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Israel's foreign ministry said on Friday that Palestinians were "presenting a real-estate dispute between private parties as a nationalist cause, in order to incite violence in Jerusalem".

Sunday night is also the start of Jerusalem Day, a national holiday in which Israel celebrates its annexation of east Jerusalem and religious nationalists hold parades and other celebrations in the city.

"This development of events is perceived with deep concern in Moscow".

We will respond with a heavy hand to all violent disturbances, riots and attacks on our forces, it said in a statement late Friday.

The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, the world's leading Sunni Islamic authority, released a statement on Saturday condemning "Zionist terror" after Israeli forces fired stun grenades and rubber bullets at Palestinians at Al-Aqsa Mosque.

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According to media reports, the Jerusalem municipality is planning to build a biblical theme park-Gan Hamelech-in Al-Bustan neighborhood near the walls of the Old City after it demolishes 100 properties, which are home to nearly 1,550 Palestinians, 63% of whom are children.

The ministry renewed Lebanon's "solidarity with the brotherly Palestinian people", affirming its "right to establish an independent Palestinian state, as per the 1967 borders with East Jerusalem as its capital, in accordance with worldwide legitimacy decisions and the Arab Peace Initiative issued in Beirut in 2002". A Jerusalem district court ruled in favor of Jewish Settlers against the appeal of Palestinian families regarding the eviction.

Dozen of Palestinian activists have been gathering daily in Sheikh Jarrah over the past week, occasionally clashing with police and Jewish counter protesters. But with Israel's move to annex East Jerusalem in 1967 - a move not recognized by the majority of the worldwide community - they were denied ownership of the homes and lands.

In that incident, dozens of supporters of the families threatened with eviction gathered outside the houses in question, chanting and singing songs, with about 20 Jewish Israelis also gathered nearby playing loud music.

Israeli security looks on as they stand by a burning auto in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem on May 6, 2021, amidst confrontations between Israeli security and Palestinian demonstrators in solidarity with local Palestinian families facing eviction as part of an ongoing effort by Jewish Israelis to take control of homes in the neighbourhood.

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Amman has intervened in the case, providing documents to support the Palestinian claims.

Sheikh Jarrah has always been a focal point of Jewish-Arab tensions.

A long-running legal battle over the occupation has reignited conflict in recent days. The U.S. must show more leadership on the issue of Palestinian rights in the Holy Land, the West Bank and Gaza. Police said they had made 11 arrests. Police eventually scattered the demonstrators using riot dispersal measures, claiming the protesters had instigated a riot.

The Palestinians view east Jerusalem which includes major holy sites for Jews, Christians and Muslims as their capital, and its fate is one of the most sensitive issues in the conflict. The military said several Palestinians had thrown firebombs toward soldiers. Israeli forces shot two of the assailants dead and critically wounded the third.

Tensions in the capital, specifically around the Old City, were already high after police prevented people from congregating outside Damascus Gate at the start of Ramadan, which Arabs said was an inflammatory move that obstructed a long-held tradition of gathering at the site during the Muslim holy month.

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Tens of thousands of Palestinians packed into the hilltop compound surrounding the mosque earlier on Friday for prayers.

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