By Yossi Schwartz, Internationalist Socialist League (RCIT Section in Israel / Occupied
Palestine), 10 May 2021 (UTC 15.00), http://the-isleague.com
On Monday morning Zionist police forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. Using rubber-coated bullets, tear gas, and sound bombs against the Palestinian worshippers they wounded hundreds.
This was in preparation for the annual Jerusalem Day Flag March marking the occupation of East Jerusalem. 35,000 Zionist right wingers protected by the same thugs in uniforms were expected to march in the old city chanting “Death to the Arabs“.
For months the Anti-Bibi camp complained that Netanyahu and his minister of police Ohana have used the police against them and yet when the police protect the racist hooligans they have not formed any counter force to block the March.
Ironically, Netanyahu has been using this march to split the Anti-Bibi camp. The leaders of the Arab Joined List that for months have called on the same thugs in uniform to protect the Palestinians citizen of Israel and who recommended Yair Lapid as a prime minister have been forced to condemn the police and retreat from their support of Lapid in order not to lose all the remaining support.
Israel has been under a lot of pressure in the last few days because of its vandalism against Al-Aqsa Mosque and the violence used against the Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah ( الشيخ جراح).
Out of fear the Israeli police have changed the route of a contentious march by Jewish ultranationalists in Jerusalem, in an apparent attempt to avoid confrontations with Palestinian protesters. The original route had planned to go through Damascus Gate and into the Muslim Quarter of the Old City and on to the Western Wall, the holiest place where Jews can pray. Instead, the route has been changed to reach the Western Wall, in the Jewish Quarter, in a more roundabout way. Monday’s decision came hours after intense clashes between Israeli police and Muslim protesters at the nearby Al-Aqsa Mosque.
This is a victory for the oppressed Palestinians! It is the time to continue and deepen the struggle against the Zionist Apartheid!