13 Palestinians, 4 Cops Slightly Hurt During Clashes in East Jerusalem's Silwan

Confrontations erupted on backdrop of new Jewish residents entering neighborhood last week.

Nir Hasson
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The Abu Nab family home in Silwan.
The Abu Nab family home in Silwan.Credit: Emil Salman
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

Thirteen Palestinians, including children, and four policemen were slightly injured in violent clashes which erupted over the weekend between settlers and Palestinians in the neighborhood of Batan al-Hawa in the Silwan area of East Jerusalem.

The clashes erupted after dozens of settlers entered the neighborhood over the last two weeks, after the NGO group Ateret Cohanim managed to take possession of a building called Beit Abu-Nab.

Palestinian residents said that since the settlers arrived, tension in the neighborhood sharply increased. One of the settlers, they said, shoved a 10 year-old boy last Friday. Palestinian residents confronted the settlers, and clashes erupted. A large police force then arrived at the scene and was met by a rocks and firebombs. The police responded with tear gas and stun grenades.

Most of the wounded Palestinians were hurt by pepper spray used, according to them, by settlers. After calming things down, the police imposed a curfew on the neighborhood and prevented people from leaving their homes for three hours.

On Saturday evening, some 100 demonstrators, including left-wing activists, gathered for a show of solidarity with the neighborhood’s Palestinian residents. A large police force was present and the atmosphere remained tense.

Last week the Abu-Nab family received one more order from the Enforcement and Collection Authority to evacuate their house by October 11. Their house is attached to another building owned by settlers, called “The House of Honey,” which is very close to yet another settler structure called “Beit Yonatan.” The Abu-Nab family lost a drawn-out court proceeding, in a suit they filed against Ateret Cohanim. The court ruled the latter to be the rightful owners of the property, since it was purchased by Jews over a hundred years ago.

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