What’s behind the Palestinian protests in Jerusalem?

The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. (Credit: Raimond Klavins/Unsplash)

It’s Yom Yerushalayim, a day to celebrate Israel’s holiest city. But the holiday is being marred by the threat of ongoing violence between Palestinian protesters and ultra-nationalist Israeli extremists. The situation grew so dire that Canada’s minister of foreign affairs, Marc Garneau, issued a statement over the weekend calling for “immediate de-escalation of tensions.”

Meanwhile, the Israeli high court has postponed a hearing, slated for Monday, on a controversial case over evictions from the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheik Jarrah. That postponement was due to fears that the hearing would further inflame the clashes.

For an on-the-ground perspective, today’s guest is Igal Hecht, an Israeli-born Canadian documentary filmmaker and producer, currently shooting a new production about Israeli elections.

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