“Unknown men threw two gas canisters into the small house of a Palestinian family”, Israeli police said.
Two Palestinian attackers stabbed Israeli bystanders at the Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem, at the entrance to the old city, a site where several attacks took place in the past two months, police spokeswoman Luba Samri said in a statement. The words “Revenge” and “Hello from the detainees of Zion” were daubed on the wall of a home next to the one attacked on Tuesday, witnesses said, an apparent reference to the suspects in the Duma arson case.
The pre-dawn attack in Beitillu village on the occupied West Bank came with tensions high over the detention of alleged Jewish extremists over the July firebombing of a Palestinian home that killed a toddler along with his mother and father. A nine-month-old boy and his parents were sleeping in the house at the time of the attack; none were hurt in the attack, according to reports. “Neighbours rushed in and helped them get out”. An official transcript of the hearing noted that security officials had provided details of the questioning, but the details were redacted.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has backed Shin Bet, saying “no one has deviated from the rules” in the investigation. Israel’s Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan has said Israel holds the bodies of suspected attackers to prevent large funerals from erupting into “an exhibition of support for terror and incitement to murder”.
Despite the ongoing interrogation of the suspects, whose identities have not been revealed, the Dawabsheh family told Anadolu Agency in November that they do not have faith in the Israeli justice system. Referring to Tuesday’s tear gas attack, Bennett, head of the far-right Jewish Home party, said: “Terrorism is terrorism”.