Settlers To March In Sheikh Jarrah Next Wednesday
Saturday May 28, 2011 07:56 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
Extremist Israeli settlers intend to hold a provocative procession starting from Sheikh Jarrah Palestinian neighborhood in occupied East Jerusalem to mark 44 years since Israel occupied the city.
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Israeli paper, Yedioth Aharonoth, reported that the protest is planned for next Wednesday, as it marks the 44th anniversary of occupying Jerusalem, according to the Hebrew calendar.
The extremist settlers intend to march through the Bab Al Amoud and the Hebron Gate, in order to hold their procession in the heart of the occupied Old City of Jerusalem, filled with illegal Jewish-only settlements.
The Israeli paper said that extremist settler leader, Michael Ben-Ari, stated that the protestors “will be dancing while waving Israeli flags”, and that “this would be a message to U.S. President, Barack Obama, who is conspiring to divide Jerusalem”, according to Ben-Ari.
The Israeli police said it would be deploying dozens of police officers in order to “protect the settlers” as they tour in the Arab and Palestinian neighborhoods.
Extremist settler groups are calling for the removal of all Arabs and Palestinians from Jerusalem, and for escalating and increasing the construction of expansion of Jewish-only settlements in the occupied city and the rest of the occupied Palestinian territories.
During previous protests, the settlers attacked local Palestinian residents and attacked their homes, stores and cars.
On Friday, the Israeli police kidnapped one Palestinian in East Jerusalem and violently attacked dozens of Israeli and Palestinian peace activists as they were peacefully protesting against ongoing Israeli violations against the residents and their homes in the occupied city.
Settlers also described the Palestinians as “terrorists” and described the Israeli activists as “traitors to the Jewish state”, and as “an obstacle to the establishment of the Jewish State”.