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Back-to-back stabbing attacks spark baseless row over ending West Bank closure

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13.09.2021

Two stabbing attacks by Palestinian assailants on Monday prompted harsh, though seemingly unfounded, criticism by opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu of the government’s decision to reopen the crossings between Israel and the West Bank over the weekend.

On Monday afternoon, a Palestinian teenager stabbed two Israeli men inside a pharmacy near the Jerusalem Central Bus Station, moderately wounding them, before a Border Police officer arrived at the scene and shot him.

The terrorist was identified in Palestinian media as Basil Shawamra, 17, a resident of the town of Deir al-Asal al-Fauqa, near Hebron in the southern West Bank. According to the Shin Bet security service, Shawamra did not have a legal work permit or other authorization to enter Israel and did so illegally.

Earlier in the day, a Palestinian man armed with a screwdriver attempted to stab a soldier at the Gush Etzion Junction in the central West Bank, but the serviceman repelled him and a second soldier opened fire, wounding the man.

Netanyahu’s criticism was directed against a decision to reopen Israel’s........

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