Police arrest dozens in Jerusalem clashes; Israeli nationalists chant ‘Demise to Arabs” By Reuters
© Reuters. Jerusalem violence throughout Ramadan pierces Israeli-Palestinian calm
By Stephen Farrell and Rami Ayyub
JERUSALEM (Reuters) – After an evening of violence in Jerusalem, Israeli police revamped 50 arrests and Palestinian medics mentioned 100 have been injured throughout Ramadan clashes within the contested metropolis on the core of the Israeli-Palestinian battle.
From late Thursday night time into early Friday, police in riot gear and on horseback fought to maintain aside two teams of protesters – Palestinian youth hurling firecrackers and setting fireplace to dumpsters, and ultra-nationalist Israelis chanting anti-Arab slogans.
Police deployed armoured autos spraying foul-smelling skunk water in the direction of the 2 teams of protesters – Palestinians gathered round Jerusalem’s historic Damascus Gate and lots of of right-wing Israelis a number of hundred metres away.
Clashes and different violent incidents between Palestinians and Israelis have occurred nightly for the reason that begin of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.
Palestinians say police have tried to stop them from holding their traditional Ramadan night gatherings outdoors Damascus Gate, an historic landmark on the north aspect of the Outdated Metropolis and adjoining to a number of Palestinian neighbourhoods.
In the meantime, a video on social media app TikTok purporting to indicate a Palestinian slapping an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man on Jerusalem’s mild rail prepare has drawn protests by Israelis and calls by far-right politicians for harder police motion.
The incidents have threatened to interrupt a sustained interval of relative quiet within the holy metropolis.
On Thursday night time, lots of of ultra-nationalist Israelis – lots of them younger and non secular – marched by way of central Jerusalem in the direction of the Damascus Gate, which police had barricaded as a precaution.
As they marched, many chanted “Demise to Arabs” and a few waved banners studying: “Demise to terrorists”.
One man collaborating within the march, David, 40, mentioned he lived removed from Jerusalem however “got here right here to assist my very own individuals”.
“I am Jewish and I am a patriot and I am happy with my nation,” he mentioned.
Police on horseback fired skunk water on the Israelis, pushing them away from their place on the Outdated Metropolis’s New Gate – simply 600 metres (yards) away from Palestinians gathered at Damascus Gate – and in the direction of Jerusalem’s central Jaffa Street.
As Palestinians heard studies of the Israeli crowd approaching, they gathered of their hundreds close to Damascus Gate with ambulances racing up and down the crowded backstreets with their sirens blaring.
Tons of of Israeli police in riot gear sealed off the realm to stop the Israeli and Palestinian crowds from probably assembly, making a 50-metre no man’s land between themselves and the group of Palestinian youths.
The Palestinians dragged rubbish bins, a few of them ablaze, into the roads on their aspect to disrupt police and block them from their aspect. Some discharged small fireworks in the direction of police.
Armed police items went up and down Sultan Suleiman Avenue alongside the Outdated Metropolis partitions spraying skunk water, dispersing the crowds and arresting protesters.
In all, police mentioned they arrested over 50 individuals in a single day, with out distinguishing between Israelis and Palestinians. The Palestine Crimson Crescent mentioned 100 Palestinians had been injured in clashes with police, with 21 taken to hospital for remedy however none of them severe.
The Palestinian clashes with Israeli police started with the beginning of Ramadan, on April 13. Palestinians say police have tried to stop them from holding their traditional Ramadan night gatherings outdoors Damascus Gate.
“Palestinians like to chill out on this space after night prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, however the occupation (Israel) does not prefer it. It is a matter of sovereignty,” mentioned Jerusalem resident Mohammad Abu Al-Homus, pointing to metallic barricades thrown up by police within the space in current weeks.
Police say the measure is a part of its efforts to make sure that tens of hundreds of Muslim worshippers have secure entry to the primary Islamic prayer web site within the Outdated Metropolis, referred to as the Noble Sanctuary.
“Since Damascus Gate is the primary option to attain and enter the Outdated Metropolis, police forces perform area actions utilizing varied means to stop friction, violence and confrontation, and to take care of order and safety within the space,” mentioned a police spokesman.
Israel claims all of Jerusalem, together with the jap sector captured within the 1967 Center East conflict, as its capital. Palestinians search to make East Jerusalem, together with its Muslim, Christian and Jewish holy websites, capital of a future state.