In 1967, on the eve of Jerusalem Day, the police allowed the annual Jewish march through the Old City – a national holiday commemorating the 1967 Israeli occupation.
The march is usually a signal to extremist nationalists that Jerusalem must remain under Israeli control.
Retired General Amos Glad criticizes the march through the old city.
“The barrel of the bullet is burning and could explode at any moment,” Gilad told Israeli military radio.
State broadcaster Khan said it had not been decided where the last part of the march would go.
Pope Francis used Sunday prayers from St. Peter’s Square to ask for a peaceful solution to the parties in Jerusalem.
– I pray that this will be a place where people can meet, without fighting, a place of prayer and peace. Pope said violence breeds more violence.
Worst in many years
Violent conflicts in Jerusalem Started earlier this week, And the sixth day in a row took place on Sunday.
News agency AB reported that the unrest around the temples in the old city of annexed East Jerusalem was the worst in years. More than 300, most of them Palestinians, were injured.
Several clashes took place at the gate of Damascus, one of the gates of the old city, and at the square known as Temple Mount by Muslims Haram al-Sharif and the Jews.
Here, police threw stones and water bottles on Sunday. A police spokesman said police forces responded with water cannons and stun grenades.
Spreads to other cities
Palestinian health officials said 121 Palestinians were wounded Sunday, many of them with rubber bullets and stun grenades.
Israeli police say 17 of their officers were injured.
The unrest in Jerusalem has spread to other parts of the world. On Sunday night, Palestinian militants fired two rockets at Israel. The bomber struck shortly after noon in front of a police station in Ashkelon, killing at least three people and wounding dozens more.
Earlier on Sunday, Israeli forces launched an airstrike on a Hamas base in the Gaza Strip in response to another rocket attack.
Children among the injured
On Friday night, Israeli forces attacked Haram al-Sharif after Friday prayers, injuring at least 200 Palestinians and 18 Israeli police officers in a single night of wedding rain.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says 29 children and a one-year-old have been injured in East Jerusalem in the past two days. Eight children have been arrested.
Police say the measures are security measures, but Palestinians see them as provocations that threaten their religious freedom.
Postpones decisive hearing
A long and heated real estate dispute helped escalate the scale of the conflict. An attempt by Jewish settlers to seize Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem was due to be heard in the Supreme Court on Monday, but the Ministry of Justice adjourned the hearing.
In Sheikh Zarra, four Palestinian families have been sued by Israeli settlers to claim ownership of the homes they now live in. The reason is that the property must have belonged to the families of immigrants before 1948.
The Palestinians believe that the Israeli authorities are trying to evacuate the Palestinians from East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians want as their future capital, and replace them with Israeli Jews.
Both Israelis and Palestinians are preparing for more unrest in the coming days. Israeli police have strengthened their presence in the city, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying on Sunday that Israel will “enforce law and order in Jerusalem with determination and responsibility.”
“We will continue to uphold the right of all religions to pray, but we will not allow violent interference,” Netanyahu said.
“The right to protest will be respected, but the public unrest will be met with strength and tolerance,” said Israeli police chief Kobe Shabdai.