Photo Credit: Nasser Ishtayeh / Flash 90
Palestinian Authority rioters clash with Israeli soldiers at the Village Naqoura , near Shavei Shomron and the city of Shechem, following a demonstration against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. December 14, 2017.

Nine Israeli vehicles were damaged by rioting Arabs in Eastern Gush Etzion on Thursday as a result of ongoing violence.

The rioters excused their violence with the excuse of U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

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Local residents blocked the entrances to the Arab village of Tuqu’a, (located down the road from the Jewish community of the same name, Tekoa), and the Arab village of Kharmala.

Israeli Defense Forces were on the scene.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.