Just two weeks after President Donald Trump announced that the United States officially recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a Palestinian man decided to stab an Israeli policeman in the West Bank. Now, pictures of the knife-wielding terrorist have gone viral to reveal what was under his jacket after he received a dose of brutal instant justice.
According to the New York Post, the assailant is 19-year-old Mahmoud Imam. Israeli police said that Imam stabbed the officer in the shoulder during recent protests over President Trump’s declaration that Jerusalem is recognized by the United States as Israel’s capital and will move the embassy there in a few years.
A picture has surfaced of Imam on the internet, which has caught the eye of many people as he is seen wearing a suicide vest under his jacket — a suicide vest that he didn’t get the chance to detonate after he was shot by Israeli border police, according to ABC News. Investigators said that they are looking into the possibility that the attacker infiltrated the area by pretending to be a journalist.
“When the other officers saw the stabbing they opened fire that led to him being incapacitated. When the troops approached the terrorist, they identified an explosive belt, which led to additional fire to prevent him from triggering it,” police said in a statement. Police also said they were investigating whether Imam was carrying an explosive vest or a fake one that was meant to look like a real one.
The officer Imam stabbed was taken to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center, where he was listed in “moderate condition with two stab wounds in the upper body,” according to the local news reports.
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In another part of the West Bank, a 30-year-old man was injured when a group of Palestinians threw rocks at his car. The victim was treated at the scene by medics and taken to a Jerusalem hospital.
Several protesters who were present when Imam stabbed the officer suffered wounds after being hit by tear gas canisters and rubber bullets, and rightfully so. According to the Gaza Health Ministry, 16 Palestinians were injured in clashes along Gaza’s border with Israel. One of the protesters was listed in critical condition and 15 others were in moderate condition.
The clashes came after the Islamic militant group Hamas, which rules Gaza, called for a new armed uprising against Israel to retaliate for Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem being recognized as Israel’s capital. These demands for rioting and death in retaliation for not getting what they want sounds a lot like what the liberals in America did after Trump was elected President. It’s such an interesting parallel between militant Muslims and liberals.
Trump’s announcement sparked widespread protests after breaking away from decades of broken promises from previous presidents. Former administrations basically made big promises but adhered to a policy of letting negotiations decide the fate of the capital.
Riots were reported in Ramallah, Hebron, Bethlehem, and Nablus, where protesters burned tires and threw rocks at Israeli soldiers. Even though Israeli authorities knew of the coming clashes in Jerusalem, they still did not impose age restrictions on Muslim worshipers on the Temple Mount. I think Israel gives way too much consideration to a people who return their kindness with violence and death.
On occasion, Israeli authorities have limited access to the site for young Muslims during times of expected violence because they are deemed more likely to participate in violent acts with Israeli troops. East Jerusalem is home to sacred Jewish, Muslim, and Christian holy sites and fate of the territory is a volatile issue for many on all sides. Israel maintains that all of the city is it’s eternal capital, and rightfully so.