Clashes in East Jerusalem as right-wing rally goes ahead

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Clashes in East Jerusalem as right-wing rally goes ahead

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Ultra-nationalists in Israel have rallied in East Jerusalem, calling for the demolition of Palestinian homes they say were illegally built.

Around 50 right-wing activists poured into the Arab area of Silwan amid tight police security. They say more than 200 houses were built without permits.

They were given a hostile reception. Israeli peace protesters and Palestinians flooded into the neighbourhood in an effort to prevent the protest from happening.

Residents hung flags and scattered dozens of shoes in the streets in symbolic protest.

A request late last night by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to postpone the march was turned down by Israel’s attorney general.

Despite the high security presence, clashes between police and masked Palestinian protesters broke out. At least 5 people were reportedly injured.

The march in Silwan came as US Middle East envoy George Mitchell met Netanyahu. The senior American diplomat is in Israel in an effort to renew stalled indirect peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians.