A Hamas spokesman on Monday praised a terror attack in Tel Aviv in which an Israel Defense Forces soldier was stabbed to death, and said it was in response to the killing of an Israeli-Arab man by police over the weekend in the town of Kafr Kanna.
Husam Badran, who is based in Doha, Qatar, said the attack was an indication of the determination of the Palestinian people, Ynet reported.
“We are talking about a swift response to the execution of the young man from Kafr Kanna by the Israeli police and with the encouragement of the political leadership,” Badran said. “The attack is part of a welcome plan that reflects the tenacity of our people to resist the occupation and move against the crimes [committed] in al-Aqsa and in Jerusalem.”
During the noon attack Monday, Almog Shiloni, 20, was stabbed multiple times at Tel Aviv’s Hahagana train station. He died Monday night from his wounds, after several hours of lifesaving efforts.
The attacker was taken into police custody. Initial reports identified the suspect as an 18-year-old Palestinian man from Nablus who had illegally entered Israeli territory. Channel 2 named the stabber as Nur al-Din Abu Hashiyeh.
Hours later, in a separate incident, 26-year-old Dalia Lemkus from Tekoa was killed when a Palestinian man run her over and then stabbed her in the neck as she waited at a bus stop outside the Alon Shvut settlement, south of Jerusalem.
The stabber was shot by a guard on duty at the settlement gate, police said. Magen David Adom emergency services said he was in serious condition.
A 26-year-old man suffered light to moderate injuries, and a man in his 50s was lightly hurt in the incident. Their names were not released.
The terrorist was identified as Maher Hamdi al-Hashalmoun from Hebron.
Hashalmoun, affiliated with Islamic Jihad, spent four and a half years in Israeli custody for throwing Molotov cocktails, and was released five years ago.
There was no official claim of responsibility for either attack.
On Saturday, Israeli Arab Kheir Hamdan from Kafr Kanna was shot and killed by police. A video that emerged of the incident showed Hamdan attacking a police cruiser with a knife, and then being shot as he appeared to back off.
The officer who fired the fatal bullet — the only shot fired in the incident — was the driver of the patrol car who had gone to Kafr Kanna, with three other officers, after receiving a complaint about a brawl.
The killing sparked a wave of violent protest riots in some Arab towns in Israel. The disturbances came amid four months of rioting in East Jerusalem and the Temple Mount compound, which houses the al-Aqsa Mosque, the third-holiest site in Islam.