Clashes Between Palestinians, Israeli Police In Jerusalem Leave Many Injured

Eloise Marshall
May 10, 2021

"We are also deeply concerned about the potential eviction of Palestinian families in Sheikh Jarrah and Silwan neighborhoods of Jerusalem, many of whom have lived in their homes for generations", spokesperson Ned Price said.

But the Israeli role in the hostilities - especially Friday's clashes at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam's third holiest site - has met widespread criticism.

Hundreds of Gaza protesters had amassed along the Israeli border late Sunday, some armed with more incendiary devices, AFP reporters said.

Police on Sunday gave the go-ahead to the annual Jerusalem Day parade, a flag-waving display of Israeli claims to all of the contested city, despite days of unrest and soaring Israeli-Palestinian tensions at a flashpoint holy site.

That apparently did little to allay concern in Europe and among regional powers like Jordan and United Arab Emirates, which condemned Israel's conduct around East Jerusalem.

But the hearing was cancelled on Sunday at the request of Israel's attorney-general.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has defended police action against Palestinian protesters after two nights of clashes in Jerusalem.

The neighbourhood has been the scene of regular confrontations, particularly during Ramadan, between Palestinian residents and their supporters on one side, and Israeli police and ultra-nationalist Israeli activists on the other. A new date will be set in the next 30 days.

Mohammad, a shopkeeper selling incense and prayer robes in the Old City, said Israeli police told him he must shut his doors Monday afternoon, when Israeli Jews plan to march with Israeli flags to mark Jerusalem's "reunification".

Amid an already febrile atmosphere, Palestinians have been rallying round the cause of four Palestinian families facing eviction in Sheikh Jarrah after Israeli courts ruled the land belonged to a Jewish settler organisation in a long-running and bitter legal case.

Palestinian devotees pray on Lailatul Qadr outside the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque compound on Saturday. — AFP
Palestinian devotees pray on Lailatul Qadr outside the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque compound on Saturday. — AFP

Senate President Faisal al-Fayez called on the worldwide community to shoulder its moral and legal responsibility to stop the "herds of settlers and state-sponsored terrorism of the Israeli extremist right government against Palestinians", state-run Petra news agency reported.

Jordan on Saturday denounced Israel's attacks on Palestinian worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, urging the global community to exert pressure on Israel to stop its violations.

Police Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai said extra officers were being deployed in Jerusalem on Saturday to "enable freedom of worship and maintain order and security".

"We wish to emphasize that East Jerusalem remains part of the occupied Palestinian territory, in which global humanitarian law applies", Colville said. Its annexation of the eastern section was not recognised internationally.

"We reiterate support for Palestinian people", he said and further called upon the global community to take immediate action for the protection of "Palestinians and their legitimate rights".

Terming the attack on worshippers "atrocious", Alvi asked the Palestinians to not lose hope.

In a statement on Saturday, the Israeli Foreign Ministry called the situation in Sheikh Jarrah a "real-estate dispute".

Qureshi reiterated that Palestinians should get their rights and Pakistan stood with Palestine.

"I call on everyone to act responsibly and with restraint".

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