Stone throwing in Jerusalem injures Arabs, religious Jews

JERUSALEM — At least 10 people were injured Sunday in stone-throwing incidents between ferverently religious Jews and Arabs in the Old City.

The violence erupted near Herod's Gate and the Damascus Gate as the religious Jews were heading home from Shavuot morning prayers at the Western Wall.

Police said that four Israelis, including two border policemen, and four Arabs, were lightly injured. They all were treated at Shaare Zedek Hospital, police said.

Palestinian sources said that 10 Arabs were injured.

Arabs reportedly stoned the Jewish worshippers as they left the Old City. The observant Jewish men reportedly responded by stoning passing Arab and police vehicles, as well as by vandalizing several Arab-owned stalls.

Police who attempted to detain one of the Jewish males for throwing stones were attacked by his friends. In the fracas that ensued, the man being arrested was lightly injured.

Police also arrested four Arabs who allegedly stoned the Israeli worshippers.

Palestinian sources said that the stones also smashed the windows of dozens of vehicles, houses and Arab-owned shops in the area. They added that ferverently religious youths also stoned Arab cars near Herod's Gate and on Highway No. 1.

Faisal Husseini, the Palestinian Authority official responsible for Jerusalem affairs, said that the Palestinians had tried to deter Jewish extremists from becoming more aggressive.

The Palestinian Ministry of Information called on Israeli officials who support the peace process and the international community to condemn the aggressions.

In its session in Ramallah Sunday, the Palestinian Legislative Council discussed the clashes and asked the United Nations secretary-general to protect the Palestinians in Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, Palestinians claimed that the IDF briefly detained PLC member Raeft Najar, and that joint patrols at Erez Checkpost detained PLC members from Gaza for three hours.