Amid the Israeli attacks on Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque and Palestinian worshippers, Arab citizens of Israel have joined the protest movements across the country in an unprecedented show of solidarity for the Palestinian cause.
On Sunday thousands of Arab Israelis took part in demonstrations in the northern cities of Haifa, Nazareth, Shfaram, and Tira. Dozens were subsequently arrested for allegedly disrupting public order and stone-throwing.
Failure of colonial divide & conquer tactic/fragmented Palestinian identity on display tonight. Protests in different towns/cities in 48 Palestine: Nazareth, Haifa, Umm al-Fahem etc
Video in Lydd shows Israeli flag taken down+replaced by Palestinian one pic.twitter.com/XVXUtuIyqM
— لينة (@LinahAlsaafin) May 10, 2021
The Times of Israel reported that dozens of buses filled with Arab Israelis were also stopped on the main road leading to the holy city by police over security checks, causing many passengers to block traffic and pray on the highway in protest.
According to Haaretz, quoting Sireen Jbareen, a leading Arab Israeli activist, over 250 protesters from the predominantly Arab city of Umm Al-Fahm took part in the protests in Sheikh Jarrah on Friday, the Palestinian neighbourhood in East Jerusalem at the centre of the recent unrest.
In Lod, southeast of Tel Aviv, a 33-year-old Palestinian citizen of Israel named Musa Malakh Hassuna was shot dead. A Jewish gunman thought to be behind the shooting has since been arrested.
Anger also reached the south of the country where it was reported that Bedouins attacked vehicles and set fires in protest.
Incredible sight: Thousands of Palestinian citizens in Israel make way on foot to Al-Aqsa after Israeli police blocked their buses. Tonight is the Night of Kadir, one of the holiest nights in Islam. The Israeli police are working hard again to cause chaos. pic.twitter.com/GN06QmZ4JJ
— Louis Fishman لوي فيشمان לואי פישמן (@Istanbultelaviv) May 8, 2021
On Sunday, Israeli occupation police stormed Al-Aqsa Mosque and used rubber-coated steel bullets and stun grenades to disperse worshippers, injuring hundreds of Palestinians who had congregated there for prayers during the month of Ramadan but also to anticipate a nationalist march commemorating Israel's capture of East Jerusalem during the Six Day War in 1967.