Israeli PM Netanyahu halts controversial Jerusalem wall

(AGI) Rome, Oct. 19 - Israel's Prime Minister BenjaminNetanyahu ordered a halt to the placement of more barriersaround Jerusalem's Arab neighborhoods after the attack inBeersheba. The death toll from the worst attack since thebeginning of what is considered the Third Intifada has risen totwo dead and 11 injured. A Palestinian man from the Jerusalemsuburb of Shuafat was shot dead by the police after a prolongedexchange of fire. The man had opened fire on a group of peopleat a bus station, killing an Israeli soldier. He then took thevictim's assault rifle with

(AGI) Rome, Oct. 19 - Israel's Prime Minister BenjaminNetanyahu ordered a halt to the placement of more barriersaround Jerusalem's Arab neighborhoods after the attack inBeersheba. The death toll from the worst attack since thebeginning of what is considered the Third Intifada has risen totwo dead and 11 injured. A Palestinian man from the Jerusalemsuburb of Shuafat was shot dead by the police after a prolongedexchange of fire. The man had opened fire on a group of peopleat a bus station, killing an Israeli soldier. He then took thevictim's assault rifle with which he fired on other people.During the attack, armed security personnel mistook an Eritreanman for a second terrorist and opened fire, wounding him. Theman was then beaten to death by a mob. Police have opened aninvestigation to identify those responsible for the beating. The decision to erect a barrier between an Arab and one Jewishneighborhood has caused a wave of protests, even within thegovernment itself, because it is seen as a sign of fear andcriticised as a de facto division of the "indivisible" capital.Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz lashed out at the initialdecision to place the concrete slabs in the capital, callingthe move a "prize for terrorists." Katz proposed to defend thehouses of Armon Hanatziv, a Jewish quarter in the south of EastJerusalem that borders the Arab Jabel Mubaker district, withalternative measures, such as placing security forces andsnipers on the roofs of houses in Jabel Mubaker. "We mustdefend the homes of Armon Hanatziv with aggressive actions fullof initiative against the terror infrastructures," otherlawmakers including Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon said. The Israeli cities of Tel Aviv, Rishon Letzion, Hod Hasharon,Rehovot and Guivataim have forbidden Arab maintenance workersto enter schools during school hours. To avoid accusations ofdiscrimination, the measure, intended to ensure the safety ofschoolchildren, will also be applied to Jewish workers. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who this week he will meetboth Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (AbuMazen), has called for an end to violence. Israel has summonedthe French ambassador for an explanation on the country'sproposal to place international observers on the Temple Mountin Jerusalem. (AGI) . .