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Jerusalem Day march turns violent


Israeli security forces in front of the Dome of the Rock Mosque at the Al Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem on Monday Associated Press/Photo by Mahmoud Illean

Jerusalem Day march turns violent

Hamas and other militant groups in Gaza fired more than 200 rockets towards Israel since Monday night. Israel responded with airstrikes aimed at Hamas in Gaza, where officials said 24 people were killed, including nine children. Earlier that day, Israeli police and Palestinian protesters hurled stun grenades and stones at each other as they clashed at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City. More than 700 Palestinians sustained injuries, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. Monday marked the annual Jerusalem Day Flag March, an Israeli celebration marking their capture of east Jerusalem in the 1967 war. Palestinians consider the celebration a direct insult.

What spurred the clashes? Plans to evict dozens of Palestinians from Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood to make room for Jewish settlers sparked confrontations with police officers in recent weeks. The United Nations Security Council wrapped up a session about the ongoing fighting on Monday. The mosque is located in a compound that both Muslims and Jews consider a holy site.

Dig deeper: Read Marvin Olasky’s Q&A on Israeli politics with Ze’ev Chafets.

Editor’s note: WORLD has updated this report since its initial posting.


Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD’s Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University–Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria.

@onize_ohiks

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BostonSteve

"Plans to evict dozens of Palestinians from Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood to make room for Jewish settlers sparked confrontations..." That's not the whole story. Those Jewish "settlers" were themselves evicted from this neighborhood in the 1950s when the King of Jordan controlled the area. After a decades long court battle, they finally won the right to their land back. So, it's not just some random Jewish people kicking Palestinians out, as the article suggests.

OldMike

CaptTee, I’m going to say “all of the above” except, I believe the Palestinians aim is not merely to terrorize, but to kill as many Israelis as possible.
And I would add a “g. The Israeli military is amazingly good at what they do (in contrast to the undisciplined and poorly trained Palestinian rabble)”

NBrooks

"... Muslims and Jews consider a holy site..." Isn't the temple where Jesus taught, etc., a holy site for Christians also?

CaptTee

I find it interesting that there are no reports of injuries from the more than 200 rockets fired at Israel, but Gaza officials reported 24 deaths in the counter-attacks. Is this because:
a. God protected Israel.
b. Iron Dome protected Israel.
c. Biased reporting to make Israel look bad.
d. God and Iron Dome protected Israel.
e. Hamas rockets are inaccurate weapons meant to terrorize Israelis.
f. All of the above.