Mahmoud Abbas
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Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday night condemned Israel for killing a terrorist who stabbed a Border Police officer.

Abbas, in a statement quoted by AFP, condemned the "killing by the occupation forces" of 21-year-old Rafiq Taj from Shechem, the terrorist who stabbed and lightly wounded the Israeli officer near the Tapuah Junction, in northern Samaria.

Other guards quickly responded by opening fire on the terrorist.

The attack was one of two stabbing attacks that took place over Shabbat. The first attack took place on Saturday morning, when a Palestinian Arab terrorist stabbed a soldier near a checkpoint on Highway 443 in central Samaria.

Abbas noted the "dangerous escalation" in the form of "daily killing with no end," and called on the international community not to remain silent, according to AFP.

He failed to condemn either of the stabbing attacks, which were the latest in a series of recent escalations in Judea and Samaria.

On Friday, a fire broke out at a self service gas station on Highway 60, near the community of Eli in the Mateh Binyamin Regional Council, north of Jerusalem.

The gas station, which is located on one of the main traffic arteries in Judea and Samaria, is accessible to both Israelis and Palestinian Arabs. Eyewitnesses said they saw a Palestinian vehicle entering the station and setting it on fire before fleeing the scene.

There have been tensions in the area in recent days, particularly since the arson attack on the Palestinian Arab village of Duma, which groups such as Hamas and Fatah have threatened to avenge.

Overnight Thursday, Arab terrorists threw a firebomb at the Nof Shmuel Jewish building in the Arab neighborhood of Beit Hanina in Jerusalem.

Miraculously, while the occupants of Nof Shmuel were sleeping inside their home as it was being firebombed, no one was injured. One of their vehicles was badly damaged, however. 

On Wednesday, three Jews were beaten brutally by dozens of Arabs near Atarot, after one Arab driver's road rage snowballed into a lynch mob.

Within minutes, police arrived; they had apparently been alerted to the sequence of events by another driver. The Arabs fled the scene before they could be apprehended, in the direction of Qalandiya, an Arab village just west of the boundary line of Jerusalem in the direction of Ramallah.

Last week, 27-year-old Inbar Azrak was injured in a firebomb attack on her car at Jerusalem’s Beit Hanina intersection.