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Bridge of Chords, Jerusalem, attack 12.10Credit: MDA courtesy
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Tensions between Israel and the Palestinians continued to simmer on Monday. Six people were wounded in three stabbing attacks in Jerusalem, two of them seriously. In another similar attack, a border policemen was tageted but escaped unscathed. 

On Sunday evening, four Israelis were stabbed by an Israeli Arab assailant in northern Israel, hours after a police officer was wounded when a Palestinian driver detonated a bomb at a checkpoint on the route from Jerusalem to the West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Adumim.

A Palestinian boy was killed near Ramallah on Sunday, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent, and hundreds more were hurt in clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and on the Gaza border. A 30-year-old pregnant woman and her daughter were killed when the Israel Air Force struck what it said was a Hamas arms-production site in the northern Gaza Strip in response to rocket fire.

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Latest updates:

10:49 P.M. Knesset passes on first reading two bills which seek to crack down on stone-throwers and their families. 

The first bill sets a minimum sentence of three years in prison for throwing stones or attempting to harm another person with a weapon, and the second bill sets fines for parents to minors convicted of such offenses.

Forty-two lawmakers voted for the bill and 11 against. Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who presented the two bills, said the bills would make the Palestinians understand that "terrorism comes with a price," and were motivated by the "contempt for human life" expressed by the current penalties for throwing stones and firebombs. 

Meretz Chairwoman Zehava Galon called the bill "disgraceful," and said it shows the government has "lost its senses." "The solution for the phenomenon is only a diplomatic solution. You have no way to fight the aspiration of a people that don't want to be occupied anymore." (Jonathan Lis)

9:35 P.M. Three minors arrested for throwing stones at cars in Umm al-Fahm, no injuries reported. (Noa Shpigel)

8:50 P.M. Two wounded at the entrance to Jerusalem on the Bridge of Chords. One victim sustained moderate wounds, and the other sustained moderate wounds. Assailant killed on scene.

Initial police reports indicate that when the assailant failed to stab an IDF soldier on the bus, he tried to take his gun. A struggle ensued and a police officer shot the assailant. (Nir Hasson)

Jerusalem stabbing, MDA, 12.10Credit: MDA, courtesy

6:44 P.M. Two Palestininas were arrested near Issawiya for stone-throwing (Nir Hasson)

6:44 P.M. Update: Twenty Palestinians broke through the fence in the southern Gaza Strip, at the same location as Saturday. IDF forces are responding, and are currently closing in on their location. IDF forces are currently spraying protesters at the fence with gas, and shooting live rounds into the air.

The scene of the stabbing in Pisgat Ze'ev, October 12, 2016.Credit: Magen David Adom

6:42 P.M. Nearly 20 Arabs infiltrate Israel from Gaza, IDF forces responding (Almog Ben Zikri)

5:44 P.M. A young Arab woman told police that she tried to stab a taxi driver in Tel Aviv; motives appear to be criminal, not political. (Yaniv Kubovich)

5:40 P.M. In response to Herzog trying to outlaw Lehava, director Bentzi Gopstein responds "your grandfather is spinning in his grave." (Chaim Levinson)

Ala Raed Zyud, 22, a resident of Umm al-Fahm, is arrested after ramming his car into a bus stop near Givat Shmuel and then stabbing several people, October 11, 2015.Credit: Courtesy

4:49 P.M. Netanyahu: "I call upon Israeli Arabs - you see that Israel is the only normal and calm place in the entire region."

"I call Israeli Arabs to walk in the path of coexistence and loyalty to the state of Israel that they are part of." (Barak Ravid)

4:59 P.M. 8 minors arrested on suspicion of stone-throwing in Haifa. No injuries reported. (Noa Shpigel)

4:38 P.M. Netanyahu tells Knesset: "We are committed to the status quo in the Temple Mount and we protect the holy sites of all religions in Jerusalem." (Barak Ravid)

4:22 P.M. President Rivlin tells Knesset "In these tense days we must remember that we have to build trust between Jews and Arabs in Israel." (Barak Ravid)

3:41 P.M. "We extend a helping hand to the Palestinians, and they extend a knife," said MK Naftali Bennet. (Jonathan Lis)

3:25 P.M. Three males, aged 13, 16 and 20, were wounded in a stabbing attack in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Zeev. The 16-year-old is in critical condition, and the 20-year-old is in serious condition. Initial reports indicate that two attackers tried to flee onto Sderot Moshe Dayan, a busy street in the northern East Jerusalem settlement, and there they stabbed and critically wounded a 13-year-old who was riding his bike.

