Published: Mon, May 15, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Jordanian stabs Israeli police officer, shot dead

Kasaji is the second Jordanian citizen to be killed by Israeli forces since the eruption of the Jerusalem Intifada in October 2015.

Eyewitnesses and media sources had earlier said that a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli policeman notorious for assaulting and harassing Palestinian women during their visit to the Aqsa Mosque.

A Israeli police statement said the officer was taken to hospital with "moderate" injuries after the attack.

"The police at the scene shot the assailant, resulting in his death", Sumari said.

Jordan called yesterday's killing a crime. "Just as Israel condemns terror attacks in Jordan, Jordan must condemn terror attacks in Israel". He added that the decision would be informed by responses from all parties, including "whether Israel views it as helpful to a peace initiative or perhaps a distraction".

Erekat said the Palestinian Authority will continue coordination with Jordan and Egypt, which are directly interested in the final status issues.

The meeting also addressed the issue of the 1,500 Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails and underlined the need for Israel to respond to their "humanitarian and just demands" in line with the global law and Geneva accords. A week later pedestrians in Israeli city of Tel Aviv were attacked by a Palestinian man.

The Palestinians want East Jerusalem, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, territories that Israel captured in the 1967 war, for a future state.

According to WAFA news agency, Palestinians said the policeman who was attacked was known for his hatred of Arabs and racism and that he was involved in assaulting Palestinians in the Old City and inside the mosque. Peace talks between the sides broke down in 2014.

"He wants to put a lot of effort into seeing if we can not advance a peace initiative between Israel and Palestine", the secretary continued. He is due to travel to the Middle East this month and meet separately with Israeli and Palestinian leaders on May 22-23.

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