Israeli ultranationalists chant ‘Death to Arabs’ during parade through Jerusalem

Thousands of Israeli far-right nationalists chanted ‘Death to Arabs’ as they marched in a flag-waving procession through East Jerusalem today, after Palestinians called for a ‘Day of Rage’ and condemned the event.

Tuesday’s event risked reigniting tensions between Israelis and Palestinians and posed a challenge to Israel’s new government as police in riot gear diverted crowds made up of many far-right nationalists away from a known social spot for Palestinians.

Last month, Israeli-Palestinian confrontations in contested Jerusalem helped trigger 11 days of cross-border fighting between Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas militant group before a ceasefire.

Today, Israeli police on horseback and in riot gear cordoned off areas leading to the walled Old City’s flashpoint Damascus Gate, the main entry to the Muslim Quarter which has an overwhelmingly Palestinian population.

Thousands of Israeli far-right nationalists marched in a flag-waving procession through East Jerusalem today (crowds pictured near Damascus Gate) in a march that risked reigniting tensions between Israelis and Palestinians

Thousands of Israeli far-right nationalists marched in a flag-waving procession through East Jerusalem today (crowds pictured near Damascus Gate) in a march that risked reigniting tensions between Israelis and Palestinians

Thousands of Israeli far-right nationalists marched in a flag-waving procession through East Jerusalem today (crowds pictured near Damascus Gate) in a march that risked reigniting tensions between Israelis and Palestinians

Israeli far-right nationalists were heard chanting 'Death to Arabs' during the march, while Palestinians slammed the event as a 'provocation'. Pictured: Israeli police removes a Palestinian woman as youth from far-right Israeli group participated in march

Israeli far-right nationalists were heard chanting 'Death to Arabs' during the march, while Palestinians slammed the event as a 'provocation'. Pictured: Israeli police removes a Palestinian woman as youth from far-right Israeli group participated in march

 Israeli far-right nationalists were heard chanting ‘Death to Arabs’ during the march, while Palestinians slammed the event as a ‘provocation’. Pictured: Israeli police removes a Palestinian woman as youth from far-right Israeli group participated in march

Before the marchers arrived earlier today, thousands of Palestinian protestors congregated (pictured) and at least 17 were injured in clashes with Israeli police firing stun grenades, the Palestine Red Crescent ambulance service said

Before the marchers arrived earlier today, thousands of Palestinian protestors congregated (pictured) and at least 17 were injured in clashes with Israeli police firing stun grenades, the Palestine Red Crescent ambulance service said

Before the marchers arrived earlier today, thousands of Palestinian protestors congregated (pictured) and at least 17 were injured in clashes with Israeli police firing stun grenades, the Palestine Red Crescent ambulance service said

Today, Israeli police on horseback and in riot gear cordoned off areas leading to the walled Old Citys flashpoint Damascus Gate (crowds pictured near the gate), the entry to the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, and a known social spot Palestinians

Today, Israeli police on horseback and in riot gear cordoned off areas leading to the walled Old Citys flashpoint Damascus Gate (crowds pictured near the gate), the entry to the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, and a known social spot Palestinians

Today, Israeli police on horseback and in riot gear cordoned off areas leading to the walled Old Citys flashpoint Damascus Gate (crowds pictured near the gate), the entry to the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, and a known social spot Palestinians

It is understood that more than 2,500 Israeli Police were securing the march and the Israeli Army is preparing for possibility of yet another escalation with Gaza. Pictured: Israeli security forces push away a Palestinian man in Jerusalem on Tuesday

It is understood that more than 2,500 Israeli Police were securing the march and the Israeli Army is preparing for possibility of yet another escalation with Gaza. Pictured: Israeli security forces push away a Palestinian man in Jerusalem on Tuesday

It is understood that more than 2,500 Israeli Police were securing the march and the Israeli Army is preparing for possibility of yet another escalation with Gaza. Pictured: Israeli security forces push away a Palestinian man in Jerusalem on Tuesday

It is understood that more than 2,500 Israeli Police were securing the march and the Israeli Army is preparing for the possibility of yet another escalation with Gaza.

