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Riots in Jerusalem, West Bank ahead of Nakba Day

Friday prayers at Temple Mount end peacefully only to be followed by clashes between police, protestors in Silwan, At-Tur and Bab al-Huta. Security forces pelted with stones near Bethlehem, Ramallah.
Cairo protestors burn Israeli flags, chant 'millions of martyrs marching to Jerusalem' ahead of upcoming Palestinian 'Nakba Day'; Jordanian demonstrators demand end to peace treaty with Israel, expulsion of envoy

Latest Update: 05.13.11

Riots broke out in east Jerusalem and across the West Bank Friday ahead of Nakba Day, but fears of large-scale violence did not materialize.

IDF forces dispersed dozens of Palestinians, foreign nationals and Israeli leftist activists who hurled stoned near the Palestinian village of Nabi Salah, east of Ramallah. Leftist protestors said more at list 25 people were hurt in the clashes.

Two Border Guard police officers sustained light wounds after stones were hurled at them at the Kalandia crossing point near Jerusalem Friday.

Another police officer was also hurt as riots spread across Jerusalem and the West Bank Friday as Palestinians prepare to mark 'Nakba Day' Sunday on the occasion of Israel's establishment.

Security forces dispersed dozens of Palestinians, foreign nationals and Israeli left-wing activists who were hurling stones at the site, the army said.

Thus far, police and Border Guard forces operating in the Jerusalem region detained 34 people on suspicion of disturbing the peace.

Northern Israel protest
Elsewhere, some 40 Palestinians gathered near the village of Anata, southeast of Ramallah, and hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at a nearby road. Earlier in the day, police forces clashed with young Arab protesting and rioting at various sites in east Jerusalem.

Stone throwing incidents were also reported near Bethlehem and Ramallah.

Jonathan Pollack, a member of the Anarchists against the Fence group, addressed the Nabi Salah clashes in a talk with Ynet, saying that "the army's and police's hysterical, violent response shows that Israel doesn't know how to contend with civilian Palestinian protest."

The upcoming "Nakba Day" was also marked in northern Israel, where dozens of Baka al-Gharbia residents marked the occasion on horseback and held up Palestinian flags. The demonstration passed through several neighborhoods in the northern Israel town and prompted traffic jams throughout the community.

Tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered at Cairo's Tahrir Square Friday ahead of "Nakba Day," which will be marked by the Palestinians in two days to commemorate the "disaster" inherent in the State of Israel's establishment.

The protestors at the square endorsed Palestinian unity and chanted anti-Israel slogans, including "millions of martyrs are marching to Jerusalem." Among other things, the demonstrators called for the expulsion of Israel's ambassador to Egypt and urged the government to sever diplomatic relations with the Jewish State.

Some protestors burned Israeli flags at the site while others held up Palestinian flags. The event constituted a pre-planned rally ahead of major protests scheduled for Sunday.

On Thursday, Egyptian authorities urged citizens not to take part in a solidarity march with the Palestinians Sunday to the Rafah border. A statement issued by authorities called on activists to "avoid implications that may stem from such march."

Jordan's Facebook protest
Meanwhile, heeding a call from Palestinian Facebook organizers, several hundred Jordanians took to the streets of the capital demanding a sovereign Palestinian state and a refugee right of return.

About 500 protesters marched in Amman's downtown market district Friday also demanding an end to Jordan's 1994 peace treaty with Israel and the expulsion of the Israeli ambassador.

Pro-Palestinian demonstrations are not unusual in Jordan, but a gathering called for on Facebook is. Organizers are apparently inspired by the Arab uprisings in Egypt and other Arab countries that were heavily dependent on social network sites.,7340,L-4068181,00.html,7340,L-4068253,00.html,7340,L-4068192,00.html

Added: May-13-2011 Occurred On: May-13-2011
By: aydeo
Regional News, Other Middle East
Tags: Jerusalem, West Bank, Nakba day, riots, Egypt, Jordan
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