were poorly attended. Some of the more prominent incidents and foiled attacks were the following:
- January 4, 2016– A Palestinian roused the suspicions of Border Policemen at the Tapuah Junction (Samaria). They ordered him to halt, but he continued towards them. A search revealed he had a concealed knife. He was taken for questioning (Facebook page of Red Alert, January 4, 2016).
- January 4, 2016– Palestinians threw stones at an Israeli vehicle near Oranit (in Samaria, east of Rosh Ha’ayin), shattering the rear windshield. Several people were treated for shock at the site of the attack (Facebook page of Red Alert, January 4, 2016).
- January 4, 2016– Palestinians threw three Molotov cocktails at a junction nearHebron. There were no casualties (Facebook page of Red Alert, January 4, 2016).
- January 2, 2016– A Palestinian was seriously wounded by IDF fire during a riot in the Dheisheh refugee camp, in the Bethlehem region (Facebook page of Red Alert, January 2, 2016).
- December 31. 2015– Palestinians threw stones at an Israeli vehicle and police car on Route 443 (which links Modi’in to Jerusalem), near the Beit Horon Bridge. There were no casualties, and no damage was reported (Facebook page of Red Alert, December 31, 2015).
- December 31, 2015– Two Palestinian children, aged 12 and 13 from the village of Aqab (north of Jerusalem), were caught in the center of Jerusalem with knives in their possession. The police assessment was that they were planning to carry out a stabbing attack (Facebook page of Red Alert, December 31, 2015).
- December 29, 2015– A Border Policeman was wounded during a riot in Bituniya (Ramallah region) (Facebook page of Red Alert, December 29, 2015).
*For more details see: News of Terrorism and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (December 30, 2015 – January 5, 2016)
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