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This Ongoing War..
16 May '16..
The Ma'an News Agency people in a report whose headline - characteristically - calls this morning's stabbing attack in Jerusalem "alleged", quote Luba al-Samri, the Israel Police spokesperson, saying
police officers patrolling the scene this morning saw a Palestinian stab a religious Israeli man. The suspect allegedly threw the knife away and attempted to flee the scene. Israeli police chased and apprehended the youth without shooting him... [He is] identified... as a 20-year-old Palestinian from the village of Abu Dis [a Jerusalem neighbourhood]... The youth [Ma'an's word] was taken in by Israeli police for interrogation. Paramedics treated the Israeli for light injuries on the scene before transferring him to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. He was identified by Israeli media as a 30-year-old ultra-Orthodox Yeshiva student.
The Ma'an report, as always carefully calibrated to send PA-aligned political messages, goes on to say that
the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research found in a poll last month that support for stabbing attacks had seen a decline in the West Bank in recent months -- "due, it seems, to a rising perception in its inefficacy."
Kind of encouraging, no? We guess that's why they say it but the actual poll data send a less charming message.
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