Israel has faced increasing international pressure to control Jewish settlers, and planned evictions from neighboring East Jerusalem have been halted due to violent clashes between police and Palestinians, including in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem.
Both Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates signed a peace deal with Israel last year, condemning Israel, while the United States – a strong ally of the Jewish state – said it was deeply concerned about plans to evict most Palestinian families living in the country. Sheikh Jarrah Para for generations. Turkey has called Israel’s move “terrorism.”
“The U.S. State Department, which lists Israeli expansion activities in the occupied West Bank, says it is important to avoid measures that escalate tensions or take us further away from peace.”
On Friday evening, thousands of young Palestinians demonstrated near the top of a hill in the vicinity of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, and Israeli police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse the crowd after breaking the Ramadan fast. Palestinian and Israeli medics said about 200 Palestinians were injured, no one was killed and one police officer was injured.
Police said Palestinians threw stones, fireworks and other objects at the officers. The video, posted online, shows police throwing stunned grenades at the crowd, including one that entered the mosque and the third holiest site in Islam.
The mosque stands in an area controlled by Israel, which occupied East Jerusalem from Jordanian control in 1967, but operated by an Islamic foundation.
Turkish officials have condemned Israel for clashes in al-Aqsa
“Attacking innocent people during worship is a form of terror.”
Fahrtin Altun, a senior communications adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, told state broadcaster TRT late Friday night. “This attack on the Palestinian people is the most basic human rights violation, and the whole world is watching. Unfortunately, a large part of the world, especially the West, has played three monkeys and remains silent. “
The area in which the mosque sits is called Temple Mount by the Jews, and is the holiest site of Judaism, the original home of the second temple destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. Many Jews worship the west wall, the surviving part of the temple, and turn to it in prayer.
For decades, Jewish settlers have targeted the majority of Jews in the region, targeting Sheikh Jarrah, a middle-class Arab neighborhood on the border between East and West Jerusalem.
Sheikh Jarrah is a one-story American colony hotel, inhabited by relatively wealthy Arab middle-class people, and ends at the entrance to the Great Wall of Jerusalem, near the ancient Damascus Gate. It contains an ancient tomb of the Jewish High Priest, Simon Just.
Long-running court cases in the homes of several Palestinian families are expected to reach a verdict soon, with lawyers for the family fighting a verdict that the court will hand over their homes to the settlers.
At the center of the dispute, families legally owned homes before 1967, when the neighborhood was controlled by Jordan. This ownership is technically recognized by Israeli law, but human rights groups have documented that Palestinians regularly lose court cases related to property rights, especially in the occupied West Bank.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Ayman Safadi said they had already provided documents that the families were “legitimate owners” of their homes.
The trial is set to begin on Monday, Jerusalem Day, the anniversary of Israel’s victory in the 1967 war, when it occupied the Gaza Strip, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
While remaining relatively calm in other parts of the country, Jerusalem Day is a regular flashpoint between East Jerusalem Palestinians and right-wing Israelis.
Arab groups announced widespread protests on Saturday, and Israeli police in riot gear stormed a rally on Monday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck.