(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) The Palestinian terrorist groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad praised Wednesday’s terrorist attacks that targeted Israeli Jews in Jerusalem, Kiryat Gat, and Petah Tikva, calling on Palestinians to commit more attacks. Indeed, after Wednesday’s three stabbing attacks, Thursday brought more of the same, with a Palestinian terrorist stabbing a Jewish yeshiva student in his 20s at a light rail station in Jerusalem’s French Hill neighborhood, another terrorist stabbing a man in the village of Kiryat Arba in Judea and Samaria, and yet another terrorist going on a stabbing rampage with a screwdriver in Tel Aviv.
Hamas said the perpetrator of Wednesday’s Kiryat Gat attack, Amjad al-Jundi, was a member of the Gaza-ruling group. Al-Jundi, a resident of the Palestinian village of Yatta near Hebron, was killed in a shootout with security forces who arrived at the scene of the attack.
The Fatah movement, led by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, praised the “struggle to defend Al-Aqsa mosque” on the Temple Mount, but at the same time called for the “continuation of popular, unarmed resistance.” PA Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah blamed the recent surge of violence on “the crimes of Israeli settlers.”
In Thursday’s light rail stabbing, a 19-year-old Palestinian from eastern Jerusalem tried to grab a service weapon from a security guard, but failed. He then stabbed the yeshiva student in the neck, seriously injuring him. The victim was treated at the scene and then taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Tzedek Hospital. An Israel Police Special Patrol Unit neutralized the Palestinian terrorist and took him into custody.
Thursday's Tel Aviv stabber was shot dead by an Israel Air Force officer, while the Kiryat Arba stabber still remains at large.