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Palestinian-Israeli killed protesting support for Al-Aqsa

May 11, 2021 at 1:23 pm

Israeli security forces deploy in Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound on May 10, 2021 during clashes with Palestinians [AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP via Getty Images]

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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