Violent clashes broke out this morning on the Temple Mount compound between 1000’s of Palestinian worshippers and Jerusalem police forces. Reportedly, the worshippers had stayed there in a single day, accumulating rocks, bottles and different makeshift objects to be thrown on the police. A few of them tried blocking doorways and entrances with piles of stones. Violence began when dozens of rioters hurled rocks at a police station in the compound and threw stones at law enforcement officials advancing towards the location on the decrease south path. Upon coming into the compound, law enforcement officials have been attacked by rocks and bottles, responding with stun grenades. The Palestinian Purple Crescent claims some 200 worshippers have been injured, with 50 folks taken to the hospital.
In parallel, police determined this morning to ban the ascension of Jews to the location all through the day, to keep away from additional escalation. A press release issued by the police mentioned, “After a safety evaluation that concluded a short time in the past … the police commissioner [Kobi Shabtai] determined at this stage to not maintain visits [of Jews] throughout the Temple Mount.” The assertion additionally mentioned 1000’s of law enforcement officials had been deployed all through Jerusalem and its Previous Metropolis since early this morning to safe the occasions and to guard the general public’s security.
Israel Police spokesman Commander Eli Levi mentioned this morning police have been confronted with some 8,000 rioters, who severely violated order on the web site, exploiting efforts by the police commissioner up to now three weeks to allow Jews, Christians and Muslims’ continued freedom of spiritual apply regardless of tensions.
The Temple Mount — or Haram al-Sharif in Arabic — is the holiest web site for Jews and the third-holiest web site for Muslims. It has been thought of a flashpoint and risky spot for many years. For a number of years now, Jews are allowed to go to the location throughout sure hours on weekdays, and beneath quite a few restrictions, however they aren’t allowed to hope there.
On the backdrop of tensions within the metropolis in latest weeks, Jews have been barred recently partially from coming into the location — a choice criticized by right-wing legislators. The choice of this morning drew much more political hearth, as Israel celebrates Jerusalem Day in the present day, commemorating the unification of town after the 1967 Six-Day Struggle.
Yamina occasion Knesset member Matan Kahana tweeted this morning that on his technique to the location he found entry for Jews has been banned. Kahana wrote, “[The site] needs to be a secure place open to Jews and members of all religions.” Far-right nationalist activist and Knesset member Itamar Ben Gvir mentioned that “violence and thuggery have scored a victory,” putting the blame on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Public Safety Minister Amir Ohana. He additionally mentioned he is not going to vote with the ruling Likud occasion on any legal guidelines or decrees this week in protest.
Police had given the go-ahead to the standard Flag Dance parade, which takes place yearly on Jerusalem Day and is organized by Jewish spiritual nationalists. The march often attracts tens of 1000’s of members, continuing into the Previous Metropolis by way of the Damascus Gate and on by the Jerusalem Muslim Quarter all the best way to the Western Wall. The occasion this 12 months is predicted to begin this afternoon, with the parade reaching the Western Wall Plaza later within the night. After deliberations, and regardless of spiraling tensions, the police determined to keep up the unique Flag Dance march route.
Tensions have risen in Jerusalem for the reason that starting of the month of Ramadan, particularly within the environs of the Damascus Gate, the place Jews and Arabs have clashed with police forces. Tensions have been later exasperated over the opportunity of Palestinian residents of the East Jerusalem Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood getting evicted from their properties. The court docket had ordered their eviction a number of months in the past, after right-wing teams claimed possession on lands and buildings there. The court docket had mentioned this week a petition towards the eviction orders.
Clashes between Israeli Arabs and police broke out yesterday in a number of areas throughout Israel, together with Jerusalem, Haifa and Nazareth, as demonstrators protested police actions and insurance policies of the federal government in Jerusalem.