IDF, Arab Rioters Clash at Hevron Terrorist’s Funeral

Clashes broke out Wednesday between Palestinian youths and Israeli forces in Hevron following the funeral of a female terrorist shot dead after trying to stab a soldier.

Around 50 rioters threw stones at soldiers, who responded with stun grenades and tear gas in the flashpoint city, cite of Judaism's second holiest site, the Tomb of the Patriarchs, and where some 500 Israeli Jews live under heavy guard surrounded by largely hostile Palestinians.

The clashes followed the funeral of 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamon, who died after being shot by Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint on Tuesday.  

Several thousand people joined the funeral procession, carrying photos of her with her face completely veiled, as well as Palestinian flags.

The military said she was shot while attempting to stab a soldier, but her father, Salaheddin al-Hashlamon, said she was innocent and had been killed "in cold blood" by multiple shots.

Her death followed that of another Palestinian who accidentally killed himself in a village outside Hebron, when an explosive device he intended to toss at a military vehicle detonated in his hands, according to both the IDF and local Palestinians.

But in keeping with its usual line, the Palestinian Authority said the man, whom they identified as Dia al-Talahmeh, 21, was shot dead by Israeli troops and made no mention of any explosive device.

His funeral was held in Hevron on Tuesday.

Their deaths came amid high tensions throughout Israel after more than a week of Muslim riots – particularly in Jerusalem – with the convergence of the Jewish Yom Kippur and Muslim Eid al-Adha holidays.

Jerusalem has been placed under tight security, with thousands of Israeli police deployed and checkpoints between Jerusalem and Judea-Samaria closed, as is usual for Yom Kippur.  

Yom Kippur began at sundown Tuesday and ended at sundown Wednesday. Eid al-Adha begins on Wednesday evening and continues until Sunday.

Next week, Jews celebrate Sukkot, a holiday that usually leads to an increase in visits to the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site and also the site of the Muslim Al Aqsa complex. Islamists have been mounting a campaign to prevent Jews from ascending, which culminated in the riots over the past week.

PA president Mahmoud Abbas threatened Tuesday a new intifada, or uprising, if the volatility at the Temple Mount compound worsens.

A UN this week said "the absence of a political process and the rise of violent extremism and terrorism in the region present a danger as much to the legitimate aspirations of Palestinians for statehood, as to the security of Israel."

Peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians have been at a standstill for more than a year.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/200994

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