Palestinian ‘Day of Rage’ attacks shake Jerusalem

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A Palestinian youth is silhouetted as he holds a toy gun and a Quran during a protest after Friday prayers on the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City July 24, 2015. A few dozen Palestinians protested on Friday, a day after an altercation between Jewish settlers and Palestinians took place at the compound. The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A Palestinian youth is silhouetted as he holds a toy gun and a Quran during a protest after Friday prayers on the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City July 24, 2015. A few dozen Palestinians protested on Friday, a day after an altercation between Jewish settlers and Palestinians took place at the compound. The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Ammar Awad

JERUSALEM (Reuters) Palestinian men armed with knives and a gun killed at least three people and wounded several others in a string of attacks in Jerusalem and near Tel Aviv on Tuesday, police said, on a “Day of Rage” declared by Palestinian groups.

A Palestinian youth is silhouetted as he holds a toy gun and a Quran during a protest after Friday prayers on the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City July 24, 2015. A few dozen Palestinians protested on Friday, a day after an altercation between Jewish settlers and Palestinians took place at the compound. The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Ammar Awad

A Palestinian youth is silhouetted as he holds a toy gun and a Quran during a protest after Friday prayers on the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary, and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City on July 24, 2015. A few dozen Palestinians protested on Friday, a day after an altercation between Jewish settlers and Palestinians took place at the compound. The Dome of the Rock is seen in the background. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Ammar Awad

With the worst unrest in years in Israel and the Palestinian territories showing no signs of abating, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a security cabinet meeting to discuss what police said would be new operational plans.

Officials said Israel’s public security minister was considering whether to seal off Palestinian neighbourhoods in East Jerusalem, home of many of the assailants of the past two weeks, from the rest of the city.

Unlike their brethren in the occupied West Bank, Palestinians in East Jerusalem can travel in Israel without restrictions. Israel annexed East Jerusalem after a 1967 war in a move that is not recognised internationally.

Adding to a growing sense of Israeli public insecurity, two Palestinians shot and stabbed passengers on a bus in Jerusalem, killing two and injuring four, police said. One of the assailants was killed, an ambulance service spokesman said, and the other captured.

“We don’t know what to do, or where to walk,” Avi Shemesh, a witness to the attack, told reporters. “They are Israel-haters and they need to be eliminated.”

Minutes later, another Palestinian rammed his car into a bus stop in the centre of Jerusalem, then got out and began stabbing pedestrians, killing one and wounding six, police said. They said the attacker had been “neutralized,” without saying what this meant.

Seven Israelis and 27 Palestinians, including nine alleged attackers and eight children, have died in almost two weeks of street attacks and security crackdowns.

The violence has been stirred in part by Muslim anger over increasing Jewish visits to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, Islam’s holiest site outside the Arabian Peninsula.


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In Raanana, just north of Tel Aviv, a Palestinian man stabbed and lightly wounded an Israeli on a shopping street during the morning rush hour, officials and witnesses said.

Amateur video distributed by police showed several men kicking and beating the alleged assailant as he lay on the ground. The ambulance service said he was seriously hurt.

A shopkeeper said that, after hearing shouting, he had grabbed a heavy wooden umbrella and run outside to confront the assailant.

“He started stabbing the guy. I hit him a couple of times and kicked him and the knife flew out of his hand,” the store owner said. “I wish I had had a gun – I would have shot him.”

Within an hour of that incident, another Palestinian stabbed and wounded four people in Raanana, police said.

The main Palestinian factions, including the Western-backed Fatah movement and the militant Hamas group, declared a “Day of Rage” on Tuesday across the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, accusing Israel of “escalating its crimes against our people” and carrying out “summary executions”.


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The leaders of Israel’s Arab community called for a commercial strike in their towns and villages.

The now-daily stabbings have raised speculation that Palestinians could be embarking on another uprising or intifada, reflecting a new generation’s frustrations over their veteran leadership’s failure to achieve statehood.

Palestinians also see increasing visits over the past year by Jewish groups and right-wing lawmakers to the Al-Aqsa plaza, revered by Jews as the site of two destroyed biblical temples and Judaism’s holiest place, as eroding Muslim religious control of the compound.

