Six police officers were lightly wounded when a demonstration against the recent measures taken by Israel at the Temple Mount turned into a violent riot in the Jewish-Arab city of Jaffa. Two were taken to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital for treatment.
In the city’s main square, local Arab residents waved Palestinian flags and chanted, “In spirit and in blood, we will redeem al-Aqsa mosque.”
Israeli media reports said the protesters were members of the hardline northern branch of Israel’s Islamic Movement.
When police arrived at the scene to disperse the demonstration, which was held without a permit, some masked protesters began hurling rocks at the officers. The protesters also blocked roads with dumpsters and tires. Six people were arrested.
Hundreds were involved in the protests in Jaffa, which adjoins Tel Aviv.
Former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman, head of the Yisrael Beytenu party, said the protest proved that Palestinian incitement against Israel was having an impact even a short distance from central Tel Aviv.
The demonstration in Jaffa, adjacent to Tel Aviv, comes amid escalating violence and clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in Jerusalem and the West Bank, after terror attacks killed four Israelis in the past week.
Three Palestinian teenagers were killed in clashes on Sunday and Monday.
In a separate incident on Tuesday evening, Palestinians struck an Israeli vehicle near the West Bank city of Nablus, injuring an 18-year-old child.
In response to the deadly attacks, Israel imposed restrictions on Jerusalem’s Old City, banning Palestinians from entering the walled city, home to the Temple Mount and the al-Aqsa mosque.
The 48-hour ban was met with outrage by Palestinians and Israeli Arabs, who declared strikes and took to the streets in protest of the punitive measures.
On Tuesday night, police announced the temporary ban was lifted, and there would be “no restrictions on entry of worshipers” to the holy site.
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