Israel arrests at least 374 Palestinian protesters, many of them teenagers

Bassem Aly , Thursday 13 May 2021

Israeli settlers and forces regularly storm Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and attack Palestinian civilians

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Israeli police detain a Palestinian outside of the Damascus Gate to the Old City of Jerusalem Tuesday, May 11, 2021. AP

Israel arrested at least 374 Palestinians in different areas during nightly protests, many of which are roughly at the age of 13, Israeli police said on Thursday.

According to a report by Israel’s Ynetnews website, protests took place in Jerusalem, Haifa, Lod, Tiberias, Acre, Umm Al-Fahm, Bat Yam, Jaffa, Jisr Al-Zarqa, Wadi Ara, Hadera, and Be'er Sheva.

A 33-year-old Palestinian woman who participated in Lod’s large protest is in a “serious condition” after being hit in her head, the same report mentioned. The report did specify who attacked the woman, who was pregnant, but she had a successful delivery after being taken to Assaf Harofeh Hospital.

In a market in Jerusalem, an Israeli mob stabbed a Palestinian man who was seriously injured, while social media footage showed a group of Israelis attacking a vehicle in the northern Tiberias city.

In Bat Yam, ultranationalists took a Palestinian man out of his car to beat him till he was bloodied and unable to move; the hospital said his condition is serious.

The father of five, also a resident of Ramla, had a surgery, as he suffered a “massive laceration on his face”.

A number of Israeli individuals smashed the windows of Victory, a popular Palestinian ice cream store, chanting “Death to Arabs”. TV footage showed border police stopping them from moving into Jaffa.

They were intending to attack Palestinians in the port city.

Even in normal days of the year, in which no tensions are taking place, Israeli settlers and forces regularly storm Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and attack Palestinian civilians.

Israel plans to evict several Palestinians families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in east Jerusalem.

This resulted in Palestinian protests that were faced by an aggressive crackdown, as well as rocket attacks by a Palestinian faction in Gaza that Israel responded to with endless airstrikes on the coastal enclave.

More than 83 Gazans have lost their lives, including 17 children, while hundreds have been wounded. 

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