JERUSALEM – This is a summary of the recent bloodshed against Palestinians, which was triggered by a years-long attempt by Jewish settlers to take over Arab homes in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.
Bloody end to Ramadan
On the last Friday of the holy fasting month of Ramadan, Muslims throng the Al-Aqsa mosque complex to pray.
For the past week, violence has been escalating in the Holy City and the occupied West Bank.
When Palestinians hurl bricks, bottles, and flares, police use rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades.
More than 220 people, mostly Palestinians, are wounded.
The second night
On Saturday, prayers are conducted peacefully at the mosque compound, but unrest erupts elsewhere in east Jerusalem.
According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, 121 Palestinians were injured overnight, with many being struck by rubber-coated bullets and stun grenades.
According to Israeli police, 17 officers have been injured.
The Middle East Quartet — the United States, Russia, the European Union, and the United Nations — expresses “strong anxiety” about the conflict.
Court event adjournment
Most of the recent violence stems from Jewish settler groups’ long-running legal campaign to expel many Palestinian families from their homes in the east Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah.
A lower court decision earlier this year supported the settlers’ assertion, infuriating Palestinian locals.
The justice ministry has delayed a Supreme Court hearing on a Palestinian appeal due to “circumstances.”
The third night
Scuffles between Palestinians and Israeli police continue in east Jerusalem overnight and into Sunday.
Pope Francis has joined worldwide calls to put an end to violence.
In the evening, Israeli police raid a number of locations in east Jerusalem, mostly targeting young Palestinians.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended Israel’s reaction to the rioting and demonstrations.
March has been cancelled.
According to the Palestinian Red Crescent, at least 395 Palestinians were injured in Monday morning clashes at the mosque compound, with more than 200 hospitalised.
The cancellation of a proposed “Jerusalem Day” march to commemorate the Jewish state’s 1967 takeover of the Old City briefly alleviates fears of more unrest.
Hamas has threatened escalation unless Israel withdraws its armed forces from the compound, with more than 200 rockets allegedly fired at Israel by Palestinian militants.
Israel responds with 130 fighter jet and attack helicopter attacks on “military sites” in the Hamas-controlled enclave.
In the exchange of fire, 28 Palestinians are killed, including 10 girls.
According to Islamic Jihad, two of its commanders were among those killed.