Israeli violence against Palestinians continues in Jerusalem

Havana, May 10.- During the month of Ramadan, friction escalated between the Israeli police and the Palestinians. Since Friday, there have been clashes every day in East Jerusalem, just outside the Old City. The confrontations even occurred on Saturday, May 8, when Muslim Palestinians held the most important event of all of Ramadan: the holy night of Laylat al-Qadr.

The Israeli security forces reportedly stormed the Al-Aqsa mosque and hundreds of Palestinians reacted by throwing stones and other objects at the uniformed men. The Israelis responded with firearms and closed the passage through the iconic Damascus Gate.

Although the judicial process is not new, friction escalated this weekend, just days before Israel’s Supreme Court heard appeals against the planned evictions. The hearing was scheduled for Monday, May 10, but given the possibility that this would further fuel the violence that occurred over the weekend, Israel’s attorney general got a postponement this Sunday.

But the audience is not the only thing that contributes to volatility. On Monday, May 10, a celebration by Israel is also planned, which for Palestine is provocative. It is the annual parade of the so-called Jerusalem Day, in which Israelis walk through the Old City and places holy to both Islam and Judaism with a single purpose: to celebrate the 1967 Middle East war from which they they annexed that area.

This year, the march coincides with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. All this combined with the audience that was scheduled contributes to the violence that unleashed was the worst since 2017.

Despite the fighting, Israel approved the parade. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu added on Sunday that Israel “will not allow any extremist to destabilize the calm in Jerusalem” and that they will “enforce law and order decisively and responsibly.”

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