Brain Bush’s Blog

Demonstrations in Israel

  • By : Brian Bush
  • November 14, 2014
  • 5:52 pm

Hello Everyone,

Lets give you a rundown on what has been a busy day here in Israel.

Thousands of demonstrators protested in the Arab towns up north in Israel.

Kafr Kana was the site earlier this week of rioting and demonstrations and this is the area of the Biblical town of Cana where the Gospels record Jesus turning the water into wine at a wedding.

Thousands were again on the street today protesting the killing by police of a local youth who had attacked a police van with a knife, and who ran away when officers exited the van – one killing the young man.

Israel police policies of engagement specify rules of engagement and self defense, which were not followed according to a CCTV recording of the incident.

Protests also centered around the ongoing controversy as Jewish extremists, Settlers, and right wing activists – including members of Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu's government challenge Muslim sovereignty over Islam's third holiest site – the Haram Al-Sharif, known to Jews as the Temple Mount.

North of Jerusalem in the West Bank a group of Palestinian activists used foot bridges and ladders scaling the separation wall in a symbolic attempt to reach Jerusalem mostly done for the media's attention.

Security forces prevented the march from getting very far and ultimately broke up the gathering.

Another 100 or so Palestinian activists gathered in an Israeli area waving flags and occasionally blocking traffic.

Security forces were on the scene there and dispersed the crowds with stun grenades.

In Hebron, some 300 Palestinians clashed with IDF forces..

Security forces were deployed all across Jerusalem and particularly here in the Old City.

Israeli authorities did not impose age restrictions on Muslim worshipers attending Friday prayers at the Temple Mount complex.

This a direct result from a meeting held last night in Amman with US Secretary of State John Kerry and Prime Minister Netanyahu and Jordan's King Abdullah. At the meeting Secretary Kerry stressed that more can be done to calm tensions in Jerusalem and that Israel must restore the freedom of access to Holy Sites. Netanyahu promised not to change the Status Quo on the regulations prohibiting Jews from prayer atop the Muslim compound.

Brian Bush
Middle East Correspondent
LeSEA Broadcasting

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