After a spate of terror attacks in the Jewish state over the past year, the murder of a Palestinian in Tel, which is just outside of Jerusalem, has brought out some of the worst in Israeli society.
A local news report quoted an unnamed source as saying that the attacker was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP), a group that has carried out hundreds of attacks on Israelis, including the murder last year of a rabbi in Jerusalem.
It’s unclear who the attacker is, and there’s no indication that his identity was revealed by his family.
The police are currently investigating the murder.
Israeli authorities have said they will do everything possible to find the killer and that they will investigate every tip they receive.
The PFLP has also been responsible for a string of attacks against Israelis in recent years.
The group has been accused of carrying out attacks on police stations and Jewish community centers in Israel and in the West Bank, including on a bus in which five people were killed in 2014 and another five in 2015.
The Israeli authorities deny any responsibility for the attacks, saying the attacks were carried out by a splinter group of the PFLPs military wing, which was disbanded in 2015 following the assassination of the group’s leader.
Israel’s security minister has said the assailant may have belonged to the splinter organization, which has carried a string to attacks against Israeli civilians, including killing a pregnant mother in 2015 in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
The attack in Tel is one of the deadliest in a string in recent weeks.
In March, a Palestinian man was shot and killed by Israeli security forces after stabbing two Israeli soldiers.
Earlier this month, a 17-year-old Palestinian stabbed two Israeli youths with a knife near Jerusalem’s Old City.
A month earlier, an 18-year old Palestinian stabbed an Israeli man to death at the entrance to a checkpoint in the northern West Bank town of Silwan, the third fatal stabbing attack by Palestinians in the last year.
In response to the attacks in Tel and the others, the Israeli government announced that a “security alert” would be in place until mid-July, with an additional 30,000 police officers on duty in Israel.