Protest at Palestinian Headquarters Permitted Amid Heavy Police Presence

Israeli demonstrators of the left and right faced off Tuesday night in eastern Jerusalem near the headquarters of the Palestinian negotiators, but a heavy police presence ensured there would be no violence.

The demonstration by settlers and their supporters, against what they view as a prelude to making Jerusalem capital of a Palestinian state, was permitted under Supreme Court rules set after the settlers petitioned for permission to hold their rally.

The court overturned police rejection of the settlers’ request to demonstrate in front of Orient House, the Palestinian headquarters.

Leaders of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza, which sponsored the rally, said they had no intention of making trouble. They said they were demonstrating because they fear that the building would soon fly the flag of the Palestine Liberation Organization.

The court ruled that the settlers could hold a small demonstration near Orient House and a larger one several hundred yards away.

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