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Jerusalem Day: Smotrich visits Sheikh Jarrah amid tensions

CM 10/05/2021

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Bezalel Smotrich, the head of the Religious Zionist Party, visited Sheikh Jarrah, the site of heated tensions and riots on Monday, Jerusalem Day. 

“History repeats itself,” he said. “Every time Israel tries to compromise with the Arabs, who deny our right to exist, terror spreads.
“It was like that during the Oslo Accords, and it is like that now – the legitimization of [Ra’am Party head Mansour] Abbas and other terror-supporters.” 
He concluded by calling out to fellow political leaders to “stop the disgrace.” 
Specifically, he mentioned “Gideon [Sa’ar]” and “Naftali [Bennett]” by name. 
As the tour ended, one of the protesters jumped on the car of Otzma Yehudit head Itamar Ben Gvir, Israeli media reported. 
Sheikh Jarrah has been the site of heated tensions in recent weeks because of a High Court case to determine the fate of four Palestinian families’ future in their current homes in the neighborhood. 
Late Sunday night, at least seven Palestinians were injured in clashes with police. On Friday, police and Border Police officers clashed with dozens of protesters in the neighborhood and two protesters were arrested. 
Balad Chairman Sami Abu Shehadeh said at the time that he would join protesters at Sheikh Jarrah on Friday “to continue the struggle for the rights of the residents.” 
The Sheikh Jarrah issue has caught the attention of leaders and organizations across the world, who have condemned Israel’s management of the situation and for the subsequent riots.  

“Jerusalem Day is supposed to be a day of celebration, but instead, Jerusalem is burning,” said MK Nitzan Horowitz, the head of the left-wing Meretz Party. 
“We are witnessing very disturbing scenes of violence, and this isn’t new. It’s been going on for a few months already – the police is not doing enough,” he added. 
Horowitz was specifically referring to the approval of “provocative marches that could have been avoided,” alluding to the Flag March taking place on Monday afternoon. 
“This only adds fuel to the fire,” he added. Khaled Abu Toameh contributed to this report.  

Source: Jerusalem Post

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