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Check out the following tweets from an Agence France-Presse Jerusalem correspondent who tweets under the handle @Johnny_Davo:

and this one from a different angle:

In a separate tweet he explained that the photos were taken during “clashes between Palestinians and police near the Old City, over disputes on the Al-Aqsa mosque site,” and pointed people to the end of this AFP article:

In east Jerusalem, meanwhile, Israeli security forces clashed with stone-throwing Palestinians after the weekly Friday prayers.

Police arrested three Palestinians in Ras al-Amud, just outside the Old City, an army spokeswoman said.

Police had barred men under the age of 50 from attending prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, in order to prevent disturbance, and hundreds of Muslims prayed instead on streets adjacent to the Old City where the holy site is located.

 

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  1. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    February 28, 2014, 3:12 pm
  2. annie
    annie
    February 28, 2014, 3:14 pm

    from the same AFP article:

    Clashes broke out between stone-throwing Palestinians and Israeli troops at the Atara checkpoint near the town of Birzeit shortly after the funeral, and medics said five people suffered bullet wounds to the legs.

    The army said some 200 Palestinians began throwing stones at Israeli forces, who used “riot dispersal means” against them, including live fire “against the main instigators.”

    The clashes came after Motazz Washaha was found dead in his home in Birzeit following a Thursday morning raid by the army, which said he was “suspected of terror activity.”

    Some 4,000 mourners attended Washaha’s funeral at Birzeit, north of the West Bank administrative centre of Ramallah, calling on Palestinian factions to unite and avenge Washaha’s killing.

    why does the army have to attend the funerals of people they kill? isn’t that provocation?

    and what does that mean after Motazz Washaha was found dead in his home in Birzeit following a Thursday morning raid? ah, yeah..i guess..when you look at photos of what they did to his house in the “raid”. http://cdn.timesofisrael.com/uploads/2014/02/000_Nic63018601-e1393506264631-635×357.jpg

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      February 28, 2014, 3:23 pm

      How did they know they were throwing stones at police when they weren’t in uniform?

      • just
        just
        February 28, 2014, 6:17 pm

        They were ‘undercover’ — shin bet or police, armed and provoking. Perhaps they were even settlers– armed, trained and encouraged to terrorize…who knows? They were wearing balaclavas!

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        February 28, 2014, 6:25 pm

        Yes undercover, which allows them to remain invisible while they initiate violent, to provoke a response which they can then use to justify a crack down.

    • John Douglas
      John Douglas
      February 28, 2014, 5:19 pm

      Two small things about how the reports in the blocks are worded:

      (1) “Police had barred men under the age of 50 from attending prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, in order to prevent disturbance…”
      How does the reporter know that the motive/rational for the age limit is “to prevent disturbance?”

      Note the reverse of this below.

      (2) “The army said some 200 Palestinians began throwing stones at Israeli forces, who used “riot dispersal means” against them…”
      Whenever Israeli forces do something, it’s always “in response to” or “in order prevent disturbance” or simply “following”. What was the stone throwing “in response to?”

      • just
        just
        February 28, 2014, 6:04 pm

        It’s surreal– but, then again, so is Israel. It’s not easy for anyone to step thru the landmines– not even a journalist whose work is edited and massaged by the powers that be.

    • just
      just
      February 28, 2014, 6:21 pm

      “why does the army have to attend the funerals of people they kill? isn’t that provocation?”

      Yes. But it’s also disrespect, celebration of their dominance over the mourning people, a warning, and worse.

  3. Shingo
    Shingo
    February 28, 2014, 3:14 pm

    Wow,

    Combatants but wearing uniforms. Isn’t that a violation of international law?

    And why the plain clothes? So they can stir up trouble, while maintaining plausible deniability, and still being able to pull out a gun once the desired reaction happens?

  4. just
    just
    February 28, 2014, 3:15 pm

    The IOF/police/security thugs are just emulating their hero Baruch Goldstein, I guess. Poor, frustrated thugs are just doing their job– trying like mad to provoke war.

    “Police had barred men under the age of 50 from attending prayers at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, in order to prevent disturbance, and hundreds of Muslims prayed instead on streets adjacent to the Old City where the holy site is located.”

    Is there something ‘magical’ about the age of 50???

  5. Chu
    Chu
    February 28, 2014, 3:32 pm

    Probably Mossad training practice. They’ve stepped it somewhat up since the days of Ostrovsky.

  6. Daniel Rich
    Daniel Rich
    February 28, 2014, 4:46 pm

    @ just,

    Q: Is there something ‘magical’ about the age of 50???

    R: Yeah. That’s when you join the ‘Viable Integrated and Amendable Groin Revitalization Assistance’ club and that can lead to stiff resistance…

  7. gingershot
    gingershot
    February 28, 2014, 8:58 pm

    What is the name of this Apartheid-enforcer?

    Surely there are a lot of Israeli or perhaps even Americans who know EXACTLY who this guy his, because he’s wearing the same dumb shirt he always wears or the semaphore-like eyebrows he sports

    Can he somehow be shamed? – could his cousins/family ties in America or Israel perhaps be asked to consider their cousin’s actions?

  8. Qualtrough
    Qualtrough
    March 2, 2014, 12:53 am

    Taking that photo shows reals guts, knowing that that guy with the gun could shoot you with almost total impunity. Yes, there would be an investigation, but we all know how those work out in the end.

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