Palestinian militants in Gaza fired a rocket into Israel on Wednesday, the military mentioned, as tensions soared with police in Jerusalem blocking Jewish ultra-nationalist protesters from approaching the Previous Metropolis’s Muslim quarter.
Whereas the Gaza rocket brought about no injures — a fraction fell within the yard of a house within the southern Israeli metropolis of Sderot, police mentioned — it raises tensions additional following almost a month of lethal violence in Israel and the Palestinian Territories.
The rocket is the second this week to be fired from Gaza, and the primary to hit Israel in months.
Hours earlier than, Israeli police blocked crowds of Jewish ultra-nationalist protesters from approaching the Muslim quarter within the Previous Metropolis in east Jerusalem, to forestall extra Israeli-Palestinian violence after weeks of bloodshed.
Final 12 months, the Islamist Hamas motion — rulers of the Palestinian enclave of Gaza — launched a barrage of rockets in direction of Israel when an identical ultra-nationalist march was to start within the Previous Metropolis, sparking an 11-day struggle.
Greater than a thousand ultra-nationalist demonstrators waving Israeli flags gathered within the early night, however the police blocked the crowds from reaching Damascus Gate, the principle entrance to the Muslim quarter.
Among the many demonstrators had been supporters of far-right lawmaker Itamar Ben Gvir, a controversial opposition politician. Some within the crowd shouted “loss of life to the Arabs”.
“We need to go to all of Jerusalem and our authorities shouldn’t be letting us,” mentioned Pnina, a 62-year-old civil servant.
Ben Gvir himself had been barred from the realm of Damascus Gate earlier within the day by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
“I am going to say it clearly, I am not going to blink, not going to fold,” Ben Gvir mentioned. “I am not allowed to enter Damascus gate. Primarily based on what legislation?”
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Tensions are excessive with the Jewish Passover competition coinciding with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
On Tuesday, Israel carried out its first air strike on the Gaza Strip in months, in response to a rocket fired from the Palestinian enclave late Monday after a weekend of violence round a Jerusalem holy web site.
“Some Jews do not give up to Hamas,” Ben Gvir added.
UN Secretary-Normal Antonio Guterres mentioned he was “deeply involved by the deteriorating state of affairs in Jerusalem”, and was in touch with events to press them “to do all they will to decrease tensions, keep away from inflammatory actions and rhetoric,” in keeping with an announcement by his spokesperson in New York.
Bennett had mentioned earlier in an announcement he had blocked Ben Gvir’s rally for safety causes.
“I’ve no intention of permitting petty politics to hazard human lives,” Bennett mentioned in an announcement.
“I can’t permit a political provocation by Ben Gvir to hazard IDF (Israeli military) troopers and Israeli cops, and render their already heavy activity even heavier”.
Ben Gvir responded on Twitter, saying that “Bennett, coalition safety shouldn’t be state safety”.
Bennett, himself a right-winger and a key determine in Israel’s settlement motion, leads an ideologically divided coalition authorities.
Earlier this month, his coalition misplaced its one-seat majority within the 120-seat Knesset, Israel’s parliament, after a member left in a dispute over the usage of leavened bread merchandise in hospitals throughout Passover.
Then on Sunday, the Raam get together, drawn from the nation’s Arab-Israeli minority, suspended its help for the coalition following violence in and across the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, identified to Jews because the Temple Mount.
Clashes there between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli forces left round 170 injured on Friday and Sunday.
Previous to that, Palestinians and Israeli Arabs launched 4 lethal assaults in late March and early this month within the Jewish state that claimed 14 lives, largely civilians.
A complete of 23 Palestinians have in the meantime been killed within the violence since March 22, together with assailants who focused Israelis, in keeping with an AFP tally.
Proper-wing lawmakers are beneath strain to give up Israel’s authorities, which is seen by some on the precise as being too beneficial to Palestinians and Israel’s Arab minority.
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