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6 injured, 4 arrested as Israeli forces attack Jerusalem Nakba rally
Published Thursday 15/05/2014 (updated) 17/05/2014 11:34
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JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police dispersed a rally marking the 66th anniversary of the Nakba in East Jerusalem on Thursday afternoon, injuring six and detaining four protestors.

The rally came as protests erupted across the West Bank and Gaza as thousands turned out to commemorate the expulsion of 750,000 Palestinians from what became the state of Israel in 1948.

Israeli forces arrested four Palestinian protesters at the East Jerusalem protest including Yasser Qaws, Ismail al-Khatib, Abed Barbar, as well as a fourth person who was not identified.

Witnesses on the scene said that Israeli forces pushed and shoved participants, injuring six people including lawmaker Jihad Abu Zaneed and medic Nidal Abu Gharbia.

Medics told Ma'an that three people were taken to hospitals for treatment following the dispersal by Israeli police forces.

During the protest, participants raised black flags with "Alll Palestine is ours" written on them, Palestinian flags, and flags with the "key of return" printed on them.

An Israeli police spokesman said in a statement that five "Arab suspects" had been arrested at the scene," but denied that there were any injuries.

He added that "stones were thrown at officers."




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1 ) Blame / Yourself
15/05/2014 23:54
One word was missing from that report - that rally was peaceful. And if in fact rally was not peaceful, Palestinians should blame no one, but themselves for the killed or arrested violent demonstrators.

2 ) ian / australia
17/05/2014 02:58
#1 "...in fact rally was not peaceful..." No, it was NOT. But why wasn't it? Palestinians from East Jerusalem commemorated the Catastrophe at the Damascus Gate (see pics)...in EAST Jerusalem. So why was a police presence required there? What property (which is ALL Palestinian) or persons (ALL Palestinians and supporters) were in danger? What likelihood of stone throwing or violence was there WITHOUT the pointlessly confrontational IDF presence? Why were they there? To protect

3 ) ian / australia
17/05/2014 03:00
(contd.) the new yeshiva in Salah Al-Din Street? Or a few settlers in Sheikh Jarrah? Or to project thuggish power, perpetuate the cycle of violence and maintain the fantasies of Israeli vulnerability and the threat of Arab violence?
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