A few days after an IDF soldier was stabbed to death by a Palestinian police officer near the Biblical city of Shechem, Israeli security forces shot and killed a Palestinian terrorist on Friday as he attempted to stab an Israeli soldier during a riot in Hebron, Haaretz reports.
No soldiers were injured in the attack, which occurred after their unit had been called in response to rocks being hurled at the home of a Jewish family in Hebron’s old city. The Palestinian attacker was shot in the stomach by IDF forces and later succumbed to his wounds at a hospital.
The Jewish family lives in the Avraham Avinu (“Father Abraham”) neighborhood, which is a short walk from the Cave of the Patriarchs, which Jewish, Christian and Muslim tradition identify as the resting place of the Jewish forefathers and foremothers, Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, and Jacob and Leah. (Rachel’s tomb is near Bethlehem.)
Hebron had a continuous Jewish presence from the Biblical era until 1929, when 29 members of the Jewish community were murdered during Arab riots, and many others were injured. The survivors were forced out. When Israel re-gained control of Hebron in 1967, Jews went back to the ancient city and re-established the ancient community. Their presence is controversial and the city is a frequent flashpoint for tension and violence from those who object to a Jews living in the city.