Palestinian attempts Yom Kippur stabbing in Jerusalem, is killed — police
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Palestinian attempts Yom Kippur stabbing in Jerusalem, is killed — police

Cops say assailant knocked a Jewish man to the ground, ran at them with sharp object, outside the Old City just after start of fast day

Israeli security forces at the scene of an attempted terror attack, near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, on the Eve of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, on September 18, 2018. (Sliman Khader/Flash90)
Israeli security forces at the scene of an attempted terror attack, near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, on the Eve of Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement, on September 18, 2018. (Sliman Khader/Flash90)

A Palestinian attempted to carry out a stabbing attack outside Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday evening, and was shot dead by Israeli police, Israeli and Palestinian officials said.

An Israeli police statement reported “an attempted stabbing attack” near Damascus Gate, saying “a police unit at the spot neutralized the suspect,” with the Palestinian Authority’s health ministry saying it was informed of the death of a civilian by gunshots.

According to police, the attacker ran at a Jewish man and knocked him over onto the ground; he then “continued running toward the police officers while waving a sharp object and trying to harm them.”

The assailant was a 26-year-old from the Qalandiya refugee camp outside Jerusalem, who was in Israel illegally, according to the Haaretz website.

Police did not say if anyone else was harmed in the incident. It occurred just after sunset on Tuesday, as Jews began observing Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar.

“The widespread deployment of police in Jerusalem and their alertness prevented an attack that could have ended with harsh results,” police said.

Israeli forensic police check the body of a Palestinian man who was killed by police in East Jerusalem on September 18, 2018 while attempting to carry out a stabbing attack. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)

On Sunday an Israeli man, Ari Fuld, was killed by a Palestinian terrorist in the West Bank in a stabbing attack.

Security camera footage of the shopping mall at the Gush Etzion Junction released on Monday showed Fuld, fatally wounded and with blood pouring down his back, chasing and shooting his attacker 17-year-old Khalil Jabarin. Jabarin was chasing after his next target, Hila Peretz, a woman who worked in a local falafel store, when Fuld and another Israeli civilian opened fire, preventing the continuation of the attack and moderately injuring the terrorist.

Fuld, a resident of the nearby Efrat settlement and father of four, was rushed to a Jerusalem hospital, but was declared dead shortly after.

Israeli border police block Damascus Gate of the Jerusalem’s Old City after an attack Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. Israeli police said officers shot and killed a Palestinian who attacked a Jewish worshipper and then charged at them. (AP Photo/Todd Pitman)

Earlier Tuesday Police arrested five Muslim activists on the Temple Mount and accused them of trying to obstruct a group of Jewish visitors touring the flashpoint Jerusalem holy site.

Tensions are often increased around Jewish holidays, which often see an uptick in the number of  Jewish visitors to the site.

According to the police and video from the scene, the five suspects belong to the Al-Aqsa Youth organization and had blocked a group of Jewish religious visitors.

Ari Fuld, who was killed by a Palestinian terrorist in a stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion junction on September 16, 2018 (Screen capture: YouTube)

“Police asked them several times not to disturb the public order and not to interfere with the proper functioning of the visits, but they did not respond,” a police spokesperson said in a statement.

Video from the incident released by the left-wing Ir Amim organization showed police scuffling with a group of Muslims on the compound, which houses the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque and is known as the Haram al-Sharif in Arabic.

According to Ir Amim, police had tried to move two people who work for the Waqf Islamic endowment, which administers the site, from a path where the Jewish visitors had been walking.

A Waqf spokesperson said four people were injured in the fighting.

The spokesperson accused the police of “assaulting …Waqf officials, mosque guards and worshipers,” the official Palestinian Authority news outlet Wafa reported.

According to the prevailing status quo at the site, Jews are allowed to visit but not pray there. Visits by religious Jews are closely guarded by a police escort and Waqf representatives generally also follow the groups closely.

Police said earlier in the week that they would beef up their presence in the Old City for Yom Kippur and the Muslim holy day of Ashura, which falls the next day.

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