Border Policewoman Hadas Malka was stabbed to death by an Arab terrorist Friday evening in the Old City of Jerusalem.
At approximately 7:30 p.m. Friday, two Arab terrorists shot at a police patrol and tried stabbing officers before being shot dead at Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.
Border police ran to the scene. Among them was Staff Sgt. Hadas Malka, 23, who was subsequently stabbed and critically injured. She later died of her wounds at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in the capital.
During the attack, police shot the assailant dead.
“The attack in Jerusalem is renewed proof of the continued revolution of the people against the occupier, and that the Intifada continues until full freedom is attained,” the Hamas terrorist organization declared.
Fatah ‘Condemns’ Shooting of Terrorist as ‘War Crime’
Fatah, the ruling party of the Palestinian Authority, headed by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, denounced the Israeli security forces for killing the terrorists. Spokesperson Osama al-Kawasme issued a statement, saying Fatah “condemns the war crime carried out by Israeli occupation forces in Jerusalem against three Palestinian teens.”
“The international community’s silence emboldened Israel to further spill the blood of Palestinians,” he added.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party. “The Prime Minister demands that the Palestinian Authority condemn the attack and expects the international community to do so too,” his office stated.
‘Pure Incitement to Terrorism’
According to Times of Israel, Yoav Mordechai, head of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), said in an Arabic-language post to the COGAT Facebook page: “The three thugs who carried out their cowardly terrorist act and killed the policewoman in Jerusalem received condolences from the Fatah organization, that claimed them to be innocents… as if they were executed for no reason… This is pure incitement to terrorism!”
As a result of the attack, 250,000 entry permits given to Palestinians during the Muslim holy month to visit their relatives in Israel had been revoked , he added.
Liberman: ‘No Partner for Peace’ on Palestinian Side
“The thundering silence that refuses to condemn terror coming from the Palestinian Authority and Fatah’s message that Israel murdered three innocent men both prove there is no partner [for peace] on the other side,” Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said in statement.
“I condemn yesterday’s shooting and stabbing attack by Palestinian assailants in the vicinity of the Old City of Jerusalem in which one Israeli Border Police officer was killed and at least four others, including civilians, were injured, Nickolay Mladenov, United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, stated. “My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, and I wish a speedy recovery to the injured.”.
“Such terrorist acts must be clearly condemned by all. I am appalled that once again some find it appropriate to justify such attacks as ‘heroic.’ They are unacceptable and seek to drag everyone into a new cycle of violence,” he said.
“I am appalled that once again some find it appropriate to justify such attacks as ‘heroic.’ They are unacceptable and seek to drag everyone into a new cycle of violence.”
Victim ‘Struggled Valiantly Against the Terrorist’
In a statement on Facebook Saturday, Netanyahu said:
“Hadas began her military service in the navy and then continued in the Border Police. About one year ago, she began serving as a commander in the unit.
“During the attack, Hadas struggled valiantly against the terrorist, but unfortunately was critically wounded.
“Hadas loved the people of Israel and the Land of Israel, and her officers and subordinates loved her very much. In the name of all the people of Israel, I offer my condolences to her family.”
Netanyahu also suggested turning Damascus Gate, the site of frequent Palestinian terror attacks, into a “sterile zone,” prohibiting entry without a security check.
By: World Israel News Staff