Palestine Live News: Chaos as Israelis Gather in East Jerusalem | Israelo-Palestinian conflict

  • Thousands of far-right Israelis stormed Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem to mark the so-called Flag March in the Old City.
  • The march is organized to mark what Israelis call Jerusalem Unification Day, in reference to Israel’s 1967 occupation of the city and its internationally unrecognized annexation.
  • Ultra-nationalist Israeli groups chanted racist slogans such as “death to Arabs” as they marched through the streets of the Old City.
  • Dozens of Palestinians have been injured in and around the occupied West Bank city of Nablus amid clashes between Palestinians and armed Israeli soldiers, medics say.

Here are the latest updates:

Illegal settlers attack Palestinian homes in Sheikh Jarrah

A group of illegal Israeli settlers attacked several Palestinian homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem, the Wafa news agency reported.

Palestinian resident Amin Burqan reportedly said the attack coincided with the “[Israeli] raid by the occupying forces in the al-Sumoud refugee camp” in the neighborhood.

Dozens of Palestinian homes were attacked with rocks, vehicles were vandalized and “live ammunition” was fired at them, he said.

Meanwhile, in the Shuafat refugee camp in Jerusalem, Israeli forces fired rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear gas canisters into the crowd.

Israeli forces arrest 56 Palestinians in East Jerusalem, West Bank

The Palestinian Prisoners Club announced that 56 Palestinians have been arrested by Israeli forces in Jerusalem and other parts of the West Bank.

More than 140 injuries reported in the West Bank.

The Red Crescent said its team members treated more than 140 injured people in the occupied West Bank. Some 18 of these injuries were caused by live ammunition fired by Israeli forces.

Israeli flag march ‘an expression of the apartheid regime’

The so-called flag march is an expression of Israel’s apartheid regime, Munir Nuseibah, a professor at Al-Quds University in Jerusalem, told Al Jazeera.

“A regime that allows these far-right people to roam the streets of the Old City and chant racist slogans against Arabs, against Muslims, against the Prophet Muhammad; use violence against people, even those inside their homes,” Nuseibah said.

“I heard today from a colleague of mine that they sprayed pepper spray… through the windows in the houses as they walked. While at the same time, simultaneously, we saw how the Israeli police cracked down on Palestinians who tried to raise the Palestinian flag.

Settlers attack Palestinian homes near Nablus

Illegal Jewish settlers threw molotov cocktails at Palestinian homes in the village of Burin on the outskirts of Nablus.

The Wafa news agency reported that the Palestinians tried to repel the settlers as clashes broke out. No injuries were reported.

Settler attacks on Palestinians, their lands and properties are commonplace. The settlers are usually supported by armed Israeli soldiers.

Jordan condemns Israeli politician’s presence in Al-Aqsa Mosque compound

Jordan condemned the visit of far-right Israeli politician Ben-Gvir to the compound of the Al-Aqsa Mosque – one of Islam’s holiest sites – and warned that the “provocative and growing march “could make things even worse.

Jordan controlled East Jerusalem until Israel captured and annexed it in 1967, and remains the guardian of Muslim holy sites.

Palestinian president, prime minister condemns flag march, warns of consequences

Nabil Abu Rdeneh, spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, accused Israel of “playing with fire irresponsibly and recklessly”.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh condemned the march and “attacks on Palestinian citizens in the occupied city of Jerusalem”, the Wafa news agency said.

He warned of the dangerous repercussions of the march and its provocations on the feelings of Palestinian citizens.

Shatyyeh also called on the international community to “intervene urgently to end violations against holy sites in the city of Jerusalem.”

Members of the Israeli security forces detain a Palestinian protester near Damascus Gate outside the Old City in occupied East Jerusalem [AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean]

Dozens of injuries reported in and around the West Bank city of Nablus

Al Jazeera’s Nida Ibrahim, reporting from the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, said dozens of Palestinians were injured by Israeli forces in and around Nablus.

The Red Crescent announced that “the majority of injuries are due to suffocation from tear gas”, Ibrahim said.

“Its very, very heavy tear gas that the IDF usually uses,” she added.

“And the rest of the injuries…a Palestinian was taken to hospital after being hit in the leg by live ammunition, while four people were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets,” Ibrahim said. , adding that clashes were taking place in several places. .

Ultra-nationalist Jews storm Al-Aqsa ahead of Israeli flag march

Hundreds of far-right Jewish nationalists entered the compound of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, ahead of a provocative flag march that could reignite clashes between Israelis and Palestinians.

Israeli forces fired rubber bullets at Palestinian protesters in the compound, aiming to disperse them.

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Generation of ‘indoctrinated Israeli youth’ in Jerusalem: analyst

Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst, said the scenes in occupied East Jerusalem are indicative of the “future generation of Israel” and the grave concerns this should raise for peace and security.

“It’s a generation of indoctrinated young Israelis who have been taught to hate Palestinians, to hate Arabs,” Bishara said.

“They are almost genocidal in their upbringing and upbringing…they want to take over all of historic Palestine, and they want to expel the Palestinians. They believe that all of historic Palestine belongs to them.

Jewish groups chant “Death to Arabs”

Thousands of Israeli ultra-nationalists, some of them chanting “Death to the Arabs”, marched through the heart of the main Palestinian thoroughfare in Jerusalem’s occupied Old City on Sunday in the so-called Flag March.

The crowd of young, overwhelmingly Orthodox Jewish men gathered outside Damascus Gate, waving flags, singing religious and nationalist songs and shouting “the Jewish nation lives” before entering the Muslim Quarter.

A large group chanted “Death to Arabs” and “Let your village burn” before descending into the Old City.

Israeli police evacuate Palestinians

“The crowd, overwhelmingly made up of young Orthodox Jewish men, gathered outside Damascus Gate, waving flags, singing religious and nationalist songs and shouting ‘the Jewish nation lives’ before entering the Muslim Quarter. from the old city,” Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan said.

“A large group chanted ‘Death to the Arabs’ and ‘Let your village burn’ before descending into the Old City,” Khan said in Old Jerusalem.

“Police evacuated Palestinians from the area, which is normally a busy Palestinian thoroughfare.”

Israeli far-right parade

Each year, thousands of far-right Israeli groups take part in the parade, waving Israeli flags and singing songs as they pass through the narrow streets of the Old City’s Muslim Quarter.

The march is meant to celebrate Israel’s capture of occupied East Jerusalem in the 1967 war. Israel later annexed the area in a move that is not internationally recognised.

Palestinians, who have been forced to close their businesses and stay at home, see the march as a blatant provocation as Jewish settlers display their sovereignty over the occupied territory.


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