Netanyahu has said repeatedly that he will not allow any change to the status quo under which Jews are allowed to visit the site but non-Muslim prayer is banned, but his assurances have done little to quell alarm among Muslims across the region.

By Jeffrey Heller; Additional reporting by Maayan Lubell and Ori Lewis; Editing by Kevin Liffey

  • Bernardo

    And to the best of our knowledge, Abraham (and Moses and Noah) never existed. Ditto for the angel Gabriel. Once these religious id-iots get some education, there will peace in the Middle East!!

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  • Thibodeau

    Invade and occupy my land, and I’ll fight back in rage, too. Ask yourself how you’d like to have your family’s ancient grove or farm seized and sold to others based on their religion, before judging the Palestinians.

  • Garson Abuita

    Apparently in your mind it justifies murdering civilians.

  • Jack

    Based on the normal rules of historical evidence, Abraham, Moses, and Noah are deemed real people until proven otherwise.

    Again, according to normal evidentiary rules, it is not the absence of corroboration but the presence of contradiction that constitutes a refutation. It is not the Bible’s job to prove they existed; it is your job to prove they didn’t. You need to find documents contemporaneous to the biblical account that specifically questions their existence.

  • Larry

    “Based on the normal rules of historical evidence, Abraham, Moses, and Noah are deemed real people until proven otherwise. ”

    Wrong, the burden of proof belongs to the people making the claim. To claim they exist one needs to provide evidence. That being said, absence of proof is not proof of absence. The Bible itself has no inherent credibility as a historical text nor, was it meant to act as one.

    The most honest way to put it is to ignore both of you and say, “You believe Abraham, Moses, and Noah exists but there is little to no evidence to prove it one way or the other”.

  • Jack

    Thibodeau, the Palestinians refuse to accept Jewish sovereignty over even a single square inch of Israel, even though Israel is but a tiny sliver of the Jews’ ancestral homeland.

    Those two truths are the governing facts of this century-old conflict. It’s too bad your bigotry and hate blind you to this fundamental reality.

    And people like you are doing the Palestinians little good. Rather than facilitating moderation, you are enabling their delusional notion that one day they will get the upper hand and drive all the Jews into the Mediterranean.

    Way to go, Thibodeau. You’re a real man of peace…..NOT

  • Jack

    He obviously doesn’t care that it’s Jewish civilians who are being murdered. If it were the other way around, he would be screaming like a banshee about it.

  • rAmen, Larry. No evidence except parroting and rumors.

  • Jack

    Two dunces reinforcing each others’ ignorance and prejudice — wonderful.

    Historical evidence operates in exactly the same way that legal evidence does. The content of documents is to historians as the content of eyewitness testimony is to courts. In both instances, the burden is on those who would debunk the content. Documents and eyewitnesses are presumed veracious until a material contradiction, internal or external, is found. Lack of corroboration is never, ever sufficient to debunk a document or impeach a witness. What’s needed is the presence of serious, irreconcilable contradiction.

    Shame on both of you. If you’re even semi-educated, you should know this. You don’t have to go to an Ivy to learn it….although it helps, even today.

  • Thibodeau

    The IDF has directly or indirectly murdered 100 Palestinians for every dead Israeli.

  • Thibodeau

    It’s laughable that someone who supports the Gaza Ghetto, and the IDF’s 100 to 1 murder record against Palestinians has the nerve to point fingers anywhere but at Israel.

  • Thibodeau

    It’s laughable that supporters of the nation which created the Gaza Ghetto with tanks and rocket launchers point fingers anywhere but back at Israel and the murderous IDF.

  • Jack

    Right, how dare the democratic state of Israel defend itself against bands of homicidal maniacs — of demented frankenstinians whose idea of a fun time is blowing up moms and toddlers and grandfathers in pizza shops and wedding reception halls, when they get tired of lobbing rockets into nursery schools.

    And as for you, maybe we should call ICE and ship you back to be with your Jeffrey Dahmer-like comrades in the old country.

  • Jack

    In other words, in a war that your knuckle-dragging warthog comrades started, Israel is winning.

    Good. That means she’s still surviving.

  • Jack

    In other words, more evidence of how your warthog friends are losing their despicable quest to destroy Israel.

    Good…..better them than innocent Israeli civilians.

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