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More than 100 Palestinians injured after far-right Israeli settler protest

MORE than 100 Palestinians were injured and 50 arrested after far-right Israeli settlers launched a vicious attack in occupied East Jerusalem on Thursday night.

More than 300 Jewish ultranationalists marched towards the Old City’s Damascus Gate, chanting: “Death to Arabs” and Arabs out,” while hurling projectiles at Palestinians who confronted them.

The demonstration was organised by Jewish supremacist group Lehava, whose members attack Palestinians accused of dating Jewish women.

Lehava leader Bentzi Gopstein has called for churches to be burnt down.

Police responded by firing water cannon and tear gas at the Palestinian counter-protesters. At least 105 were injured, according to the Red Crescent.

Tensions have escalated since the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on April 13, with Palestinians accusing police of erecting barriers to prevent them from breaking their fast at the Damascus Gate.

Israel has occupied East Jerusalem since the Six-Day War of 1967 and considers all of the holy city as its capital, though this claim is not recognised by most of the international community.


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