Jerusalem Old City ban follows killings

Israel is under pressure to take action after two people were killed and two others, including a two-year-old toddler, were wounded in a stabbing attack in Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday evening.

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Netanyahu convened an emergency meeting of top security officials on Sunday, after which he declared that “additional steps to deter terror and punish terrorists”.

In the second incident, a Palestinian teenager stabbed an Israeli teenager on a street in West Jerusalem in the early hours of Sunday.

“According to what I see, the third Intifada has started”, the man police identified as the knife attacker posted on his Facebook page on Friday, citing the tension at al-Aqsa.

The clashes broke out as troops surrounded the home of a Palestinian suspect in the Jenin refugee camp.

“Netanyahu is trying to have his own “Defensive Shield” by sealing off Jerusalem and closing off the entire West Bank, while the world is looking elsewhere in the region”.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to return from the United States yesterday and hold consultations with Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon.

For example, the BBC first headlined the story of the Lions’ Gate attack “Palestinian shot dead after Jerusalem attack kills two”. Israeli forces reportedly used live ammunition and steel bullets against the protesting Palestinians Sunday.

Slier added that the attacks by Palestinians on Israeli’s are exacerbating “an already tense situation that has been fuelled by clashes between Israeli police and Palestinians in the Al-Aqsa mosque compound”.

The BBC then removed the inverted commas around “Palestinian”, and eventually shifted its wording to “Jerusalem: Palestinian kills two Israelis in Old City“.

Tensions have run high in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem since the killing last week of two Jewish settlers near Itamar settlement southern West Bank city of Nablus.

The statement also said that access to the Temple Mount for Muslim prayer will be limited to men aged 50 and over; there will be no age limit for females.

In the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, a few 200 masked protesters threw stones at Israeli police, who responded with rubber bullets. The city’s mayor Nir Barkat called the violence a “direct result” of Palestinian incitement.

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An Israeli couple was killed on Thursday in front of their four children in a West Bank attack allegedly carried out by a Palestinian. The Palestinian Authority has blamed the escalation on continued Israeli occupation of territories Palestinians want as part of their future state.

The couple were killed on a remore road near Nablus
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