Jewish celebrations organized near banished Jerusalem officials

[ 02/06/2011 – 11:03 AM ]


Palestinian lawmakers’ protest tent at the Red Cross compound

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Jewish settlers celebrated Wednesday morning the occupation of Jerusalem near where the Palestinian officials have been seeking sanctuary at the Jerusalem Red Cross.

The officials, two members of the Palestinian Legislative Council and a former Palestinian Authority minister, have been sitting in for almost a year after Israeli authorities ordered them to leave their native holy city.

The Jewish group set up a podium and speakers announcing the beginning of a noisy celebration of the occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967, said Palestinian journalist Rassem Abdul-Wahhed.

Ahmed Attoun, one of the PLC members stationed at the site, called choosing the location for the celebrations a ”provocative move that reflects an extremist mentality”. He added that such measures would not affect the men’s stand against Israel’s decision to banish them.

Several clashes broke out in Jerusalem’s Silwan district as Jews provocatively marched through the city and danced noisily across the settlement outposts erected in East Jerusalem.

Israeli soldiers protecting the ceremony hurled a barrage of toxic gas and stun grenades at Palestinians during the clashes.

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