According to “USA Today,” on June 29, 2016, a 17-year-old boy, broke into a West Bank settlement home and stabbed a 13-year-old Jewish girl to death while she was sleeping. The boy, who was killed by security guards, was later identified as Mohammed Tarayreh from the village of Bani Na’im, which is near Kiryat Arba, Israel. The Palestinian assailant’s raids are the latest in a stream of attacks that have spanned over a nine-month period of violence, which was thought to be slowing down.
The attack by Tarayreh had come as a surprise to his family, who had stated that he may have been spurred to do so because of the death of his cousin. His cousin had been killed in an attempt to use a vehicle to ram Israelis in Kiryat Arba, Israel.
The young victim was identified at the hospital, as Hallel Yaffa Ariel. She was the cousin of Uri Ariel, who is a Cabinet minister affiliated with the West Bank Settlement Movement. Photos of the 13-year-old victim showed a large amount of blood in a child’s bedroom, in the town of Kiryat Arba. The town, located near the Palestinian city of Hebron, has experienced a recent influx of violence.
The West Bank is a Palestinian territory and is partially under Israeli occupation. The situation has kept the two countries at war for centuries.
Israeli officials stated that the violent attacks are a result of an anti-Israeli provocation by the Palestinian leaders and their social media. Palestinian leaders have led the violence in hopes of gaining their independence from Israeli occupation.
Palestinians have killed 33 Israelis and two American tourists in dozens of attacks that involved stabbings, shootings and ramming cars since September 2015. It has also been reported that at least 200 Palestinians were killed attacking Israelis. The attacks, as reported by “USA Today,” were almost a once-a-day occurrence, however, they had tapered off in recent months.
Other West Bank News
Israel has reported limiting Palestinian access to water, as of June 1. Limiting access to water is a long-standing procedure intensified during the Ramadan. The Ramadan is a Muslim holy month that is marked by daily fasting, meaning no food or water, between dawn and sunset. Islam followers pray for 30 days while they refrain from immoral behavior.
Head of water and wastewater for the city of Salfit, which is in the northern part of West Bank, Saleh Afaneh, says the area is only receiving 30 to 40 percent of their usual water rations. He also stated that on the first day of Ramadan, the water was completely cut off for 24 hours.
During the Ramadan holy month, access to drinking water for pre-dawn and post-dawn hours is crucial. Rationing water to the Palestinians is devastating, according to Ramzy Baroud, editor for The Palestine Chronicle, in an interview with RT.
By Tracy Blake
Edited by Jeanette Smith
USA Today: Palestinian kills Israeli girl, 13, sleeping in her bed
Mint Press: Israel Cutting Palestinians Off From Their Own Water Supply
ProCon.org: What and Where Is the West Bank?
MPR News: What is Ramadan — and why do Muslims fast?
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