Jerusalem stabbing: British student, 21, killed close to Old City

Hannah Bladon, a University of Birmingham student, allegedly killed by Palestinian assailant on light railway

The young British victim of a fatal stabbing in Jerusalem has been named as Hannah Bladon, 21, a University of Birmingham student who was visiting the city as part of an exchange programme.

She was killed on Friday as thousands of Jewish and Christian pilgrims descended on the city’s holy sites for Good Friday and the Passover holiday.

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Balfour declaration still creating division | Letters

Sadly, Professor Hassassian’s piece (Opinion, 13 April) has nothing to say about the Palestinian leadership’s propagation of anti-Jewish hate speech, support for terrorism and continued rejection of peace talks. Nowhere in the text does Hassassian express any desire for peace and reconciliation. This invites the crucial question: what is the Palestinian leadership communicating to Israel? His refusal to come to terms with the Balfour declaration’s “national home for the Jewish people” is precisely the sort of intransigence that prevents a solution to the conflict.
Mark Regev
Ambassador, Embassy of Israel

• I wholeheartedlyagree with Manuel Hassassian that Britain must stop rubbing salt in the wounds of Palestinians, whose human rights are being violated while the British government claims to be standing up for rights around the world. Britain has done little to repair the damage caused during British rule in Palestine, and celebrating the Balfour declaration of 1917 highlights Britain’s unwillingness to undo the wrongs of the past century. Recognition of Palestine will not immediately end the Israeli occupation. But such recognition would be an important symbol of support for the Palestinian cause, warning Israel that its repressive and illegal policies will not be tolerated. This is the least Palestine deserves, given the decades of suffering.
Lauren Jones
Newcastle-upon-Tyne

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