Palestinian 'Day of Rage' attacks kill three: Israeli police

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Multiple Stabbings in Israel Kill at Least Two

Palestinian men armed with knives and a gun killed at least three people and wounded several others in a string of attacks in Jerusalem and near Tel Aviv on Tuesday, police said, on a "Day of Rage" declared by Palestinian groups.

With the worst unrest in years in Israel and the Palestinian territories showing no signs of abating, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called a security cabinet meeting for 3 p.m. to discuss what police said would be new operational plans.

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Officials said Israel's public security minister was considering whether to seal off Palestinian neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, home of many of the assailants of the past two weeks, from the rest of the city.

Unlike their brethren in the occupied West Bank, Palestinians in East Jerusalem can travel in Israel without restrictions. Israel annexed East Jerusalem after a 1967 war in a move that is not recognized internationally.

Adding to a growing sense of Israeli public insecurity, two Palestinians shot and stabbed passengers on a bus in Jerusalem, killing two and injuring four, police said. One of the assailants was killed, an ambulance service spokesman said, and the other captured.

"We don't know what to do, or where to walk," Avi Shemesh, a witness to the attack, told reporters. "They are Israel-haters and they need to be eliminated."

Minutes later, another Palestinian rammed his car into a bus stop in the center of Jerusalem, then got out and began stabbing pedestrians, killing one and wounding six, police said. They said the attacker had been "neutralized", without saying what this meant.

Seven Israelis and 27 Palestinians, including nine alleged attackers and eight children, have died in almost two weeks of street attacks and security crackdowns.

The violence has been stirred in part by Muslim anger over increasing Jewish visits to the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem, Islam's holiest site outside the Arabian Peninsula.

RUSH HOUR ATTACK

In Raanana, just north of Tel Aviv, a Palestinian man stabbed and lightly wounded an Israeli on a shopping street during the morning rush hour, officials and witnesses said.

Amateur video distributed by police showed several men kicking and beating the alleged assailant as he lay on the ground. The ambulance service said he was seriously hurt.

A shopkeeper said that, after hearing shouting, he had grabbed a heavy wooden umbrella and run outside to confront the assailant.

"He started stabbing the guy. I hit him a couple of times and kicked him and the knife flew out of his hand," the store owner said. "I wish I had had a gun - I would have shot him."

