JERUSALEM – An erroneous claim by Mahmoud Abbas that a 13-year-old Palestinian boy was killed by Israelis has fueled new Israeli allegations that the Palestinian leader is inciting to violence.
The boy, Ahmed Manasra, was involved in a stabbing attack on two Israelis, and is in stable condition in an Israeli hospital. Palestinians were enraged by footage showing the wounded Ahmed lying on the ground after the attack, as bystanders yell "Die!" at him.
Abbas said late Wednesday that Israel engaged in the "execution of our children in cold blood, as they did with Ahmed Manasra." Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Abbas of "lies and incitement."
In the past month, eight Israelis were killed in Palestinian attacks and 31 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire, 14 identified by Israel as attackers.