Palestinian protesters and Israeli security forces clashed during demonstrations in cities throughout the West Bank and in Jerusalem on 15 December 2017, as demonstrations continue against U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
In Jerusalem, protesters clashed with police officers outside the Damascus Gate -- one of the entrances to the Old City -- and there were additional reports of unrest in Arab-majority East Jerusalem. Officers arrested at least two demonstrators and increased security throughout the Old City.
In Ramallah, a Palestinian assailant stabbed and lightly injured an Israeli border guard near the settlement of Beit El. Police officers shot and critically injured the suspect. Photographs from the scene show that the assailant was wearing what appeared to be an explosive belt, but this has not been confirmed.
In Bethlehem, approximately 40 Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli security forces near Rachel’s Tomb, and demonstrators marched through the city. The protesters threw Molotov cocktails and rocks and also set tires on fire near the Jacir Palace Hotel. Israeli security forces responded with tear gas. There were no reports of injuries on either side.
There were additional reports of clashes in Qalandiya, Hebron and on the border between Israel and Gaza. Also, in protest of the decision to recognize Jerusalem, the head of Nazareth’s municipal council announced that Christmas celebrations will be canceled.