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Palestinian 'Day of Rage' attacks kill three: Israeli police
Palestinian protesters run for cover from tear gas fired by Israeli soldiers during clashes, after the funerals of Ahmed Abu al-Aish, 28, and Laith Manasrah, 21, from Qalandia refugee camp, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. Two Palestinians were killed and three wounded in clashes with Israeli troops early Monday in a Palestinian refugee camp in the Jerusalem area, a Palestinian health official said. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Palestinians carry an injured man during clashes with Israeli troops, after the funerals of Ahmed Abu al-Aish, 28, and Laith Manasrah, 21, from Qalandia refugee camp, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015. Two Palestinians were killed and three wounded in clashes with Israeli troops early Monday in a Palestinian refugee camp in the Jerusalem area, a Palestinian health official said. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Israeli troops fire tear gas during clashes with Palestinian demonstrators near Ramallah, West Bank, Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. Tensions and violence have been mounting in recent weeks, in part fueled by Palestinian fears that Israel is trying to expand its presence at a major Muslim-run shrine in Jerusalem, a claim Israel has denied. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Palestinians carry an injured man during clashes with Israeli troops near Ramallah, West Bank, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2015. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for calm during a surprise visit to Jerusalem on Tuesday ahead of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders, in a high-profile gambit to bring an end to a monthlong wave of violence.(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Palestinians burn tires during clashes with Israeli troops near Ramallah, West Bank, Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. Tensions and violence have been mounting in recent weeks, in part fueled by Palestinian fears that Israel is trying to expand its presence at a major Muslim-run shrine in Jerusalem, a claim Israel has denied.(AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Israeli border police check Palestinian woman ID next to newly placed concrete blocks in east Jerusalem neighborhood, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. Israel erected checkpoints and deployed several hundred soldiers in the Palestinian areas of the city Wednesday as it stepped up security following a series of attacks in Jerusalem. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
A Palestinian hurls a stone during clashes with Israeli troops near Ramallah, West Bank, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. Violence quickly spread across Israel and into the West Bank and Gaza Strip after clashes erupted last month over tensions regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City. Clashes continued Wednesday between Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters in West Bank cities. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
A Palestinian protester throws back a tear gas canister that was fired by Israeli troops during clashes near Ramallah, West Bank, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015. In the current wave of violence, eight Israelis have been killed in stabbing and shooting attacks, as of Thursday. Thirty-one Palestinians have been killed, including 14 identified by Israel as attackers, and the others in clashes between stone-throwers and Israeli troops. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
A Palestinian swings a sling during clashes with Israeli troops near Ramallah, West Bank, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. Violence quickly spread across Israel and into the West Bank and Gaza Strip after clashes erupted last month over tensions regarding the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City. Clashes continued Wednesday between Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters in West Bank cities. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Palestinian mourners carry the body of Moataz Zawahara, who was killed in clashes with Israeli troops, during his funeral in Deheisha refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
Two Palestinian women mourn during the funeral of Moataz Zawahara, who was killed in clashes with Israeli troops, at the family house in Deheisha refugee camp, near the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
Palestinians carry a wounded youth during clashes with Israeli soldiers securing the entrance of the Erez border crossing between Gaza Strip and Israel, in the northern Gaza Strip, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. A pair of Palestinian men boarded a bus in Jerusalem and began shooting and stabbing passengers, while another assailant rammed a car into a bus station before stabbing bystanders, in near-simultaneous attacks that escalated a month long wave of violence. Two Israelis and one attacker were killed. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinian's try to help a demonstrator who accidentally set his scarf on fire during clashes with Israeli troops in the West Bank city of Hebron. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. A pair of Palestinian men boarded a bus in Jerusalem and began shooting and stabbing passengers, while another assailant rammed a car into a bus station before stabbing bystanders, in near-simultaneous attacks Tuesday that escalated a monthlong wave of violence. Three Israelis and two attackers were killed. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men gather around the body of Yeshayahu Kirshavski during his funeral in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. A pair of Palestinian men boarded a bus in Jerusalem and began shooting and stabbing passengers, while another assailant rammed a car into a bus station before stabbing bystanders, in near-simultaneous attacks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - OCTOBER 13: (ISRAEL OUT) In this handout from the Israeli GPO, Ultra Orthodox ZAKA volunteers and security forces attend the scene of an attack at a bus stop in Malchei Yisrael Street on October 13, 2013 in Jerusalem, Israel. Multiple terror attacks have occurred in Jerusalem and central Israel leaving at least three Israelis dead and many others injured, escalating a monthlong wave of violence between Israel and the Palestinians. (Photo by Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO via Getty Images)
