Clashes continue at Kalandiya; protests and clashes break out in east Jerusalem, Bethlehem, West Bank villages; several Palestinians injured at Kalandiya, 14 arrested in J’lem; Lebanese forces prevent protesters from reaching Israeli border.
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch visited the Kalandiya checkpoint on Friday, calling a rowdy Palestinian demonstration taking place there a “show.”
“They are throwing stones, and we are responding,” Aharonovitch said, adding that the protest at Kalandiya is the only demonstration still underway. Sporadic clashes were nonetheless reported in Jerusalem and throughout the West Bank.
Thousands of Palestinian protesters assembled at the Kalandiya checkpoint near Jerusalem in order to stage demonstrations marking the 36th annual Land Day.
Palestinian youths hurled stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli security forces, who responded by firing tear gas, stun grenades, sound weapons and foul-smelling water to disperse the protesters.
A large number of protesters arrived at the checkpoint from Ramallah. A number of protesters were injured and taken to local hospitals for treatment. Israel Radio reported that those taken to hospital were lightly injured. Among the injured was Palestinian lawmaker Mustafa Bargouti.
Lana Hamadeh, a Palestinian-Canadian from Ottowa, listed demands being made as part of the protest. One of nine delegates in the Canadian Global March to Jerusalem mission, Hamadeh said she and other protesters were demanding “the right of return for Palestinians and the protection of Jerusalem.”
“Non-Jewish holy sites are at risk and the city itself is being ethnically cleansed,” she told The Jerusalem Post. “We are asking for our right to re-enter Jerusalem and reclaim it for everyone, not just for Jews.”
Aharonovitch also said that protesters were throwing stones at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Jerusalem police said that 14 people had been arrested throughout the city, including in a protest at the Damascus Gate that police dispersed.
In Bethlehem, dozens of protesters were throwing stones at an IDF checkpoint after breaking through a line of Palestinian police. source – JPost