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Israel Jails Islamic Cleric for 'Inciting' Aqsa Violence

An Israeli court on Tuesday ordered the jailing of a firebrand cleric whose Islamist group has been accused of “inciting” a wave of violence over Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque compound.

Raed Salah, the head of the radical northern wing of the Islamic Movement in Israel, was found guilty on appeal of inciting violence at the holy site in a 2007 speech.

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'Hopeful' Kerry Meets Abbas on Palestinian-Israeli Unrest

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Saturday as part of an international diplomatic push to quell a wave of deadly Israeli-Palestinian violence.

The talks came as a Palestinian tried to stab an Israeli security guard in the West Bank and was killed, according to police, in the latest in a string of such attacks.

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Israel Eases al-Aqsa Limits as 90 Wounded in Gaza, West Bank

Israel lifted age limits for prayers at Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque compound Friday in an apparent bid to ease tensions as nearly 90 people were injured in clashes in Gaza and the West Bank.

While thousands of Muslims prayed without incident at the ultra-sensitive site, young Palestinians clashed with Israeli police in the occupied West Bank and Gaza strip, leaving scores injured by Israeli gunfire, according to emergency services.

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Palestinian Car Attack Injures 2 in W. Bank as Israeli Fire Kills 1, Wounds 5 in Gaza

Three Israelis were wounded and two Palestinians were killed Tuesday in a stabbing and a car attack in the occupied West Bank, as a Palestinian was killed and five others were wounded by Israeli fire along the Gaza Strip border.

Tuesday's first attack saw an Israeli soldier stabbed during clashes near the flashpoint West Bank city of Hebron and the alleged 23-year-old Palestinian assailant shot dead.

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Israel Rejects Observer Plan after More Stabbing Attacks

Israel on Sunday rejected a proposal to send international observers to a flashpoint holy site in a bid to calm unrest after five more stabbing incidents defied a security crackdown.

Diplomatic moves to halt the more than two weeks of unrelenting violence gained steam meanwhile, with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry saying he planned to meet both the Israeli and Palestinian leaders in the coming days.

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Palestinian Dressed as Newsman Stabs Soldier, Jewish Shrine Torched Overnight

Palestinians torched a site revered by Jews in the West Bank in an incident that threatened to further inflame two weeks of deadly unrest, as fresh protests erupted Friday.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, under pressure over recent comments that some have labeled incitement, quickly condemned the fire at Joseph's Tomb, in the northern city of Nablus.

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Security Council to Hold Emergency Meeting on Jerusalem Violence

The U.N. Security Council will hold an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss an upsurge of violence between Israel and the Palestinians, diplomats said.

The urgent talks were requested by council member Jordan following a meeting on Thursday of Arab ambassadors who expressed alarm at the escalating situation.

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Heavy Security, Israelis Arm themselves after More Knife Attacks

Security forces deployed to Israeli cities Thursday and Jews armed themselves with everything from guns to broomsticks after more stabbings shook Jerusalem, the latest in a wave of Palestinian knife attacks.

Some 300 Israeli soldiers were reinforcing police, stretched thin by an upsurge in violence that began at the start of the month and which has raised fears of a full-scale uprising, or third Palestinian intifada.

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Wave of Stabbings Shake Israel and West Bank

A fresh wave of stabbings shook Israel and the West Bank on Friday, including a suspected revenge attack by a Jewish suspect that wounded two Palestinians and two Arab Israelis.

Attacks also continued against Israelis and Jews, with a Palestinian stabbing a policeman near a West Bank settlement before being shot dead by the victim, who was lightly wounded.

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Israeli Soldiers Shoot Dead Teen as New Clashes Erupt

New clashes erupted Monday in the West Bank and east Jerusalem while Israel's military shot dead a 13-year-old Palestinian after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged a crackdown following attacks that killed four Israelis.

The spike in violence has led to international calls for calm, with concerns the unrest could spin out of control and memories of previous Palestinian uprisings still fresh.

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