- Title: Palestinian and U.S. leaders blame each other for violence
- Date: 7th February 2020
- Summary: BIL'IN VILLAGE, WEST BANK (FEBRUARY 7, 2020) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PALESTINIAN PROTESTERS THROWING BURNING TYRES AT ISRAEL'S BARRIER IN WEST BANK TYRES BURNING PALESTINIAN PROTESTERS CARRYING TYRES TO THROW AT FIRE NEAT ISRAEL'S BARRIER IN WEST BANK PROTESTER THROWING TYRE PROTESTERS CHANTING WHILE CARRYING POSTERS READING (Arabic, English, Hebrew): "FREE JONATHAN POLAK AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PROTESTER AND FORMER MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, MOHAMMAD BARAKEH, SAYING: "We are here to say that the Palestinian people are alive, and that the Palestinian people will not allow the Deal of the Century to pass, but they are fighting for their national character, the independence of their country with Jerusalem as its capital and for the return of the refugees." PALESTINIAN GIRLS CARRYING PALESTINIAN FLAGS VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS GATHERED AROUND FIRE, CARRYING PALESTINIAN FLAGS VIEW OF PROTEST AL-AROUB REFUGEE CAMP, WEST BANK (FEBRUARY 7, 2020) (REUTERS) ISRAELI SOLDIERS THROWING TEAR GAS PALESTINIAN PROTESTERS THROWING ROCKS AT ISRAELI SOLDIERS ISRAELI SOLDIERS RUNNING TOWARDS PROTESTERS TEAR GAS CANISTER BOMB EXPLODING PALESTINIAN PROTESTER THROWING ROCK AT ISRAELI SOLDIER VARIOUS OF PALESTINIAN PROTESTERS LIGHTING TYRES ON FIRE DURING CLASHES JERICHO, WEST BANK (FEBRUARY 7, 2020) (REUTERS) ISRAELI SOLDIER FIRING TEAR GAS AT PALESTINIAN PROTESTER PALESTINIAN PROTESTERS THROWING STONES TOWARDS ISRAELI SOLDIERS ISRAELI SOLDIERS FIRING AT PROTESTERS PALESTINIAN PROTESTERS THROWING STONES ISRAELI SOLDIERS ADDING BULLETS ISRAELI SOLDIERS FIRING TOWARDS PROTESTERS AZZUN, WEST BANK (FEBRUARY 7, 2020) (REUTERS) ISRAELI SOLDIERS RUNNING TOWARDS PALESTINIAN PROTESTERS ISRAELI SOLDIERS STANDING NEAR VEHICLES AMBULANCE DRIVING AT SCENE ISRAELI SOLDIERS STANDING NEAR VEHICLES, SMOKE FROM CLASHES AT SCENE
- Embargoed: 21st February 2020 14:52
- Keywords: Israel Palestinians Peace plan protests
- Location: BILâ€™IN VILLAGE, AZZUN, JERICHO, AL-AROUB REFUGEE CAMP, WEST BANK
- City: BILâ€™IN VILLAGE, AZZUN, JERICHO, AL-AROUB REFUGEE CAMP, WEST BANK
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Editors' Choice
- Reuters ID: LVA001BZM5P3B
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Palestinian and U.S. leaders blamed each other for a surge of violence, as tensions were high on Friday (February 7) a day after two Palestinians were killed and 16 Israelis injured.
It came amid Palestinian anger at U.S. President Donald Trump's Middle East peace plan, unveiled last week with Israel's prime minister at his side.
There were sporadic clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces near Azzun, where the funeral was held for the Palestinian officer killed in Jenin the previous day.
Palestinian authorities said he was killed by Israeli gunfire. Israeli officials did not comment, and Israeli media reported he was shot by troops by mistake.
Palestinians also clashed with Israeli troops in Jericho, and burned tyres in the West Bank village of Bil'in, and Palestinian medics said one protester had been critically wounded near Tulkarm.
"The Palestinian people will not allow the 'Deal of the Century' to pass," said Mohammed Barakeh, waving a Palestinian flag in Bil'in.
"They are fighting for their national character and the independence of their country," added Barakeh, a former Israeli lawmaker and member of Israel's 21 percent Arab minority, many of whom identify with their Palestinian brethren in the West Bank and Gaza.
President Mahmoud Abbas's Palestinian Authority has rejected Trump's peace plan, which would give Israel most of what it has sought during decades of conflict, including the disputed holy city of Jerusalem and nearly all the occupied land on which it has built settlements.
Israeli police said security chiefs had met late on Thursday (February 6) and decided to increase security "across the country, with emphasis on Jerusalem".
A police statement singled out the risk of trouble during Friday prayers at the Jerusalem holy site known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.
Palestinians have long boycotted relations with the Trump administration, which they view as biased against them. Washington says its plan offers a path towards a Palestinian state, and blames the Palestinian leadership for rejecting it over unrealistic demands.
(Production: Ashraf Abu Shawish, Ismael Khader, Adel abu Nemeh, Yusri Al-Jamal, Suheir Sheikh)
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