Thousands of Arab Israelis rally in solidarity with Palestinians

An Arab Israeli general strike in solidarity with the Palestinians culminates in a large rally, featuring a crowd of some 20,000 including community leaders and politicians, in the northern city of Sakhnin.

Knesset member Jamal Zahalka is among those to address the assembled crowd. He invokes the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, whose al-Aqsa Mosque is seen as the epicenter of the recent round of violence.

“Our demands are an immediate end to entry of right-wing lunatics into the al-Aqsa Mosque plaza, and a removal of all restrictions on the entry of Arabs and Muslims.”

Palestinians and some Israeli Arab leaders have been accusing Israel of seeking to facilitate Jewish prayer on the Mount — currently banned by police — in contravention of a 48-year status quo.

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