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Photo collage: Israeli forces arrest dozens in Jerusalem Day clashes

Israeli forces arrest dozens at Damascus Gate during right-wing marches celebrating Jerusalem Day.

Photos by: Anne Paq, Yotam Ronen, and Oren Ziv

Dozens of Palestinians were arrested during clashes that erupted at the Old City’s Damascus Gate during a Jerusalem Day march staged by right-wing Israeli activists. Among the detainees were three photojournalists–including Activestills photographer Oren Ziv (lower left)–and an unknown number of minors, all arrested by border police, mounted policemen, and undercover forces.

Jerusalem Day is an Israeli holiday celebrating the capture of East Jerusalem from Jordan in the Six Day War of 1967. In past years, right-wing activists have marched through the Old City chanting “Death to Arabs” and “Muhammad is Dead”, prompting Israeli authorities to clear streets of Palestinians and ordering them to close their shops in the Muslim Quarter.

Though Israel annexed East Jerusalem in 1967 when it unilaterally redrew Jerusalem’s municipal boundaries, considering it to be part of the State of Israel, the move was never recognized internationally and East Jerusalem is still considered occupied Palestinian territory under international law. Moreover, Palestinians living in Jerusalem are only given residency, not full citizenship in Israel. As Mya Guarnieri points out:

Residents pay taxes to the Jerusalem Municipality but receive far fewer services than the neighboring Jewish districts of Jerusalem. While Palestinians constitute approximately 35 percent of the city’s population, only eight to ten percent of the municipal budget is allocated to their communities.

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    1. Philos

      Finally! I had completely forgotten that Jerusalem Day had happened until I read that the Mufti of Jerusalem had been arrested. The Israeli media didn’t mention any of this. The unified capital…

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    2. rsgengland

      Jerusalem Day celebrates the unification of Jerusalem, after 19 years of separation caused by the Jordanian occupation and annexation of East Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria after 1948.
      All the Jews in East Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria [called the West Bank after Jordans annexation of the area after 1948] were Ethnically Cleansed, and all the Synagogues and Yeshivot were destroyed and/or desecrated.
      That these protestors exist, and are only arrested, rather than killed as happens in much of the neighboring states is an indication of Israels plurality [especially as most of the protesters would like to see the total destruction and eradication of the State of Israel]

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    3. Laurent Szyster

      “Palestinians living in Jerusalem are only given residency, not full citizenship in Israel.”

      Then how can this be ?


      Actually, Palestinian residents of East-Jerusalem can apply for israeli citizenship.

      And they do so, more and more.

      Also, all Jerusalem residents have a right to vote for municipal elections. Trouble is, the Palestinians don’t use that right. Which explains why “only eight to ten percent of the municipal budget is allocated to their communities”.

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