File - Israeli police run after Palestinian stone-throwers during clashes in the East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Wadi al-Joz, following the murder of a Palestinian teen in this file picture taken July 4, 2014. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
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Violent protests in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem have been raging nightly beyond the spotlight on the Gaza War, leading to a crackdown by Israeli police in which hundreds of Palestinians have been detained.Security sweeps across East Jerusalem have arrested more than 600 Palestinians, including 150 minors, according to the Israeli police.Some 40 percent of Jerusalem's 800,000 residents are Palestinians. They have Israeli-issued identity cards that entitle them – as residents of a city that Israel regards as part of the Jewish state – to the same civil rights and state-funded services afforded Israeli citizens.Earlier this year, a Jewish seminary quietly opened its doors in the Arab commercial heart of East Jerusalem and Thursday, the Jerusalem Municipality approved plans to build a nine-story seminary in another Arab neighborhood, the anti-settlement Peace Now watchdog said.After Mohammad Abu Khudair, 16, was burned alive on July 2 by suspected Jewish radicals, Palestinians clashed for days with police in his East Jerusalem neighborhood.
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