Israeli far-right nationalists were heard chanting ‘Death to Arabs’ during the march, while Palestinians slammed the event as a ‘provocation’ and called for ‘Day of Rage’ protests in Gaza and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.

The march was originally scheduled for May 10 as part of ‘Jerusalem Day’ festivities that celebrate Israel’s capture of East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war but was postponed until this month.

The march was scheduled for May 10 as part of 'Jerusalem Day' festivities but was postponed until this month. Pictured: Israeli security officers scuffle with a Palestinian man as ultranationalists take part in the March of the Flags

The march was scheduled for May 10 as part of 'Jerusalem Day' festivities but was postponed until this month. Pictured: Israeli security officers scuffle with a Palestinian man as ultranationalists take part in the March of the Flags

The march was scheduled for May 10 as part of ‘Jerusalem Day’ festivities but was postponed until this month. Pictured: Israeli security officers scuffle with a Palestinian man as ultranationalists take part in the March of the Flags

Tensions erupted during a Palestinian protest against the far-right march as Israeli forces intervened with plastic bullets and tear gas (pictured in Bethlehem)

Tensions erupted during a Palestinian protest against the far-right march as Israeli forces intervened with plastic bullets and tear gas (pictured in Bethlehem)

Tensions erupted during a Palestinian protest against the far-right march as Israeli forces intervened with plastic bullets and tear gas (pictured in Bethlehem)

Last month, Israeli-Palestinian confrontations helped trigger 11 days of cross-border fighting between Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas militant group before a ceasefire. Pictured: Far right Israelis hold Israeli flags as they enter Damascus Gate

Last month, Israeli-Palestinian confrontations helped trigger 11 days of cross-border fighting between Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas militant group before a ceasefire. Pictured: Far right Israelis hold Israeli flags as they enter Damascus Gate

Last month, Israeli-Palestinian confrontations helped trigger 11 days of cross-border fighting between Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas militant group before a ceasefire. Pictured: Far right Israelis hold Israeli flags as they enter Damascus Gate

But despite the threat of renewed violence, the ‘March of the Flags’ was still given the go-ahead for 5.30pm local time today and tested the newly formed Israeli government.

Tensions erupted during a Palestinian protest against the far-right march as Israeli forces intervened with plastic bullets and tear gas bombs, while demonstrators threw rocks and burned tires in Jerusalem. 

‘Jerusalem is for all religions, but Jerusalem is in Israel. And in Israel, we must be able to go wherever we want, with our flag,’ said marcher Doron Avrahami, 50, channelling right-wing frustrations with police restrictions.

The crowd of mostly religious Jews danced and sung ‘the people of Israel live’ while carrying blue and white Israeli flags during the march before pilling into the plaza in front of the Damascus Gate, usually a popular social spot for Palestinians.

Despite the threat of violence, the 'March of the Flags' was given the go-ahead for 5.30pm local time and tested the newly formed Israeli government. Pictured: A Palestinian woman confronts Israeli security forces outside the Damascus gate

Despite the threat of violence, the 'March of the Flags' was given the go-ahead for 5.30pm local time and tested the newly formed Israeli government. Pictured: A Palestinian woman confronts Israeli security forces outside the Damascus gate

Despite the threat of violence, the ‘March of the Flags’ was given the go-ahead for 5.30pm local time and tested the newly formed Israeli government. Pictured: A Palestinian woman confronts Israeli security forces outside the Damascus gate

Tensions erupted during a Palestinian protest against the far-right march as demonstrators threw rocks and burned tires in Jerusalem (pictured in Bethlehem, West Bank)

Tensions erupted during a Palestinian protest against the far-right march as demonstrators threw rocks and burned tires in Jerusalem (pictured in Bethlehem, West Bank)

Tensions erupted during a Palestinian protest against the far-right march as demonstrators threw rocks and burned tires in Jerusalem (pictured in Bethlehem, West Bank)

