Israel Police Calls Off Raised Terror Alert in Jerusalem

Security officials step down hours after receiving warning of a possible attack; alert comes 2 days after the stabbing of 17-year-old Jerusalem resident.

Israel police called off a raised security alert in Jerusalem on Monday, hours after receiving warning of a possible terrorist attack. Police reinforcements stationed throughout the city were withdrawn.

The warning came two days after a 17-year-old resident of the Ramot neighborhood was stabbed while sitting on the curb near his home. According to an initial police investigation, the suspect is an young Arab who fled the scene of the crime, a fact that lead the police to believe that the attack had nationalist motives.

IDF in Beit Iksa - Tomer Appelbaum - October 2011
Tomer Appelbaum

The Ramot incident occurred several days after a Palestinian woman attempted to stab a settler at a bus station near the West Bank settlement of Gush Etzion. No-one was harmed in the attack.

Tensions have also risen in recent days over reports of Israeli plans to expand settlement construction in East Jerusalem, which it captured in a 1967 war and annexed as part of its capital in a move never recognized internationally.

Palestinians want to make East Jerusalem the capital of a state they seek to establish in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.