The United States considers violence in East Jerusalem to be acts of terrorism, a U.S. State Department spokesman said on Friday.
Spokesman John Kirby told reporters the United States "condemns in the strongest possible terms violence against both Israeli and Palestinian citizens."
"We consider these violent acts that we're talking about specifically here acts of terror ... this terrorism," he said.
Israeli troops fatally shot six Palestinians in protests in Gaza and a knife-wielding Jewish man wounded four Arabs in southern Israel on Friday. The protests were in solidarity with Palestinians in Jerusalem and the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where tensions have surged in 10 days of violence in which four Israelis and at least eight Palestinians have been killed.