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Biden criticizes Palestinians for not condemning attackers

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden criticized “the failure to condemn” a Palestinian stabbing spree that killed an American student

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden criticized “the failure to condemn” a Palestinian stabbing spree Wednesday that killed an American student, after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ political party posted a statement online praising the stabber.

The stabbing spree took place near the sea in the city of Jaffa, where Biden was meeting with Israel’s former president. Biden said his wife and grandchildren were having dinner on the beach not far from where it happened.

For more than five months, there has been a rash of Palestinian attacks on Israeli civilians and security forces.

Palestinians say the violence stems from frustration at nearly five decades of Israeli rule over the West Bank and east Jerusalem. Israel says the violence is fueled by a campaign of Palestinian incitement compounded on social media sites that glorify and encourage attacks.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Abbas’ Fatah party for its statement calling the stabber a “hero” and “martyr.”