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Police attempt to stop violence between Jewish, Arab protesters in J’lem

CM 22/04/2021


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Protests planned by far-right Jewish and Arab crowds have begun in Jerusalem, chiefly in Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, and Israel Police are spread throughout the city to tackle the foot traffic and stop tensions before they turn violent. The goal of the police throughout the night is to keep the two groups as far away from each other as possible. Police forces successfully broke up the protests, warning the protesters – numbering in the 400s – beforehand, starting to push them towards Highway 1. A Jerusalem Post correspondent confirmed that the Jewish protesters were pushed towards the Jerusalem Municipality building, while the Arab protesters to directed towards Salah a-Din street. Police forces have begun to break up the protests, warning the protesters beforehand, starting to push them towards Highway 1. (Credit: ISRAEL POLICE)Police forces have begun to break up the protests, warning the protesters beforehand, starting to push them towards Highway 1. (Credit: ISRAEL POLICE)Arab youth opened the night by lighting fireworks in Damascus Gate, calling out “Allahu akhbar.” At the same time, Israeli media reported, hundreds of Jewish youth from the far-right extremist Lehava organization arrived at the gate from Zion Square along Jaffa Street, yelling “Death to Arabs,” and “Revenge.” They are also holding up signs that read “Death to terrorists,” according to N12.Protesters at Damascus Gate. (Credit: SETH J. FRANTZMAN)Protesters at Damascus Gate. (Credit: SETH J. FRANTZMAN)The tension accumulated to an instance of bottle throwing, at which point the police arrived to break up the fight. Using stun grenades, they created a human blockade of police officers to prevent any violence. Meanwhile, Arab youth continued to throw stones and fireworks towards the officers.

Eventually, the Lehava teens broke through the wall of cops. “We’ve come here tonight,” Ben-Zion Gopstein, head of Lehava, said, “to clarify to anyone who thinks otherwise: Jerusalem is ours!” Police forces eventually succeeded in creating and maintaining space between the two groups, with the goal of stopping the protests from bleeding into the Old City.   The Post correspondent reported that few Arabs tried to reach the Jewish activists, with stones flying back and forth in the process. According to their report, several have been detained. As police began to attempt to clear the protesters out of the area, dumpster fires were lit in the Damascus Gate area. Fires burn through dumpsters as the protests at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City continue, April 22, 2021. (Credit: SETH J. FRANTZMAN)Fires burn through dumpsters as the protests at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City continue, April 22, 2021. (Credit: SETH J. FRANTZMAN)One officer has sustained injuries to his head from a rock that was thrown at him. One of the Israeli Police offers who was hit by a stone being thrown at him during the night of Arab and Jewish protests in Jerusalem during Ramadan, following nights of violent incidents, April 22, 2021. (Credit: ISRAEL POLICE)One of the Israeli Police offers who was hit by a stone being thrown at him during the night of Arab and Jewish protests in Jerusalem during Ramadan, following nights of violent incidents, April 22, 2021. (Credit: ISRAEL POLICE)Four individuals were arrested along Jaffa Street, by Jaffa Gate, for attacking a passerby, who slipped through the crowd before he could be identified.Sources confirmed to The Jerusalem Post that police searched cars and performed thorough security checks on civilians in the general vicinity of activity ahead of the protests, earlier in the evening. Security forces were positioned near Damascus Gate as well as in other areas in the center of town. Dozens of police officers, all fully armed, stood along Jaffa street, a central road in Jerusalem along which protesters were reportedly gathering.The police horses were seen trotting along the street of Mahaneh Yehuda Market and officers on motorcycles were speeding down along the light rail tracks.Drivers reported police stop-and-searches in the region, as well.

The far-right organization Lehava announced on Wednesday that it was planning a march while Ramadan services on the Temple Mount continue, to protest the recent violence exhibited towards Jews over the last week. Up until Thursday night, police had arrested 69 individuals for disturbances in Jerusalem. Some of the instances were filmed and uploaded online. The recent increase in violence incidents and public disturbances are due to rising nationalistic tensions, while Ramadan continues in the Arab sector. Seth J. Frantzman contributed to this report. Source: Jerusalem Post

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