Palestinians reject ISIL claim of Jerusalem attacks:

Asia Middle East Forum

Palestinian groups have rejected ISIL’s claim of responsibility for Friday’s attacks in Jerusalem, which left one Israeli police officer killed and resulted in Israeli soldiers killing three Palestinians.

It is the first attack in Israeli-occupied territory claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, known as ISIS) group. But the statement it released on Saturday appeared to have major discrepancies with Friday’s events.

Three Palestinians attacked officers at the Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalemlate on Friday and were killed by Israeli security forces.

Another Palestinian man from Hebron was also injured by Israeli security forces, despite playing no role in the attacks.

Hamas, the Palestinian group that administers the Gaza Strip, dismissed ISIL’s claim, saying the three attackers had come from among its own ranks, as well as the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP).

Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman, said the ISIL claim was…

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