Jewish youths attack Palestinian in E. Jerusalem

Three Jewish youths assaulted a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem on Sunday night.

Jewish youths attack Palestinian in E. Jerusalem

World Bulletin/News Desk

Israeli police said Monday that three Jewish youths assaulted a Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem on Sunday night.

"An Arab youth from the northern part of Jerusalem said that he was attacked by three Jewish youths while walking in [the settlement of] Pisgat Ze'ev at night," Israeli spokesperson for Arab media Luba Samri said in a statement.

"According to preliminary investigations, the [Palestinian] youth suffered what was said to be minor wounds and was transferred to the Shaare Zedek hospital [in West Jerusalem]," said Samri.

An investigation has been opened into the incident, she said, noting that the police launched a search for the attackers.

Tension has run high in East Jerusalem since late last month, when Israel closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for several hours following the injury of an extremist rabbi who was shot by a Palestinian man in West Jerusalem.

The suspect was later killed by Israeli forces in a raid on his East Jerusalem home.

Since then, a total of 11 Israelis, including two security personnel, have been killed and injured in a spate of attacks by Palestinians both inside Israel and in the occupied territories.

Further aggravating the situation, a number of Israeli parliamentarians and scores of Jewish settlers forced their way into the mosque complex in recent weeks, drawing the ire of Muslim worshippers and official condemnation from Arab and Muslim countries.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

In September 2000, a visit to Al-Aqsa by controversial Israeli politician Ariel Sharon triggered what later became known as the "Second Intifada," a popular uprising against Israel's decades-long occupation in which thousands of Palestinians were killed.

 

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