Israeli soldiers shot dead Palestinian man after attack in Jerusalem

AFP , Sunday 29 Nov 2015

Israeli occupation forces shot dead a Palestinian man after he seriously wounded an Israeli border policeman on Sunday in a new knife attack against the occupiers.

The stabbing struck at Damascus Gate, the main entry point for Palestinians to the walled Old City of Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.

It brought to 99 the number of Palestinians killed since October 1.

The violence has also left 17 Israelis, an American and an Eritrean dead.

Attempts to ease the tensions, including a visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry last week, have proved unsuccessful.

The army shut down the Dream radio station in the city earlier on Sunday, the third private broadcaster in Hebron it has closed, accusing them of stoking the violence.

An Israeli minister raised the threat last week of shutting down Palestinian public broadcasters too, charging that they were guilty of fanning the flames as well.

The current wave of protests by Palestinians and repression by Israeli occupation forces started in late July when toddler Ali Dawabsha was burned to death and three other Palestinians were severely injured after their house in the occupied West Bank was set on fire by Israeli settlers.

Palestinian protests were also triggered by an increase in Jewish visitors to Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is considered the third holiest site in Islam. Palestinians fear that Israel is preparing to allow Jewish prayers in the mosque, which are not currently allowed.

Settlement-building, racial discrimination, confiscation of identity cards, long queues at checkpoints, as well as daily clashes and the desecration of Al-Aqsa mosque, have been Palestinians' daily routine.

The anger of Palestinian residents of Jerusalem has increased in the last three years after the Israeli authorities allowed increasing numbers of Jewish settlers to storm the Al-Aqsa mosque.

*The story was edited by Ahram Online.

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