Four Palestinians detained, clashes erupt in West Bank following Jerusalem attack

Staff Sergeant Major Hadas Malka was fatally stabbed as assailants launched two attacks simultaneously near Damascus Gate in the Old City on Friday.

Israeli authorities on Friday rescinded 250,000 Israel entry permits from Palestinians hours after a deadly attack in Jerusalem left four dead and several injured, a spokesperson for the Coordination of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) told Mondoweiss.

President Trump's eldest son took note, tweeting "You mean after they stabbed a female Israeli police officer to death... right?"

"My heart is with the family of Hadas, may her memory be a blessing, the guardian of the walls, during these hard times of deep sorrow", President Rivlin said in his message to the family of the young victim. And they do not claim every attack.

Baruch Dayan HaEmet. May her memory be for a blessing and may her blood be avenged.

Saturday was the first time IS had claimed an attack inside Israel or annexed east Jerusalem.

An Israeli policeman securse the scene of the shooting and stabbing attack outside Damascus gate in Jerusalem's old city June 16, 2017.

Israeli police stand around a body of a Palestinian after the attack in Jerusalem's occupied Old City on Friday.

Shortly afterwards, the Islamic State terror group took responsibility for the attack.

"A proposal was made, and the topic is still in the stages of study and discussion", a spokesperson for the Israeli police said.

Since October 2015, more than 285 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces during - or immediately after - alleged attacks on Israelis or in clashes with Israeli security forces, according to Palestinian figures.

This was the first time that the Islamic State group has claimed responsibility for an attack in Israel, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist organisations.

Rosenfeld added that no restrictions are being enforced against Palestinians from the West Bank who have procured legal permits to enter Jerusalem, and that no age restrictions for men allowed to enter the Temple Mount are being imposed. The attackers were identified by Israeli security services as residents of the West Bank, at least two of them teenagers from a village near the city of Ramallah.

Meanwhile nearby, Palestinians fired at officers with an automatic weapon and attacked them with knives before officers returned fire, killing them. A source within the Jerusalem District Police said that an encounter between a terrorist and armed police officers should not end this way.

A spokesman for Israel's Shin Bet internal security agency said it was "impossible to corroborate (the IS claim) at this point".

Palestinian officials reject the accusation and say the violence stems from anger over Israeli occupation of land sought by Palestinians.

  • Salvatore Jensen