Thousands of Israelis gathered in the city of Ashdod on the night of June 18 to mourn and honor an Israeli border guard killed by a Palestinian attacker.
Three Palestinian terrorists staged two simultaneous gun and knife attacks in Jerusalem’s Old City on the night of June 16. Two attacked a group of policemen, wounding one. A single attacker assaulted a border guard.
All three attackers were shot and killed by police.
The murdered officer has been identified as Staff Sgt. Major Hadas Malka.
ISIS tried to take credit for the attack, but Palestinian terrorist groups Hamas and the People’s Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) denied that ISIS was involved.
Israeli media said three civilians were also injured in the attack, but not seriously.
The Shin Bet security service identified the three assailants as Adel Ankush, 18, and Deir Abu-Mash’al near Ramallah, Bra’a Salah, 19, from the West Bank village of Deir Abu-Mash’al near Ramallah, and Asama Ahmed, 19, from the nearby village of Tsatfa Ata.
All three had previously been arrested for terror-related activities.
Street attacks by individual Palestinians—not coordinated terrorist attacks—started in October 2015. More than 40 people, including two American tourists and a British student, have been killed by shooting, stabbing, and being run down by cars.
During the same period some 250 Palestinians have been killed. Israel said 170 of them were attackers, and the rest were bystanders caught up in incidents.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called out Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for not condemning the murder.
The Palestinian Authority pays compensation to the families of people killed by Israel, which could be seen as encouraging assaults, particularly since so many Palestinians live in extreme poverty.
Netanyahu called on the world to condemn the murders.
He also demanded that Palestinian Authority stop paying terrorists’ families.