Palestinians banned from Jerusalem’s Old City in wake of 2 stabbing attacks


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinians will be banned from entering the Old City of Jerusalem for the next two days following two terrorist attacks, including one that killed two Jewish-Israelis.

Access to the Old City will be limited to Israeli citizens, Old City residents, tourists, businesspeople who work there and students at schools in the Old City, the Israel Police said in a statement.

The statement also said that access to the Temple Mount for Muslim prayer will be limited to men aged 50 and over; there will be no age limit for females. The worshippers will only be able to enter the Temple Mount from the Lion’s Gate, where two Israeli men were stabbed to death by a Palestinian assailant on Saturday night. The attacker was killed in a shootout with police.

Adele Bennett, the wife of one of the slain men, Aharon Bennett, is in serious condition in Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem with injuries suffered in the attack. She is in a coma and on life support.

Aharon Bennett, also known as Benita, was identified Sunday morning by the Israel Defense Forces as an active duty soldier. He was posthumously promoted to the rank of corporal, the IDF announced.

The 15-year-old Jewish teen who was stabbed early Sunday morning by a Palestinian assailant in Jerusalem is recovering at the city’s Shaare Zedek Hospital.


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