Six Israeli police officers were wounded on Tuesday by rocks thrown at them in Yaffo by Palestinians during violent clashes over recent unrest in Yerushalayim. Two people have been arrested for rioting, and an additional four arrested for vandalism.
Police authorities said that a protest that was held 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.”
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 Yediot Achronot.
The unrest in Yaffo comes on the heals of a string of recent Palestinian terror attacks against Israelis in Judea and Samaria, and Yerushalayim. On Monday thousands of Israelis had demonstrated outside Israeli Prime Minister Bibi 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.