|Israeli PM Netanyahu visits Adele Banita and her toddler in the hospital.|
Photo by Kobi Gideon in Jerusalem Post
On Saturday night, Oct 3, a Palestinian, Muhannad Halabi, attacked a family as they walked in the old city, killing the father, seriously wounding the mother and injuring their 2-year-old toddler before proceeding to stab to death man another Israeli man who tried to stop the attack.
Adele Banita, whose husband Aharon was killed and her 2-year-old child wounded in that attack, described the horrific assault.
She told Israeli media that she felt something in her back and then saw the Palestinian assailant stabbing her husband before turning round to stab her again. “There were lots of Arabs around looking ... laughing and smiling,” she said.
After she tried to help her husband she said she ran for help. Palestinian onlookers “spat at me and slapped me in the face. While the knife was still stuck in me they slapped me and laughed at me.”
She said she pleaded with them to help her 2-year-old child and was told by the onlookers to “die.”
Security forces were able to shoot the terrorist.
Hours later, A Palestinian teenager stabbed and moderately wounded a 15-year-old Israeli early Sunday morning in Jerusalem before being shot dead by an Israeli officer. Relatives identified the teen as Fadi Alloun, 19. A day earlier he wrote on his Facebook page: “Either martyrdom or victory.”
The Palestinian Authority has not condemned these terror attacks. On the the contrary, it’s condemned Israel for killing the terrorists. (More here.)
The stabbings were the latest in a series of deadly Palestinian attacks. On Thursday, Palestinian gunmen killed an Israeli couple in front of their children as they drove in the West Bank.
An Israeli died when his car was pelted with stones last month and there have been numerous incidents of Palestinians attacking Israelis and throwing stones at passing vehicles.
These attacks have been encouraged by the Palestinian leadership – including the supposedly moderate Chairman Abbas of the Palestinian Authority.
"The Al-Aqsa [Mosque] is ours,” Abbas said. “And they [the Jews] have no right to defile it with their filthy feet. We will not allow them to, and we will do everything in our power to protect Jerusalem."
In his speech, parts of which were broadcast on official PA TV and posted on his personal website, Abbas also glorified Palestinians fighting against Israel in Jerusalem who are killed in the fighting. Abbas promised that Allah will reward those who will not allow Jews to defile Jerusalem:
"We bless every drop of blood that has been spilled for Jerusalem, which is clean and pure blood, blood spilled for Allah, Allah willing. Every Martyr (Shahid) will reach Paradise, and everyone wounded will be rewarded by Allah."
More on Palestinian media watch here.