Palestinian man running at soldiers with knife shot at West Bank junction

(JTA) — Israeli soldiers shot and wounded a Palestinian man who ran at them with a knife at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank.

The Palestinian, believed to be in his 20s, was running against traffic and carrying a knife, and did not stop when called on to do so by a soldier stationed in the area in the incident on Wednesday afternoon.

The soldier felt he and his colleagues were in immediate danger and shot the would-be assailant, according to the IDF. The Palestinian man was shot in the stomach. He was taken to Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in serious condition for treatment.

There have been several knife attacks and car rammings at the junction in the last two years.

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Israel sets conditions on negotiating with Palestinian unity government

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Israeli government said it will not conduct diplomatic negotiations with a Palestinian unity government that includes Hamas unless it meets several conditions, including a halt to the group’s terrorist activities.

The conditions, which were announced Tuesday following a meeting of the Security Cabinet, include recognition of Israel and a halt to all terrorist activities in accordance with the rules set down by the Middle East Quartet; disarming of Hamas’ military infrastructure; and the return of the bodies of fallen Israeli soldiers and several civilians being held by Hamas in Gaza. [Read more…]

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Aussie lawmaker attacks national broadcaster over perceived anti-Israel bias

SYDNEY (JTA) – A Jewish lawmaker in Australia used taxpayer money to pay for ads criticizing alleged anti-Israel bias by the state-owned Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC).

Michael Danby took out two half-page ads in The Australian Jewish News saying that Jerusalem correspondent Sophie McNeill in her reporting on a West Bank terrorist killing in July dehumanized its victims – three members of the Solomon family – by not naming them.  [Read more…]

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Home of Palestinian Har Adar shooter to be demolished

(JTA) – The family home of the Palestinian man who killed three security officers in a shooting attack at an entrance to the West Bank settlement where he worked will be demolished.

The Israel Defense Forces notified the family of Nimr Mahmoud Ahmed Jamal, 37, on Monday night. The military said the family has 72 hours to evacuate the home or officially challenge the decision. [Read more…]

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Abbas aide says Palestinian leader condemns deadly attack near Jerusalem

(JTA) – An aide for Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, said that Abbas opposed the slaying of three Israelis by a terrorist near Jerusalem on Tuesday.

Nabil Abu Rudeinah, Abbas’ chief of staff, told the Voice of Palastine radio station on Thursday of Abbas’ disapproval of the killing, when he was asked about the subject during an interview. [Read more…]

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Prison term shortened for Israeli soldier who shot injured Palestinian terrorist

Sgt. Elor Azaria sitting with his parents in a courtroom at a Tel Aviv military base, July 30, 3017, awaiting the verdict of his appeal in the 2016 shooting death of a downed Palestinian attacker in Hebron. (Flash 90/Avshalom Sasoni/Pool)

Sgt. Elor Azaria sitting with his parents in a courtroom at a Tel Aviv military base, July 30, 2017, awaiting the verdict of his appeal in the 2016 shooting death of a downed Palestinian attacker in Hebron. (Flash 90/Avshalom Sasoni/Pool)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The prison sentence of an Israeli soldier convicted of shooting an injured Palestinian terrorist lying on the ground was reduced by four months.

The Israeli army’s chief of staff, Gadi Eisenkot, on Wednesday shortened the sentence of Sgt. Elor Azaria to 14 months from 18 months. Eisenkot had earlier declined to pardon Azaria. [Read more…]

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Palestinian terrorist Leila Khaled to speak at European Parliament event

A mural of Leila Khaled in the West Bank, June 16, 2013. (Ian Walton/Getty Images)
A mural of Leila Khaled in the West Bank, June 16, 2013. (Ian Walton/Getty Images)

A mural of Leila Khaled in the West Bank, June 16, 2013. (Ian Walton/Getty Images)

BRUSSELS (JTA) – Leila Khaled, a Palestinian woman who was convicted of terrorism and advocates violence against Israelis, is slated to speak at the European Parliament about women’s rights.

Khaled, who was invited Tuesday to Brussels to speak by lawmakers representing the far-left Izquierda Unida party from Spain, was arrested in 1970 by Israeli sky marshals while carrying two grenades in an attempt to hijack an El Al flight from Amsterdam with a partner, whom the security officers killed. British authorities released her in exchange for hostages from another hijacking a month after her arrest. [Read more…]

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