Pregnant Israeli Woman Stabbed By Palestinian Attacker

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An Israeli woman was stabbed by a Palestinian teenager on Jan. 18 in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, according to The New York Times.

Michal Froman, 30, the daughter-in-law of a former rabbi and peace activist, was reportedly attacked in the settlement of Tekoa and had wounds to her upper body. The woman, who is pregnant, is in moderate condition and is being treated at a hospital in Jerusalem. Her fetus was unharmed.

The alleged attacker was shot in the leg by the head of security in Tekoa, but he managed to escape before being apprehended by Israeli security forces and is now in serious condition at a nearby hospital. According to Israeli security reports, he entered the community through a hole in the fence that surrounds it, and attempted to escape the same way.

Following the attack, the Israeli military ordered all Palestinian workers in the Etzion Bloc of the southern West Bank to leave the community for the rest of the day. Tekoa residents were instructed to remain inside and lock their doors while the Israeli Defence Forces conducted an investigation.

The attack comes amid a four-month wave of violence between Israelis and Palestinians, stemming from long-standing unrest over territorial rights as well as a recent breakdown of peace talks between the two opposing sides.

Since Oct. 1, 25 Israelis and and 148 Palestinians have been killed due to the surge in targeted violence. On Jan. 17, another Israeli woman -- Dafna Meir, a hospital nurse and mother of six -- was stabbed to death in her home in the settlement of Otniel.

"Something in people's personal sense of security is broken,” said Hadassah Frum, Froman’s mother-in-law. “People want to turn this place into a sane place of coexistence, but they see the situation persists.”

Palestinians argue that Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip have driven them from their homes and made them targets of Israeli violence. Daniel Shapiro, U.S. ambassador to Israel, condemned Palestinian acts of retaliation but argued that Israel has not done enough to rein in attacks on Palestinians by nationalistic Israelis.

"Too many attacks on Palestinians lack a vigorous investigation or response by Israeli authorities, too much vigilantism goes unchecked, and at times there seem to be two standards of adherence to the rule of law -- one for Israelis and another for Palestinians," Shapiro said.

Sources: The New York TimesYnet News, Reuters, CBC News, The Times of Israel / Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

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