Palestinian Car Attack Injures Paramilitary Police

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A Palestinian rammed his car into a major checkpoint north of Jerusalem overnight, injuring a member of the Israeli paramilitary Border Police, Israeli police said Thursday.

They said security guards opened fire on the vehicle causing it to hit a wall. The suspect, a 22-year-old Palestinian man from the West Bank city of Qalqilya, was arrested.

Police confirmed it was a car attack, and not an accident.

The Border Police had previously demolished unofficial buildings near the Qalandia checkpoint, which is on the main road between the West Bank city of Ramallah and Jerusalem.

Israel says a number of Palestinians have carried out stabbings, shootings and vehicular attacks in recent years. However, many Palestinians and human rights groups say some of the car attacks were accidents and accuse Israel of using excessive force.

In a separate incident, a Jew attacked an Israeli military officer and a soldier with chili spray near a checkpoint in a residential area in the West Bank on Wednesday. This is the latest in a series of recent attacks by hardline Jews against Israeli security forces and Palestinians.

The Israeli military said the security personnel had received medical treatment at the scene, without elaborating.

Hardline Jews have clashed with Israeli soldiers and vandalized Palestinian property in recent days in what are known as “price-tag” attacks in response to Israeli authorities’ efforts to limit settlement expansion.

Late last month, dozens of Jews threw stones at a small Palestinian village in the West Bank, damaging houses and vehicles and injuring a four-year-old boy. Video footage shows the Israeli military standing among the angry Jews and apparently doing nothing to stop them. [ab/uh]

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