The police arrested twenty-five Palestinians and left-wing activists in Sheikh Jarrah on Friday afternoon for refusing to end a rally against Jews inhabiting houses in the east Jerusalem neighborhood. The protestors were removed from the area with the help of mounted policemen.
Jerusalem Council Member Meir Margalit (Meretz) expressed his anger over the extensive arrests of protestors: “When the Right demonstrates, they are treated with velvet gloves. And what about the serious haredi protests?”
He added that “there is no doubt that there is discrimination here between different sectors. The police have turned into the Right’s tool, and we should beware of a state in which the police represent a political opinion.”