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Israeli Police Attack Palestinians Celebrating Isra Wal Miraj in Jerusalem

Israeli Police Attack Palestinians Celebrating Isra Wal Miraj in Jerusalem

Tuesday, 1 March, 2022 - 09:15
Palestinians celebrating Isra Wal Miraj at Bab al-Aomud (Wafa)

Israeli police attacked Palestinians at Bab al-Amoud in Jerusalem who were celebrating al-Isra Wal Miraj Muslim holiday, a religious festival marking Prophet Mohammad's journey to the heavens.

Tensions grew in the city as more people arrived at al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Israeli police assaulted and clashed with the Palestinians before bringing a sewage water vehicle to disperse the protesters.

Dozens of Palestinians were injured and others were detained. Sources in Jerusalem said the occupation forces arrested at least four civilians, including a child, after assaulting them.

Clashes also erupted in other areas in the Old City as the number of Palestinians arriving at the Mosque to celebrate the occasion increased, including Jerusalemites and residents from the West Bank.

Thousands of Palestinians performed the noon prayer at al-Aqsa Mosque and participated in religious celebrations.

Meanwhile, the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood is witnessing tensions for the second week after far-right Knesset member Itamar Ben Gvir stormed the area and established a makeshift office on the land of Salem's family.

Ben Gvir insists on staying in the neighborhood, despite the tensions that led to widespread confrontations and warnings of Israeli officials that it might escalate the situation in the West Bank and break the calm in the Gaza Strip, as happened last year before the 11-day Gaza war.

The confrontations in Bab al-Amoud raise doubts about an Israeli decision to reduce tensions in the region before Ramadan, which this year falls at the beginning of April.

The Israeli authorities had decided to forgo the iron barriers at the Bab al-Amoud area this year during Ramadan month. It will instead allow cultural activities, including opening Ramadan tents and kiosks selling food and sweets, to maintain calm.

However, the Palestinians' first celebration in the region held after the decision was met with police violence.

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