The Israeli mayor of West Jerusalem, Nir Barkat on Thursday delivered a message to the settlers to ‘come out with their guns.”
“Come out today with your licensed guns, for those who know how to use it, that’s what needed right now. In a way, this is like reserve duty,” Barkat said on the Israeli GLZRadio.
Barkat also said that the Palestinians groups “harassing” settlers in general have to be prevented from going up to the Al-Aqsa mosque compound.
He also called on the Israeli government to increase the security in Jerusalem’s schools, past 1:30 PM.
An Israeli settler, around 36 years old, on Wednesday morning shot, seriously injured a Palestinian girl, Shurouq Dwayyat (18). Several eyewitnesses said the settler was harassing her, and when she tried to defend herself, he shot her with four bullets.
Clashes sparked in Bethlehem after the news of the shooting, especially that the student was on her way to Bethlehem University when she was attacked.
The shooting happened outside the Lion’s Gate (Bab Al-Asbat), in the Old City of Jerusalem, after a 48-hour-seige had been lifted following several shootings and deaths.
In the same area, two Israeli settlers were killed on Saturday after stabbed by a Palestinian 19-year-old, Muhannad Halabi, who was immediately shot dead by the Israeli police.
On Sunday dawn, a Palestinian youth, Fadi Alloun (21) was shot dead by Israeli police on settlers’ orders, in the Bab Al-Amoud area (Damascus Gate) of Jerusalem, and on Sunday night another Palestinian youth was shot during clashes in Tulkarm, named Huthaifa Sulaiman (19).
On Monday, 13-year-old schoolboy AbdulRahman Obeidallah was executed by an Israeli sniper on his way home from school in Aida refugee camp, Bethlehem.
On Wednesday, Amjad Jundi (17) was killed by IOF after he allegedly tried to stab an Israeli soldier.