An Israeli police officer was filmed punching a Palestinian woman in the face during deadly protests against Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital that left four dead.
Four Palestinians were killed and hundreds wounded Friday in clashes with Israeli forces as tens of thousands demonstrated against the move.
President Donald Trump’s December 6 announcement that he would break with decades of US policy and move the embassy to Jerusalem has stirred global condemnation, as well as demonstrations across Arab and Muslim countries.
On Friday three men were killed in clashes between Israeli troops and stone-throwing Palestinians.
Two died along the border of Israel and the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian health ministry said, after the Hamas Islamist group that rules the enclave had called for another “day of rage”.
A third Palestinian was killed in clashes north of Jerusalem after being shot dead in the chest by the Israeli army, the ministry said.
The fourth stabbed an Israeli border police officer near a checkpoint on the outskirts of the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, before being shot, police said.
The assailant, who later died of his wounds, wore what appeared to be a suicide vest, though it was unclear if it was operational.
Video of the clashes between protesters and Israeli security forces shows one police officer punch a woman square in the face as demonstrators are forced on from at the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, RT reports.
The violence comes days before US Vice President Mike Pence is due to visit Israel, though he will no longer see Palestinian officials after they cancelled meetings in protest at the embassy move.
“We understand that the Palestinians may need a bit of a cooling off period, that’s fine,” a senior White House official said Friday. “We will be ready when the Palestinians are ready to re-engage.”
Pence is expected to try to push the Israeli-Palestinian peace process forward after he lands in Jerusalem on Wednesday, US administration officials have said.
“Obviously the last couple of weeks in the region have been a reaction to the Jerusalem decision,” said a second senior administration official.
Protests erupted across the West Bank after Friday weekly prayers, often a catalyst for clashes between young Palestinians and Israeli soldiers.