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Palestine PM says Israeli flag march ‘crossed all red lines’

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh has described assaults by far-right Israelis in occupied East Jerusalem as “aggression which crossed all red lines”.

Tens of hundreds of flag-waving, ultranationalist Israelis raided the Muslim quarter of the Old City on Sunday in the course of the so-called “flag march”. The provocative march that passed off in and across the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is supposed to have a good time the occupation and subsequent annexation of East Jerusalem in 1967 – a transfer that has not been recognised by the worldwide group.

Some chanted racist slogans together with “Death to Arabs” and attacked Palestinian residents whereas backed by armed Israeli forces.

Some Jewish teams additionally stormed the Al-Aqsa compound elevating fears amongst Palestinians that it was an try to alter the established order at Islam’s third holiest website. Jewish prayers are prohibited on the 35-acre (14-hectare) compound identified to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary. Jews name it the Temple Mount.

“Israel yesterday has crossed all red lines and international treaties with its repeated aggression against Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem. It attempts to impose a reality that doesn’t align with the historical status quo of Al-Aqsa mosque,” Shtayyeh mentioned on Monday.

Dozens of Palestinians had been arrested throughout occupied East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank a day earlier, the place protests to decry the march erupted, whereas greater than 165 suffered accidents starting from heavy tear fuel inhalation to beatings and wounds from reside rounds, in addition to rubber-coated metal bullets.

Following the march, giant teams of Israelis stormed via Palestinian neighbourhoods, assaulting residents in addition to their property.

Nida Ibrahim, reporting from the West Bank metropolis of Ramallah, mentioned the Shattyeh has been issuing statements “since yesterday”.

“He had strong statements today saying that Israel needed more than 3,000 Israeli army and police officers to secure the city,” Ibrahim mentioned.

“He said there’s a difference between occupying the city militarily and being the occupying power – and actually having sovereignty [over it].”

Settler assaults

Some 70,000 Israelis had been reported to have joined the annual march, which is seen as a bid by Israel to impose management over the occupied a part of town.

According to Ibrahim, Palestinians “on the street” mentioned that these statements should not sufficient and count on extra from their management.

“The Palestinian Authority has been saying it’s committed to a peaceful resolution … on the streets, Palestinians have been saying Israel cementing its occupation,” she mentioned.

Israel has been advancing its unlawful settlement mission on occupied Palestinian lands. Settlements are fortified, Jewish-only housing complexes constructed on Palestinian land in violation of international law. At least 600,000 settlers reside in settlements throughout the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, within the West Bank metropolis of Hebron, Israeli settlers resumed their march on Monday.

“We know settlers in Hebron in the south of the occupied West Bank have marched through the old part of the city,” Al Jazeera’s Ibrahim mentioned.

Settlers “continued marching with their flags, with their racist slogans” in the direction of the Ibrahimi mosque, she mentioned, including that settlers “invaded the squares of the mosque” whereas beneath the safety of the Israeli military.

According to her, Palestinian journalists who had been trying to doc what was occurring had been prevented from doing so.

Wafa information company reported that settlers additionally marched with Israeli flags at a army checkpoint close to Nablus and Jenin within the northern West Bank whereas a secondary college within the Palestinian village of Urif additionally got here beneath assault, it mentioned.

The Palestinian information company quoted the principal as saying that the settlers arrived with the military’s safety. They threw rocks on the college which resulted in some harm, whereas troopers fired tear fuel canisters inflicting “many suffocation cases”, it added.

Settler assaults on Palestinians and their property have been rife throughout the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The scenario in Hebron’s outdated metropolis is especially unstable, as some 700 Israeli settlers reside amongst a Palestinian inhabitants of practically 40,000.

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