Riots in capital on Friday
Photo: Noam Moscowitz

'Nakba Day' rioters throw stones at police

Five officers injured in east Jerusalem's Shuafat refugee camp, riots also occur in Qalansuwa

Clashes in east Jerusalem were renewed Saturday evening and two police officers were lightly injured in Shuafat refugee camp when residents of the camp threw stones at them. Three arrests were made.


In Sur Baher an additional three officers were injured by stones, and one was taken to the hospital to be treated. Three rioters were arrested. Rioters also threw stones at police and Border Guard officers in Isawiya, and one suspect was arrested. Near Qalandiya checkpoint, around a hundred Palestinians gathered and threw stones as well.


So far 13 people have been arrested Saturday in events linked to the upcoming 'Nakba Day', or Palestinian day of mourning over Israel's founding, to be marked Sunday.


Clashes have also broken out between police and residents of Qalansuwa, and officers say residents of the Arab town threw stones at them. No injuries were reported.


Police say hundreds of residents gathered at a main junction near the town and threw stones at vehicles that were sporting Israeli flags from Independence Day. A number of vehicles sustained damage. Qalansuwa is generally considered a peaceful town.


Earlier hundreds attended the Saturday funeral of 17-year-old Milad Ayache, who suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the abdomen during a 'Nakba Day' riot in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan on Friday.


After the funeral participants threw stones at police officers, and four were arrested. Ayache's father told Ynet that his son was shot by settlers from Beit Yehonatan.


Beit Yehonatan residents decry 'blood libel'

But residents of Beit Yehonatan, the only Jews in Silwan, denied having anything to do with the boy's death. Eldad Rabinowitz called it a "blood libel".


"I am completely certain that this is all lies. The matter is being checked with security guards here and none of them fired. Anyone who continues to disseminate this lie will be sued for libel," he said.


Beit Yehonatan's residents also accuse their Palestinian neighbors of throwing firebombs and attempting terror attacks against them on a regular basis.


"Just Friday there were three occasions on which firebombs were thrown on our complex, in which four children in addition to men and women reside, all of whom are law-abiding citizens who serve in the reserve forces," one resident sai



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