Days after ax attack, Arab workers return to Ma’ale Adumim

Starting tomorrow on Tuesday, police will let Palestinian workers again enter Ma'ale Adumim to the east of Jerusalem, after they were banned from entry after an Arab worker conducted a horrifying ax terror attack against a Jewish security guard at the town's mall.

In the attack last Thursday 21-year-old Saadi Ali Abu Hamad, who was employed at the mall, attacked 48-year-old father of four Tzvika Cohen, leaving him in critical condition.

Cohen still is fighting for life, with Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem updating on Monday night that he remains in serious yet stable condition. Hamad has since been arrested.

In an appraisal of the security situation led by Judea-Samaria district police commander Maj. Gen. Shlomi Michaeli, it was decided to allow the Arab workers back in to the town following a check by the IDF Civil Administration of their work entry permits.

Police say the Civil Administration made a renewed examination of all Arab workers with entry permits, checking their security and criminal backgrounds.

"Security forces continue with reinforced deployment in the area of the city Ma'ale Adumim while placing an emphasis on crowded sites and the entrances to towns and industrial areas in the region," read a police statement.

The horrific ax attack highlights concerns over the threat of Arab workers, a threat which has been raised in countless attacks conducted by Palestinian employees. Earlier this month Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett proposed to solve terror precisely by doubling the number of Arab work entry permits, calling for another 100,000 permits.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/208703

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