Palestinian PM says Israeli flag parade ‘crosses all red lines’ Israel-Palestinian conflict news

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh has described far-right Israelis’ attacks in occupied East Jerusalem as “aggression across all red lines”.

On Sunday, tens of thousands of flag-waving, ultra-nationalist Israelis stormed the Muslim quarter of the Old City during the so-called “flag march.” The provocative marches in and around the Al-Aqsa mosque compound were meant to celebrate the 1967 occupation and subsequent annexation of East Jerusalem – a move that has yet to be recognised by the international community.

Some chanted racist slogans including “Death to the Arabs” and attacked Palestinian residents with the support of Israeli armed forces.

Some Jewish groups also stormed the Al-Aqsa compound, prompting Palestinians to fear it was an attempt to change the status quo of Islam’s third holiest site. Jewish prayers are prohibited on the 35-acre (14-hectare) compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif or the Holy Land of Nobles. The Jews called it the Temple Mount.

“Israel’s repeated aggression against Al-Aqsa yesterday in Jerusalem has crossed all red lines and international treaties. It is trying to impose a reality that is inconsistent with the historical status quo of the Al-Aqsa mosque,” Steyer said on Monday.

A day earlier, dozens of Palestinians were arrested in Occupied East Jerusalem and the Occupied West Bank, where protests denouncing the march erupted, while more than 165 people were injured, ranging from inhaling massive amounts of tear gas to beatings and injuries with live ammunition , and rubber-coated steel bullets.

After the march, large numbers of Israelis stormed Palestinian neighborhoods, attacking residents and their properties.

Nida Ibrahim, from the West Bank city of Ramallah, said Shattyeh had been making statements “since yesterday”.

“He made a strong statement today that Israel needs more than 3,000 Israeli troops and police to protect the city,” Ibrahim said.

“He said there was a difference between occupying the city militarily and being an occupying power – actually having sovereignty [over it]. “

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Some 70,000 Israelis reportedly took part in the annual march, seen as Israel’s attempt to control the occupied part of the city.

According to Ibrahim, Palestinians “in the street” said the statements were not enough and they expected more from their leadership.

“The Palestinian Authority has been saying that it is committed to a peaceful solution… On the streets, Palestinians have been saying that Israel is consolidating its occupation,” she said.

Israel has been advancing its illegal settlement project on occupied Palestinian land.Settlements are fortified, Jewish-only residential areas built on Palestinian land violation of international law. At least 600,000 settlers live in settlements in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, in the West Bank city of Hebron, Israeli settlers resumed their marches on Monday.

“We know that settlers in Hebron, south of the occupied West Bank, have marched through the old part of the city,” Al Jazeera’s Ibrahim said.

The settlers “continued to march towards the Ibrahim mosque with their flags and racist slogans”, she said, adding that the settlers “invaded the mosque’s square” under the protection of the Israeli army.

According to her, Palestinian journalists trying to document what was going on were prevented from doing so.

Settlers also marched with Israeli flags at a military checkpoint in the northern West Bank near Nablus and Jenin, while a secondary school in the Palestinian village of Urif was also attacked, the Wafa news agency reported.

The Palestine News Agency quoted the principal as saying that the settlers arrived under the protection of the army. They threw rocks at the school causing some damage, while soldiers fired tear gas canisters causing “many incidents of suffocation”, it added.

Settler attacks on Palestinians and their property are widespread in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. The situation in the Old City of Hebron is particularly precarious, with some 700 Israeli settlers living among a Palestinian population of nearly 40,000.

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