A Palestinian protester returns a tear gas canister fired by Israeli troops during clashes following a protest against the Jewish settlement of Ofra, in the West Bank village of Silwad, near Ramallah May 9, 2014. (REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman)
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Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki said on Monday he had asked world powers to label Israeli settler groups who attack Palestinian communities and holy sites as terrorist organisations."These groups play a role in killing, incitement to violence and spreading the culture of hatred and racism," he said in the letter sent to Russia, the United States, Canada, the European Union, the United Nations, the Arab League and the Organisation of Islamic States.Palestinian anger has mounted over incursions by militant Jewish settlers into Palestinian villages where they have torched buildings, scrawled hateful slogans and attacked residents.The European Union and Western countries have for decades referred to several Palestinian armed groups as terrorist organisations and, more recently, have also included the Israeli ultra-nationalist militant group Kahane Chai.
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