Israeli Zaka volunteers carry a body following a shooting attack on a bus in an east Jerusalem Jewish settlement adjacent to the Palestinian neighbourhood of Jabal Mukaber on October 13, 2015. Two attackers opened fire on a bus while another assailant carried out a car and knife assault in Jerusalem, leaving two people dead and five wounded in two separate incidents, Israeli authorities said. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli ZAKA emergency response members carry the body of a Palestinian at the scene of a shooting attack in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. A pair of Palestinian men boarded a bus in Jerusalem and began shooting and stabbing passengers, while another assailant rammed a car into a bus station before stabbing bystanders, in near-simultaneous attacks that escalated a month long wave of violence. Two Israelis and one attacker were killed. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Israeli Zaka volunteers carry the body of an Israeli victim following a Palestinian shooting attack on a bus in the east Jerusalem Jewish settlement of Armon Hanatsiv, adjacent to the Palestinian neighbourhood of Jabal Mukaber, on October 13, 2015. Two Palestinian attackers opened fire on a bus while another assailant carried out a car and knife assault in Jerusalem, leaving two people dead and five wounded in two separate incidents, Israeli authorities said. AFP PHOTO / GALI TIBBON (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
An Israeli police officer inspects the body of a Palestinian at the scene of a shooting attack in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. A pair of Palestinian men boarded a bus in Jerusalem and began shooting and stabbing passengers, while another assailant rammed a car into a bus station before stabbing bystanders, in near-simultaneous attacks that escalated a month long wave of violence. Two Israelis and one attacker were killed. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
Israeli security forces inspect the scene after a Palestinian man drove into a bus stop and carried out a stabbing attack in a Jerusalem ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighbourhood on October 13, 2015. The Jerusalem attack came after a Palestinian stabbed and wounded a passerby north of Tel Aviv before being restrained by civilians in the area. AFP PHOTO / GIL COHEN-MAGEN (Photo credit should read GIL COHEN MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli medics carry a wounded person at the scene of a shooting attack in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. A pair of Palestinian men boarded a bus in Jerusalem and began shooting and stabbing passengers, while another assailant rammed a car into a bus station before stabbing bystanders, in near-simultaneous attacks that escalated a month long wave of violence. Two Israelis and one attacker were killed. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Israeli ZAKA emergency response members stand next to the body of an Israeli victim at the scene of a shooting attack in Jerusalem, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. A pair of Palestinian men boarded a bus in Jerusalem and began shooting and stabbing passengers, while another assailant rammed a car into a bus station before stabbing bystanders, in near-simultaneous attacks that escalated a monthlong wave of violence. Two Israelis and one attacker were killed. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Palestinians uses a handmade large slingshot to hurl a stone during clashes with Israeli troops near Ramallah, West Bank, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. Recent days have seen a series of stabbing attacks in Israel and the West Bank that have wounded several Israelis. Past weeks have also seen violent demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza, and at least 16 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
A lawyer wearing his official robes kicks a tear gas canister back toward Israeli soldiers during a demonstration by scores of Palestinian lawyers called for by the Palestinian Bar Association in solidarity with protesters at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, near Ramallah, West Bank, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. In recent weeks, at least 25 Palestinians, including nine attackers, have been killed by Israeli forces, while five Israelis have been killed in attacks. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Mourners take a last at look the body of Palestinian teenager Ahmad Sharaka, 13, who was shot dead by Israeli military forces during clashes at a checkpoint near Ramallah on Sunday, at the family house during his funeral in the Palestinian West Bank refugee camp of Jalazoun, Ramallah, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015. On Sunday, Ramallah Government Hospital director Ahmed Bitawi said Ahmad Sharaka was shot dead by three live bullets to the head, neck and chest. The Israeli military had no immediate comment. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)
An injured Palestinian demonstrator is helped during clashes at the Hawara checkpoint near of the West Bank city of Nablus, Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015. Tensions in he West Bank continued with near-daily violent demonstrations. At least 45 Palestinians were wounded by live bullets in clashes between university students and Israeli forces at the military checkpoint near Nablus on Sunday, the Palestinian Health Ministry said. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
Palestinians carry the body of Mohammed al-Jaabari during his funeral in Hebron Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. al-Jaabari was killed after he attacked an Israeli policeman outside Kiryat Arba settlement Friday, according to Israeli police. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
