Print this Page

What's New

Resources updated Monday, February 04, 2019

February 4, 2019

Israeli soldiers operating at night (File photo)

Two Palestinian teenagers were shot as they attacked a group of Israeli soldiers at an army post in the northern West Bank on Monday night, the military said.

One of the assailants, a 19-year-old, was killed, and the second, 15, was seriously wounded, according to Palestinian health officials.

According to the Israel Defense Forces, the two threw an explosive device at soldiers guarding the Jalameh Crossing, near Jenin.

In response, the servicemen opened fire at the assailants.

No IDF soldiers were injured in the incident, the army said.

The Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance service said the attacker who was killed had been shot in the head. He was identified as Abed Allah Tawalbeh. The other was reportedly shot in the buttock and taken to a Jenin hospital for treatment.

Recent weeks have seen a number of attacks by Palestinians against Israeli security forces in the West Bank.

Last Wednesday, a Palestinian teenage girl was shot dead as she tried to stab an Israeli security officer at a checkpoint outside Jerusalem on Wednesday, police said.

The Palestinian girl was identified as Samah Mubarak, 16, from the nearby village of al-Ram, the Palestinian Authority's official Wafa news agency reported.

She was wounded and later pronounced dead, the West Bank's Palestinian health ministry said.

Two weeks ago, a Palestinian man attempted to carry out a stabbing attack against Israeli troops near the northern West Bank city of Nablus, but was shot dead, the Israel Defense Forces said.

On January 11, a Palestinian man also tried to stab Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Hebron, but he was shot and critically injured by the soldiers first, the army said.

December saw a significant increase in West Bank terror attacks, leading to the death of two IDF soldiers and a baby born prematurely after his mother was seriously wounded. At least 10 other civilians and soldiers were injured in the string of attacks.

Palestinian teens attack Israeli troops with bomb Document

An UNRWA-run school in Nablus

"January 28, 2019, marked the beginning of Holocaust Remembrance week at the United Nations. Speakers at the UN Holocaust Memorial Ceremony - "Holocaust Remembrance: Demand and Defend Your Human Rights" - all agreed that the lessons of the Holocaust must not be forgotten, and that Holocaust education is essential. But were their words representative of the deeds of this international body? Sadly, they were not.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres elegantly made the case for curbing hate, racism, and rising antisemitism. As he correctly pointed out, "Hate is moving into the mainstream, the demonization of others rages on. It is our duty to fight hate speech which leads to hate crimes." He emphasized that this must happen in the schools and that education is crucial. Yet hate-filled education continues to be provided to Palestinian children by UNRWA - an agency of the UN - making the UN complicit in this travesty. This must be corrected.
UNRWA has been responsible for the education of many hundreds of thousands of Palestinian children, and much of the education it has provided - or allowed to be provided - contains incitement and calls for the murder of innocent Jews and Israelis. Recent translations of the newest textbooks purchased by UNRWA from the Palestinian Authority, and supposedly vetted by UNRWA, are in blatant violation of UN standards. Instead of promoting peace, tolerance, and respect of the other, these books are fraught with antisemitism, demonization, calls for violence against 'the other' (Jews), and denial of a member-state's (Israel's) right to exist..."

When It Comes to UNRWA, the U.N.'s Holocaust Memorial Pledges are Meaningless Article