Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly instructed officials to demolish the homes of Palestinians accused of violence in East Jerusalem.
Israel Radio says Netanyahu issued the instructions Thursday in an emergency session with Ministers and heads of intelligence services on the escalating clashes in Jerusalem.
The Prime Minister also called for administrative detentions — under which prisoners can be held indefinitely without charge — and additional restraining orders.
The measures were not enough for Economy Minister Naftali Bennett, who called for aggressive security operations to root out violence: “A government that does not know how to regain deterrence and sovereignty and provide security for its citizens in their capital does not have a right to exist.”
On Wednesday, after a hit-and-run attack killed a Druze police officer and injured 11 people, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said that Israel must demolish the homes of “terrorists” as punishment and “very, very clear aggressive force against violence”: “There is no other way unfortunately.”
Additional security forces have been deployed in Jerusalem ahead of Friday Prayers. Police are only allowed Muslim men over the age of 35 into the Temple Mount/al-Aqsa Mosque site.
At Least 30 Palestinians Injured in Israeli Raid on Refugee Camp in East Jerusalem
At least 30 Palestinians were injured on Friday as Israeli forces raided the Shufat refugee camp in East Jerusalem, sparking pitched battles between police armed with guns and protestors throwing rocks.
A spokesman for the Fatah movement in the camp, Thaer Fasfous, said one man was shot in the head with a live bullet while more than 30 others were hit by rubber-coated steel bullets fired by Israeli soldiers, including four who were struck in the head.
The Israeli forces also used tear gas, in canisters fired at high velocity toward protesters.
The clashes began after Israeli forces attempted to disperse a large protest that began at the home of Ibrahim al-Akary, who was killed by police on Wednesday after he ran his car into a crowd of Israelis, killing one person and injuring 11.
Netanyahu to Jordan’s King Abdullah: I Will Not Allow Jews to Pray on Temple Mount
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has assured Jordan’s King Abdullah II that he will not give way to the demands of Jewish hardliners that Jews be allowed to pray at the Temple Mount/al-Aqsa Mosque site.
Netanyahu and Abdullah reportedly had a secret meeting last weekend to discuss how to deal with the escalating violence in Jerusalem.
On Wednesdday Jewish settlers, protected by more than 300 Israeli security forces, moved onto the Temple Mount/al-Aqsa Mosque site, which is holy to both Jews and Muslims. Clashes followed between Israeli riot police and Palestinian worshippers.
Jordan, which is the custodian of the compound housing the mosque, recalled its Ambassador to Israel in protest against the “unacceptable” Israeli police assault.
“I explained to him that we’re keeping the status quo on the Temple Mount and that this includes Jordan’s traditional role there,” Netanyahu said after the phone call.
Homes of Fatah Party Officials in Gaza Hit by Explosions
Coordinated explosions have struck the homes of several leaders of the Fatah Party in Gaza.
Fatah leads the Palestinian Authority, which controls the West Bank; however, it has been eclipsed by Hamas in Gaza since elections in 2006 and clashes the next year.
This spring, the Palestinian Authority and Hamas declared a “unity government”.
There was no claim of responsibility for the blasts and no injuries, although the homes and cars of three Fatah officials were destroyed.