(photo credit: IDF Spokesman)
Palestinians rallied for an independent Palestinian state on Saturday at
the Kalandiya checkpoint near Jerusalem in a demonstration organized by
Israeli and Palestinian women's organizations and the Sheikh Jarrah
The IDF Spokesman's Office tweeted
that firebombs, bottles and rocks were thrown at journalists at the rally's conclusion, after a
relatively quiet demonstration.
Spokesman Captain Barak Raz criticized the
previous day's violent protest at Nabi Saleh, saying that "Soldiers
[are] professionally standing guard
, allowing for protest, while ready
in [the] event of violence."
An earlier tweet
of the Kalandiya demonstration read, "no violence thus far...these are types of protests we can live with."
Raz also mentioned a pre-demonstration briefing
in which commanders were told
that "professionalism is central here," and were instructed to allow the
protest to take place but to also work to prevent violent instigators
from taking advantage of the situation.
The briefing echoed Israel Police Chief Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino's
on Monday that events surrounding the September 20 Palestinian
statehood recognition bid at the UN could be "explosive," and that the
police had to be prepared for mass protests that might break out as a
Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.