Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh has described assaults by far-right Israelis in occupied East Jerusalem as “aggression which crossed all pink traces”.
Tens of 1000’s of flag-waving, ultranationalist Israelis raided the Muslim quarter of the Previous Metropolis on Sunday in the course of the so-called “flag march”. The provocative march that occurred in and across the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is supposed to have a good time the occupation and subsequent annexation of East Jerusalem in 1967 – a transfer that has not been recognised by the worldwide neighborhood.
Some chanted racist slogans together with “Demise to Arabs” and attacked Palestinian residents whereas backed by armed Israeli forces.
Some Jewish teams additionally stormed the Al-Aqsa compound elevating fears amongst Palestinians that it was an try to alter the established order at Islam’s third holiest website. Jewish prayers are prohibited on the 35-acre (14-hectare) compound identified to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary. Jews name it the Temple Mount.
“Israel yesterday has crossed all pink traces and worldwide treaties with its repeated aggression towards Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem. It makes an attempt to impose a actuality that doesn’t align with the historic establishment of Al-Aqsa mosque,” Shtayyeh stated on Monday.
Dozens of Palestinians have been arrested throughout occupied East Jerusalem and the occupied West Financial institution a day earlier, the place protests to decry the march erupted, whereas greater than 165 suffered accidents starting from heavy tear gasoline inhalation to beatings and wounds from stay rounds, in addition to rubber-coated metal bullets.
Following the march, giant teams of Israelis stormed via Palestinian neighbourhoods, assaulting residents in addition to their property.
Nida Ibrahim, reporting from the West Financial institution metropolis of Ramallah, stated the Shattyeh has been issuing statements “since yesterday”.
“He had sturdy statements in the present day saying that Israel wanted greater than 3,000 Israeli military and cops to safe town,” Ibrahim stated.
“He stated there’s a distinction between occupying town militarily and being the occupying energy – and truly having sovereignty [over it].”
Some 70,000 Israelis have been reported to have joined the annual march, which is seen as a bid by Israel to impose management over the occupied a part of town.
In response to Ibrahim, Palestinians “on the road” stated that these statements will not be sufficient and count on extra from their management.
“The Palestinian Authority has been saying it’s dedicated to a peaceable decision … on the streets, Palestinians have been saying Israel cementing its occupation,” she stated.
Israel has been advancing its unlawful settlement mission on occupied Palestinian lands. Settlements are fortified, Jewish-only housing complexes constructed on Palestinian land in violation of worldwide regulation. Not less than 600,000 settlers stay in settlements throughout the occupied West Financial institution and East Jerusalem.
In the meantime, within the West Financial institution metropolis of Hebron, Israeli settlers resumed their march on Monday.
“We all know settlers in Hebron within the south of the occupied West Financial institution have marched via the outdated a part of town,” Al Jazeera’s Ibrahim stated.
Settlers “continued marching with their flags, with their racist slogans” in direction of the Ibrahimi mosque, she stated, including that settlers “invaded the squares of the mosque” whereas beneath the safety of the Israeli military.
In response to her, Palestinian journalists who have been making an attempt to doc what was occurring have been prevented from doing so.
Wafa information company reported that settlers additionally marched with Israeli flags at a navy checkpoint close to Nablus and Jenin within the northern West Financial institution whereas a secondary college within the Palestinian village of Urif additionally got here beneath assault, it stated.
The Palestinian information company quoted the principal as saying that the settlers arrived with the military’s safety. They threw rocks on the college which resulted in some harm, whereas troopers fired tear gasoline canisters inflicting “many suffocation circumstances”, it added.
Settler assaults on Palestinians and their property have been rife throughout the West Financial institution and East Jerusalem. The scenario in Hebron’s outdated metropolis is especially unstable, as some 700 Israeli settlers stay amongst a Palestinian inhabitants of almost 40,000.