(JNS.org) Palestinian violence in Israel persisted throughout Thursday, including clashes that injured nine Israeli police officers.
According to Magen David Adom, two Israelis were stabbed in Afula on Thursday, including a 21-year-old Israeli soldier, by a Palestinian terrorist who was pinned to the ground by civilians until police arrived. A video of the scene shows bystanders attempting to subdue the terrorist, with police eventually using tear gas to disperse the crowd.
Meanwhile, Palestinians clashed with Israeli security forces on Thursday afternoon in the Shuafat refugee camp in eastern Jerusalem. Nine Israeli police officers were injured and one Palestinian was shot dead. The police were attempting to raid the home of a terrorist who stabbed a yeshiva student earlier in the day in Jerusalem.
Rather than advocating an end to Israeli-Palestinian tension, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Thursday voiced support for the so-called “peaceful popular resistance” of Palestinian rioters.
“We won’t be dragged to their (Israel’s) square. We won’t use violence or force. We believe in peace and peaceful popular resistance, which is our right and must continue as long as there is aggression,” he said.
Abbas also told Israel to “stay away from our Islamic and Christian holy sites. We want peace and our hands will continue to be extended towards peace despite all our suffering at your hands.”