(Bloomberg) – Palestinians clashed with Israeli police at an unstable hilltop sanctuary in Jerusalem early Monday, as weeks of violence threatened to escalate as Israel celebrates its control over the disputed holy city.

By Alisa Odenheimer
May 10, 2021 at 9:32 a.m. – Updated on May 10, 2021 at 10:44 a.m.
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Palestinians threw stones, other heavy objects and firecrackers from the grounds of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, which is Islam’s third holiest site and the location of the Biblical Temple of Judaism. Israeli police stormed the mount, firing stun grenades and rubber bullets. The Associated Press, citing Palestinian doctors, reported that 50 Palestinians had been hospitalized.

Outbursts of violence persisted in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, where militants launched rockets and flaming balloons into southern Israel, causing fires but leaving no injuries.

The potential for escalation is high as Israel celebrates Jerusalem Day on Monday, marking its capture of the city’s eastern sector from Jordan during the Middle East War of 1967. The day is traditionally busy as one A parade of Jewish nationalists passes through the Muslim quarter of the Old City, in a demonstration of Israeli hegemony that Palestinians deplore.

Israeli officials allowed the parade to proceed, but in an effort to defuse tensions, police prohibited Jewish visitors from entering the hill compound where Monday’s violence erupted. The site – the most contested piece of land in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – is known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as Haram-as-Sharif, or Noble Sanctuary.

IDF radio reported that several dozen Jews tried to force their way up the mountain.

The holy city has been seething with its worst unrest since the beginning of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan more than three weeks ago. Israeli restrictions on assembly at a traditional Ramadan meeting place outside the Old City sparked tensions, but after they were lifted the protests were rekindled by threats of evictions of Palestinians from their long-standing homes in the eastern part of town.

Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of their long-awaited state.

US Tells Israel Concerns Over East Jerusalem Violence

US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan spoke to his Israeli counterpart by phone on Sunday to express “serious concerns” about “violent clashes.” He also reiterated the United States’ concerns regarding potential deportations.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement expressing similar sentiments, and the Arab League has scheduled a meeting on Tuesday to discuss the situation.

Violence explodes as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rivals attempt to reconstitute a government after the fourth election in two years.

“We would like to see things calm down and return to normal,” Bank of Israel Governor Amir Yaron said in an interview with Bloomberg TV.

While the Israeli economy is equipped to deal with the coronavirus crisis in the near term, “a new government, a stable government, is needed to deal with the many economic problems that Israel has faced before it even entered the country. crisis, ”such as the need for investment in infrastructure and less red tape, he said.

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