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Daily Briefing May 17: Violence at Temple Mount as bereaved brother hopes for peace

Palestinian affairs correspondent Aaron Boxerman breaks down 3 recent Palestinian deaths and their aftershocks; environment reporter Sue Surkes updates us on a Jerusalem cable car

Welcome to The Times of Israel’s Daily Briefing, your 15-minute audio update on what’s happening in Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world, from Sunday through Thursday.

Palestinian affairs correspondent Aaron Boxerman and environment reporter Sue Surkes join host Amanda Borschel-Dan.

Last night thousands of Palestinians participated in the funeral procession for 21-year-old Walid a-Sharif, who Palestinians said died after being hit by a sponge-tipped bullet during the clashes on April 22. Israeli police said he fell and hit his head while throwing rocks. We’re again in a he-said-he-said situation. How is this affecting tensions on the Temple Mount?

We also learned of the death of Daoud Zubeidi, the brother of notorious terror chief and Gilboa prison escapee Zakaria Zubeidi. He reportedly died of wounds he sustained during a gun battle with Israeli soldiers.

We hear about takeaways from Boxerman’s conversation with Anton Abu Akleh, brother of Shireen Abu Akleh, the veteran Palestinian journalist shot dead under disputed circumstances in Jenin last week.

This week the Supreme Court gave the planned Jerusalem cable car a real boost. What are the next steps?

The Jewish holiday Lag B’Omer is set to spark off celebratory bonfires tomorrow night. How is Israel attempting to prevent wildfires ahead of the holiday — and the long, dry summer?

Discussed articles include:

Clashes erupt at Jerusalem funeral of Palestinian mortally wounded on Temple Mount

Daoud Zubeidi, brother of jailed terror chief, dies of wounds from battle with IDF

Abu Akleh’s brother slams police ‘brutal force’ at funeral, expresses hope for peace

High Court rejects petitions against plan to build cable car to Jerusalem’s Old City

Fire chief bans bonfires on Lag B’Omer festival outside of designated areas

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