Weekend violence in Jerusalem, Samaria

Sunday, April 04, 2010 |  Israel Today Staff

Palestinian Arabs and radical left-wing Israelis rioted in several locations in Jerusalem on Friday, and Jewish settlers protesting attacks against their own were stoned in Samaria, leading to a number of injuries and arrests.

In Jerusalem, dozens of Arabs and left-wing Israelis marched on the Shepherd Hotel in the capital's Shiekh Jarrah neighborhood to protest its soon transformation into a new residential complex for Jews.

The building today is used by Israel's Border Police. The decision to turn it into a Jewish housing project has been harshly condemned by the US and Europe, despite the fact it is owned by Jews.

Also in Sheikh Jarrah, Arabs and left-wing Israelis tried to forcibly prevent a Jewish family from moving into another Jewish housing project in the area.

In Samaria, the residents of the Jewish village of Yitzhar marched peacefully through the nearby Palestinian town of Hawara to protest a recent roadside stoning attack that left one of their neighbors badly wounded. As the protestors neared the center of town, they were attacked by dozens of Arab stone throwers. Israeli security forces extracted the settlers from the town, but failed to deal with the assailants.

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