Israeli police have fired rubber bullets and stun grenades towards rock-hurling Palestinian youth at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque amid growing anger over the potential eviction of Palestinians from homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers.
Right from the off, "rock-hurling Palestinian youth". Not "Palestinians protesting yet more illegal evictions". I'm sure I read something about identifying an entire ethnic group by the actions of a small subset of that group and how it was bad, somewhere...
At least 178 Palestinians and six officers were injured in the night-time clashes at Islam’s third-holiest site and around east Jerusalem, Palestinian medics and Israeli police said, as thousands of Palestinians faced off with several hundred Israeli police in riot gear.
The usual imbalance of casualties goes by without comment and of course it's the Palestinans who "faced off" with the Israeli police. Note the careful stressing of the numbers involved: "thousands" v "several hundred". If they are in the mood for accuracy why not "Thousands of Palestinian civilians faced several hundred heavily armed Israeli police and riot supression vehicles"?
Tension has mounted in Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, with nightly clashes in east Jerusalem’s Sheikh Jarrah – a neighbourhood where numerous Palestinian families face eviction in a long-running legal case.
That damned mouinting tension. Just comes out of nowhere and mounts. Those nightly clashes might be the mobs of marauding settlers marching around Palestinian neighbourhoods chanting "Death to Arabs" and attacking people to "break their faces" but I guess "nightly clashes" provides more context.
Calls for calm and restraint poured in on Friday from the US and the United Nations, with others including the European Union and Jordan voicing alarm at the possible evictions.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians packed into the hilltop compound surrounding the mosque earlier on Friday for prayers. Many stayed on to protest against the evictions in the city at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts.
The first paragraph nicely ignores the fact that the US and the UN, of course, said nothing about the evictions.
But following the evening meal that breaks the Ramadan fast, clashes broke out at al-Aqsa with smaller scuffles near Sheikh Jarrah, which sits near the walled Old City’s famous Damascus Gate.
Police used water cannon mounted on armoured vehicles to disperse several hundred protesters gathered near the homes of families facing potential eviction.
There's your clash breaking out, right there.
“If we don’t stand with this group of people here, (evictions) will (come) to my house, her house, his house and to every Palestinian who lives here,” said protester Bashar Mahmoud, 23, from the nearby Palestinian neighbourhood of Issawiya.
An Aqsa official appealed for calm on the compound through the mosque’s loudspeakers. “Police must immediately stop firing stun grenades at worshippers, and the youth must calm down and be quiet.”
Israel’s supreme court will hold a hearing on the Sheikh Jarrah evictions on Monday, the same day that Israel marks Jerusalem Day – its annual celebration of its capture of east Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East war.
The Palestine Red Crescent ambulance service said 88 of the Palestinians injured were taken to hospital after being hit with rubber-coated metal bullets.
One of the injured lost an eye, two suffered serious head wounds and two had their jaws fractured, the Red Crescent said. The rest of the injuries were minor, it added.
A police spokesperson said Palestinians had thrown rocks, fireworks and other objects towards officers, with some of the six injured requiring medical treatment.
I like how they kept the actual details away from the paragraph detailing how many people were injured, almost as if these extra facts would more clearly illustrate who was the agressor and who was the heavily armed opressing power. Or it could just be coincidence....
Notice also the "some of the six injured requiring medical treatment". And the rest had those sort of injuries that don't require any treatment? What did they hurt? Their feelings?
“We will respond with a heavy hand to any violent disturbance, rioting or harm to our officers, and will work to find those responsible and bring them to justice,” the spokesperson said.
The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said he “held (Israel) responsible for the dangerous developments and sinful attacks taking place in the holy city” and called on the UN security council to hold an urgent session on the issue.
Just time to squeeze in a statement from our sponsor, er I mean the Israeli police spokesman who talks in terms of law and order. He gets a direct quote, unmanipulated. Mahmoud Abbas has a small part of his quote repeated and then other content is referenced rather than quoted. Also, the part they do quote includes him talking about "sinful attacks taking place in the holy city" which, I suspect deliberately, tries to paint him engaging in religious rhetoric as opposed to the straight law and order tone of the Israeli police spokesman.
Biased from start to finish. This was Reuters rather than in house fraudian hacks but then of course if they felt so strongly about it they couuld have reported it themselves. Brave and fearless indeed. Send more money.