Stabbing Attack Thwarted at Eliyahu Checkpoint, Defense Ministry Says

Palestinian woman shot dead after pulling a knife from her bag; no other injuries reported; in letter, attacker says she acted 'in defense of my homeland.'

Defense Ministry (Courtesy)

A Palestinian woman was shot to death Monday morning as she attempted to commit a stabbing attack at a checkpoint in the West Bank. No other injuries were reported.

The Defense Ministry said that at around 7 A.M. a Palestinian woman approached cars at the Eliyahu checkpoint, which is on Route 55 near the settlement Alfei Menashe. Security forces stationed at the checkpoint demanded a number of times that she stop advancing toward the vehicles, but she did not heed their calls, the ministry's statement said. When the security forces fired warning shots into the air, the Palestinian woman drew a knife from the bag she was carrying, to which the security forces responded by opening fire at her, shooting her dead.

The Defense Ministry guards found a letter in the woman's bag in which she explained why she had set out to commit an attack.

"I don't know what will happen to me at the end of the road. I am fully aware of what I am doing. I am [doing this] in defense of my homeland, the young men and women. I cannot stand what I can't see, anymore, and I can't suffer anymore."

She then told her family she loves them and asked her father, mother, sisters and fiancé to forgive her actions and her choice to end her life in this way.

On Sunday, a 50-year-old Israeli man was seriously wounded after being stabbed in his car near the village of Nabi Elias. He managed to drive toward the nearby Eliyahu Crossing, from where he was evacuated to Meir Hospital, Kfar Sava.

The attack came hours after five Israelis were wounded in a pair of car-ramming and stabbing attacks elsewhere in the West Bank.