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The leaders of terror-sponsoring states are currently descending on Manhattan for the annual opening of the UN General Assembly and their words are guaranteed to be blasted across the global airwaves. It is about time we made the connection between the terror-enablers in Turtle Bay and the terrorism in the streets beyond.
Monday brought new meaning to the phrase 'upstairs, downstairs.' Above ground, the limousines glided in and out of UN Headquarters – recently renovated with more than half a billion dollars from U.S. taxpayers alone. Below ground, millions of New York straphangers were held up in subway and train stations until police gave the all-clear.
The contrasts get even starker. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is being protected by New York's finest, while he is endangering American sailors and pilots in the Persian Gulf.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is paying "martyrs" that kill Americans and Israelis, while Americans are paying to take good care of his health and welfare when he is in town.
Then there are the other so-called "world leaders" that New Yorkers are hosting. All have immunity to travel to and from the UN in the name of "world peace." And yet they include despots and dictators from terror hotspots like Lebanon, Libya, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, and Yemen.
There is something seriously wrong with this picture.
From inside the UN there will be plenty of speeches condemning terrorism – albeit with a cynical wink-wink. Given the UN has no definition of terrorism, this bandwagon is open to all comers. Even an ISIS rep could jump on board.
And from inside New York taxis Mayor de Blasio is treating riders to an advertisement on the glories of the UN. Big-hearted New Yorkers, it says, are rolling out the welcome mat.
More accurately, short-sighted New York officials are putting 'cha-ching' before safety and a moral compass. Anti-Americanism and non-stop Israel-bashing by way of the United Nations is actually not welcome by the vast majority of Americans, or would not be if they knew what was going on at their expense.
We need to connect the dots between incitement to terror and terrorism. Instead of watching pundits scratching their heads over how the latest naturalized American was radicalized, try tuning into a UN webcast. And then put an end to your contribution.
September 19, 2016
An IDF soldier on Monday night arrested a Palestinian man who had tried to stab him in Hebron, near the Kiryat Arba settlement, the army said.
A group of soldiers spotted the man during a patrol in the Abu Sneina neighborhood of the West Bank city, and asked him to identify himself. The assailant "attempted to stab an IDF soldier," but missed, the army said. The man was then taken into custody.
"The soldier foiled the attack and subdued the assailant without use of fire," the IDF said in a statement.
The attacker was handed over to law enforcement officials "for further investigation," the army said.
Earlier on Monday, Border Police officers shot and killed two Palestinian men apparently attempting to carry out a stabbing attack near the Tomb of the Patriarchs pilgrimage site in Hebron, police said.
They approached the officers before taking out knives and attempting to stab a group of them. In response, the Border Police officers opened fire at the assailants, police said.
The assailants were identified as cousins Muhannad Jamil al-Rajabi, 21, and Amir Jamal al-Rajabi, 17, by the Palestinian health ministry. They were both residents of Hebron.
No Israeli troops were injured.
The Hebron attack was the second of the day, after two police were stabbed outside the Old City of Jerusalem Monday morning.
One victim, a 38-year-old woman, was in intensive care after suffering stab wounds to her neck. The second, a 45-year-old man, suffered moderate wounds. The attacker was shot and hospitalized in critical condition.
Channel 2 television reported Monday night that the policewoman was in very serious condition, having undergone a series of operations on her neck and spine. She is expected to remain in serious condition in the coming days, the report said. Her colleague suffered moderate wounds and was in stable condition.
Six attacks over the weekend - four stabbings, a car ramming and a rock throwing - caught many Israelis by surprise, as the violence that marked 2015 and early 2016 appeared to have waned in recent months, and raised fears that regular attacks could return.
Many of the attacks have been centered around the flashpoint city of Hebron, where Palestinians live in close proximity to settlers and Israeli troops.
Officials fear the upcoming Jewish holidays and the recently ended Muslim Eid al-Adha holiday could be behind the raised tensions.
The holiday and the month of September "are always more susceptible to spikes in violent Palestinian activities," a military official, speaking anonymously, said Saturday.
"The motivation and inspiration to carry out attacks against Israelis remains strong," the official said.
In the past year, Israel saw a wave of so-called "lone-wolf" Palestinian terror attacks, which has claimed the lives of 35 Israelis and four foreign nationals since October 2015. Over 200 Palestinians have also been killed in the past year, with the Israeli army and police saying that most of those killed were attackers or involved in clashes with security forces.
A male and female Border Police officer were stabbed from behind and seriously wounded Monday morning by an unidentified terrorist, who was shot, between Damascus and Herod's Gates, outside Jerusalem's Old City.
According to police, the attack took place shortly after 7 a.m.
"What we know right now is that a terrorist stabbed two police officers while they were on patrol in the area," said Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld shortly after the attack.
"The female officer, who is in her 20s, was injured seriously and taken to Shaare Zedek Medical Center, and the male officer, who is in his 40s, was injured moderately-to-seriously, and taken Hadassah University Medical Center, in Ein Kerem."
The terrorist, who is reportedly in his early 20s and from east Jerusalem's volatile Ras al-Amud neighborhood, was shot at the scene by an officer, and is in critical condition, he said.
A Shaare Zedek spokeswoman said the female officer sustained a neck wound, remains unconscious, and has been placed on a respirator. The male officer sustained several stabs wounds to his upper body and is conscious, a Hadassah spokeswoman said.
"Police units have cordoned off the area," said Rosenfeld. "There is heightened security there now, and we are searching for the terrorist's identity. Police bomb disposal experts are checking the area."
First-responder, Magen David Adom paramedic Dudu Hazanovitch said he helped treat the male officer.
"When I arrived at the scene, I saw an approximately 45-year-old man who was fully conscious with a penetrating wound to the upper body being treated by Magen David Adom paramedics," said Hazanovitch.
"I aided him and dressed his wound to stop the bleeding, and shortly thereafter I evacuated him in moderated condition to the hospital where he is being treated by doctors."
Monday's attack follows a thwarted Friday stabbing attack near Damascus Gate when a Jordanian terrorist was shot and killed after charging police with a knife.
Following a spate of seven attacks over the past four days in Jerusalem and the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for heightened security.
Israeli security forces thwarted an attempted stabbing attack on Monday afternoon at the Cave of the Patriarchs in the West Bank city of Hebron.
Security forces shot two Palestinian assailants near the holy site, killing one and critically wounding the other. Police reported that one officer was lightly wounded in the incident.
According to Border Police, the two would-be assailants were Hebron residents who had sought to attack Israeli forces at the site.
The two suspects apparently approached the Border Police officers and brandished knives in an attempt to stab them.
Border Police officers opened fire toward the two. According to Border Police, one of the attackers was killed and the other was in critical condition.
The incident was the second act of Palestinian violence on Monday and the eighth terror incident in the past four days.
Earlier in the day, a Palestinian assailant stabbed and seriously wounded two Israeli Border Police officers in Jerusalem's Old City.
The terrorist, who was reportedly in his early 20s and from east Jerusalem's volatile Ras al-Amud neighborhood, was shot and seriously wounded at the scene by an officer.
Monday's incidents followed a thwarted stabbing attack Friday near Damascus Gate in which a Jordanian terrorist was shot and killed after charging police with a knife.
Following an uptick in attacks over the past four days in Jerusalem and the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for heightened security.