Palestinians Clash with Israeli Police for Second Day in East Jerusalem
Five Palestinians were arrested and four others lightly injured in a second day of clashes Wednesday with Israeli police in occupied east Jerusalem.
The clashes were over tax collection.
Some 100 Palestinian youths and shop owners took to the streets in Arab east Jerusalem after a fight broke out in a store which Israeli police said owed back taxes to the Jewish state.
Many Palestinians living in Israeli-controlled territory resent paying taxes to Israel, which they consider an occupying force.
The struggle inside the household items shop near the Old City spread to east Jerusalem's main street, Salah Eddin, which protestors temporarily blocked.
The demonstrators also briefly threw stones at police, who responded by hitting them with batons and making arrests.
Israeli police were not immediately available for comment.
Dozens of Palestinians also protested near the Rafah crossing point between the Gaza Strip and Egypt, setting fire to an Israeli flag and a model of Israel's parliament building.
The demonstration was held to commemorate Monday's 31st anniversary of an arson attack on the sacred al-Aqsa mosque.
Two Palestinians and two Israeli policemen were slightly injured in scuffles near Salah Eddin street on Tuesday during a Palestinian youth rally to oppose Israel's 33-year occupation of east Jerusalem.
Five Palestinians were arrested during that rally of almost 200 young people.
Control over Jerusalem is the major stumbling block in Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations - OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (AFP)
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