ISIS Claims Responsibility for Jerusalem Attack

Frederick Owens
June 27, 2017

Photographs and video footage from the aftermath of the attack showed the body of an alleged assailant as well as a knife and submachine gun.

"The attack in Jerusalem is new proof that the Palestinian people continue their revolution against the occupiers and that the intifada will continue until complete freedom is achieved", the statement read.

In an online statement, IS said militant fighters had targeted a "gathering of Jews", warning that "this attack will not be the last".

"Police arrested two suspects who attacked officers who were injured lightly and treated at the scene".

The claim comes in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, in which the jihadi group has called for a surge of attacks. The PLFP is a Marxist-Leninist group that broke away from the Arab Nationalist movement in the late 1960s and was credited with carrying out global attacks, including plane hijackings, and in more recent times, rocket attacks on Israel.

Officials said there were two simultaneous attacks near the Damascus Gate, an approved entry point into the walled Old City of Jerusalem for adult Palestinian men to attend Friday prayers.

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The situation remained tense in Israel-occupied West Bank on Saturday, one day after three Palestinians and an Israeli policewoman were killed in attacks in East Jerusalem. In response to critics, the British broadcaster compiled an internal report in 2004 over its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He said it was a move to "confuse the media and distort the reputation of the Palestinian resistance". Hamas rejected the Islamic State's claim, saying that it was carried out by "two Palestinians from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and a third from Hamas".

In a briefing with journalists Jerusalem police commander Yoram Halevy said the three men involved in the attack were aged between between 18 and 19 years old and had entered Jerusalem from the West Bank.

The attackers were from the village of Deir Abu Meshaal, to the south of the West Bank city of Ramallah. The Palestinian leadership has blamed frustration rooted in decades of Israeli occupation.

Fuel for the small plant ran out two months ago, and a resumption of operations could give Gazans power for eight hours a day, about twice what they have now. Jihadi groups, including ISIS and al-Qaida, see Israel as an illegitimate state and a prime adversary. Later on, Gaza Strip ruling party Hamas said that ISIS' proclamation is incorrect and an attempt to distort the political scene.

The area around Damascus Gate was sealed off in the hours after the attack, with a few youths throwing fireworks at security forces. In 2016, a truck ramming attack that killed four soldiers at a Jerusalem tourist site could have had links to the group, Israeli authorities said, but Islamic State did not claim responsibility. The president vowed Israel "will prosecute all those who aid terrorists, wherever they may be".

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