Hamas, ISIS Fight Over Credit For Jerusalem Terror Attack

Muslim worshipers perform the third Friday Prayer during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on 16 June 2017

Muslim worshipers perform the third Friday Prayer during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan at Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on 16 June 2017

Ramallah- Each of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine PFLP, Hamas and terror group ISIS have claimed involvement in the attack staged by three young Palestinian nationals in Jerusalem which killed a police officer. If true, it would mark the first direct Islamic State action against Israel, and the group warned on its affiliate news agency that it "will not be the last".

The move came after three assailants, armed with knives and a homemade automatic weapon, carried out simultaneous attacks at two locations near Damascus Gate on Friday evening. Numerous recent Palestinian attacks in Jerusalem took place in this area.

It stepped up a campaign against the fund after a wave of Palestinian attacks began in September 2015.

Following the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a phone consultation with the chief of police and public security minister, and made a decision to cancel the family visits, a police statement read.

"I call on the countries of the world... to demand an immediate cessation of Palestinian Authority payments to the families of terrorists", Netanyahu said.

A family member of one of the three flatly rejected any connection to Daesh, angrily telling AFP the terrorist group's claim was a "lie" that didn't deserve mention.

On June 16, Globe and Mail editors published an Associated Press report where its editors wrote the following headline: "Three Palestinians killed after attack on Israeli officers".

"The Israeli victim of the terror attack, Hadas Malka, Hy" d, was laid to rest Motzoei Shabbos at the military cemetery in Ashdod.

Israeli police said on Friday all the assailants were from the occupied West Bank.

Israel has for decades employed a policy of demolishing the homes of relatives of Palestinians who have carried out attacks on Israelis.

"This is an obvious form of collective punishment, it is not acceptable - all those who are using these permits to meet with their families and to be with them during Ramadan are doing so during the month, because most of the year they are not able to do so", Touma-Suleiman said.

Israeli police said they killed three Palestinians involved in the attack.

Netanyahu said in a statement that Israel might decide to turn the areas where the attacks took place - the area around Sha'ar Shechem (Damascus Gate) - into a "sterile area", with all pedestrian and road traffic directed to other entrances and exits of the Old City.

Israel blames the violence on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders compounded on social media sites that glorify violence and encourage attacks.

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