The Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound is seen in Jerusalem's old city Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
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Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni announced on Facebook that he was stopping "until further notice" the work of Arab laborers building bomb shelters in nursery schools in the city of 113,000, which is close to the Gaza Strip.He also said guards would be posted at about 40 pre-schools near construction sites where Arabs work. Many Israeli building workers come from the country's Arab community, which makes up some 20 percent of the population, and Shimoni's edict drew criticism from senior government officials, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Palestinians have been waging stone-throwing protests in Jerusalem since July, when a Palestinian youth was burned to death by Israelis in alleged revenge for the killing of three Jewish teens by militants in the occupied West Bank.
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