jeudi 25 mai 2017

Thousands of settlers break into Old City in Jerusalem

Des milliers de colons forcent l'entrée dans la vieille ville de Jérusalem


Tension prevailed in Bab al-Amud in Occupied Jerusalem as thousands of settlers stormed the Old City on Wednesday evening as part of the "march of flags" marking the 50th anniversary of the occupation of the eastern part of Jerusalem in 1967.

The march was accompanied by provocative dances and racist chants calling for death for Arabs while tight security measures were imposed on the mainly-Arab quarters of the holy city.

The Israeli police closed Bab al-Amud with iron barriers to protect the settlers and to prevent the Palestinian citizens from entering or leaving through it during the Israeli march, according to the PIC reporter.

The PIC reporter said that the Israeli police attacked a march launched by Jerusalemite citizens in conjunction with the settlers' march.

Earlier in the day the Israeli police ordered the merchants of Bab al-Amud and the surrounding area to close their shops at 4 pm to make room for the settlers' tumultuous marches during which they attack the Jerusalemites and their property.

A central march for settler gangs will take place later on Wednesday from the courtyard of al-Buraq Wall to the Old City and the areas around al-Aqsa Mosque. Massive celebrations will be held in the settlement outposts of Jerusalem especially those in Silwan town to the south of al-Aqsa Mosque and they are expected to continue until Thursday morning.

According to sources from Jerusalem, activists of different nationalities organized a protest at Bab al-Amud to thwart the settlers' march but they were violently attacked by the Israeli police. At least one female activist was injured.

At the same time, a Palestinian march was launched on Nablus Street, which is opposite to Bab al-Amud, to confront another settlers' march.

Eyewitnesses reported that the Israeli police attacked the Palestinian march and assaulted the protesters.

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