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Clashes carry on in Palestinian cities across Israel for 5th consecutive day


July 08, 2014
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Clashes in Sho'fat. Photo by Lazar Simeonov.

Clashes between Palestinian citizens of Israel and Israeli police forces reignited Sunday afternoon and continued into the night for the fifth straight day, following confirmation by Israel’s secret police—the Shin Bet—that several Jewish suspects had been arrested for the brutal murder of 16-year-old Mohammad Abu Khdeir in East Jerusalem last week. 

Palestinian demonstrators burned tires, blocked streets and clashed with Israeli security personnel in 19 Palestinian towns in cities within present day Israel Sunday evening. 

As of Sunday night, 277 Palestinians have reportedly been arrested since protests and clashes began last week, including 110 youth under the age of 18, according to Adalah, the legal center for Arab minority rights in Israel. 50 of those arrested thus far will be taken to court in an attempt to extend the duration of their arrests, according to Israeli police estimates.

A group of over 200 demonstrators clashed with Israeli security forces at the entrance of the Palestinian town of Tamra near Haifa on Sunday afternoon. 11 people were arrested during the clashes, according to Israeli police reports. Over 50 Palestinian citizens of Israel have been arrested during the last two days of clashes.

In Iksal, a Palestinian village near Nazareth, protestors burned parts of a police outpost. In Nazareth, demonstrators threw stones at police and a local fire station, which led to the reported arrest of 12 demonstrators. 

Demonstrators in the town of Arraba in the lower Galilee burned tires on the main road forcing Israeli police to close it to traffic. Additional clashes were reported in Shefamer, Taibe, Tira, Qalansawe, Kafr Qara, Sakhnin among other locations.  

"I would call the situation in Qalansawe a crash landing. This is the first time in history that I've met with something like this. I guess the anger and the rage (that's been building up) for years has exploded now," said the Mayor of Qalansawe, Abed Salameh, in an interview with Yehudit Yarenot. 

In the south, clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinian citizens of Israel were reported in the Bedouin towns of Arara, Laqiya, Tel as-Sabi, and Hura. 

12 were arrested in connection to clashes near Tel as-Sabi, with more expected in the coming days, according to the website of Yehudit Yarenot. Masked demonstrators reportedly threw Molotov cocktails and stones at cars at the nearby entrance of the Jewish town of Omer. 

Clashes carried on in the Sho’fat neighborhood of Jerusalem, the scene of Abu Khdeir’s kidnapping last Wednesday and the point of origin for the current wave of anger sweeping across Palestinian communities in Israel and the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem. Similar clashes were reported in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Abu Tur, Issawiyeh, Ezzariyeh and the Old City.

The High Arab Follow-up Committee is planning a nation-wide demonstration next Friday, 18 July, in Nazareth. 

 

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