Israeli security forces carry away a body, reportedly of a Palestinian who was shot after an attempted stabbing attack on Israeli forces, at Damascus Gate, a main entrance to Jerusalem's Old City on October 14, 2016. / AFP / MENAHEM KAHANA
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Four major French banks and one big insurer are financing Israeli settlements in occupied Palestinian territories through links to local banks and businesses, a report by the International Federation for Human Rights said Wednesday.Much of the international community has raised increasing alarm over settlement expansion, saying it is eating away at prospects for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.BNP Paribas, Societe Generale and BPCE declined to comment on the report when contacted by AFP.In East Jerusalem, meanwhile, Israeli paramilitary police officers shot dead a Palestinian woman who tried to attack them with scissors outside the walled Old City Wednesday, Israeli police said.At least 241 Palestinians have been killed in Israel and the Palestinian Territories in a period of sporadic violence that began in October 2015 but has tapered off in recent months.
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