Russia Urges No 'Escalation of Violence' in Jerusalem

Lawrence Kim
May 8, 2021

UN Middle East envoy Tor Wennesland said developments "related to the eviction of Palestine refugee families in Sheikh Jarrah and other neighbourhoods in occupied east Jerusalem" were "very worrying". At least six Israeli police officers have also been injured, per Reuters.

On Thursday, Israeli forces arrested a Palestinian suspected of carrying out a drive-by shooting earlier this week in the West Bank that killed an Israeli and wounded two others.

Palestinian medics said more than 20 Palestinians were hospitalized, most with injuries to the eyes and the face.

Israelis and Palestinians are bracing for more unrest in the coming days.

Sunday night is "Laylat al-Qadr" or the "Night of Destiny", the most sacred in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

One of the videos circulating on social media allegedly shows the stun grenade exploding inside Al Aqsa Mosque during Friday worshipping.

From 1967 to 2017, Israel demolished an estimated 5,000 Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, according to a report by the Land Research Center.

Palestinian protesters look on during clashes with Israeli security forces at the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem, on May 7, 2021.

"The Chief of Staff of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades Mohammed Deif salutes Palestinian citizens of the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in occupied Jerusalem for standing steadfast", the statement from Hamas said.

Israel is now in the process of attempting to form a government after President Benjamin Netanyahu lost his mandate to form a coalition.

Israel's Supreme Court had called on the sides to seek a compromise, but when that failed it announced it would hold a new hearing on Monday, during which it is expected to rule on whether the Palestinians can appeal the district court decision.

According to Ir Amim, a left-wing human rights group focusing on Jerusalem, around 200 families in East Jerusalem are under similar threat, with cases slowly moving through administrative bodies and Israeli courts.

Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Friday added her voice to the chorus of condemnation of the Sheikh Jarrah evictions. But with Israel's move to annex East Jerusalem in 1967 - a move not recognized by the majority of the worldwide community - they were denied ownership of the homes and lands. Palestinians say the unrest was triggered after some of them were prevented from entering the mosque compound and attempted to move away police barricades. NO U.S. taxpayer dollars should support the annexation of Palestinian land or destruction of Palestinian homes.

Clashes have also repeatedly broken out in east Jerusalem's Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, fuelled by a years-long attempt by Jewish settlers to take over Palestinian homes.

Recent days have seen police confront mainly Palestinian protesters demonstrating in solidarity with the families in Sheikh Jarrah.

Porter said the State Department was concerned in particular about the "potential eviction of Palestinian families in Silwan neighbourhood and Sheikh Jarrah", two areas of east Jerusalem where tensions have been running high.

Many waved Palestinian national flags, as well as the green flag of Hamas.

Ben Gvir agreed to pack up on Friday after police informed him that they would place reinforcements at the site. Police eventually scattered the demonstrators using riot dispersal measures, claiming the protesters had instigated a riot.

Protests erupted when Israeli police deployed heavily as Muslims were performing evening prayers at Al Aqsa during the holy month of Ramadan.

Thousands of Palestinians faced off with several hundred Israeli police in riot gear. Israeli forces shot two of the assailants dead and critically wounded the third.

The attack follows the overnight detention of a woman with a knife in the West Bank city of Hebron, at the Cave of the Patriarchs, as well as overnight clashes in Jerusalem's east. Authorities later canceled the policy amid mass protests.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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