The new Jerusalem: What we know and don’t know about the Jewish quarter of the capital city
Posted by The Jerusalem Times on Friday, June 15, 2020 11:23:24After the latest attacks, it’s no surprise that the Palestinian Authority is worried about the potential for violence.
This concern has been exacerbated by the ongoing wave of Israeli settlement building.
The PA wants to avoid a new wave of violence and is trying to limit the damage by building additional checkpoints.
The Israeli army has stepped up patrols and police units in the area to prevent any more attacks.
Israel and the PA have a long-standing partnership that includes the two countries’ armed forces.
Both sides are trying to minimize the impact of the ongoing violence, but both believe the other is to blame for the current outbreak of violence.
For most of its history, the Palestinian capital has been largely quiet, but after the first wave of the Oslo Accords in the late 1990s, violence in the Palestinian quarter of Jerusalem exploded, and security measures were tightened.
The Oslo Accord is now in its sixth year and Israel has tightened the security measures and restrictions on the Palestinian neighborhoods.
The latest wave of Palestinian attacks in the Old City has been sparked by an attack that took place on Thursday on the Old Temple Mount.
On Friday, the Israeli army responded with a series of security measures, including an additional checkpoint at the site of the Old Tomb and the closure of the entrance to the Old Dome of the Rock, which is located in the holy sites.
According to an IDF statement, Israeli forces used tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the protesters, and two Palestinians were injured in the clashes.
Israel is currently investigating the incident.
Meanwhile, Palestinian news outlet Al-Quds Al-Arabi reports that a Palestinian woman who was assaulted in the neighborhood of Nabi Saleh was transported to a local hospital after the incident, but did not sustain any serious injuries.
The report did not specify the nature of the injuries, but Palestinian sources said that one of the victims suffered cuts to her head.
In addition to the police presence, Palestinian residents have been forced to limit their activities in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, including the use of private vehicles.
According a statement by the Palestinian Journalists Syndicate (PJSS), the Palestinian Center for Media and Human Rights has been banned from covering the demonstrations in Jerusalem.
It is not clear if this ban will remain in place until the protests in the West Bank are over.
In an interview with Al-Monitor, Palestinian media activist Nasser Abu Zeid stated that the protests have only intensified since the beginning of the month.
“The PA has no choice but to take measures to protect itself and its security forces from a new onslaught,” he said.
He added that the demonstrations are also causing many Palestinians to question the PA’s leadership.
Abu Zeed noted that the PA was unable to respond to the latest Israeli attack because it is in a state of shock.
“We know that we will be next,” he warned.
Al-Monitor asked the PJSS if they were planning to carry out any protests in Jerusalem, but the organization did not respond to our request.
In the meantime, Abu Zead urged Palestinians to avoid demonstrations in the capital and to leave the occupied territories.