Israeli police officers hurt in Jaffa riots

The Israeli port city of Jaffa. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Six Israeli police officers were wounded on Tuesday by rocks thrown at them by Palestinians during violent clashes in Jaffa over recent unrest surrounding Jerusalem's Temple Mount. Two people have been arrested for rioting, and an additional four were arrested for vandalism.

Police authorities said that a protest in the port city near Tel Aviv was held without a proper license, but was allowed to continue "in order to allow the right to protest," Haaretz reported.

The protest then escalated to violence, with veiled protesters throwing stones at cars, buses and Israeli police while calling for the freeing of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and "Allahu Akbar," according to the Hebrew newspaper Yedioth Achronoth.

The unrest in Jaffa comes on the heals of a string of recent Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis in Judea and Samaria, and Jerusalem. On Monday thousands of Israelis had demonstrated outside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem in a rally attended by members of the Knesset.

"Those who think that terrorism can dampen the spirit of the Israeli nation -- or prevent it from exercising its historical right throughout the land of Israel -- should come see us here today and understand that they cannot defeat us," said Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud), Israel Hayom reported.





Posted on October 6, 2015 .