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Jerusalem Protests Continue Across Palestine

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Israeli Police Fire Stun Grenades at Peaceful Protesters

Friday’s protests were by far the biggest, but over the weekend, peaceful demonstrations were held in several places, and Israeli forces were on hand to violently crack down, firing stun grenades and charging the crowds on horseback.

On top of the hundreds wounded Friday, another 12 were reported injured on Saturday in East Jerusalem. 13 Palestinians were also detained for protesting, including Jihad Abu Zneid, a Palestinian MP.

Israeli security officials said none of the Palestinians had permits to protest publicly, and that this was the reason they were out in force, blocking marches and pushing around crowds of angry demonstrators.

Israel was fairly quick to brand all Palestinian protests “rioting” when the large crowds started showing up Friday, and that label has stuck in much of the Israeli press, leading Israeli political officials to encourage further crackdowns in the name of public safety.

This sort of crackdown, of course, tends to provoke more protests, but with unrest still soaring over Trump’s Wednesday declaration, more protests are likely to be seen for the foreseeable future either way.

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Lauren von Bernuth

Lauren is one of the co-founders of Citizen Truth. She graduated with a degree in Political Economy from Tulane University. She spent the following years backpacking around the world and starting a green business in the health and wellness industry. She found her way back to politics and discovered a passion for journalism dedicated to finding the truth.

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