Cops, Pales­tini­ans clash af­ter truck at­tack

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CLASHES erupted in the oc­cu­pied East Jerusalem neigh­bour­hood of Ja­bal al-Muk­ab­bir on Sun­day night amid a fierce crack­down by Is­raeli forces af­ter a res­i­dent ear­lier car­ried out a deadly truck at­tack at an il­le­gal Is­raeli set­tle­ment.

Fadi al-Qun­bar, 28, was shot dead by Is­raeli sol­diers and armed civil­ians mo­ments af­ter he plowed a truck into a group of Is­raeli sol­diers, killing four and wound­ing sev­eral oth­ers in the il­le­gal set­tle­ment of East Talpiyyot, lo­cated next to Ja­bal al-Muk­ab­bir.

“Af­ter the deadly at­tack in Jerusalem, height­ened po­lice se­cu­rity op­er­a­tions are tak­ing place in a num­ber of Arab neigh­bour­hoods,” Is­raeli po­lice spokesman Micky Rosen­feld said on Twit­ter yes­ter­day, and later an­nounced po­lice pre­vented a memo­rial area be­ing set up for al-Qun­bar in the neigh­bour­hood.

On Sun­day night, wit­nesses said Is­raeli forces closed off the main en­trance to Ja­bal al-Muk­ab­bir – al-Madaris street – with ce­ment blocks, and were heav­ily de­ployed in the streets, spark­ing clashes with lo­cal Pales­tinian youth.

Is­raeli po­lice spokes­woman Luba al-Samri con­firmed that Is­raeli forces closed a cross­ing at Ja­bal al-Muk­ab­bir and “con­trolled traf­fic” at the other en­trances to the neigh­bour­hood to “main­tain pub­lic safety”, af­ter fire­works were thrown at Is­raeli forces sta­tioned in the area.

Dozens of Is­raeli set­tlers launched a march un­der the pro­tec­tion of Is­raeli forces near Ja­bal al-Muk­ab­bir on Sun­day evening, chant­ing anti-Pales­tinian slurs.

Al-Samri said the group gath­ered at the East Talpiyyot set­tle­ment and “at­tempted” to make their way to Ja­bal al-Muk­ab­bir while shout­ing “in­cit­ing” slo­gans. The protest was or­gan­ised by the right-wing ex­trem­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion Le­hava – a He­brew acro­nym stand­ing for “the Pre­ven­tion of As­sim­i­la­tion in the Holy Land”.

Is­raeli po­lice even­tu­ally dis­persed the protest and de­tained two set­tlers for “dis­turb­ing or­der and not fol­low­ing po­lice di­rec­tions”, af­ter the set­tlers blocked off streets.

As of yes­ter­day morn­ing, Is­raeli forces were de­tain­ing five of al-Qun­bar’s fam­ily mem­bers – his wife Ta­hani, his two broth­ers Muham­mad and Mun­ther, his cousin Muham­mad, and his sis­ter Sha­dia, lo­cals told Ma’an, with­out spec­i­fy­ing whether al-Qun­bar’s par­ents, Ah­mad and Minwa, were still in cus­tody, or if they had been re­leased.

Is­raeli po­lice con­firmed it had de­tained five fam­ily mem­bers, and at least four oth­ers af­ter the at­tack.

The de­ten­tion cam­paign and block­ade of the al-Qun­bar’s neigh­bour­hood were typ­i­cal of mea­sures im­posed by Is­raeli au­thor­i­ties in re­sponse to at­tacks on Is­raelis.

The Wadi Hil­weh In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter in East Jerusalem said clashes also erupted in the Sil­wan neigh­bour­hood on Sun­day af­ter Pales­tinian youth threw Molo­tov cock­tails at an Is­raeli mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle with Is­raeli forces fir­ing sound bombs and con­duct­ing searches.

PIC­TURE: REUTERS

Is­raeli po­lice­men stand next to Pales­tini­ans near the East Jerusalem home of a Pales­tinian at­tacker who rammed his truck into a group of Is­raeli sol­diers at a nearby il­le­gal Is­raeli set­tle­ment the day be­fore.

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