One assailant was shot and seriously hurt, while another was apprehended. According to Palestinian reports, the two attackers are members of the Mansara family. The older one, Ahmad, 17, is from Shuafat, and the 13-year-old, Mahmoud, is from Hizma, adjacent to Pisgat Zeev.

Locals saw the attack and began chasing the assailants. They caught and wounded one of them, and the other managed to escape until the police caught up with him shortly thereafter. They called for him to drop his knife, and when he did not, they shot and killed him. (Nir Hasson)

2:19 P.M. A stabbing attack is reported near the Israel Police headquarters in Jerusalem. (Nir Hasson)

Site of the stabbing attack in Jerusalem, Monday, October 2015.Credit: Nir Hasson

A police officer had noticed a suspicious person and asked her to stop, but she wouldn't. When he approached her, she turned towards him, knife in hand, and stabbed him. He managed to fend her off by shooting her. She was taken to the hospital in moderate condition.He sustained light wounds as well. Another suspect was apprehended. (Nir Hasson)

1:33 P.M. The Israeli-Arab who rammed his car into a bus stop before stabbing several people in northern Israel on Sunday claims he didn't plan to attack anyone, describing the incident as a car crash that escalated out of control.

Ala Raed Zyud, 22, a resident of Umm al-Fahm, made the claims at the Haifa Magistrate's Court, where his remand was extended by 10 days. 

During his initial interrogation, Raed Zyud said he crashed into the bus stop by accident, and that he took out the knife to protect himself from passersby who sought to attack him.

Following Monday's hearing, attorney Wisam Araf, Raed Zyud's public defender, reiterated his client's claim that he did not plan to carry out an attack. (Noa Shpigel)

1:22 P.M. Police chief Bentzi Sau tells lawmakers that the police responded to the recent upsurge in violence in East Jerusalem by changing its tactics, dispatching over 2,000 police officers into the city to push back Palestinians who were throwing stones and firebombs. Sau warned that this tactic comes with a price – less effective police coverage in the rest of the country. (Jonathan Lis)

12:10 P.M. The assailant who was shot dead after trying to stab a border policemen on Monday morning, is the 25th Palestinian to be killed in the latest round of violence, the Palestinian Health Ministry says. Fourteen of the 25 were killed in the West Bank and Jerusalem, while 11 were killed in Gaza. Among the dead are eight children, the ministry says.

According to the Palestinian data, 1,300 were wounded by live and rubber bullets fired by Israeli security forces. (Jack Khoury)

12:06 P.M. Five firebombs were hurled toward a tent at a school in the northern Israeli town of Eshbal. Damage was caused but no casualties were reported. (Noa Shpigel) 

12:02 P.M. Israeli security forces arrested 33 Palestinians in overnight West Bank raids early on Monday. (Jack Khoury)

11:47 A.M. Knesset Member Haneen Zoabi (United Arab List) is accusing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, the police and the army of "persecuting" Palestinian citizens of Israel and their leadership. "Youths and women, worshippers and protesters are targets of persecution and murder," Zoabi told Haaretz.

Zoabi said Netanyahu doesn't recognize the "rage and anger, and the thousand reasons for protests and political struggle" among Israeli Arabs, thinking instead that "the problem is a handful of extremists."

Zoabi condemned the efforts to ban the Islamic Movement, saying the government seeks to "remove the Palestinian citizens from the legitimate political arena and that is what encourages subversive activity."

"We are waging a legitimate political struggle," she said. (Almog Ben Zikri)

10:43 A.M. Security footage has been released from the scene of a terror attack that targeted policemen near Damascus Gate in Jerusalem on Saturday. The video shows an assailant who was detained by police for a security check taking out a knife and stabbing officers. The assailant is then shot by several policemen who were standing nearby. Three officers where wounded in the incident, two of whom were hurt by friendly fire.  

9:00 A.M.  A Palestinian assailant tried to stab an Israeli border policeman near the Lion's Gate in Jerusalem before being shot dead by security forces. The policeman wasn't wounded.

According to initial reports, the assailant, Mustafa al-Khatiba, was walking down the street with his hand in his pocket, raising the suspicions of the Border Police, who asked him to stop for a security check. He then tried to attack one of the officers, who was wearing protective gear and wasn't hurt. (Nir Hasson)

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