מהומות בשכונת שייח ג'ראח בירושלים
Riots in Sheikh Jarrah
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Riots in Sheikh Jarrah

Riots break out in Sheikh Jarrah after far-right MK opens 'office' in neighborhood

Violence comes in the wake of Itamar Ben Gvir's announcement he is to open a makeshift office in the contentious East Jerusalem neighborhood in protest of police not providing adequate security for Jewish residents after firebomb attack

Gilad Cohen |
Updated: 02.13.22, 10:15
Violence broke out late on Saturday in Sheikh Jarrah after a far-right right legislator said he will open an office in the contentious East Jerusalem neighborhood.
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  • Itamar Ben-Gvir's made the announcement following the torching of a settler's home on Friday. Ben Gvir said last night that he intends to remain in the makeshift office until the Jewish family whose house was set on fire is given 24-hour protection.
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    מהומות בשכונת שייח ג'ראח בירושלים
    מהומות בשכונת שייח ג'ראח בירושלים
    Riots in Sheikh Jarrah
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    In a separate incident, a young Jewish man was hit by a car driven by a Palestinian resident of Jerusalem, who claimed he lost control of his vehicle after he was pepper sprayed by Jews. The police ruled out a terror motivated incident.
    Another Jewish man was mildly injured by a stone thrown at him and a Muslim man was also hurt in the clashes and six people were arrested.
    The violence erupted shortly after Ben Gvir announced he will open an office in the neighborhood in place of the home that was set ablaze.
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    הפגנה של גורמי ימין קיצוני במפגש תלמידים עם פורום משפחות שכולות בליד"ה
    הפגנה של גורמי ימין קיצוני במפגש תלמידים עם פורום משפחות שכולות בליד"ה
    Itamar Ben Gvir and scene of the riots
    (Photo: Amit Shabi)
    Ben-Gvir had opened a make shift office in Sheikh Jarrah last May, prompting clashes between Palestinian residents and police troops and settlers last May, days before the outbreak of fighting with Hamas across the Gaza border.
    The right-wing MK agreed to vacate the area at the request of then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who promised to deploy a permanent police force in the neighborhood until the end of the Ramadan holiday.
    Despite damage to the house, the Yoshvayev family was not at home when a firebomb was hurled at their house on Friday and no one was injured. The family claimed they had been under repeated attack from Palestinians and their car was set on fire repeatedly.
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    לשכתו של איתמר בן גביר בשייח ג'ראח
    לשכתו של איתמר בן גביר בשייח ג'ראח
    Ben Gvir's 'office' in Sheik Jarrah last May
    "If the residents don't receive police protection, I'll protect them," Ben-Gvir said.
    Jerusalem police chief decided to increase troop presence in the area and deployed forces near the family's house.
    Tensions in the neighborhood have been high since last year over the intention to evict some Palestinian families from their homes over unpaid taxes and after a right-wing group claimed ownership of the buildings.

    First published: 09:55, 02.13.22
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