Protest set for Monday night by Israelis who say PM too soft on terror, after 4 Israelis killed since Thursday

Third Palestinian youth said killed in clashes with IDF

Palestinian teens also killed in Bethlehem and Tulkarem in past 24 hours; several hurt as stones thrown at Israeli vehicles in Jerusalem and West Bank

Palestinian demonstrators at a protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. (Photo by Flash90)
Palestinian demonstrators at a protest in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, Oct. 5, 2015. (Photo by Flash90)

A Palestinian youth was killed during violent clashes with Israel Defense Forces troops in the Beit Hanina neighborhood of East Jerusalem, Palestinian media reported Monday night.

This is the third Palestinian protester to have been reportedly killed during a confrontation with Israeli forces in 24 hours.

Channel 2 television said that violent clashes were also taking place Monday night in the Isawiya area of East Jerusalem.

Earlier Monday, a 13-year-old Palestinian was killed during a clash between protesters and Israeli security forces in the Aida refugee camp near the West Bank town of Bethlehem, Palestinian sources said.

Abdel Rahman Abdullah was hit by a gunshot in the chest, Palestinian medical sources said. He died in hospital shortly afterwards.

The IDF said it was aware of the boy being hit and was looking into the details of the incident. It said troops were attacked by Palestinian stone throwers in a violent demonstration. A second Palestinian was reported moderately injured in the same clash.

A funeral was held earlier in the day for an 18-year-old Palestinian who was killed in overnight clashes in Tulkarem during a violent riot.

The IDF said that an initial investigation into the death of the 13-year-old showed that he had been shot by a Ruger sniper rifle, according to the Walla news website. The rifle has recently been authorized for use by security forces in dispersing riots.

An investigation into the death of the 18-year-old in Tulkarem showed that troops in the area had fired a single live shot, Walla said. It was unclear whether that bullet hit the teen.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Monday evening ordered his security forces to crack down on Palestinian protests, saying he would not allow Israel to have the upper hand, Channel 2 reported.

Abbas’s orders come as clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces continued into Monday night, after a day of violence.

Two people were lightly hurt Monday night when stones were thrown at their bus in the French Hill neighborhood of Jerusalem, Channel 2 said. A 25-year-old man was taken to Shaare Zedek hospital in Jerusalem after he was hit in the back by glass, Maariv reported.

Cars driving through the Zif Junction in the Hebron region of the West Bank also came under attack by stone throwers, the Ynet news website reported Monday night. There were no reports of injuries.

Stones were also thrown at a bus during a protest in the predominantly Arab city of Nazareth in northern Israel on Monday night, Walla reported. There were no injuries, and the police launched an investigation.

Police were on high alert Monday ahead of evening events closing out the Sukkot holiday, Channel 2 reported earlier in the day, with thousands expected to visit the Western Wall and violence still plaguing the city.

Palestinian demonstrators near Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem threw pipe bombs at IDF and Border Police forces earlier on Monday, Channel 2 reported. There were no injuries. Some 300 hundred people were protesting close to the Jewish holy site, which is situated inside a Muslim cemetery.

Rioting was reported throughout the morning in the Hebron and Ramallah regions of the West Bank. Dozens of Palestinians reportedly suffered from tear gas inhalation while clashing with security forces in several locations around those cities. Protesters hurled rocks at the troops, though there were no reported Israeli injuries.

In Jerusalem, two Palestinians were arrested after assailing policemen and Border Policemen in the Old City. The two were taken in for questioning. A 17-year-old Palestinian was also arrested in the capital on suspicion of involvement in riots on and around the Temple Mount and the al-Aqsa Mosque.

A man was lightly wounded when stones were thrown at him on the Armon Hanatziv promenade in southern Jerusalem, the Hebrew-language website Maariv reported Monday afternoon. One person was arrested and security forces were searching for more suspects.

In East Jerusalem, Palestinian youths tried to block a junction in the Shuafat neighborhood, and threw stones at Border Police and police forces, Israel’s Walla website reported on Monday afternoon. Security forces used riot dispersal measures to break up the protests, Walla said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a security cabinet meeting Monday evening to receive an update on the situation on the ground, and decide on further actions to combat the violence. Thousands of Israelis were expected to protest outside his official residence in Jerusalem on Monday evening, against what they believe is insufficient government action in the face of rising terrorism. Four Israelis have been killed by Palestinian terrorists since Thursday.

Germany voiced concern Monday about the risk of a “new intifada,” three days ahead of Netanyahu’s visit to Berlin.

“What possibly awaits us here is something like a new intifada,” said foreign ministry spokesman Martin Schaefer. “That can’t be in anyone’s interest — it can’t be something anyone in Israel wants, or which any responsible Palestinian politician wants.

“That’s why it is… so important to search for ways and means to resume talks in order to reach a permanent solution.”

Abbas has called on the UN to provide international protection to the Palestinians in the face of escalating violence in the West Bank and Jerusalem.

According to a report in the official Palestinian Wafa news agency, Abbas spoke by phone on Sunday with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and urged him to act to stop what he called Israeli provocations, “before things get out of control.”

Hamas supporters gather at a rally in Gaza City on October 5, 2015 while Israeli security forces clash with Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank as a deadly cycle violence continues. (AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS)
Hamas supporters gather at a rally in Gaza City on October 5, 2015 while Israeli security forces clash with Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank as a deadly cycle violence continues. (AFP PHOTO/MAHMUD HAMS)

The UN chief said Sunday he was “deeply concerned” by recent regional events and urged both sides to “condemn violence and incitement, maintain calm and to do everything they can to avoid further escalation.”

An adviser to Abbas said Monday that the Palestinian leadership was not interested in a third intifada, and blamed Israel and Hamas for stoking the fires, Israel Radio reported.

Nimar Hamad told a Palestinian news website that Hamas was working to foment violence and undermine the PA leadership in the West Bank, while Jerusalem was interested in portraying Ramallah leadership as warmongering.

The Red Crescent said Monday that 456 Palestinians had been wounded within the past 24 hours in various confrontations with Israeli security forces, Israel Radio reported. The Palestinian medical organization added that 36 of the wounded suffered injuries from live ammunition, while 136 were hit by rubber pellets. Many others suffered the effects of inhaling tear gas. Israel did not confirm the figures.


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