Israeli police shot dead Palestinian after stabbing three in Jerusalem

AFP , Wednesday 23 Dec 2015

Two Palestinians stabbed three Israelis near Jerusalem's Old City on Wednesday before police shot them, killing one attacker and wounding the other, Israeli occupation police said.

Israel's Magen David Adom emergency medical service said the three victims were taken to hospitals in Jerusalem in serious condition.

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 has been edited by Ahram Online.

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