JERUSALEM – Israeli police fired tear gas and rubber bullets Monday as they tried to disperse a crowd of Palestinian stone-throwers after the funeral of a young Palestinian man wounded in a clash with police last month. Dozens of people were reported injured.
The mourners took Sharif’s body to Al-Aqsa Mosque for prayers before heading to a cemetery outside the Old City. “With our souls and blood, we will rescue you, martyr,” the crowd chanted. Palestinian flags in the hands of some.
Israeli police said protesters hurled stones, sticks and fireworks at security forces. They released a video of protesters throwing objects at police near the cemetery and another video of stones being thrown at a nearby street.
Police have vowed to use a “strong hand” to stop the violence, which has “turned a funeral into an uncontrollable display of violence.”
The Palestinian Red Crescent Rescue Service said 52 Palestinians were injured by rubber bullets, grenades and beatings. Twelve people, including two with eye injuries, need to be hospitalized, it said. Several officers were slightly injured, police said.
Monday’s violence comes just days after police beat mourners at a funeral in Jerusalem, killing Shirin Abu Akleh, a well-known Al Jazeera journalist who was killed Wednesday while reporting on an Israeli military operation in the occupied West Bank.
Sharif was wounded during the violence on April 21, 22 in a rival courtyard that housed the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam and revered by Jews as the Temple Mount, the site of the Bible Temple and the holiest site. Judaism. The site’s rival claims are at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
The compound has been the scene of frequent clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protesters in recent weeks.
Palestinian eyewitnesses and Sharif’s family say he was shot in the head with a rubber bullet when Israeli authorities suggested he had died of his injuries. Israeli hospital officials did not give a specific cause of death and the family refused to perform an autopsy.
In the 1967 Middle East war, Israel occupied East Jerusalem, home to the Old City and its sensitive religious sites. Israel claims the city as its capital and annexes to East Jerusalem, a move that is not internationally recognized. The Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future independent state.