Police prevented marchers from going through Damascus Gate, while marchers took a peripheral route instead, to Judaism's sacred Western Wall (pictured)

Police prevented marchers from going through Damascus Gate, while marchers took a peripheral route instead, to Judaism's sacred Western Wall (pictured)

Police prevented marchers from going through Damascus Gate, while marchers took a peripheral route instead, to Judaism’s sacred Western Wall (pictured)

Protesters wave Palestinian flags as they stand atop the rubble of a building destroyed by an Israeli airstrike last month, amid cross-border fighting between Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas militant group

Protesters wave Palestinian flags as they stand atop the rubble of a building destroyed by an Israeli airstrike last month, amid cross-border fighting between Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas militant group

Protesters wave Palestinian flags as they stand atop the rubble of a building destroyed by an Israeli airstrike last month, amid cross-border fighting between Israel and Gaza’s ruling Hamas militant group

Far right Israelis hold Israeli flags as they enter Damascus Gate during the flag march on Tuesday as there are fears that the procession could reunite tensions in Jerusalem

Far right Israelis hold Israeli flags as they enter Damascus Gate during the flag march on Tuesday as there are fears that the procession could reunite tensions in Jerusalem

Far right Israelis hold Israeli flags as they enter Damascus Gate during the flag march on Tuesday as there are fears that the procession could reunite tensions in Jerusalem 

Palestinians threw rocks and burn tires in response to Israeli forces' (pictured) intervention with plastic bullets and tear gas bombs during protests against the flag march on Tuesday

Palestinians threw rocks and burn tires in response to Israeli forces' (pictured) intervention with plastic bullets and tear gas bombs during protests against the flag march on Tuesday

Palestinians threw rocks and burn tires in response to Israeli forces’ (pictured) intervention with plastic bullets and tear gas bombs during protests against the flag march on Tuesday

'Take a good look at our flag. Live and suffer,' one marcher, a megaphone in one hand and a cigar in the other, shouted in Hebrew at Palestinian marchers. Pictured: Far right Israelis dance with Israeli flags as they march near Damascus Gate

'Take a good look at our flag. Live and suffer,' one marcher, a megaphone in one hand and a cigar in the other, shouted in Hebrew at Palestinian marchers. Pictured: Far right Israelis dance with Israeli flags as they march near Damascus Gate

‘Take a good look at our flag. Live and suffer,’ one marcher, a megaphone in one hand and a cigar in the other, shouted in Hebrew at Palestinian marchers. Pictured: Far right Israelis dance with Israeli flags as they march near Damascus Gate

Police were expected to prevent marchers from going through the gate, which is also home to shrines sacred to Judaism, Islam and Christianity. They were to take a peripheral route instead, to Judaism’s sacred Western Wall.

‘Take a good look at our flag. Live and suffer,’ one marcher, a megaphone in one hand and a cigar in the other, shouted in Hebrew at Palestinian merchants on the other side of police barriers erected on an East Jerusalem street.

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh also warned of the dangerous repercussions from allowing extremist Israelis to take part in the flag march as tensions remain fresh between Palestinians and Israelis.

He said: ‘We warn of the dangerous repercussions that may result from the occupying power’s intention to allow extremist Israeli settlers to carry out the Flag March in occupied Jerusalem.’

Israel, which occupied and annexed East Jerusalem in a move that has not won international recognition, regards the entire city as its capital. But Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future state that would include the West Bank and Gaza.

Just hours before the event was due to start today, incendiary balloons launched from Gaza caused several fires in fields in Israeli communities near the border with the Palestinian enclave, the Israeli fire brigade said.

Such incidents had stopped along with the ceasefire that ended last month’s Israel-Gaza fighting.

