Israeli officials said the Palestinians were manipulating the matter to draw attention to the Israeli blockade in the absence of laboratory testing to confirm veterinary assessments.
Lt. Col. Yarden Vatikay, a spokesman for the military-run Israeli Civil Administration that oversees Israeli-controlled areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip, rejected the claim. "They're blaming Israel for denying access for medical treatment for the cows, which is a complete lie. . . . They are blaming Israel and using these cases as propaganda and lies against Israel," Vatikay said.
Meanwhile on Sunday, Palestinians fired three mortar shells at the Israeli farming community of Nahal Oz near Gaza in the first such attack on Israeli territory during the nearly 6-month-old Palestinian uprising, the army said. A soldier was wounded.