After days of silence amid a string of terror attacks and skyrocketing tensions in Yerushalayim and the West Bank, the Palestinian Authority on Sunday condemned Israel for its “policy of escalation,” after two Palestinian assailants were killed as they carried out terror attacks.
In a written communique published on the official news agency Wafa, PA government spokesman Ihab Bseiso called on the international community to intervene following “the killing of two young men in occupied Jerusalem and the series of incursions into cities and villages in the West Bank.”
The statement made no mention of the fact that the two dead Palestinians had been killed while carrying out stabbing attacks against Israeli civilians.
Palestinian Mohammad Halabi carried out a stabbing spree in Yerushalayim’s Old City, killing Rabbi Nechemia Lavi, 41, and Reb Aharon Bennett, 21, and wounding Mrs. Adelle Bennett and her 2-year-old baby, police said.
Hours later, Palestinian Fadi Aloon stabbed an Israeli teen near Shaar Sh’chem.
Both Halabi and Aloon were shot and killed at the scene.
“The only solution is the end of the Israeli occupation of our occupied Palestinian land and the establishment of our independent state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital,” Bseiso wrote.
The statement did not condemn or mention the killings of Naama and Rav Eitam Henkin, who were shot to death in a Palestinian terror attack on Thursday in the West Bank. Times of Israel