TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - The Palestinian had “arrived at the rear gate of Har Adar along with Palestinian laborers entering the settlement,” Israeli police said on Tuesday. He “pulled out a weapon and opened fire at the force at the site.”
They also claimed that a fourth Israeli sustained injuries in the attack.
The Palestinian was identified by the police as a 37-year-old from the nearby Palestinian village of Beit Surik.
Israel’s internal spy agency Shin Bet said the shooter was a father of four with no previous “security background.”
He held a work permit for the settlement.
Over the past two years, Israeli forces have killed many Palestinians protesting Tel Aviv’s restrictions on access to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which is located in al-Quds’ Old City. The mosque is Islam’s third holiest site after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.
Israel fully closed off the compound to Muslims after a reported shootout on July 14 near the site that left two Israeli soldiers and three Palestinians dead. The closure sparked far-and-wide condemnation across the Muslim world.
Israel restored access to the compound later, but placed metal detectors at its front, prompting Muslims to continue their rallies and refuse to enter the site. Tel Aviv later also removed the detectors, but has set up CCTV cameras at the site’s entrances, a measure that Palestinians still consider to be a provocation.
Palestinians say Tel Aviv is trying to change the status quo at the site and manipulate the demographic configuration of occupied territories.
Tel Aviv has been occupying the West Bank, including East al-Quds, since taking the Palestinian territory by force in 1967. Ever since the occupation, it has been propping up settlements throughout the land, in a move condemned by the United Nations, and considered illegal under the international law, which bans construction on occupied territory.