Israel Police clash with disruptive Palestinian protest in Jerusalem

WATCH: Israel’s Police are called when Palestinians organize disruptive counter-event to Jerusalem’s annual Light Festival, in objection to the capital’s municipality expressing its Jewish identity.



Police used stun grenades to disperse hundreds of Palestinians on Wednesday who were protesting against an Israeli light festival at the Old City of Jerusalem.

Police clash with Palestinians in Jerusalem – Photo: AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP

Police said four men were arrested. A few were pushed to the ground during the scuffles but no serious injuries were reported.

The light festival is an annual event organized by Israel’s Jerusalem municipality where thousands take part in the cultural and artistic events including dancing and singing.

Police clash with Palestinians in Jerusalem – Photo: AHMAD GHARABLI/AFP

Visual art works are projected on the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Palestinian youths organized a counter event at the Damascus Gate in the Old City where they held activities for children and step-dance performances.

According to organizers, they reject the light festival activities because of the Israeli identity it forces on the Islamic and Arab identity of the Old City.

Palestinians, who account for more than 30 percent of the city’s overall population, want east Jerusalem to be the capital of the state they seek to establish in the West Bank and Gaza.


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