Protesters gather in London after a second night of violence in Jerusalem over planned evictions 

Crowds of protesters have gathered in central London to demonstrate against planned evictions of Palestinian families in Jerusalem this week, which has sparked days of clashes in the holy city.

Protesters waved Palestinian flags and held banners demanding ‘Freedom for Palestine’ as they rallied outside Downing Street on Sunday.

Similar protests were also scheduled to take part in Manchester, Birmingham and Bradford.

Elsewhere on Sunday, demonstrators also gathered in the Netherlands, Jordan and Lebanon.

They come as dozens of people were injured in clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police in Jerusalem on Saturday.

Crowds of protesters have gathered in central London to demonstrate against planned evictions of Palestinian families in Jerusalem this week, which has sparked days of clashes in the holy city

Crowds of protesters have gathered in central London to demonstrate against planned evictions of Palestinian families in Jerusalem this week, which has sparked days of clashes in the holy city

Protesters waved Palestinian flags and held banners demanding 'Freedom for Palestine' as they rallied outside Downing Street on Sunday

Protesters waved Palestinian flags and held banners demanding ‘Freedom for Palestine’ as they rallied outside Downing Street on Sunday

Similar protests were also scheduled to take part in Manchester, Birmingham and Bradford. Elsewhere on Sunday, demonstrators also gathered in the Netherlands, Jordan and Lebanon. Pictured: Protesters in London on Sunday

Similar protests were also scheduled to take part in Manchester, Birmingham and Bradford. Elsewhere on Sunday, demonstrators also gathered in the Netherlands, Jordan and Lebanon. Pictured: Protesters in London on Sunday

The protests comes as dozens of people were injured in clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police in Jerusalem on Saturday. Pictured: Protesters in London on Sunday

The protests comes as dozens of people were injured in clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police in Jerusalem on Saturday. Pictured: Protesters in London on Sunday

It was the second night of violence in the city following days of unrest over plans to evict Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem.

Palestinian medics said 90 Palestinians were injured on Saturday night. One Israeli police officer was hurt, according to Israeli police. 

Sheikh Jarrah has been the centre of a long-running land dispute. East Jerusalem has been occupied by Israel since 1967, with the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood claimed for illegal settlements.

Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.

Sheikh Jarrah has been the centre of a long-running land dispute. East Jerusalem has been occupied by Israel since 1967, with the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood claimed for illegal settlements. Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state. Pictured: Protesters in London on Sunday

Sheikh Jarrah has been the centre of a long-running land dispute. East Jerusalem has been occupied by Israel since 1967, with the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood claimed for illegal settlements. Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state. Pictured: Protesters in London on Sunday

The Israeli Supreme Court on Sunday delayed a hearing due for Monday on the possible evictions amid the unrest. Pictured: Protesters in London on Sunday

The Israeli Supreme Court on Sunday delayed a hearing due for Monday on the possible evictions amid the unrest. Pictured: Protesters in London on Sunday

The violence in Jerusalem on Saturday broke out as tens of thousands of Palestinians prayed outside Al-Aqsa Mosque for Laylat al-Qadr, the holiest night in the month of Ramadan. Pictured: Protesters in London on Sunday

The violence in Jerusalem on Saturday broke out as tens of thousands of Palestinians prayed outside Al-Aqsa Mosque for Laylat al-Qadr, the holiest night in the month of Ramadan. Pictured: Protesters in London on Sunday

Condemnation from the international community has been broad, with several Arab states condemning Israel and the US and UN urging calm. Pictured: Protesters in London on Sunday

Condemnation from the international community has been broad, with several Arab states condemning Israel and the US and UN urging calm. Pictured: Protesters in London on Sunday

The Israeli Supreme Court on Sunday delayed a hearing due for Monday on the possible evictions amid the unrest.

‘In all the circumstances and in light of the attorney general’s request, the regular hearing for tomorrow, May 10, 2021 [is] cancelled,’ the court said in a statement, adding that a new hearing would be scheduled within 30 days.  

The violence on Saturday broke out as tens of thousands of Palestinians prayed outside Al-Aqsa Mosque for Laylat al-Qadr, the holiest night in the month of Ramadan.

Earlier that day, Israeli police had stopped dozens of buses carrying worshippers to the mosque, saying they would not be allowed ‘to participate in violent riots’.

Instead, hundreds marched on highways leading to the city. 