The crowd of mostly religious Jews danced and sung ‘the people of Israel live’ while carrying blue and white Israeli flags (pictured) before pilling into the plaza in front of the Damascus Gate, usually a popular social spot for Palestinians

Hamas warned of renewed hostilities over the march, testing the Israeli government of Naftali Bennett, which approved the march along an amended route. Pictured: Israeli security officers scuffle with a Palestinian man on Tuesday

Hamas warned of renewed hostilities over the march, testing the Israeli government of Naftali Bennett, which approved the march along an amended route. Pictured: Israeli security officers scuffle with a Palestinian man on Tuesday

Hamas warned of renewed hostilities over the march, testing the Israeli government of Naftali Bennett, which approved the march along an amended route. Pictured: Israeli security officers scuffle with a Palestinian man on Tuesday

Palestinian protesters burn tyres during a demonstration against the Israeli ultranationalist March of the Flags, which Palestinians have condemned as a 'provocation'

Palestinian protesters burn tyres during a demonstration against the Israeli ultranationalist March of the Flags, which Palestinians have condemned as a 'provocation'

Palestinian protesters burn tyres during a demonstration against the Israeli ultranationalist March of the Flags, which Palestinians have condemned as a ‘provocation’

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh warned of the dangerous repercussions from allowing extremist Israelis to take part in the flag march. Pictured: Far-right Israelis holding Israeli flags taking part in the 'flag march' on Tuesday

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh warned of the dangerous repercussions from allowing extremist Israelis to take part in the flag march. Pictured: Far-right Israelis holding Israeli flags taking part in the 'flag march' on Tuesday

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh warned of the dangerous repercussions from allowing extremist Israelis to take part in the flag march. Pictured: Far-right Israelis holding Israeli flags taking part in the ‘flag march’ on Tuesday

Far-right nationalists chanted 'Death to Arabs' during the march, while Palestinians called for 'Day of Rage' protests in Gaza and the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Pictured: A Palestinian man scuffles with a member of the Israeli security force

Far-right nationalists chanted 'Death to Arabs' during the march, while Palestinians called for 'Day of Rage' protests in Gaza and the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Pictured: A Palestinian man scuffles with a member of the Israeli security force

Far-right nationalists chanted ‘Death to Arabs’ during the march, while Palestinians called for ‘Day of Rage’ protests in Gaza and the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Pictured: A Palestinian man scuffles with a member of the Israeli security force

The new Israeli government of Naftali Bennett approved the march yesterday despite warnings of renewed violence. Pictured: Israelis march with national flags near the Damascus gate during the procession

The new Israeli government of Naftali Bennett approved the march yesterday despite warnings of renewed violence. Pictured: Israelis march with national flags near the Damascus gate during the procession

The new Israeli government of Naftali Bennett approved the march yesterday despite warnings of renewed violence. Pictured: Israelis march with national flags near the Damascus gate during the procession

Israelis hold flags as they visit the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site in Jerusalem's Old City, after the flag procession was diverted against Damascus Gate, where there is a large Palestinian community

Israelis hold flags as they visit the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site in Jerusalem's Old City, after the flag procession was diverted against Damascus Gate, where there is a large Palestinian community

Israelis hold flags as they visit the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest prayer site in Jerusalem’s Old City, after the flag procession was diverted against Damascus Gate, where there is a large Palestinian community

An Israeli policeman takes a Palestinian flag from a woman as far-right Israeli groups participate in a flag-waving procession near Damascus Gate on Tuesday

An Israeli policeman takes a Palestinian flag from a woman as far-right Israeli groups participate in a flag-waving procession near Damascus Gate on Tuesday

An Israeli policeman takes a Palestinian flag from a woman as far-right Israeli groups participate in a flag-waving procession near Damascus Gate on Tuesday

Hamas warned of renewed hostilities over the march, testing the new Israeli government of Naftali Bennett, which approved the procession along the amended route, which appeared to be designed to avoid friction with Palestinians.

Bennett heads a far-right party, and diverting the procession could anger members of his religious base and expose him to accusations he was giving Hamas veto power over events in Jerusalem. 

