Palestinian wielding knife shot dead: Israeli police

Israeli border policemen beat a Palestinian journalist during clashes with Palestinian protesters near the Jewish settlement of Bet El, near the West Bank city of RamallahIsraeli security forces shot and killed a Palestinian who ran at them with a knife in the occupied West Bank on Saturday, police said, as a month-long wave of violence showed no signs of abating. An Israeli police spokeswoman said that at a checkpoint in the northern West Bank a Palestinian holding a knife ran toward a security officer who called on him to stop. A growing number of visits by religious Jews to the al-Aqsa plaza – Islam’s holiest site outside Saudi Arabia and revered in Judaism as the location of two destroyed biblical temples – have stirred Palestinian allegations that Israel is violating a “status quo” under which non-Muslim prayer there is banned.

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