Palestinians reject USA blame accusation after deadly attack

Roughly 500,000 Israelis now live in more than 100 Jewish-only settlements that have been built since Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967.

Israeli authorities have approved more than 1,100 new settlement homes in the occupied West Bank, the Peace Now NGO said today, the latest in a raft of such moves in recent months.

J Street and its student affiliate, J Street U, launched a campaign a year ago to prevent the demolition of Palestinian homes.

The attack took place near the Palestinian village of Surra, which was raided shortly after the incident.

It was unclear whether the gun attack on the Israeli or Thursday's shooting death of the Palestinian near Nablus were related to Trump's declaration.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced December 6 the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and the transfer of his country's embassy to it, which stirred angry Palestinian, Arab and worldwide reactions.

No group immediately said it was behind the shooting, but the Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad praised the attackers.

U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman responded to Tuesday's attack on Twitter, writing that Shevah was "killed last night in cold blood by Palestinian terrorists". "Look no further to why there is no peace", Friedman said.

Ghassan Daghlas, who monitors settlements activities in the north of the West Bank told WAFA that Israeli soldiers blocked off the junction connecting Tell and Iraq Burin, south of Nablus.

Israeli occupation forces set up roadblocks and deployed around a major Palestinian city in the illegally occupied West Bank on Wednesday, in a manhunt for Palestinians who shot dead an Israeli settler.

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett tweeted that the terrorists that killed Raziel "knew how much money they would receive for the murder".

The PA refers to the Western-backed Palestinian Authority, which governs autonomous zones within the West Bank but has no authority in the 60 per cent of the territory known as Area C, where settlements are located.

Meanwhile, the ministry issued another statement accusing the United States envoy to Israel David Friedman of adopting the policies of Israeli occupation through his attack on the Palestinian National Authority (PNA).

The Palestinians also see them as symbolically important after decades of yearning for elusive statehood and struggle against Israel's occupation.

  • Tracy Klein