Nineteen were injured in fresh clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli police on Sunday, April 17, in and near the esplanade of the Jerusalem mosques that had been the scene of violent clashes on Friday. According to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society, some of the injured were hit by rubber bullets.
The Esplanade of Mosques — also called the Temple Mount by Jews — is located in the Old City of East Jerusalem, a Palestinian sector occupied by Israel since 1967. early sunday, “hundreds” of the Palestinian protesters began to gather “stones” on the Esplanade just before religious Jews arrived at what is considered the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest site in Islam, Israeli police said. The Israeli security forces entered the esplanade of the mosques to achieve this “push away” these protesters and “Restoring Order”so the police.
Since Israel’s 1967 conquest and subsequent annexation of East Jerusalem – unrecognized by the international community – Jews have been permitted to enter the Esplanade at certain times, but not to pray there. The prayer usually takes place at the bottom of the Western Wall, although religious Jews have prayed in secret on the esplanade for years.
These incidents occur on Sunday in Jerusalem’s Old City, the intersection of the three monotheistic religions, Christian celebrations of Easter, Passover prayers, and Passover for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Israeli civilians targeted
Meanwhile, young Palestinians threw stones at buses carrying Israeli civilians, including minors, near the Old City, according to Israeli police. Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem reported seven minor injuries from the stone throw, while the Israeli police reported eighteen arrests.
“Al-Aqsa [mosquée présente sur l’esplanade] belongs to us, and the Jews have absolutely no right to it.”said in a press release Ismaïl Haniyeh, head of the political wing of Hamas, the Palestinian armed Islamist movement that controls the Gaza Strip, an area under Israeli blockade.
According to journalists from Agence France-Presse, mosques in Palestinian neighborhoods of Jerusalem called on worshipers to come to the Esplanade, while in the Gaza Strip more than a dozen rockets were fired into the Mediterranean Sea on Sunday morning, according to media close to Hamas.
Carte blanche to the security forces
In a statement, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett reiterated this “The security forces had carte blanche (…) Ensuring the safety of Israeli citizens”. “We are trying to calm the situation on the ground and are taking decisive action against the causes of the violence”added Mr. Bennett.
The Arab-Israeli Raam Party – four MPs – ” exposed “ his participation in the governing coalition of the Prime Minister: “If the government continues its arbitrary measures” on the Esplanade of Mosques, “We will submit a collective notice”, Raam warned in his press release. This freeze on Raam’s coalition participation has no short-term implications for Mr Bennett’s government as the work of the Knesset is suspended until May 5th.
Friday morning, after weeks of tension related to attacks by two Palestinians in the Tel Aviv area and Israeli operations “Anti-Terrorism” In the occupied West Bank, Israeli police clashed with protesters on the Esplanade des Mosques, where the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque are located. During these clashes, which left more than 150 Palestinians injured, Israeli forces notably entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque, an intervention that Muslim countries had strongly condemned.
Jordan, which manages the Esplanade of Mosques, blamed Israel for this new escalation of violence. King Abdullah II urged the Jewish state to do so “End illegal and provocative actions leading to further escalation” in case of violence.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by phone to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, a political rival of Hamas’ Islamists, on Sunday to congratulate him on his good fortune ” Quiet “ and sound “good judgment” in this case, he said on his Twitter account. The UN had already requested one “de-escalation” to prevent tensions in Jerusalem from escalating into a war between Hamas and Israel, as it did in May last year.
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