The Israeli police stormed the Old City of Jerusalem on Monday morning, and there were several clashes with Palestinian protesters that night. According to my grandfather, Aharonot, there are still 8,000 Muslims behind the barricades in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, but the police and protesters threw stones and clashed at several points in the historic neighborhood.
a According to the Guardian Clashes escalated within days after an Israeli court postponed a decision to investigate the deportation of Palestinians. The authorities have displaced dozens of people from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, which is adjacent to the Old City.
Thousands of violent protests are taking place as Israelis prepare for their annual parades in Jerusalem on Monday. That’s when the occupation of the city was celebrated in 1967. According to the MTI summary, dozens of right-wing Israeli nationalists demanded their admission at the gates of the Old City early this morning. Among them was Itamar Ben Gvir, the head of the Jewish forces (Ocma Yehudit), a highly nationalist and anti-Arab party that follows the teachings of the infamous Rabbi Meir Kahane, who entered the Israeli parliament in the March 23 elections as one of the leaders of a party called the Religious Zionists.
“We will not allow any extremist to destabilize peace in Jerusalem,” Benjamin Netanyahu told a government meeting on Jerusalem Day.
We are restoring order. At the same time, we strongly reject the pressure on us to continue building Jerusalem. “
The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that seven people were wounded in the night clashes.