Palestinian attacks ‘spontaneous and popular,’ says Shin Bet

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Palestinian attackers in the current wave of terror on Israelis fit the traditional profile of a lone terrorist, Israel’s Shin Bet said in a new report.

The attackers are “young, single, with no organizational affiliation,” the security service said in the report released Thursday after looking at the details of the attackers who struck during the month of October.

The attacks are not organized or institutionalized, but “spontaneous and popular,” according to the Shin Bet.

The report said that “incitement and spreading false rumors about an Israeli attempt to undermine the Al-Aqsa Mosque also supply an immediate, religious-symbolist motive, and navigates violent protest and terror in the direction of the State of Israel.”

Of the 56 attacks and attempted attacks in October, over 90 per cent of the attackers during October were men; seven of the attackers were women. Some 82 per cent of the attackers were aged 16-25 and five were under 15; some 72 per cent were from the West Bank. Five per cent were Arab-Israelis. Sixty-two per cent of the attacks occurred in the West Bank.

The young Palestinians “live online,” the Shin Bet said, and are acting on information circulated on the Internet about “Israeli aggression” and the “execution” of the alleged Palestinian terrorists.

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