Enhanced Israeli security in Jerusalem and the West Bank

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Israeli forces deployed on Friday for a weekly Muslim prayer for reinforcements in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank, but further clashes erupted during a Palestinian protest against the US plan to settle the conflict.

A hundred Palestinians demonstrated at the wall that separates the village of Bilin, in the occupied West Bank, from the settlement of Modiin Illit, north of Ramallah.

Protesters burned tires and threw stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers who responded with tear gas, an AFP photographer said.

The weekly prayer of some 25,000 Muslim worshipers on the mosque esplanade in East Jerusalem – the Palestinian sector of the city occupied by Israel since 1967, which then annexed it – was, however, carried out without incident, said the spokesman. police speech, Micky Rosenfeld.

An increased police presence will be maintained in Jerusalem, however, said Rosenfeld. The army, for its part, has announced the deployment of additional troops in the West Bank.

A ram car attack in Jerusalem injured ten Israeli soldiers on Thursday and clashes in the West Bank and Jerusalem left three dead, including two Palestinians.

The ram car suspect arrested on Thursday is still under investigation, said Micky Rosenfeld.

The violence comes more than a week after US President Donald Trump presented to Washington his plan for a settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, rejected by the Palestinians.

US plan to make Jerusalem the capital of the State of Israel, annexation of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, particularly in the Jordan Valley, and the creation of a demilitarized Palestinian state over what remains from the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

He was rejected by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who called on Palestinians to demonstrate against the project.

Abbas “has a responsibility” in the violence, said Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law and architect of the American plan, on Thursday.

“Mr. Kushner has allowed Israel to go further with annexation / colonization,” Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), replied in a tweet. “He blames President Abbas because for people like him, our mere existence / our rights (…) is the problem.”


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