Saturday saw the second night of violence in the city following days of unrest over plans to evict Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem. Pictured: A Palestinian protester hurls stones at Israeli security forces on Saturday night

Saturday saw the second night of violence in the city following days of unrest over plans to evict Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood of East Jerusalem. Pictured: A Palestinian protester hurls stones at Israeli security forces on Saturday night

Clashes started on Saturday after Israeli police blocked Muslim pilgrims from the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Laylat al-Qadr, the holiest night of Ramadan

Clashes started on Saturday after Israeli police blocked Muslim pilgrims from the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Laylat al-Qadr, the holiest night of Ramadan

Saturday night's clashes left 90 Palestinians injured, including this woman who was hurt while protesting near Jerusalem's Damascus Gate. One Israeli police officer was also injured, according to police

Saturday night’s clashes left 90 Palestinians injured, including this woman who was hurt while protesting near Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate. One Israeli police officer was also injured, according to police

Al-Aqsa has been the scene of regular confrontations, particularly during Ramadan. Pictured: An Israeli police officer knees a protester in the face

Al-Aqsa has been the scene of regular confrontations, particularly during Ramadan. Pictured: An Israeli police officer knees a protester in the face

Skirmishes on Friday led to more than 200 Palestinians and at least 17 Israeli police officers being wounded, according to police and the Palestinian Red Crescent. 

Small scuffles have also been reported on Sunday between Israeli and Palestinian students protesting outside the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said security forces were acting to maintain both law and order and freedom of worship.

Addressing a Cabinet meeting on Sunday, Netanyahu that Israel ‘will not allow any extremists to destabilise the calm in Jerusalem. We will enforce law and order decisively and responsibly.’

‘We will continue to maintain freedom of worship for all faiths, but we will not allow violent disturbances,’ he said. 

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has condemned Israel’s actions as ‘sinful attacks.’

He said he held the Israeli government responsible for the unrest and voiced ‘full support for our heroes in Al-Aqsa’. 

The Islamist movement Hamas, which rules Gaza, urged Palestinians to remain at Al-Aqsa until Ramadan ends, warning that ‘the resistance is ready to defend Al-Aqsa at any cost’.

Saturday's protests (pictured) followed skirmishes on Friday, which led to more than 200 Palestinians and at least 17 Israeli police officers being wounded, according to police and the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Saturday’s protests (pictured) followed skirmishes on Friday, which led to more than 200 Palestinians and at least 17 Israeli police officers being wounded, according to police and the Palestinian Red Crescent.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said security forces were acting to maintain both law and order and freedom of worship

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said security forces were acting to maintain both law and order and freedom of worship

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has condemned Israel's actions as 'sinful attacks.' He said he held the Israeli government responsible for the unrest and voiced 'full support for our heroes in Al-Aqsa'. Pictured: Protesters on Saturday

Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, has condemned Israel’s actions as ‘sinful attacks.’ He said he held the Israeli government responsible for the unrest and voiced ‘full support for our heroes in Al-Aqsa’. Pictured: Protesters on Saturday

Al-Aqsa mosque is the third holiest site in Islam, after Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia. However, the complex is also the holiest site in Judaism, known as Temple Mount. 

Clashes frequently break out near the complex but the violence this weekend has been the most severe in years. 

The United States – a staunch Israeli ally whose tone has toughened under President Joe Biden – said it was ‘extremely concerned’ and urged both sides to ‘avoid steps that exacerbate tensions or take us farther away from peace’.

‘This includes evictions in east Jerusalem, settlement activity, home demolitions and acts of terrorism,’ the State Department said.

The United Nations has urged Israel to apply ‘maximum restraint in the use of force’ against demonstrators and to call off planned evictions. 

The United Nations has urged Israel to apply 'maximum restraint in the use of force' against demonstrators and to call off planned evictions. Pictured: Israeli police detain a protester on Saturday

The United Nations has urged Israel to apply ‘maximum restraint in the use of force’ against demonstrators and to call off planned evictions. Pictured: Israeli police detain a protester on Saturday

Russia voiced 'deep concern' and called the expropriation of land and property in the occupied Palestinian territories including East Jerusalem 'a violation of international law'. Pictured: Israeli police detain a protester on Saturday

Russia voiced ‘deep concern’ and called the expropriation of land and property in the occupied Palestinian territories including East Jerusalem ‘a violation of international law’. Pictured: Israeli police detain a protester on Saturday

