Israel To Take Steps To Calm Holy Site Unrest : John Kerry310 views
RIYADH: US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that Israel has agreed on steps to calm tensions over Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque, at the centre of Palestinian unrest, including 24-hour security cameras.
‘Day of rage’
In the latest violence, a Palestinian tried to stab a private security guard at an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank and was shot dead, police said.
“A terrorist, who arrived armed with a knife, tried to stab a security guard at the site. In response, the terrorist was shot by the security force at the scene and killed,” a police statement said.
Police said the alleged attacker arrived from the Palestinian side of the Al-Jalama checkpoint between the northern West Bank and Israel.
Earlier, an Israeli told police he had fought off an attempted knife attack near the Old City in annexed east Jerusalem. The alleged assailant fled.
In Tel Aviv, thousands of Israelis rallied for peace with the Palestinians, on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the assassination of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin by a Jewish rightwing extremist.
The demonstrators chanted “Jews and Arabs don’t want to hate each other” and “Israel, Palestine, two states for two peoples”.
Dov Kredo, 60, a protester who came from Galilee in northern Israel, said he feels “very pessimistic” about the current situation.
“It is much easier for people to answer the call of fear and hatred,” he said. – AFP