Benjamin Netanyahu the Israeli prime minister vowed tougher measures against Palestinian stone throwers, saying his country will “use all necessary means” against it, after an Israeli man died in an alleged car crash claimed to be linked to a stone thrower.
Stone throwing is one of the only and considerably limited mechanisms that Palestinian protesters use against escalated violence from the fully armed Israeli side. Dozens of Palestinians die every year whether as a result of Israeli police bullets and brutality, or inside admninistrative detention, which encloses no fair trials or legally mandated releases.
Many Palestinian stone throwers are in fact mere children, however the Israeli government doesn't recognize them as such, and so they are treated as adults. Palestinian children are brutally beaten, restrained, arrested and jailed.
"On the eve of the Jewish new year, we once again saw how throwing stones can kill," Prime Minister Netanyahu said in his statement.
"These kinds of activities will be met with a very fierce punitive and deterrent response."
An emergency meeting of the Israeli cabinet and security chiefs took place on Tuesday, where Netanyahu gave his statement. Clashes prompted the meeting after it continued for two days and an additional third day on Wednesday.
The clashes coincided with the Jewish new year Rosh Hashanah, which started on Sunday and ended Tuesday night.
Israeli police used excessive brutal measure against Palestinian protesters after the Israeli security forces barged into Al-Aqsa compound on Sunday and assaulted Palestinian worshipers.
UN Special Envoy Nickolay Mladenov warned that unrest in Jerusalem "may ignite violence beyond its walls."
Mladenov urged all leaders "to ensure visitors and worshippers demonstrate restraint and respect" at holy sites.
Israel’s government agreed to establish mandatory minimum penalties for those who "endanger human lives by throwing stones, fire-bombs and explosives."
Heavy fines will be imposed on Palestinian parents who allow their children to engage in protesters.
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Twenty-six Palestinians were injured on Tuesday alone, the director of the Palestinian Red Crescent emergency unit Amin Abu Ghazaleh, told Reuters.
Israel annexed Al-Aqsa’s entire neighbourhood of East Jerusalem, in the Six Day War of 1967, the international community doesn’t recognize the annexation.
The Al-Aqsa compound has been a source of religious and political tension for decades between Israel and Palestine, as well as a frequent flashpoint for violence. Similar clashes took place at the end of July.