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Palestinian assailant shot dead after stabbing and killing Israeli settler in Old City

March 19, 2018 10:48 A.M. (Updated: March 21, 2018 11:21 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma’an) -- A Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli forces on Sunday night, after he committed a stabbing attack that lead to the death of an Israeli settler in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem.

The slain Palestinian was identified as 28-year-old Abd al-Rahman Bani Fadel, from the northern occupied West Bank village of Aqraba in the Nablus district.

Sources told Ma’an that Fadel is a husband and father of three, including a newborn baby.

Fadel had received a temporary Israeli entry permit, which Israeli news website Ynet said he was given in order to find work inside Israel. He had previously been granted such permits before.

While in the Old City, Fadel stabbed an Israeli settler, identified by Ynet as Adiel Coleman, a resident of the illegal West Bank settlement of Kokhav HaShahar. Coleman was evacuated by medics to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, where he succumbed to his wounds.

During the attack, Fadel was shot by an Israeli police officer, with witnesses telling Ma’an that he was shot more than 10 times.

Witnesses added that following the attack, Israeli police deployed across East Jerusalem, closed of all entrances to the Old City, along with roads and streets adjacent to walls of the Old City.

Israeli authorities also shut down the Qalandiya and Jabaa checkpoints between East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Israel’s Mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat issued a statement shortly after the attack, blaming the stabbing on “incitement” by the Palestinian Authority (PA), saying “Israel’s enemies are constantly trying to harm soldiers, policemen, security guards and civilians which is due to the serious incitement that they are exposed to by the Palestinian Authority.”

The Israeli narrative of “lone wolf” Palestinian assailants under the influence of incitement, which has been perpetuated by the current right-wing Israeli government, has been dismissed by analysts as overly simplistic.

Palestinians have instead pointed chiefly to the frustration and despair brought on by Israel's 50-year military occupation of the Palestinian territory and the absence of a political horizon as reasons for the outbreak of violence that started in October 2015.

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