As incitement continues, two teenage Palestinian girls, aged 14 and 16, carried out a terror attack at the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem on Monday, using scissors to slash passersby. One of the injured victims was a 70-year old Palestinian man who the girls had mistaken for an Israeli. Just a few hours later, at a gas station in the West Bank near Modiin, a Palestinian terrorist killed an Israeli soldier and wounded two others in a separate stabbing attack. The Israeli who died of his wounds is the 22nd Israeli casualty of the latest wave of terror. Last Thursday, a Palestinian stabbed two Israelis to death in an office building in Tel Aviv, and another Palestinian terrorist killed an 18-year old American, an Israeli, and a Palestinian. A moment of silence will be observed in honor of the Massachusetts native, Ezra Schwartz, at the upcoming New England Patriots football game on Monday night. On Sunday, a Palestinian terrorist stabbed and killed a 21-year-old Israeli woman at the Gush Etzion junction in the West Bank. Also on Sunday, a 16-year old Palestinian girl attempting to stab Israeli civilians near the entrance to a military base was killed. The father of the teenager, who is reportedly involved in Islamic Jihad, boasted that he has “the honor to be the father of a martyr.” A large proportion of the terrorists in the latest wave of violence have been teenagers and even pre-teens.
Incitement to violence by Hamas, the Palestinian Authority (PA), and the Northern Branch of the Islamic Movement, as well as the spread of false rumors regarding Israeli intentions on the Temple Mount, have fueled the violence. PA President Mahmoud Abbas has failed to condemn the terror attacks of the last two months, and on Sunday appeared to excuse them, stating that the terror attacks are the “inevitable result of diminishing hopes, the continued strangulation, siege and pressure.” Last Friday, a senior Palestinian Authority official praised his two-year-old son for declaring his desire to kill “Zionists” in a children’s song. The official boasted that his son was “not yet three!” Last Monday, a speaker at a funeral of two Palestinians called on Allah to “Strike the Jews, count them and kill them to the last one, and don’t leave even one.” The ceremony was broadcast live on official Palestinian Authority TV.
A spokesman for the Iranian judiciary has announced that Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post reporter who was arrested by Iranian authorities in July 2014, was sentenced to prison, Reuters reported Sunday. No details were given regarding the length of his prison term.Rezaian’s lawyer, Leila Ahsan, confirmed that her client was charged with “espionage, collaboration with hostile governments, gathering classified information and spreading propaganda against the Islamic Republic,” according to Iran’s semi-official PressTV news service.
Despite international outrage over Rezaian’s arrest and detention, Iran proceeded to convict the reporter in a closed-door trial last month. At the time, Javad Karimi-Qoddusi, an influential member of Iran’s parliament, claimed that Rezaian had conspired with the United States to topple the Iranian regime.
In May, before the P5+1 powers reached a nuclear deal with Iran, the Post warned that its reporter’s treatment at the hands of Iranian authorities suggested that businesses seeking to establish commercial ties with Iran put their employees at risk of arbitrary arrest. After the nuclear agreement was announced, the State Department warned that Americans visiting Iran were subject to detention and imprisonment on false charges.
Rezaian’s conviction is one of the ways Iran has continued flouting international law in the wake of the nuclear deal. Earlier this month, the arrests of five journalists prompted the United Nations to call on the Islamic Republic to stop harassing reporters. Benjamin Weinthal, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, observed that these escalating crackdowns indicated that, rather than moderating Iran, the nuclear deal has led to a “stiffening” of its attitudes towards the U.S. (via TheTower.org)