Mayor Barkat stages Silwan visit in opposition to Palestinian protest
Jerusalem mayor Nir Barakat made an unannounced visit to the Israeli settlement projects of Wadi Hilweh district of Silwan today, where he met with the projects' leader David Beeri. Eyewitnesses report that Barakat took a tour of the settlements with Beeri. The sudden visit coincides with today's protest march in Silwan in honour of International Human Rights Day, attended by many Palestinian residents of the village in opposition to Israel's human rights violations. Isolated clashes are still taking place in Silwan between Israeli forces and demonstrators.