World More than 90 Palestinians injured after another night of clashes in Jerusalem
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And it has made colonial violence a permanent feature of Palestinian lives in the holy city.The problem with these statements is that they whitewash the fact that Jerusalem is a city under violent occupation and its occupier, Israel, has made its intent to slowly uproot the native population quite public.
More than 90 Palestinians have been injured in another night of clashes in Jerusalem with tension throughout Israel, Gaza and the West Bank at its highest level in years.
In the south, a rocket was fired from the Gaza strip into Israel and Palestinians rioted along their side of the Israeli-built border fence.
The rocket landed in open ground prompting the Israeli Air Force to strike a military position belonging to the Hamas organisation, which governs within Gaza.
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"The United States must speak out strongly against the violence," Sanders tweeted on Saturday.Israeli police said that more than 200 Palestinians and 17 police officers were injured in clashes on Friday, after authorities cracked down while Palestinians worshippers gathered for prayers at Al-Aqsa mosque in East Jerusalem during Ramadan, the holiest month of the year for Muslims, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported. Many of the worshippers stayed on after prayers to protest in support of Palestinians currently facing evictions at the hands of Israeli settlers.
Hamas leaders said the protests along the Gaza fence were a response in solidarity with Palestinians injured in the Friday night clashes in Jerusalem where more than 200 Palestinians were injured in the worst night of violence since 2017.
90,000 Palestinian worshippers had gathered on Saturday night at the courtyard outside the Old City's Al Aqsa mosque to mark Laylat Al Qadr, the holiest night in the month of Ramadan.
Israeli police, who had fired stun grenades in the courtyard and into the mosque on Friday, used sponge-tipped bullets, tear gas and water cannon to disperse protests against the police which began at the end of prayers.
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The prime minister spoke after two nights of clashes between Palestinian protesters and police.He said Israel "shall not allow any radical element to undermine the calm" in the city amid growing concerns over the spiralling violence.
Video: Beefed-up Israel police clash with Palestinians in Jerusalem (Associated Press)
The Al Aqsa complex is one of Islam's most revered sites but is also the location of the holiest site in Judaism, the Temple Mount.
The mosque courtyard sits adjacent to and above the Jewish Western Wall plaza. Police say they were forced to evacuate Jewish worshippers from the Western Wall area twice because of stone throwing.
More clashes took place at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City which has been a site of tensions throughout Ramadan and in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood where an Israeli court is due to rule on an eviction order against Palestinian homes to make way for Jewish settlers.
At Least 130 Palestinians Injured During Latest Clashes With Israeli Police
Most were injured after being hit in the face by rubber-coated bullets and shrapnel from stun grenades, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.Officers on horseback and in riot gear used stun grenades and water cannons to repel Palestinian protesters who threw stones, lit fires, and tore down police barricades in the streets leading to the Old City gates of Jerusalem, Reuters reported.
According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, the Israeli police initially prevented ambulances from reaching the injured.
Eleven people were taken to hospital. Six of the wounded are under 18, including a one-year-old.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held meetings with his defence minister and military chief ahead of Jerusalem Day, marking the city's reunification by Israel after the Six-Day War in 1967, which begins at sunset on Sunday.
There are expectations of further serious clashes on Monday because of a confluence of controversial moments.
Parades by Jewish nationalists through Jerusalem's Old City are planned for Sunday evening and Monday morning.
Some will march through the Muslim quarter and are likely to be given access to the Temple Mount/Al Aqsa compound.
And on Monday morning, three Supreme Court justices are expected to hear requests from three Palestinian families who live in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood to cancel their eviction orders.
The Quartet of Middle East negotiators - the United States, the European Union, Russia and the UN - expressed 'deep concern" over the violence on Saturday.
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As Democratic leaders have backed Israel's "right to defend itself," a vocal faction of the party has slammed Israel's treatment of Palestinians.Last weekend, Israeli security forces cracked down on Palestinian worshippers and demonstrators at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, drawing swift condemnation from prominent progressive Democrats. That crackdown came as Palestinians demonstrated against an attempt to evict several Palestinian families from homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem.