Israeli President visits Hebron amid Palestinian anger

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Monday visited the West Bank city of Hebron amid anger among Palestinian residents

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Monday visited the West Bank city of Hebron amid anger among Palestinian residents

JERUSALEM – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Monday visited the West Bank city of Hebron amid anger among Palestinian residents.

During the visit, Rivlin toured the Kiryat Arba settlement, which is located in the vicinity of Hebron, and the Ibrahimi Mosque, according to Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.

Rivlin inaugurated a museum in Hebron's old city, which is controlled by Jewish settlers.

The newspaper quoted Rivlin as saying that Hebron bore witness to Jewish presence in Palestine for "thousands of years."

Dozens of members of the leftist Meretz movement, meanwhile, staged a protest against Rivlin's visit, arguing that the visit was meant for electoral propaganda for the right-wing Likud Party.

Clashes erupted in the city between Palestinian youths and Israeli troops against the background of the visit, eyewitnesses said.

Mahmoud al-Khatib, an MP of Palestinian faction Hamas, described Rivlin's visit to Hebron as "rude", going on to call on the Ramallah-based Palestinian Authority to shoulder its responsibilities toward preventing what he described as the Judaization of the occupied West Bank.

Anwar Badr, a member of Palestinian faction Fatah, said the visit was "part of the right-wing campaign against the Palestinian presence".

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