Friday, October 16, 2015

'How to stab a Jew': Israel at UN condemns Palestinian president for inciting violence

(Fox News) A Palestinian disguised as a photojournalist stabbed an Israeli soldier in Hebron Friday, amid a "day of rage" that began with Palestinians torching a site believed to be the tomb of the biblical figure Joseph.

Israeli troops shot and killed the stabber. Three more Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire in clashes between stone-throwers and Israeli troops in several West Bank towns and on the Israel-Gaza border, Palestinian medics said.

The latest round of violence and bloodshed came as the United Nations Security Council held an emergency meeting on the fighting. Speaking before the meeting, new Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon displayed a Palestinian diagram meant to incite violence, entitled: "How to stab a Jew."

He blamed the Palestinian government and media for provoking attacks among children and teenagers. “You can see with this picture what incitement looks like,” he added.

The Palestinian ambassador to the United Nations, Riyad Mansour, blamed what he called Israeli "terror" through its occupation of East Jerusalem. He said such actions "will not break the will of our people."

Speaking at the White House, President Obama called on both sides to control their rhetoric. He added, "The atmosphere in which there’s so much tension... creates the potential for more misunderstandings and triggers."

In Friday's stabbing, a Palestinian man wearing a T-shirt with the word "press" in large letters wounded the Israeli soldier before troops shot and killed the attacker.

At one point, shouts were heard, followed by several gunshots. Troops rushed to the scene of the stabbing, near a military jeep, and administered aid to the injured soldier who was eventually taken away by ambulance. The attacker lay on the ground, clutching a knife in his right hand.

The incident heightened concerns among journalists about their safety. The Foreign Press Association for Israel and the Palestinian territories said it "marks a worrying development" that demands all media operate with greater caution.

"We utterly deplore this violation of press privilege and call on local Palestinian media organizations to immediately verify all media credentials," the FPA said in a statement.