Clashes between Palestinian rioters and Israeli security forces erupted last Friday in Jerusalem, as well as the West Bank and Gaza, amid Palestinian “day of rage” protests over President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
According to reports, some 3,000 Palestinians held demonstrations in 30 locations across the West Bank and Gaza following midday Muslim prayers. At least two Palestinians were killed after protesters along the Israel-Gaza border fence hurled rocks and burned tires. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it fired on two “inciters” at the Gaza fence, the Times of Israel reported.
In the West Bank, Palestinian protesters threw rocks and firebombs and set fire to tires, rolling them at Israeli security forces, who responded with tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets and live fire.
In Jerusalem, Palestinians protested near the Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa mosque following midday prayers there. Around 1,000 Israeli Border Police officers had taken up positions throughout Jerusalem’s Old City in anticipation of the protests.
As Muslim worshippers left the Temple Mount complex, they called out chants such as, “the war is coming, al-Quds (Jerusalem) is Arab,” “we will die as martyrs” and “there is no room for the state of Israel,” Yedioth Ahronoth reported.
By mid-afternoon Friday, many of the protesters had dispersed.
The Palestinian Red Crescent said that a total of 245 Palestinian protesters were injured — mostly light wounds from tear gas inhalation and rubber bullets.
IDF Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, Israel’s coordinator of government activities in the territories, urged Palestinians not to listen to extremist elements encouraging violence. JN