Dozens of Palestinians were injured this weekend in clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters in various spots throughout East Jerusalem. Large forces of Israeli police and border police began congregating on the city from early Friday morning under what the police have dubbed Operation Guardians of the Walls.
Three surveillance balloons were launched over the East Jerusalem neighbourhoods of Ras al Amus, Abu Dis and Beit Hanina/Shuafat, while Israel limited Friday prayers in the al Aqsa mosque to Palestinian men over the age of 40.
Clashes occurred in A Tur, Silwan, Issawiya and Wadi Joz throughout the weekend. On Saturday morning authorities sent a bulldozer into Silwan to clear stones and rubbish that were blocking the road, and the bulldozer was met with a barrage of rocks.
Friday clashes in Silwan:
The Tel Aviv municipality announced that it has canceled all planned school trips to Jerusalem “due to the security situation”. All ninth graders from Tel Aviv were due to arrive in Jerusalem this week for tours and a bar/bat mitzvah event.
Police Commander Ahron Asksol told the Israeli news outlet nrg that “There is no intifada. There is primarily an undermining of the sense of security as a result of a few riots and small events in various areas”. Ignoring Israel's ongoing occupation and attendant policies in Jerusalem, Askol said “It is no secret that Hamas is involved in the events in Jerusalem, whether in the atmosphere or financing. The Hamas and Palestinian figures are the ones stirring things up, it is not coming from nowhere. There is a guiding hand acting out of its own interests and fanning the flames”.
On Saturday night the Jerusalem District Court ruled that the body of Abdel Rahman al-Shaludi will be released to his family only at 11.00 p.m. on Sunday, and that only twenty people are permitted to attend his funeral. Al Shaludi, from Silwan, killed one and injured eight when his car went up on a light rail platform on Wednesday in what Israeli authorities are calling a terrorist act.