Palestinians fear ‘Israeli violence’ on J´lem Day (JERUSALEM POST) By KHALED ABU TOAMEH 05/20/12)
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Palestinians over the weekend expressed fear that Jerusalem Day
celebrations would turn violent as thousands of Israelis are set to
march in various parts of the city.
Palestinians shopkeepers in the Old City rejected instructions from
the police to close down their shops on Jerusalem Day on Sunday.
The Palestinian Authority mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Muhammad
Hussein, warned against attacks on Palestinians, especially in the
Old City. He also voiced concern that Jews would try to storm their
way into the Temple Mount during Sunday’s celebrations.
The mufti said that the Israeli authorities would be held fully
responsible for clashes that could erupt between Palestinians and
Israelis during the “provocative” marches, particularly inside the
Another senior Islamic religious official, Sheikh Yusef Idais, warned
that Israelis were preparing to perpetrate “massacres” against
Palestinians during Jerusalem Day celebrations.
Idais urged Palestinians to converge on Jerusalem on Sunday
to “confront the extremist settlers.” He said that in previous years
those who took part in celebrations inside the Old City had
chanted “Death to Arabs” and insults against the prophet Muhammad.
Idais predicted that Jerusalem would witness “violent confrontations”
during the celebrations and called on Arab youth in the city to put
up “strong resistance.”
Representatives of the Palestinian merchants in the city issued a
statement in which they said that the purpose of Sunday’s
celebrations was to “make Jerusalem a Jewish city and provoke the
feelings of Muslims and Christians.”
Fakhri Abu Diab, a member of the Committee for Defending Silwan,
condemned the authorities’ decision to block several roads and
neighborhoods during Jerusalem Day, noting that this would disrupt
normal life and prevent people from going to work and students from
Abu Diab said he expected Sunday to be a “dangerous and difficult”
day for Arabs in the city. (© 1995-2011, The Jerusalem Post 05/20/12)
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