Israeli police disproportionately intervened with Palestinians gathered outside the Damascus Gate after prayers. The presence of about 20 policemen surrounding a teenager and grabbing his collar revealed the extent of the intervention.
Israeli police intervened with Palestinians who had gathered outside the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem after prayers the previous evening. The Palestinian Red Crescent said at least 105 Palestinians were injured and 22 were hospitalized.
With the start of Ramadan, the seating areas in front of the Damascus Gate were closed by Israeli police. Palestinians, who were not allowed to live in the area, gathered at the Damascus Gate after prayers from the first day of Ramadan, occasionally causing tensions with police. Yesterday, about 300 far-right Israelis marched to the Palestinian group’s site, chanting “Death to Arabs” and confronting each other. Israel’s “Channel 12” noted that despite the measures taken along the route, the far-right group was able to reach the Palestinian area. Israeli police, trying to separate the two groups, intervened against the Palestinians. Police used sound bombs, tear gas, and water cannons and detained at least 50 people. Mounted police were also involved in the intervention. Detainees, all of whom are Palestinians, will reportedly be arraigned.
Meanwhile, Israeli police said 20 security guards were injured by the discarded blunt objects, and three were being treated at a hospital. “Illegal settlers and far-right groups are encouraged to kill Arabs under the protection of the Israeli army and police,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said. In a written statement, the Palestinian Presidency stressed that East Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine and a “red line”. The statement condemned the provocations of fanatical Jews against Arabs under the protection of their police and called on the international community to protect Palestinians in Jerusalem from attacks.