6 East Jerusalemites arrested for assaulting cops in Old City



Police arrested six Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem for allegedly assaulting officers outside the Damascus Gate in the Old City earlier Monday.

The suspects threw a table and other objects at the police officers, injuring two of them, police said in a statement.

Tensions in the city of the flashpoint remained high even after police ended their policy of preventing crowds outside Damascus Gate during Ramadan on Sunday evening, a policy which the media said. Muslims, was an inflammatory measure that hampered a long tradition of gathering at the site during the holy month. .

Public broadcaster Kan reported on Monday that the Shin Bet had urged Israeli police to lift barricades preventing worshipers from sitting on the stairs at Damascus Gate.

The security agency said the presence of the barriers contributed to recent tensions in the city, according to the report.

Police were still periodically rushing and clearing the site on Sunday and Monday evening when revelers were seen waving Palestinian flags – a symbol often seen as provocation by Israeli authorities.

Police force people out of the Damascus Gate neighborhood outside of Jerusalem’s Old City during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan on April 26, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi / Flash90)

Also on Monday, police extended the pre-trial detention of a Jewish minor and adult who had been arrested the day before for assaulting two Arab sanitation workers in the city.

Earlier today, a 68-year-old man was slightly injured when a stone was thrown at his car as he drove past the Old Town.

Paramedics treated the man at the scene near the Old Town Dung Gate, then took him to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in the capital for further treatment.

It was not known who threw stones at his car and no assailants were immediately apprehended. There was also no immediate information on the victim’s identity or ethnicity.

Palestinians gather and wave a Palestinian flag at the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan on April 26, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi / Flash90)

In another incident in East Jerusalem, a stone was thrown at a group of lawmakers from the far-right religious Zionism party visiting the Jewish enclave of Beit Orot.

No injuries or damage were reported in this case. MPs said they were on a visit “to reinforce Jewish residents who have recently suffered from Arab aggression.”

Thousands of Palestinians descended on the Damascus Gate every night after the start of Ramadan on April 13 to protest the controversial police policy.

More than 105 Palestinians were injured Thursday evening in clashes with police who found themselves amid Arab protesters and a crowd of hundreds of Jewish extremists marching towards the Damascus gate chanting “Death to the Arabs” , “Let your village burn” and other hateful slogans.

The police used riot dispersal measures against the two crowds, but reserved more severe means, including rubber bullets, for the Palestinian crowd.

Jerusalem has also seen a series of viral videos on the TikTok social network, which appear to show Palestinians attacking ultra-Orthodox Jews without any provocation. The clips fueled Jewish anger.

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