Israelis defiant as US envoy visits Jerusalem

Monday, April 26, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

Hundreds of right-wing Israeli activists marched through a mixed Jewish-Arab neighborhood on the eastern side of Jerusalem on Sunday, as US Middle East envoy George Mitchell arrived in the capital to further press Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to meet American and Arab demands to stop letting Jews build in areas of the city claimed by the Palestinians.

The march was led by outspoken and controversial activists Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir, who told local media that "we have made it clear today who has sovereignty over Jerusalem."

Marzel and Ben-Gvir also demanded that the government stop bowing to US pressure by making it next to impossible for Jews to obtain building permits in eastern Jerusalem, while the Arabs living there routinely build without proper authorization.

The main part of the march took place in the neighborhood of Silwan, known to Jews as "the City of David," the oldest part of Jerusalem where King David made his capital.

Masked Arabs from Silwan and other neighborhoods attacked police officers protecting the march with firebombs, stones and glass bottles. Two Israeli officers were wounded.

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