Monday, May 10, 2021

Hadash, Communist Party of Israel condemn attacks against Palestinians in East Jerusalem

Israeli police injured 90 Palestinians on Saturday night, May 8, outside the Damascus Gate of the Old City of Jerusalem, 16 of whom were hospitalized, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent, after protesters hurled bottles and rocks at occupation forces and the police responded with stun grenades and water cannon.

Arab-Palestinians protested throughout the country on Saturday over the far-right government’s actions in Jerusalem, including its handling of violent clashes at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Friday and the pending eviction of dozens of Palestinians from the occupied East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah. 

The chair of the High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel and former Hadash MK, Muhammad Barakeh, called for protests in all Arab cities against the “terror of the occupation in Jerusalem". 

In a statement posted on its social media accounts, Hadash (Democratic Front for Peace and Equality) condemns the criminal attack against Palestinians in Jerusalem. The statement reads:

Occupation crimes will not break the Palestinian people 

We at the Communist Party of Israel and Hadash condemn the criminal attack by the occupation forces in East Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque - and the ongoing escalation for several weeks in Sheikh Jarrah and Bab al-Amud. 

The Palestinian popular struggle in Jerusalem will defeat the government's expropriation, Judaization and settlement plans - just as they failed the "flag parade" of settler gangs today. The crimes of the occupation will not break the spirit of the Palestinian people. 

We condemn the suppression of the demonstrations and the arrest of dozens of young people in Nazareth, Haifa, Umm al-Fahm and other localities, and call for continued solidarity with Sheikh Graach - and with the Palestinians in Jerusalem in general. / Hadash.