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I write to you at the request of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding a heinous terror attack that has claimed the lives of yet more innocent Israelis. Just today, on the eve of Shabbat, a family driving to a wedding celebration was ambushed by Palestinian terrorists who shot at them and killed a father and his teenage son. Five family members who were sitting in the backseat, including four young children, watched as their loved ones were murdered in cold blood in front of their eyes.
Each day seems to bring with it news of yet another gruesome attack, in which lives are lost, families are torn apart and joyous occasions are turned into times of grief. Since my most recent letter to you, merely a week ago (S/2015/839), two ramming attacks, seven stabbings and three shooting attacks have claimed the lives of three Israelis and injured 11. A complete list detailing the terror attacks that have taken place since my most recent letter dated 4 November is attached to the present letter (see annex).
The spark for these violent attacks is the constant incitement by the Palestinian Authority in the media and in its educational system. Even after this latest horrific incident, the leadership of the Palestinian Authority remains silent, and has failed to condemn the murder of innocent people.
The State of Israel demands that the Palestinian culture of terror and incitement come to an end. I call on you to publicly condemn this recent attack and to demand an end to the dangerous incitement which is the driving force behind this wave of terror.
I should be grateful if you would have the present letter and its annex distributed as a document of the Security Council.
Terror attacks in Israel since 4 November 2015
The following is a review of major terror attacks against Israeli civilians that have occurred since 4 November 2015. This is a partial list that does not include attacks thwarted by the security forces or the instances of rock throwing and Molotov cocktails attacks that did not result in severe injuries.
· Hebron area: A Border Police officer was critically injured in a ramming attack; he died of his wounds on 8 November. Another officer was injured in the attack.
· Gush Etzion: Attempted stabbing attack.
· Sha'ar Binyamin (commercial centre north of Jerusalem): An Israeli was injured in a stabbing attack.
· Hebron: Two teens, aged 16 and 18, were injured in a shooting attack near the Tomb of the Patriarchs.
· Beit Anun junction, north of Hebron: An Israeli soldier was severely injured in a shooting attack. The assailant (age 16, from the village of Bani Naim) was apprehended.
· Tapuah junction (Samaria): Four Israelis were wounded in a car-ramming terror attack directed at a group of people at a hitchhiking stop. The injured include a pregnant woman (slightly injured) and two persons in serious condition (one is still in intensive care as at 13 November).
· Beitar lilt (south of Jerusalem): A civilian security guard was slightly wounded in a stabbing attack.
· In the vicinity of Alfei Menashe, northern Samaria: An Israeli man was seriously injured in a stabbing attack in the Palestinian village of Nabi Ilyas, when he stopped to shop at a stall.
· In the vicinity of Alfei Menashe, northern Samaria: Attempted stabbing by a Palestinian woman (23, from Qalqilya).
· Jerusalem, Pisgat Zeev: A light-rail security guard was stabbed and moderately wounded by two young Arabs (ages 11 and 14).
· Jerusalem, Damascus Gate: A terrorist attacked security forces with a knife.
· Bethlehem/Abu Dis: Attempted stabbing attack on security forces.
· Otniel junction, near Hebron: An Israeli father and his teenage son were shot dead by two Palestinian gunmen who fired on their vehicle. Five family members, including four young children, were in the car at the time of the attack.