Fifteen left-wing activists were arrested for demonstrating in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem.
Among those arrested Friday was Hagai El-Ad, the executive director of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.
Weekly demonstrations have been held in Sheikh Jarrah for nearly five months, protesting the eviction of Palestinian families from homes that they have lived in for decades. Israeli courts determined that the homes were owned by Jews before 1948. Jewish families recently moved into the homes, located in the heart of a Palestinian neighborhood.
Friday’s demonstration has been described by activists in attendance as peaceful. However, the demonstration was the first to be held without a permit.
ACRI’s Chief Legal Counsel, Dan Yakir, said in a new release that the police’s claim that Friday’s protest was an unlawful gathering was baseless, as the law recognizes the importance of the basic right to demonstrate and allows protests of large numbers of people so long as no disturbance is caused to vehicles and no political speeches are made.