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Palestinians arrive at Al Aqsa Mosque on Jerusalem Day
Religious Zionist Party leader Bezalel Smotrich in Sheikh Jarrah on Monday

Far-right lawmakers' visit to Sheikh Jarrah reignites clashes

During tour of contentious East Jerusalem neighborhood Religious Zionist alliance chief Smotrich says 'those who succumb to terrorism invite more violence'; Palestinians say over 250 people wounded in capital unrest; police say 21 officers hurt

Ynet reporters, Associated Press |
Published: 05.10.21, 17:10
Clashes between Palestinians and right-wing Jewish protesters in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah were reignited Monday afternoon after several right-wing lawmakers arrived and toured the area, ending several hours of relative calm.
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  • Religious Zionist Party chief MK Bezalel Smotrich, who arrived at the contentious area with several members of his faction, slammed law enforcement and security forces' for their lax treatment against Palestinian violence and called for the formation of a stable government that can tackle the unrest.
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    בצלאל סמוטירץ' ביקור שכונת שייח ג'ראח
    בצלאל סמוטירץ' ביקור שכונת שייח ג'ראח
    Religious Zionist Party leader Bezalel Smotrich in Sheikh Jarrah on Monday
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    "All the sweet talk with terrorist sympathizers and supporters resulted in a wave of terror that has swept through the State of Israel," Smotrich said.
    "The solution is not a government supported by terrorism... Those who succumb to terrorism invite violence... Those who flee terrorism would only fuel it further. We let the other side raise its head. We must form a stable government that will clarify who's in charge of the State of Israel."
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    Clashes between Palestinian and right-wing Jewish protesters
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    Earlier on Monday, the predominately Arab Joint List alliance held a faction meeting in the predominately Palestinian neighborhood in solidarity with its residents.
    Relative calm returned to the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem on Monday afternoon, with police withdrawing after hours of clashes and Palestinian protesters at the site declaring victory.
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    Israeli riot police fire stun grenades at Temple Mount
    The clashes began in the early hours of the morning, as contentious Jerusalem Day events to mark Israel's reunification of the capital after the 1967 Six-Day War went underway.
    Although the police on Sunday gave the go-ahead to Israeli nationalists to parade through the Old City in an annual flag-waving display, the event also appeared to be in doubt Monday due to daily riots at the site over the past week.
    The clashes in Jerusalem initially began weeks ago, when police blocked the plaza outside the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City, a popular gathering spot for Jerusalem's Palestinian residents during the holy month of Ramadan. The barriers were removed after prolonged protests.
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    Barricades inside the al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount on Monday
    The tensions were compounded by growing anger over the potential eviction of several Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah and a spate of attacks on ultra-Orthodox Jews in the city by young Palestinians, which were then posted on the TikTok social media site.
    Despite heavy police presence at the site Monday morning, clashes erupted once again shortly after 8am, with Palestinians hurling stones at officers, who responded by firing stun grenades.
    Police said protesters threw stones from the al-Aqsa Mosque compound on the Temple Mount onto an adjoining roadway. Palestinians reported stun grenades fired into the mosque compound, with dozens injured.
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    Palestinians celebrate at Temple Mount after Israeli police leave area
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    Palestinian medics said at least 250 Palestinians were hurt in the violence at the al-Aqsa compound, including 153 who were hospitalized. "There are wounded people who suffered direct damage from rubber bullets to their heads," said the spokesperson for the Red Cross.
    Israel Police said at least 21 officers were wounded, including one who was hospitalized.
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    Palestinians arrive at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday
    Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai earlier Monday confirmed that Jews would not be able to ascend to the Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day in order to avoid provocation.
    "We will continue to allow the freedom of worship, but we will not allow any disturbances," the police said in a statement.
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    A Palestinian protester stands on the roof of the al-Aqsa Mosque in the Old City of Jerusalem during clashes with Israeli security forces, May 10, 2021
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    The Jerusalem branch of Hamas on Monday morning called for Palestinians to keep fighting at the site.
    "What is happening at al-Aqsa — the breach of a house of prayer and attack on the worshipers and those within it — is a religious war being waged by Israel. This is proof of the cruelty of the Zionist occupation," the group said.
    "We are calling on our compatriots to keep resisting this breach. Israel will pay a high price for the attack on the Al-Aqsa and the worshipers."
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    A Palestinian argues with a Border Police officer in the Old City of Jerusalem, May 10, 2021
    A Palestinian argues with a Border Police officer in the Old City of Jerusalem, May 10, 2021
    A Palestinian argues with a Border Police officer in the Old City of Jerusalem, May 10, 2021
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    The High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel also condemned what it called "the invasion of the al-Aqsa Mosque by the occupation forces and the brutal attack on worshipers there."
    The umbrella organization also said that it held "the Netanyahu government" responsible for "which aimed to inflame the area and ignite a bloody religious war."
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    A Palestinian runs away from tear gas during clashes with Israeli security forces in front of the Dome of the Rock Mosque at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday
    A Palestinian runs away from tear gas during clashes with Israeli security forces in front of the Dome of the Rock Mosque at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday
    A Palestinian runs away from tear gas during clashes with Israeli security forces in front of the Dome of the Rock Mosque at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday
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    The Jerusalem Day march marks Israel’s capture of East Jerusalem, home to the Old City and its sensitive holy sites, from Jordan in the 1967 war.
    The annual flag parade is perceived as provocative, as nationalist Israelis guarded by police march through the Muslim Quarter to the Western Wall, in a move meant to cement Israeli claims to the area. Last year's parade was canceled due to the pandemic.
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    Nationalist Israelis march through the Damascus Gate of the Old City on Jerusalem Day 2019
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    This year's march was set to begin at 4pm Monday on King George Street and follow two routes.
    One group of marchers was to enter the Old City via the Damascus Gate, the recent site of repeated clashes between police and Palestinians, go through the Muslim Quarter and end at the Western Wall.
    The second group was to enter the Old City via the Jaffa Gate and from there continue down to the Western Wall.
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    Jewish men pray near the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem as Israel marks Jerusalem Day, May 10, 2021
    Jewish men pray near the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem as Israel marks Jerusalem Day, May 10, 2021
    Jewish men pray near the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem as Israel marks Jerusalem Day, May 10, 2021
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    Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Gilead, a former high-ranking IDF and Defense Ministry official, told Army Radio on Sunday that this year's parade should be canceled or rerouted away from the Damascus Gate.
    “The powder keg is burning and can explode at any time,” he said.
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