Palestinians marched in Jerusalem on Saturday against Israel’s expansion of settlements in the occupied West Bank.
The rally was held in front of the Israel Supreme Court in the Old City, a symbol of the current tensions between Israel and the Palestinians.
The protesters chanted slogans against the expansion of settlement activity in the West Bank, while also calling for an end to the occupation.
Some carried signs with slogans such as “We are all Jerusalem” and “Resistance is the path of our survival.”
They also carried Palestinian flags and carried Palestinian banners that read “No more settlers in Palestine.”
The march was organized by the Jerusalem Committee Against Settlements, which has called for the expulsion of Israeli settlers from the occupied Palestinian territory.
The group has been among the most vocal in calling for the closure of the settlements.
“This is a moment to demand the end of the occupation,” said Abu Al-Aqra, a member of the Jerusalem committee.
“The occupation is a crime and an illegal project.
We demand an end of occupation, and the dismantling of settlements.”
Palestinian demonstrators gather at the al-Quds mosque in occupied East Jerusalem on October 15, 2017.
(AFP) Israeli security forces detain an activist during a rally in Jerusalem, Israel, October 16, 2017.(AFP) In a video posted on social media on Friday, a Palestinian protester who said she is a former resident of East Jerusalem, said she was in solidarity with the Palestinian people against the Israeli occupation.
“Today, the occupation is in a state of siege,” said Nasser al-Fahdawi.
“It is a war that continues.
It has become a prison, and we are in the middle of it.”
Al-Fawdawi, who is also a lawyer and an activist, said the occupation in the city of East Damascus is a criminal and that the state should be brought to an end.
“We do not know who is responsible for what, but the occupiers are responsible for the crimes they commit against the people,” she said.
“I will not go down to the streets and beg for an apology from Israel.”
Palestinians and international organizations have repeatedly called on Israel to end the occupation, but Israeli authorities have maintained that it is necessary to maintain security and control in the region.
The international community, however, has repeatedly urged the Israelis to refrain from violence and that any attempt to push Israel into the political process would lead to further escalation.
On Monday, Israeli police arrested five Palestinians who they said were in possession of a homemade rocket that was aimed at a nearby Israeli military base.
The rocket, reportedly an M-302 missile, was aimed from the Gaza Strip.
Israel said it was investigating the incident.
The US said it is concerned by the latest escalation.
“While we recognize Israel’s right to defend itself and its citizens from terrorism, it is important to note that the United States strongly opposes Israeli settlement activity, and will continue to do so,” US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said.
Israel has continued to attack Gaza and the West bank, where the Palestinian population is concentrated, in response to Hamas rocket attacks.
The recent escalation of violence came as the United Nations Security Council called for an immediate end to Israeli settlement activities in the Palestinian territories, including East Jerusalem.
The council also voted on Thursday to send a peace plan to the Palestinian Authority, the West’s largest Palestinian leader, which had been stalled in the Security Council.
A total of 22 countries supported the plan, including the US and Israel, but only four voted against it, including Germany, which abstained from voting.
The Israeli government has also accused the Palestinians of not being serious about negotiating an end a decade-long conflict with Israel.