Israeli settlers verbally attacked National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, blaming him for a deadly attack inside an illegal settlement in occupied East Jerusalem on Friday, in which seven people were killed, reports Anadolu Agency.
A Palestinian gunman carried out a shooting attack in Neve Yaakov settlement Friday night, killing at least seven and injuring three others.
Police said the attacker was shot dead as he attempted to escape the scene on foot.
Ben-Gvir arrived at the scene of the attack but he was met with shouts from angry settlers.
“It’s on your watch!” one man shouted. “Let’s see what you do now.”A video published by Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper showed Ben-Gvir being escorted away by police amid verbal altercations with illegal settlers.
Ben-Gvir triggered a storm of Palestinian condemnations on 3 January, when he visited the Al-Aqsa Mosque complex in occupied East Jerusalem amid warnings of unrest.
Ben-Gvir holds far-right views on the Palestinians and has called for their displacement. He has repeatedly joined Israeli settlers in storming the the Muslim holy site.
In November, Israeli President Isaac Herzog warned in a leaked audio that “the whole world is worried” about Ben-Gvir’s far-right views.
On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected a request by Ben-Gvir to allow settlers to organise a “provocative” flag march in Jerusalem.
Friday’s attack came one day after nine Palestinians were killed and dozens injured in an Israeli military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin.