JERUSALEM (AP) – Israel police say 44 individuals had been arrested and 20 policemen injured on a chaos evening in Jerusalem, the place safety forces clashed individually with Palestinians indignant at Ramadan restrictions and extremists Jews who organized an anti-Arab march close by.
Tensions have skyrocketed in current days in Jerusalem, which has lengthy been a flashpoint within the Israeli-Palestinian battle, and is residence to holy websites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims. Residents braced for doable additional unrest forward of Muslim Friday prayers as police tightened safety.
Palestinians have clashed with Israeli police each evening because the begin of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The tensions began when police positioned barricades exterior the Damascus Gate within the outdated metropolis, the place Muslims historically collect to benefit from the night after the day’s quick.
Late Thursday, tons of of Palestinians threw stones and bottles on the police, who fired water cannons and stun grenades to disperse them. Dozens of Palestinians had been wounded in shut fight.
In the meantime, a far-right Jewish group often called Lahava led a march of tons of of protesters chanting “Get out the Arabs!” in the direction of the Damascus Gate. The present of drive got here in response to movies posted on TikTok exhibiting Palestinians slapping random spiritual Jews within the face. Different movies made in response seem to indicate Jews assaulting Arabs.
Police used metallic barricades to cease far-right protesters just a few hundred yards from Damascus Gate. They later used water cannons, stun grenades, and mounted police to push them again towards predominantly Jewish West Jerusalem.
Movies posted on-line confirmed smaller clashes and fires elsewhere within the metropolis. Video confirmed what seemed to be a gaggle of Palestinians beating up an ultra-Orthodox Jew close to the Damascus Gate. They may very well be seen hitting him, kicking him and throwing him to the bottom earlier than the police chased them away.
The police assertion didn’t specify whether or not these arrested had been Palestinian or Jewish and didn’t point out any particular instances of violence. Police didn’t instantly reply to a request for extra particulars.
Israel captured East Jerusalem within the 1967 warfare and annexed it in a transfer unrecognized by many of the worldwide neighborhood. The Palestinians need East Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state. Its destiny has been one of the vital controversial points within the peace course of, which ended greater than a decade in the past.
1000’s of Palestinians had been as a consequence of attend weekly prayers within the grounds of the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Previous Metropolis later Friday. The location is the third holiest in Islam and the holiest to Jews, who name it the Temple Mount.
The sprawling sacred hilltop website has been the scene of clashes a number of instances through the years and was the epicenter of the 2000 Palestinian Intifada or rebellion.
Related Press reporter Ariel Schalit in Jerusalem contributed.