The Palestinian Red Crescent says 23 runners were injured when Israeli police fired tear gas and stun grenades at a rally organized by activists in solidarity with the forced deportation of Palestinian families in occupied East Jerusalem.
Hundreds of runners took part in the event, which began on Friday at Sheikh Ar ար and ended 3.5 km away in Silvan. Dozens of Palestinians living in two neighborhoods face the threat of losing their homes to Israeli settlers.
Hoda Abdel Hamid of Alazah Azira, reported from Archelian Jerusalem, said the runners wore white T-shirts with the word “7,850” printed on them, which represents the number of people who say activists believe they were forcibly deported to the city. is:
Abdel Hamid said Israeli security forces had used rocket-propelled grenades to disperse protesters, although the march was peaceful.
“The young people just sang, rejoiced, were happy to have a marathon,” he added.
People posted videos on social media of Israeli forces beating protesters.
One of the runners, ala alal Abu Khater, posted pictures of his bruised leg and tweeted: “I was beaten six times, Israeli forces attacked me for running in my ancestral city.”
Out of nowhere, Israeli forces attacked the finish line, where we gathered, singing, drinking water, and standing.
They were violent, attacking everyone indiscriminately, beating, throwing grenades and firing rubber bullets at some people.
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Protests against the forcible deportation of Palestinians to the Sheikh Ar Square in May were often met with violent response from Israeli security forces.
On May 9, amid growing tensions, the Israeli Supreme Court postponed a decision to expel four Palestinian families. It is noted that the new day of the court will be announced within 30 days.
Israeli crackdown on protesters also spread to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, where Israeli security forces attacked several times during the holy month of Ramadan, injuring hundreds of Muslim worshipers.
Hamas, the Palestinian Authority in Gaza, fired several rockets at Israel on May 10, demanding the release of Israeli security forces near a mosque after the group’s ultimatum expired.
Israel at that time bombed Gaza In 11 days, killing at least 253 people, including 66 children. Rockets fired by militant groups in Gaza have killed at least 12 people in Israel.
Human rights groups say the deportations could continue in the coming months, possibly sparking another round of fighting.
The Israeli human rights organization “Ir Amim”, which closely follows the lawsuits, estimates that at least 150 households in the Sheikh Arragh և Silvan district have received deportation notices and are at various stages of the trial.
The settlers use the 1970s. A law that allows Jews to reclaim the 1948 creation of Israel. Property lost during the war, a right denied to Palestinians who lost property in the same conflict, including Israeli Palestinians.
Israel captured East Jerusalem, a sacred sanctuary for Jews, Christians, and Muslims, and seized it in an unrecognized move in the 1967 war.
Israel views the entire city as its capital, while the Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of their future state.
Meanwhile, about 20 people were injured in separate protests by Israeli illegal military outposts near settlements near the west coast of the occupied city of Nablus on Friday.