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BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Sunday that the home of Omar al-Abed would be punitively demolished after the 19-year-old Palestinian stabbed and killed three Israeli settlers on Friday, as several Israeli officials called for the death penalty to be imposed on al-Abed.

Al-Abed was shot and moderately wounded after breaking into a home in the illegal settlement of Halamish in the central occupied West Bank and carrying out a stabbing attack that killed Yosef Salomon, 70, and his adult children, Chaya, 46, and Elad, 36, and left Salomon’s wife Tova seriously wounded.
The deadly attack took place after three Palestinians were killed — two of them by Israeli police and one reportedly by an Israeli settler — when large-scale civil disobedience demonstrations against Israeli measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound erupted into violent clashes earlier on Friday, in which hundreds more unarmed Palestinians were wounded by Israeli forces.
During Sunday’s security cabinet meeting, Netanyahu denounced the killing of the Salomons at the hands of “a beast incited by Jew-hatred,” adding that “the home of the loathsome terrorist will be demolished as soon as possible.”
Netanyahu fast-tracked punitive home demolitions in an effort to “deter” attacks carried out by Palestinian individuals since the beginning of a wave of violence across the occupied Palestinian territory in late 2015, despite past recommendations by an Israeli military committee that the practice did not deter attacks.

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Palestinians gather to protest against Israeli restrictions on Al-Aqsa Mosque, in Gaza City, Gaza on 23 July 2017

The Israeli Magistrates Court in Jerusalem yesterday banned five Palestinian activists and political leaders from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque until 2 August.

According to the Palestinian Prisoners Club the Israeli court has released the activists. As well as temporarily banning them from entering Jerusalem they have prohibited

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Image of Shaikh Raed Salah

Israel’s Transportation and Intelligence Minister has announced that he is seeking to have Shaikh Raed Salah deported, Safa reported on Sunday. “I spent 15 years trying to delegitimise Shaikh Raed Salah,” wrote Ysirael Katz on Twitter. “Today’s mission is to deport him out of the borders of Israel.”

Katz apparently said that the leading “Israeli-Arab” activist should be deported to Lebanon or the occupied Gaza Strip, which has been under an Israeli siege for 11 years.

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Video of the Week New Clashes Erupt Between Israeli Security Forces, Muslim Worshippers

Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives.

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