Dozens of arrests in Jerusalem clashes

Ultra-nationalist Jews crying 'Death to the Arabs' confront Palestinian demonstrators in Old City


Streets are set ablaze as members of the Israeli security forces deploy during clashes with Palestinian protesters outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City on April 22, 2021. (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP) (Photo by AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images)

Israeli police have made dozens of arrests after violent clashes between Jewish ultra-nationalists and Palestinian protesters in the Old City of Jerusalem on Thursday night. 

Around 300 Jewish extremists crying “Death to the Arabs” were met by Palestinian demonstrators as they marched towards the Damascus Gate. 

Police used stun grenades, water cannon and tear gas in efforts to disperse the crowds. 

They said over 50 people were arrested for hurling rocks, setting off fireworks and assaults on officers, according to the Times of Isael. 

Around 20 officers were injured. The Palestinian Red Crescent said over 100 Palestinians were injured and more than 20 hospitalised. 

The confrontation follows days of mounting tension, with Palestinians accusing police of stopping them gathering for Ramadan outside the Damascus Gate. 

The Jewish extremist group Lehava had called on supporters for a “show of honour”, the ToI said. 

Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas said he held the Israeli government “fully responsible” for the breakdown in order. 

Bezalel Smotrich, leader of the Religious Zionist Party, tweeted,  “The riots of the Arab enemy throughout the country in recent days takes us back many years to the great Arab revolt of 1936,” 

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