The reason..... Protests in the neighborhood have been a regular event in recent months, but picked up speed last week after Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat approved the demolition of 22 illegally built Arab homes in the neighborhood to make room for a for a tourist park.
Considering that the ENTIRE state of Israel has been built ILLEGALLY.....
East Jerusalem fracas leads to heavy clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians
Six Border Police officers hurt by stone-throwers, Palestinian women suffer gas inhalation after forces allegedly fire tear gas into homes.By Liel Kyzer and Nir Hasson
Palestinian protesters and Border Police officers engaged in heavy clashes late Sunday near a Jewish enclave in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan.
The clashes began with a fracas between some 150 protesters and the settlers' security guards, according to Palestinian sources, and spiraled into an exchange of stone throwing on the part of the demonstrators and tear gas being fired by the Israeli forces.
Palestinian youths throw stones at Israeli military vehicle in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem, in May 2010 Photo by: Archive
Some Palestinian witnesses said that the Israeli forces also used live fire to disperse protesters, who were throwing firebombs at a Jewish-inhabited apartment building.
Six Border Police officers were wounded when hit by stones, and Palestinian witnesses said dozens of women and children suffered from tear gas inhalation after the Israeli forces began firing into homes.
Protests in the neighborhood have been a regular event in recent months, but picked up speed last week after Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat approved the demolition of 22 illegally built Arab homes in the neighborhood to make room for a for a tourist park.
The plan stipulates that all homes west of the neighborhood'
s narrow main drag will be demolished, and all those east of it spared.
Jun 27, 2010
ALL OUT WAR IN OCCUPIED EAST JERUSALEM
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