Tuesday, January 23, 2018

23-Jan-18: A would-be-stabber, a knife, an ancient and sacred religious site... again

Our previous post went up Sunday ["21-Jan-18: Friday's terror and the lens of history"] and reports on three Arab-on-Israeli terror attacks from Friday, one of which was directed at the ancient and sacred Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hevron.

Well, this morning we have another at that same site. From Times of Israel last night (Monday):
Palestinian man caught trying to enter Hebron holy site with knife
Jacob Magid | 22 January 2018, 9:05 pm  0
Border Police arrested a Palestinian man in the West Bank city of Hebron on Monday, after finding a knife hidden under his clothes at the entrance to the Tomb of the Patriarchs holy site. Officers asked the man, in his 30s, to walk through a metal detector upon his arrival at the checkpoint. While the device did not sound an alarm, the statement from Border Police said the security forces still suspected the Palestinian and conducted a full body search. “An initial investigation revealed that the suspect was apparently intending to carry out a stabbing attack,” Border Police said. The Palestinian, said to be from the nearby village of Dura, was detained and transferred for questioning. “Beyond the technological means at the disposal of the soldiers in their missions, there is no substitute for the professionalism and alertness of the fighters, who once again managed to prevent an attack and thereby save lives,” the Border Police statement concluded. The Tomb of the Patriarchs is a frequent target for stabbing attacks.
Dura is a town of some 30,000 Arabs, located roughly 10 km south of Hevron. It has gotten mentioned in many of our blog reports of terror attacks.


Anonymous said...

Knives are now available in all kinds of materials and they don't all set off a metal detector. Ceramic knives are just one example. Can't tell what this one pictured is.

This Ongoing War said...

Fortunately the security personnel, kids in their teens and twenties, know to watch other factors in addition to technical equipment. Lives were surely saved today by their alertness and decisiveness.