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Protests and violence around Jerusalem

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By Euronews
Protests and violence around Jerusalem

<p>A young Palestinian has been shot dead as he ran at Israeli police officers wielding a knife at a checkpoint near the Palestinian town of Abu Dis.</p> <p>Donald Trump was visiting <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/22/watch-live-trump-and-netanyahu-joint-statement-from-jerusalem">Jerusalem’s Old City</a> just a few kilometres away as the incident took place.</p> <p>The Palestinian prisoners’ affairs committee had previously called for a “day of rage” to coincide with the US President’s visit to Bethlehem scheduled for the following day.</p> <h3>hunger strike continues</h3> <p>Meanwhile Palestinians continued their general strike in support of prisoners who have been on hunger strike for <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2017/05/22/west-bank-walk-out-supports-hunger-striking-palestinians-in-israeli-prisons">36 days</a>.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">1600 Palestinian prisoners continue the largest prison hunger strike in Israeli jails. Today marks day 36, week 6 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DignityStrike36?src=hash">#DignityStrike36</a></p>— DignityStrike36 (@DignityStrike36) <a href="https://twitter.com/DignityStrike36/status/866719189486239744">May 22, 2017</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Masked Fatah activists were out on the streets in Bethlehem to prevent people from going to work.</p> <p>Protesters blocked roads elsewhere in the West Bank; shops and government offices were closed; and transport ground to a halt.</p> <h3>spikes of violence</h3> <p>The Qalandia checkpoint on the outskirts of Jerusalem experienced violent clashes as Palestinian youths set tires on fire and threw bottles and stones.</p> <p>Israeli soldiers responded with tear gas and rubber bullets.</p>