Israel-Palestine Daily, Nov 22: Demonstrations Throughout West Bank on Friday

Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated throughout the West Bank on Friday, as tension continued amid the recent escalation in violence in the area and in Jerusalem.

Israeli authorities said about 350 protesters gathered in Hebron. They said some hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at police, who responded with “non-lethal means” to disperse the demonstration.

Israeli media said about 100 people marched in Nablus, with soldiers “using rubber bullets and other means to quell the mob”. Three Palestinians were lightly injured.

Other protests were held in Qalandiya, north of Jerusalem; near Ramallah; and near Qalqilya.

Friday Prayers at the Temple Mount/Al-Aqsa Mosque site ended peacefully, with about 40,000 Muslim worshippers in attendance.

For the second Friday in a row, Israel lifted restrictions on access, which had been imposed on Muslim men under 50 through the summer and autumn.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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