Protests over Jerusalem tensions spread to Arab communities throughout Israel

Arab members of left-wing parties slam police for stopping buses headed to Jerusalem

Arab politicians in left-wing Zionist parties slam police after officers stopped buses of Arab Israelis headed to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, where the police say some passengers were planning to riot.

“At this moment racist selection is taking place at the entrance to Jerusalem. Jews enter, Arabs are stopped,” Meretz member Issawi Freij writes on Twitter. “I call on the police to get a grip, open the checkpoints and allow arrival to Al-Aqsa.”

Labor MK Ibtisam Mara’ana tweets: “Citizens fasting [for Ramadan] are making pilgrimage to Jerusalem for Laylat al-Qadr… a night of prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the police block Route 1… Terrible harm to freedom of worship and movement of so many citizens.”

She says police should “remember they are citizens and not enemies.”

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