Palestinians Prevented from Entering Jerusalem After Attacks

Frederick Owens
June 20, 2017

In a move Palestinians are calling "collective punishment", Israel has revoked the permits, approved for the month of Ramadan, of some 200,000 Palestinians to enter Israel in response to an attack on an Israeli police officer in Jerusalem Friday.

President Trump's eldest son took note, tweeting "You mean after they stabbed a female Israeli police officer to death... right?"

"Shots were first fired outside Zedekiah's Cave, and nearby Border Police officers immediately responded and opened fire, killing two of the terrorists at the scene who were armed".

The attack with guns and knives near Jerusalem's Old City on Friday killed a border policewoman and wounded three other people.

The police have claimed that four other people were wounded but they did not suffer life-threatening injuries.

Following the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cancelled permission for Palestinians to visit family members in Jerusalem and Israel, police said.

Three Palestinians targeted officers just outside the walled Old City in annexed east Jerusalem.

In its statement, Daesh said the attack was "revenge for the religion of Allah and the sanctities of the violated Muslims".

Israeli police said on Friday all the assailants were from Palestinian cities in the occupied West Bank.

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Israeli soldiers invaded, late on Friday at night, Deir Abu Mashal village, west of Ramallah, after besieging it for several hours, leading to clashes with local youngsters, before shooting three Palestinians with live rounds, and causing many to suffer the effects of teargas inhalation.

Later on, Gaza Strip ruling party Hamas said that ISIS' proclamation is incorrect and an attempt to distort the political scene.

Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians and security personnel have increased since 2015, although the pace of the once daily attacks had slowed lately.

Israeli security services have occasionally announced arrests of small cells said to be affiliated with Islamic State, and the Army has tracked the group's forces on the Syrian and Egyptian border, but the organization has thus far not claimed a deadly attack against Israelis from the West Bank.

Thirty-eight Israelis, two American tourists and a British student have been killed in shootings, car-rammings and stabbings since a wave of Palestinian street attacks began in October 2015. "The payments made by the Palestinian Authority to terrorists and their families encourage heinous attacks like we saw today", Israel's ambassador to the U.N. Danny Danon said.

It has claimed several rocket attacks from the Sinai into Israel.

Following the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a decision to cancel permission for Palestinians to visit family members in Jerusalem and Israel, officer said.

A number of local and global human rights groups have raised concerns that Israeli security forces have employed a "shoot-to-kill" policy when confronting Palestinians.

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