© 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 stated 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 automobiles spraying foul-smelling skunk water in direction of the 2 teams of protesters – Palestinians gathered round Jerusalem’s historic Damascus Gate and a whole lot 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holding their standard Ramadan night gatherings exterior Damascus Gate, an historic landmark on the north facet of the Outdated Metropolis and adjoining to a number of Palestinian neighbourhoods.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 gentle rail practice has drawn protests by Israelis and calls by far-right politicians for more durable police motion.
The incidents have threatened to interrupt a sustained interval of relative quiet within the holy metropolis.
On Thursday night time, a whole lot of ultra-nationalist Israelis – lots of them younger and non secular – marched by means of central Jerusalem in direction of the Damascus Gate, which police had barricaded as a precaution.
As they marched, many chanted “Loss of life to Arabs” and a few waved banners studying: “Loss of life to terrorists”.
One man collaborating within the march, David, 40, stated he lived removed from Jerusalem however “got here right here to assist my very own folks”.
“I am Jewish and I am a patriot and I am happy with my nation,” he stated.
Police on horseback fired skunk water on the Israelis, pushing them away from their place on the Outdated Metropolis’s New Gate – simply 600 metres (yards) away from Palestinians gathered at Damascus Gate – and in direction of Jerusalem’s central Jaffa Street.
As Palestinians heard experiences of the Israeli crowd approaching, they gathered of their 1000’s close to Damascus Gate with ambulances racing up and down the crowded backstreets with their sirens blaring.
A whole lot of Israeli police in riot gear sealed off the realm to stop the Israeli and Palestinian crowds from doubtlessly 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 facet to disrupt police and block them from their facet. Some discharged small fireworks in 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 stated they arrested over 50 folks in a single day, with out distinguishing between Israelis and Palestinians. The Palestine Purple Crescent stated 100 Palestinians had been injured in clashes with police, with 21 taken to hospital for therapy however none of them critical.
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 standard Ramadan night gatherings exterior Damascus Gate.
“Palestinians like to loosen up on this space after night prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, however the occupation (Israel) does not prefer it. It is a matter of sovereignty,” stated Jerusalem resident Mohammad Abu Al-Homus, pointing to metallic barricades thrown up by police within the space in latest weeks.
Police say the measure is a part of its efforts to make sure that tens of 1000’s of Muslim worshippers have secure entry to the primary Islamic prayer website within the Outdated Metropolis, often known as the Noble Sanctuary.
“Since Damascus Gate is the primary strategy to attain and enter the Outdated Metropolis, police forces perform discipline actions utilizing numerous means to stop friction, violence and confrontation, and to take care of order and safety within the space,” stated a police spokesman.
Israel claims all of Jerusalem, together with the japanese sector captured within the 1967 Center East battle, as its capital. Palestinians search to make East Jerusalem, together with its Muslim, Christian and Jewish holy websites, capital of a future state.