Dozens of Palestinians in an occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood are at risk of being evicted following a long legal battle with Israeli illegal settlers, and Palestinian protesters have clashed with Israeli police in the city on a nightly basis since the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Israelis and Palestinians clashed again Thursday evening in Sheikh Jarrah before Israeli police intervened to separate them. Police officers then moved into the compound to deal with the rioters. Competing claims to east Jerusalem, home to the city's most sensitive holy sites, lie at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and have triggered serious violence in the past.
It called on the worldwide community to "take urgent and immediate action to deter the repeated attacks of the Israeli enemy against the brotherly Palestinian people and Al-Aqsa Mosque", stressing "the need to confront the continued Israeli intransigence and stop the Israeli settlement and displacement activities in the occupied city of Jerusalem".
Following Friday's clashes, USA officials called on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to "de-escalate tensions and bring a halt to the violence". The Arab League scheduled an emergency meeting on Monday. Earlier this week, video footage of Israeli settlers attempting to steal a Palestinian family's home went viral, drawing worldwide attention and sparking condemnation by human rights advocates. There were no reports of damage or casualties.
The ministry renewed Lebanon's "solidarity with the brotherly Palestinian people", affirming its "right to establish an independent Palestinian state, as per the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with worldwide legitimacy decisions and the Arab Peace Initiative issued in Beirut in 2002". "I call on everyone to act responsibly and with restraint", Shabtai said. Worshippers will gather for intense nighttime prayers at Al-Aqsa.
Images of shock grenades exploding inside the mosque amid a crowd of screaming worshipers spread rapidly online as Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli police.
The Palestine Red Crescent said that 88 Palestinians have been taken to the hospital. Eleven people were hospitalized, they said. "You should be ashamed!" he said. The road was reopened several hours later.
The High Follow up Committee for the Arabs in Israel, which represents the country's 20 percent minority, called for protests in other Arab cities and Jerusalem.
Dozen of Palestinian activists have been gathering daily in Sheikh Jarrah over the past week, occasionally clashing with police and Jewish counter protesters. Tensions have also escalated in the occupied West Bank in recent weeks. One right-wing lawmaker, Itamar Ben-Gvir, briefly set up an outdoor "office" in the heart of a Palestinian neighborhood last week, infuriating residents. At least 205 Palestinians and 17 Israeli officers were injured at Al-Aqsa and around East Jerusalem, notably at Sheikh Jarrah.
The Sheikh Jarrah families have provided evidence that their homes were acquired from Jordanian authorities, who controlled east Jerusalem from 1948 to 1967. But with Israel's move to annex East Jerusalem in 1967 - a move not recognized by the majority of the worldwide community - they were denied ownership of the homes and lands. "This includes evictions in East Jerusalem, settlement activity, home demolitions, and acts of terrorism". It condemned "Israeli authorities' storming of the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque" as well as plans to evict East Jerusalem residents. It has always been a flashpoint in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"This development of events is perceived with deep concern in Moscow". It is inhumane and the US must show more leadership in safeguarding Palestinian rights.
Turkey said it "strongly condemns the attacks by Israeli security forces against the Palestinians worshiping in Al-Aqsa Mosque".
The United Arab Emirates, which normalized relations with Israel previous year and has so far had warm ties with the country, expressed "deep concern over the violence" in Jerusalem. Abbas last week postponed planned parliamentary elections, citing Israeli restrictions in east Jerusalem for the delay.
"We urge the government of Israel to reverse its decision to advance the construction of 540 settlement units in the Har Homa E area of the occupied West Bank, and to cease its policy of settlement expansion across the Occupied Palestinian Territories", the foreign ministers said in a joint statement.
On the border with the Gaza Strip, troops fired tear gas toward Palestinian protesters, as officials said three incendiary balloons were launched into Israel, causing fires but no injuries. No injuries were immediately reported.
"Neither you, nor your army and police, can win this battle", he said.