The United States - a staunch Israeli ally whose tone has toughened under President Joe Biden - said it was 'extremely concerned' and urged both sides to 'avoid steps that exacerbate tensions or take us farther away from peace'. Pictured: Palestinians run from a police stun grenade on Saturday

The United States – a staunch Israeli ally whose tone has toughened under President Joe Biden – said it was ‘extremely concerned’ and urged both sides to ‘avoid steps that exacerbate tensions or take us farther away from peace’. Pictured: Palestinians run from a police stun grenade on Saturday

Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to the violence in East Jerusalem. Pictured: Mounted Israeli policemen deploy to disperse demonstrators on Saturday

Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to the violence in East Jerusalem. Pictured: Mounted Israeli policemen deploy to disperse demonstrators on Saturday

The European Union called on the authorities ‘to act urgently to de-escalate the current tensions,’ saying ‘violence and incitement are unacceptable and the perpetrators on all sides must be held accountable’.

Pope Francis on Sunday called for an end to the violence in East Jerusalem.

‘I invite everyone to seek shared resolutions so that the multi-religious identity and multi-culture of the holy city might be respected and so that fraternity might prevail. Violence only generates violence. Let’s stop these clashes.’ 

Russia also voiced ‘deep concern’ and called the expropriation of land and property in the occupied Palestinian territories including East Jerusalem ‘a violation of international law’.

The Arab League has called on the international community to prevent forced evictions of Palestinians. Pictured: A protester holds a tyre as others burn on the road in East Jerusalem on Saturday

The Arab League has called on the international community to prevent forced evictions of Palestinians. Pictured: A protester holds a tyre as others burn on the road in East Jerusalem on Saturday

In neighbouring Jordan, which administers Al-Aqsa, the government issued a statement describing the violence towards worshippers as 'barbaric'. Pictured: Palestinians pray during a protest in East Jerusalem on Saturday

In neighbouring Jordan, which administers Al-Aqsa, the government issued a statement describing the violence towards worshippers as ‘barbaric’. Pictured: Palestinians pray during a protest in East Jerusalem on Saturday

Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia, Pakistan and Qatar were among the other Muslim-majority countries that also blasted Israeli forces for the violence. Pictured: Israeli police use a water cannon to disperse protesters in East Jerusalem on Sunday

Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia, Pakistan and Qatar were among the other Muslim-majority countries that also blasted Israeli forces for the violence. Pictured: Israeli police use a water cannon to disperse protesters in East Jerusalem on Sunday

The Arab League has called on the international community to prevent forced evictions of Palestinians.

In neighbouring Jordan, which administers Al-Aqsa, the government issued a statement describing the violence towards worshippers as ‘barbaric’. 

Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia, Pakistan and Qatar were among the other Muslim-majority countries that also blasted Israeli forces for the violence. 

Israel also drew criticism from Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, two countries that signed historic normalisation accords with the Jewish state last year.

Iran called on the UN to condemn the Israeli police actions, arguing that ‘this war crime once again proved to the world the criminal nature of the illegitimate Zionist regime’.

On Sunday, Israeli police gave the go-ahead for the annual Jerusalem Day parade, a flag-waving display of Israeli claims to Jerusalem. 

Monday’s parade will pass through Jerusalem’s Old City, which is part of Occupied East Jerusalem. 

Protests in support of the Palestinians have been held throughout the Middle East and Europe over the weekend. Pictured: Protesters gather in Martyr's Square in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Sunday

Protests in support of the Palestinians have been held throughout the Middle East and Europe over the weekend. Pictured: Protesters gather in Martyr’s Square in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Sunday

Women protest against the actions of Israeli police in Amman, Jordan. Jordan, which neighbours Israel, is the administrator of Al-Aqsa and is home to a large population of Palestinian refugees

Women protest against the actions of Israeli police in Amman, Jordan. Jordan, which neighbours Israel, is the administrator of Al-Aqsa and is home to a large population of Palestinian refugees

Protesters gather in the Dutch capital Amsterdam on Sunday to demonstrate against the treatment of Palestinians in East Jerusalem

Protesters gather in the Dutch capital Amsterdam on Sunday to demonstrate against the treatment of Palestinians in East Jerusalem

Israeli police on Sunday gave the go-ahead to the annual Jerusalem Day parade, a flag-waving display of Israeli claims to Jerusalem. Pictured: The 2019 parade [File photo]

Israeli police on Sunday gave the go-ahead to the annual Jerusalem Day parade, a flag-waving display of Israeli claims to Jerusalem. Pictured: The 2019 parade [File photo]