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Israeli Intelligence Sending Threatening Texts to Palestinians in Jerusalem, Report Claims

© REUTERS / NIR ELIASYouths wave an Israeli flag during a parade marking Jerusalem Day, amid Israeli-Palestinian tension, as they walk near the wall surrounding Jerusalem's Old City May 10, 2021. May 10, 2021.
Youths wave an Israeli flag during a parade marking Jerusalem Day, amid Israeli-Palestinian tension, as they walk near the wall surrounding Jerusalem's Old City May 10, 2021. May 10, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 13.05.2021
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The Arab protests near the Temple Mount and in the Sheikh Jarrah quarter were sparked by the Israeli authorities' attempt to evict some Palestinian families from al-Quds' Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. The situation has grown even tenser after prompting exchanges of rocket fire between Israel and Gaza.

Hundreds of Palestinians have received a threatening text message from "Israeli intelligence," warning them against participating in anti-Israel demonstrations, the Middle East Eye reported.

Over the last four days, Israeli forces used special equipment against Palestinian worshippers at al-Aqsa Mosque three times, which included tear gas, sound grenades, and rubber bullets, injuring dozens of people.

In the midst of the growing tensions, many people in the Old City have reportedly confirmed receiving threatening texts in the last several days.

“Hello! You have been identified to have taken part in violent acts at al-Aqsa Mosque. We will hold you accountable. - Israeli intelligence,” the message reads, according to shared tweets.

​According to the report, some activists believe it is an effort to prevent Palestinians from visiting the mosque, which is one of Islam's most respected holy sites and has become a symbol of resistance. 

All of the messages reportedly came from the same phone number, which did not answer those who tried to call it.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends an official ceremony marking Israel's Memorial Day, which commemorates Israel's fallen soldiers and Israeli victims of hostile attacks, at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem April 14, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 12.05.2021
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Some of the city's residents reportedly believe that the messages were being sent on the basis of GPS data, as they were allegedly received even by those who simply live in the area of the mosque. Some suspect that the Israeli authorities might be behind it.

While Israel and Hamas are exchanging rocket fire, riots and ethnic clashes have erupted not only in East Jerusalem, but also in several other cities across the country. The riots have seen the burning of buildings, cars and attacks on civilians, with the mayor of the city of Lod urging Israeli authorities to send troops to the city, as the situation there was akin to "civil war."

Earlier in the day, the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu denounced the events and violent clashes between Jews and Arabs in Israel's towns, saying that "nothing justifies it," and vowed to restore security and order in the country's settlements.
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