Hundreds Protest in Israeli Arab City Against Far-right Violence in Jerusalem

The protesters blocked the entrance to the town and a main highway in its area as clashes between far-right Jewish activists and Arabs in Jerusalem intensify

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Police in Jerusalem, two days ago.
Police in Jerusalem, two days ago.Credit: Emil Salman

More than a hundred people are protesting far-right violence Saturday in the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel, after a series of anti-Arab attacks in Jerusalem.

The protesters blocked the entrance to the town and the nearby highway, Route 65.

Last night, hundreds of Palestinians clashed with police in Jerusalem and the West Bank for the eleventh night in a row. Around the Damascus Gate area, dozens of Palestinians threw rocks, among other objects, and shot fireworks at the police. One person was arrested.

According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, 20 protesters received medical treatment, after suffering rubber bullet and tear gas injuries.

The Damascus Gate area has been a site of multiple clashes between Palestinians and police in the past week over an Israeli decision to put up barriers preventing people from sitting in the plaza, a popular public area during Ramadan, which started last week.

On Thursday, dozens were wounded in violent clashes that erupted in Jerusalem following a march by far-right Jewish activists, following days of escalating tensions in the city.

A hundred and five Palestinians were wounded, with 22 hospitalized in moderate condition, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. At least 50 people were arrested, including both right-wing extremists and Palestinians.

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