Hundreds within the besieged enclave rally in opposition to so-called ‘March of the Flags’ going down in occupied East Jerusalem.
Hundreds of Palestinians within the besieged Gaza Strip have protested in opposition to a “provocative” march by Israeli far-right nationalists by means of occupied East Jerusalem.
Tuesday’s so-called “March of the Flags”, which marked the anniversary of Israel’s 1967 occupation of the town’s jap half, got here as tensions stay excessive over Israel’s deliberate pressured displacement of Palestinian households from the neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah.
The march posed a take a look at for Israel’s fragile new authorities in addition to the tenuous truce that ended final month’s 11-day Israeli assault on Gaza, whereas killed 256 Palestinians, together with 66 youngsters. At least 13 folks in Israel, together with two youngsters, had been killed by rockets fired by Palestinian armed teams in Gaza.
Ahead of the march, Israeli police forcibly eliminated dozens of Palestinians from exterior the Old City’s Damascus Gate. At least 17 Palestinians had been arrested and 33 others had been wounded as Israeli police fired stun grenades within the surrounding areas of Damascus Gate.
Hundreds of Jewish ultranationalists collaborating within the march had been heard chanting “Death to Arabs” in Hebrew. In one other anti-Palestinian chant, they yelled: “May your village burn.”
Palestinians say such chants are heard yearly throughout the march.
In Gaza City, some demonstrators burned footage of former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in addition to his current successor, Naftali Bennett, whereas members of assorted Palestinian factions delivered speeches.
“Protesters marched through areas that have been brutally bombarded during the last war,” Al Jazeera’s Youmna al-Sayed, reporting from Gaza, mentioned.
Ismael Radwan, an official with Hamas, the group that runs the Strip, mentioned the Jerusalem march “provoked the feelings of our Palestinian people”.
“We hold the Zionist occupation fully responsible for the repercussions of its crimes,” Radwan mentioned. “All options are open to respond to the crimes of the occupation,” he added.
Hamas gaining reputation
Palestinian factions within the occupied West Bank had additionally known as for a “Day of Rage” in opposition to the march. Last month, Israeli crackdowns on protesters on the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound left tons of of Palestinians wounded.
“This is a provocation of our people and an aggression against our Jerusalem and our holy sites,” Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh mentioned of the march on Monday.
Meanwhile, a brand new ballot launched on Tuesday discovered a dramatic surge in Palestinian assist for Hamas following final month’s conflict on Gaza.
The scientific ballot by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research additionally discovered plummeting assist for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who’s seen internationally as a associate for reviving the long-defunct peace course of.
The ballot discovered that 53 % of Palestinians imagine Hamas is “most deserving of representing and leading the Palestinian people”, whereas solely 14 % want Abbas’s Fatah social gathering.
The ballot additionally discovered that 77 % of Palestinians imagine Hamas emerged as a winner, with nearly as many saying that it fought the conflict to defend Jerusalem and its holy websites, reasonably than as a part of an inner battle with Abbas’s Fatah social gathering.
The pollsters held face-to-face surveys with 1,200 Palestinians within the occupied West Bank and Gaza final week, with a three proportion level margin of error.