Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday held a meeting with family members of terrorists who had carried out attacks against Israelis during a wave of violence which began in September of last year, according to Arab media reports.
The meeting, held just hours after a 19-year-old border policewoman was killed at Damascus Gate in the Old City, invited 11 families of "martyred sons" to the the PA president's headquarters in Ramallah, Israeli daily Yediot Aronoth reported.
This included family members of Baha Alyan, who on October 13 boarded the number 78 Egged Bus in Jerusalem and proceeded to stab and shoot Jewish passengers. Alyan was subsequently shot and killed by police.
Haim Haviv, 78, Alon Govberg, 51, and Richard Lakin, 76, were murdered, and over a dozen other passengers were seriously wounded in the attack, which rattled the nation.
The family of Ala Abu Jamal
, a resident of Jabal Mukaber, were also in attendance. Jamal, 33, drove his vehicle into a group of several people waiting at a bus stop. He then exited his car with a meat cleaver and began attacking the wounded and others with the implement.
Rabbi Yeshayahu Krishevsky, 60, was killed, apparently both from the vehicular attack and the axe wounds while two other people were seriously injured.
Just hours before the meeting, Border Police Cpl. Hadar Cohen
was killed in a terror attack at the Damascus Gate in the Old City when three Arab terrorists, wielding machine guns, pipe bombs and knives, attacked her and another female guard. The second female border policewoman remains in critical condition.
All three assailants were shot dead at the scene. Their explosives did not detonate and were later neutralized by a police bomb disposal team.
Since September of last year, , Israel emergency medical services have treated victims in 91 rock throwing incidents, 83 stabbing incidents, 22 vehicle ramming attacks, and 15 shootings, according to MDA. Over two dozen Israelis have been killed during the same length of time. Daniel K. Eisenbud contributed to this report.
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