Sitting on a bench outside the police cordon, Khalil Mitwani, a 50-year-old Palestinian, said of the marchers: ‘They are making a big problem in Jerusalem. All the people here want peace – why make problems here?’

Meanwhile, U.N. Middle East envoy Tor Wennesland said on Twitter: ‘Tensions (are) rising again in Jerusalem at a very fragile & sensitive security & political time, when UN & Egypt are actively engaged in solidifying the ceasefire.’

He called on all parties to ‘act responsibly & avoid any provocations that could lead to another round of confrontation’. 

But earlier today, before the marchers arrived at Damascus Gate, thousands of Palestinians congregated and at least 17 were injured in clashes with Israeli police firing stun grenades, the Palestine Red Crescent ambulance service said. 

Violence had erupted near the Damascus Gate in the Old City before the far-right Israeli groups marched through the capital in a delayed celebration of Jerusalem Day.

Palestinian youths set tires on fire during clashes with Israeli security forces after a demonstration against the Israeli March of Flags held in Jerusalem on Tuesday 

Israeli security forces detain a Palestinian during a protest against the 'March of the Flags', which celebrates the anniversary of Israel's 1967 occupation of the Jerusalem's eastern sector

Israeli security forces detain a Palestinian during a protest against the 'March of the Flags', which celebrates the anniversary of Israel's 1967 occupation of the Jerusalem's eastern sector

Israeli security forces detain a Palestinian during a protest against the ‘March of the Flags’, which celebrates the anniversary of Israel’s 1967 occupation of the Jerusalem’s eastern sector

Tensions rise in the Old City of Jerusalem between Palestinian and Israeli police ahead of the Israeli right-wing groups 'Flag March' next to Damascus Gate

Tensions rise in the Old City of Jerusalem between Palestinian and Israeli police ahead of the Israeli right-wing groups 'Flag March' next to Damascus Gate

Tensions rise in the Old City of Jerusalem between Palestinian and Israeli police ahead of the Israeli right-wing groups ‘Flag March’ next to Damascus Gate

Israeli security forces disperse Palestinians near the Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem today

Israeli security forces disperse Palestinians near the Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem today

Israeli security forces disperse Palestinians near the Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem today








Video footage captured crowds clashing with deployed security forces, with feuding sides seen hurling projectiles at each other as they shoved through the streets.

It is understood at least two Palestinians were arrested and four others were removed from the Temple Mount during the chaos today.

Elsewhere, iron barriers were erected to prevent Palestinians from reaching the Damascus Gate, where group dancing with Israeli flags later took place. 

Earlier, Palestinians had called for a ‘Day of Rage’ in Gaza and the West Bank after condemning the planned procession as a ‘provocation’ amid a very fragile peace.

Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas had warned of renewed hostilities if it went ahead.  

A member of the Israeli security forces gestures outside the Damascus gate in east Jerusalem

A member of the Israeli security forces gestures outside the Damascus gate in east Jerusalem

A member of the Israeli security forces gestures outside the Damascus gate in east Jerusalem

Israeli police detain a Palestinian man during clashes that erupted ahead of a flag-waving procession by far-right youth

Israeli police detain a Palestinian man during clashes that erupted ahead of a flag-waving procession by far-right youth

Israeli police detain a Palestinian man during clashes that erupted ahead of a flag-waving procession by far-right youth

Israeli security forces block the entrance to Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem today

Israeli security forces block the entrance to Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem today

Israeli security forces block the entrance to Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem today

Violence erupted near the Damascus Gate in the Old City as far-right Israeli groups prepared to march through the capital in a delayed celebration of Jerusalem Day

Violence erupted near the Damascus Gate in the Old City as far-right Israeli groups prepared to march through the capital in a delayed celebration of Jerusalem Day

Violence erupted near the Damascus Gate in the Old City as far-right Israeli groups prepared to march through the capital in a delayed celebration of Jerusalem Day

Israel scraps indoor mask order as Covid-19 infections wane 

Israel today told its citizens they could stop wearing masks indoors, ending one of its last main restrictions as new Covid-19 infections continue to wane.

