Police, Palestinians scuffle in Jerusalem


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli police scuffled with and arrested several Palestinians rallying at Jerusalem’s Nablus Gate.

The rally, according to the Ma’an Palestinian news service, was held Thursday to mark the conclusion of Jerusalem as Arab Cultural Capital 2009 events.

Police told Ynet the clashes came after the Palestinians began a march in the Old City without authorization.

Ma’an reported that police also broke up other cultural events.

Also Thursday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas made a rare visit to Nablus to address a Capital of Arab Culture event.

"No one can compete with us on this," he told thousands of supporters. "Jerusalem is ours and will stay ours."

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