Jews march provocatively to mark Jerusalem occupation

[ 02/06/2011 – 11:22 AM ]

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM, (PIC)– Hundreds of Jewish settlers have flooded the streets of Jerusalem waving Israeli flags and marching provocatively and chanting, “death to Arabs”, as the Israeli army stood guard.

They gathered Wednesday evening to celebrate the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank in 1967.

The marchers erupted in violent clashes with the Palestinian population. Police arrested five youths in the Sheikh Jarrah district, an Arab district with several settlement outposts, after fistfights took place and the youths hurled stones at a settler who tried to enter a local mosque.

Police closed many streets leading to the Old City, and large numbers of police and border guards were deployed throughout the city, particularly near Al-Aqsa Mosque and what Jews call the wailing wall and where the marches were most prevalent.

According to a recent poll, most Israelis oppose freezing settlement construction in the occupied east Jerusalem and handing over any part of Jerusalem to the Palestinians.

The poll taken by Israeli Channel One showed that 73 percent of Israelis would not like to see Jerusalem under international supervision, as suggested in previous peace initiatives; and 66 percent are against a settlement freeze and turning over land to Palestinians to use for an independent state.

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