Palestinians protest in West Bank against Israel
The Palestinian protesters held a demo in the town of Qalandiya after Friday prayers to express their anger at Israel’s new settlement construction plans as well as the martyrdom of a Palestinian youth by the regime’s forces in Kafr Kanna in northern Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories last week.
The Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers after the regime’s troops used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the demonstrators.
Similar rallies were also launched by Palestinians in the West Bank town of Kafr Qaddum and the city of Umm al-Fahm in the occupied Palestinian territories.
According to reports, Israel is planning to build at least 200 more settler units inside the Ramot settlement in East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in defiance of the international community’s calls on Tel Aviv to put a halt on its expansionist policies.
The regime has been also severely criticized by rights groups after killing in cold blood of the 22-year-old Khair al-Din Hamdan near the town of Kafr Kanna on November 8.
Meanwhile, Palestinians managed to perform Friday prayers in the al-Aqsa Mosque without any restrictions after the Israeli regime revoked the age limit on Palestinian worshippers entering the holy place.
This is while Tel Aviv had for months adopted restrictive measures on Palestinians’ entry into the al-Aqsa Mosque.
Al-Aqsa Mosque has been the scene of clashes between Palestinian worshippers and Israeli settlers and troops in the past few weeks. Palestinians are extremely angry at Tel Aviv’s raids and restrictions, considering them as part of Israel’s plan to Judaize and desecrate the holy Islamic site.
Palestinians argue that al-Quds is the capital of a future Palestinian independent state, and that its heritage should remain intact.
Over the past decades, Israel has tried to change the demographic makeup of al-Quds by constructing illegal settlements, destroying historical sites and expelling the local Palestinian population.
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