Dec 28 2014
Dressed from head to toe in a Father Christmas outfit and wearing a gas mask, a Palestinian Muslim is shown throwing a tear gas capsule at Israeli security forces in Jerusalem the day after Christmas.
UK Daily Mail The violence was part of a protest against the security barrier and a Jewish residential neighborhood at Bil’in Village in the Judea-Samaria area of Jerusalem.
Elsewhere, a knife-wielding Palestinian man wounded two Israeli border police officers at the entrance to Jerusalem’s Old City. The attacker stabbed an officer in the neck and wounded the other at the Lion’s Gate in east Jerusalem, before fleeing.
The stabbing is the latest in a string of Palestinian attacks in recent months against Israelis that have included deadly assaults with guns, knives and vehicles.
The violence is largely from a dispute over the holy site in Jerusalem revered by Jews as the Temple Mount and by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and the site of Al Aqsa Mosque.
Israeli security officials have suggested the attacks are not carried out on the orders of any group or organization.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has accused President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority of encouraging violence after he urged Muslims to defend the Jerusalem holy site ‘by all means.’