Palestinians run from tear gas fired by Israeli troops during clashes near Ramallah, West Bank, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. Palestinians carried out two stabbing attacks in Jerusalem on Saturday before being shot dead by police, the latest in a series of stabbing attacks against civilians and soldiers that have spread across Israel and the West Bank in the past week. The violence, including the first apparent revenge attack by an Israeli Friday and increasing protests by Israel's own Arab minority, has raised fears of the unrest spiraling further out of control. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Palestinians take cover during clashes with Israeli troops near Ramallah, West Bank, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Recent days have seen a string of attacks by young Palestinians with no known links to armed groups who have targeted Israeli soldiers and civilians at random, complicating Israeli efforts to contain the violence, which has been linked to tensions over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Israeli security forces deploy a water canon during clashes with Palestinians near Ramallah, West Bank, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Recent days have seen a string of attacks by young Palestinians with no known links to armed groups who have targeted Israeli soldiers and civilians at random, complicating Israeli efforts to contain the violence, which has been linked to tensions over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
A Palestinian is pushed an Israeli policemen amid clashes in Hebron, West Bank, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. A Palestinian teenager stabbed two Israelis in Jerusalem Saturday before being shot dead by police forces, the latest in a series of stabbing attacks against civilians and soldiers that have spread across Israel and the West Bank in the past week. The violence, including the first apparent revenge attack by an Israeli Friday and increasing protests by Israel's own Arab minority, has raised fears of the unrest spiraling further out of control. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
Israeli troops take aim during clashes with Palestinians, near Ramallah, West Bank, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Recent days have seen a string of attacks by young Palestinians with no known links to armed groups who have targeted Israeli soldiers and civilians at random, complicating Israeli efforts to contain the violence, which has been linked to tensions over a sensitive Jerusalem holy site. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
Palestinians carry a wounded man, who flashes a victory sign, as others run for a cover, during clashes with with Israeli soldiers on the Israeli border, Eastern Gaza City, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. At least four attacks â three by Palestinians and one by an Israeli â as well as deadly clashes along the Gaza border threatened to escalate tensions throughout the country on Friday as Israel struggled to control spiraling violence. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)
Palestinians carry the body of Mohammed al-Jaabari during his funeral in Hebron Saturday, Oct. 10, 2015. al-Jaabari was killed after he attacked an Israeli policeman outside Kiryat Arba settlement Friday, according to Israeli police. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
A Palestinian protester films with his mobile phone, during clashes with Israeli soldiers on the Israeli border Eastern Gaza City, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. At least four attacks â three by Palestinians and one by an Israeli â as well as deadly clashes along the Gaza border threatened to escalate tensions throughout the country on Friday as Israel struggled to control spiraling violence. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
A masked Palestinian hurls rocks towards Israeli soldiers during clashes following the funeral of Mohammed Fares al-Jaabari on October 10, 2015, in the center of the West Bank town of Hebron. Israeli security forces have arrested approximately 400 Palestinians since the October 1 outbreak of violence in the occupied West Bank and annexed east Jerusalem, the Palestinian Prisoner Club said. AFP PHOTO / HAZEM BADER (Photo credit should read HAZEM BADER/AFP/Getty Images)
Israeli policemen watch a Palestinian man pray outside Jerusalem's Old City Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. At least four attacks, three by Palestinians and one by an Israeli, as well as deadly clashes along the Gaza border threatened to escalate tensions throughout the country on Friday as Israel struggled to control spiraling violence. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
Palestinians carry a wounded youth during clashes with Israeli soldiers on the Israeli border Eastern Gaza City, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. At least four attacks â three by Palestinians and one by an Israeli â as well as deadly clashes along the Gaza border threatened to escalate tensions throughout the country on Friday as Israel struggled to control spiraling violence. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Israeli soldiers detain a wounded Palestinian stone thrower after infiltrated members of the Israeli security forces shot at fellow protesters during clashes in Beit El, on the outskirts of the West Bank city of Ramallah, on October 7, 2015. New violence rocked Israel and the Israeli-occupied West Bank, including a stabbing in annexed east Jerusalem, even as Israel and Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas took steps to ease tensions. AFP PHOTO / ABBAS MOMANI (Photo credit should read ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images)
A masked Palestinian protester stands amid smoke of burning tires during clashes with Israeli troops near Ramallah, West Bank, Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015. (AP Photo/Majdi Mohammed)
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Within an hour of that incident, another Palestinian stabbed and wounded four people in Raanana, police said.

The main Palestinian factions, including the Western-backed Fatah movement and the militant Hamas group, declared a "Day of Rage" on Tuesday across the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, accusing Israel of "escalating its crimes against our people" and carrying out "summary executions".

The leaders of Israel's Arab community called for a commercial strike in their towns and villages.

The now-daily stabbings have raised speculation that Palestinians could be embarking on another uprising or intifada, reflecting a new generation's frustrations over their veteran leadership's failure to achieve statehood.

Palestinians also see increasing visits over the past year by Jewish groups and right-wing lawmakers to the al-Aqsa plaza, revered by Jews as the site of two destroyed biblical temples and Judaism's holiest place, as eroding Muslim religious control of the compound.

Netanyahu has said repeatedly that he will not allow any change to the status quo under which Jews are allowed to visit the site but non-Muslim prayer is banned, but his assurances have done little to quell alarm among Muslims across the region.



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