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    Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Standoff Continues (463)
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    Hundreds of Israeli Jews, Arabs and Palestinians gathered in central Jerusalem on Saturday to denounce the latest escalation of deadly Israeli-Palestinian violence.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Over 40 Palestinians, mostly young men and a few women, have been killed since the start of October after stabbing Israeli security officials or attempting to set off explosive devices.

    "We will not surrender to despair – we will stand together," organizers of the event, the left-wing Meretz party, wrote on their Facebook event page.

    Rally goers held up placards with "Jews and Arabs against hatred" and "Jews and Arabs against racism" written on them, as seen on video footage broadcast online.

    The crowd was estimated to reach 400 people and growing, said a CNN report on the scene.

    One of the witnesses described a "small cluster of right-wing counter-demonstrators" chanting "death to leftists" among other slogans.

    The latest reports claim four additional Palestinians were shot dead in east Jerusalem and the West Bank in separate knife attacks on Saturday.

    Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Standoff Continues (463)


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