By: ISRAEL TODAY STAFF, Israel Today—
Palestinian participants in a co-existence march with Israelis were attacked by fellow Palestinians on Thursday.
The victims were taking part in the annual “Jerusalem Hug” march, the purpose of which is, according to the group’s website, “…to promote a peaceful experience, a life of freedom and joy to all people. The ‘Jerusalem Hug’ focuses on love, respect and unity between all people… symbolizes a different way to achieve peace: the way of the heart.”
A significant number of Arabs both from inside sovereign Israel and from Palestinian Authority-controlled areas joined the demonstration, only to be set upon as they neared Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate.
The Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency reported that Palestinian opposed to the co-existence event tried to convince the Arab participants that the “Jerusalem Hug” was a “normalization” scheme (which to them is a negative thing). But the Arabs taking part in the march apparently already knew that. Harsh words were exchanged, and several people were wounded.
Palestinian officials who spoke to Ma’an later insisted that those Arabs joining the “Jerusalem Hug” march had been duped, and didn’t realize what they were doing.