In a stunning twist of the facts, the official Palestinian government news agency is accusing Israel of murdering a terrorist who stabbed an Israeli civilian in Jerusalem‘s Old City while describing two Israeli rabbis killed in a separate terror attack as “Jewish extremists”. Regarding the second stabbing that wounded an Israeli teenager, the Palestinian news agency WAFA’s English website accused an Israeli police officer of shooting and killing “in cold blood” a Palestinian teenager, failing to make any mention that the Palestinian was shot after stabbing the Israeli.
Israeli Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld noted on Twitter that the stabbing moderately injured the Israeli fifteen-year-old. A press release from the Israeli President’s spokesperson reported that the Israeli was on the way to the Western Wall to pray morning prayers when he was attacked. But for WAFA, the stabbed Israeli wasn’t even mentioned as the attack instead was incredibly portrayed as the murder of the Palestinian terrorist as he sought to flee an Israeli mob.
In an article that also addressed WAFA’s coverage of the attack, The Times of Israel confirmed that the Palestinian in WAFA’s article and the terrorist are the same person, Fadi Alloun.
Furthermore, the WAFA article also covered the lethal stabbing of two Israeli rabbis the night before by describing it as the stabbing of two “Jewish extremists”. The two men killed were Rabbi Nehemiah Lavi—a father of seven—and Rabbi Aharon Bennett, whose wife and two-year-old son were also wounded in the stabbing.
The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said Bennett and his family were attacked first, while Lavi was killed while trying to defend them. While Lavi is technically a reservist in the IDF and Bennett a private, Israeli army service is generally standard for Israeli males.
Regardless, WAFA’s calling Rabbi Bennett—who the MFA report said was going to pray at the Western Wall with his wife and two small children—or Rabbi Lavi—who was coming to defend the wounded Bennett family—as “extremists” comes across as a slanderous attempt to justify the murderous stabbing of a man in front of his infant.
The WAFA report went on to cite tensions over Israel’s “attempts to divide al-Aqsa Mosque compound between Muslims and Jews”—an apparent comment regarding the allowance of Jews to simply visit the Temple Mount. Jews are not allowed by Israel to pray atop the Temple Mount to prevent tensions with the Muslims and Israel has repeatedly emphasized their intent to maintain the “status quo” on the Mount that has existed for decades.
In contrast, it was Palestinian terrorists who stabbed two Israelis going to pray on the same weekend. That was not lost on Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in his eulogy of Rabbi Lavi, which was released by Rivlin’s spokesperson.
“I was a child in the days when blowing a Shofar [religious horn] near at the Western Wall was grounds for arrest by the British mandate,” said Rivlin. “Those days will not return. We cannot, under any circumstance be afraid to reach the Western Wall, which is the remains of our Temple… I call on all pilgrims to continue to come the Old City. We must keep on waking on the same stones that Rabbi Nehemiah and Aaron walked along, and prove through our actions that terrorism will fail to harm our way of life.”
(By Joshua Spurlock, www.themideastupdate.com, October 4, 2015)