Palestinian youths have clashed with Israeli soldiers at Joseph’s Tomb in the occupied West Bank and Israeli settlers stoned Palestinian vehicles after an Israeli civilian was shot dead and four others wounded.
The Ultra-Orthodox Jewish settlers were shot by a Palestinian policeman as they went to the holy site without permission.
The shrine, near Nablus in Palestinian controlled territory, can only be visited with an Israeli military escort.
The PLO’s Saeb Erekat said they are still trying to work out exactly what happened: “We have an investigation committee. But this behaviour of the settlers had led to the situation. We hold the Israeli government responsible for these settlers’ behaviour.”
Tension was already high in the West Bank after an Israeli family of settlers were stabbed to death last month near Nablus.
Israel’s Defence Minister Ehud Barak condemned the shooting as “murder”, said it was unjustified and called on the Palestinian Authority to “take all necessary measures” against those responsible.
Mourners at the funeral for the dead man shouted “vengeance”.