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Stabbings and shootings across Jerusalem and the West Bank

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By Catherine Hardy  with REUTERS, APTN
Stabbings and shootings across Jerusalem and the West Bank

<ul> <li>Palestinian shot dead outside Jerusalem Old City</li> <li>Hundreds attend funeral of stabbed Israeli soldier <p></li> </ul> <h3><strong>The news</strong></h3> <p>Israeli security services have shot dead a Palestinian man after he stabbed two police officers outside Jerusalem’s Old City on Friday.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Two Israelis injured, Palestinian attacker killed in <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Jerusalem?src=hash">#Jerusalem</a> (<span class="caps">AFP</span> pic) <a href="https://t.co/WjJwydkpbp">https://t.co/WjJwydkpbp</a> <a href="https://t.co/4lgkb2AwHL">pic.twitter.com/4lgkb2AwHL</a></p>— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/XHNews/status/700634417782349824">February 19, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The two officers, who are in their twenties, were lightly wounded.</p> <p>The attacker is thought to be a 20-year-old from East Jerusalem.</p> <p>A female bystander is believed to have been injured when the security forces opened fire.</p> </p> <h3><strong>West Bank stabbing</strong></h3> <p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Terror victim's wife at funeral: 'You didn’t have a gun but you ran… <a href="https://t.co/ILZcq33JqK">https://t.co/ILZcq33JqK</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ArabIsraeliConflict?src=hash">#ArabIsraeliConflict</a> <a href="https://t.co/Rj47Pj8cV0">pic.twitter.com/Rj47Pj8cV0</a></p>— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) <a href="https://twitter.com/Jerusalem_Post/status/700649498557550592">February 19, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>It comes a day after a 21-year-old off-duty soldier was stabbed to death in the West Bank.</p> <p>A second person was seriously wounded in the attack, which was carried out by two Palestinian youths.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Off-duty <span class="caps">IDF</span> soldier killed in West Bank stabbing attack laid to rest… <a href="https://t.co/rqq6kYLhNa">https://t.co/rqq6kYLhNa</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ArabIsraeliConflict?src=hash">#ArabIsraeliConflict</a> <a href="https://t.co/52S79wMM0n">pic.twitter.com/52S79wMM0n</a></p>— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) <a href="https://twitter.com/Jerusalem_Post/status/700571557546987520">February 19, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Hundreds of Israelis turned out on Friday for the funeral of Sergeant Tuvia Weissman.</p> </p> <h3><strong>Rising tension – the context</strong></h3> <p> <p>This latest wave of violence began last October.</p> <p>It has been fuelled by factors including a dispute over Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque.</p> </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"align="center"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Report: <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Israel?src=hash">#Israel</a> started building 1,800 house in West Bank Jewish <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/settlements?src=hash">#settlements</a> in 2015 <a href="https://t.co/8074U5zZ6p">https://t.co/8074U5zZ6p</a> <a href="https://t.co/QtTpf0h2TE">pic.twitter.com/QtTpf0h2TE</a></p>— China Xinhua News (@XHNews) <a href="https://twitter.com/XHNews/status/698954323296980992">February 14, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>The growth of Jewish settlements on land Palestinians have earmarked for an independent state is another major source of disagreement.</p> </p> <ul> <li>28 Israeli citizens have been killed by Palestinians</li> <li>A US citizen has also been killed</li> </ul> <p>Israel says young Palestinians are being incited to violence by their leaders and by Islamist groups calling for Israel’s destruction. <p></p> <ul> <li>164 Palestinians, many of whom were teenagers, have been killed by Israeli security forces</li> <li>Israel says 108 were attackers</li> <li>The others died during violent protests</li> </ul> <p>Palestinian leaders say that, with no breakthrough on the horizon, desperate youngsters see no future ahead.</p> </p> <h3><strong>What they are saying</strong></h3> </p> <p><em>“The terrorist attacked a police team from behind, stabbed and lightly wounded them. The team responded with gunfire and neutralised teh terrorist.”</em> – <strong>Luba Samri</strong>, Israeli police spokesperson.</p> <p><em>“This is a new, troubling phase. Israeli and Palestinian leaders must provide a political horizon to their people and reject incitement by extremists in their own camps.”</em> – <strong>Nickolay Mladenov</strong>, UN envoy on Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking, briefing UN Security Council on Thursday.</p>