Children headed to school and adults to work without masks for the first time in more than a year. 

Israelis have not had to wear masks outdoors since April.

About 55 per cent of Israel’s 9.3 million population are fully vaccinated – a turnout largely unchanged by this month’s expansion of eligibility to include 12- to 15-year-olds.

Israel has this month logged either zero or one daily Covid-19 deaths, Health Ministry data show. 

New infections have been in a steady but gentle decline after a steep drop-off in February and March.

The ministry said masks would still be required of unvaccinated patients or staff in medical facilities, of people en route to quarantine and of passengers on commercial flights

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The ‘March of the Flags’ was initially approved by Israel’s new government on Monday, hours after Benjamin Netanyahu handed over power to Naftali Bennett. 

The controversial march typically starts at Damascus Gate and enters the Muslim Quarter, before travelling to the Western Wall plaza in the Jewish Quarter.

Today’s route instead saw participants proceed outside the Old City’s walls to the Jaffa Gate, then walk down David Street and Chain Gate Street before entering the Western Wall plaza.

The procession avoided the Muslim Quarter, which has an overwhelmingly Palestinian population, despite David Street and Chain Gate Street running through an Arab market of Palestinian tradesmen.

Around 54 Jews visited the Temple Mount today, according to the Jerusalem Post

The ‘March of the Flags’ was organised by a collection of right-wing organisations, such as Im Tirtzu, the Bnei Akiva and Ezra, alongside several councils in the West Bank.    

An original march was re-routed to avoid the walled Old City’s Muslim Quarter on May 10 when tensions in Jerusalem led Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas to fire rockets towards the holy city, helping set off 11 days of deadly fighting.

However, Israeli rightists accused their government of caving into Hamas by changing its route. 

They rescheduled the procession after an Egyptian-mediated Gaza truce took hold.

Today’s march posed an immediate challenge for Bennett, who took office on Sunday and brought veteran leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s record-long rule to an end.

Bennett’s internal security minister approved the march yesterday.

The route change could expose Bennett’s patchwork coalition to accusations from Netanyahu, in the opposition, and his right-wing allies of giving Hamas veto power over events in Jerusalem.

‘The time has come for Israel to threaten Hamas and not for Hamas to threaten Israel,’ prominent far-right lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir said on Twitter. 

It is understood at least two Palestinians were arrested and four others were removed from the Temple Mount during the chaos today

It is understood at least two Palestinians were arrested and four others were removed from the Temple Mount during the chaos today

It is understood at least two Palestinians were arrested and four others were removed from the Temple Mount during the chaos today

Israeli security forces deploy at Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem today

Israeli security forces deploy at Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem today

Israeli security forces deploy at Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem today

A Palestinian woman confronts Israeli security forces outside the Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem

A Palestinian woman confronts Israeli security forces outside the Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem

A Palestinian woman confronts Israeli security forces outside the Damascus Gate in east Jerusalem

Palestinians had called for a 'Day of Rage' in Gaza and the West Bank after condemning the planned procession as a 'provocation' amid a very fragile peace

Palestinians had called for a 'Day of Rage' in Gaza and the West Bank after condemning the planned procession as a 'provocation' amid a very fragile peace

Palestinians had called for a ‘Day of Rage’ in Gaza and the West Bank after condemning the planned procession as a ‘provocation’ amid a very fragile peace

Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas yesterday warned of renewed hostilities if the march went ahead

Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas yesterday warned of renewed hostilities if the march went ahead

Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas yesterday warned of renewed hostilities if the march went ahead

Protests were planned for 6pm across the Gaza Strip, and Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction previously called on Palestinians to flock to the Old City to counter the march.

‘Tensions (are) rising again in Jerusalem at a very fragile & sensitive security & political time, when UN & Egypt are actively engaged in solidifying the ceasefire,’ U.N. Middle East envoy Tor Wennesland said on Twitter.

‘Urge all relevant parties to act responsibly & avoid any provocations that could lead to another round of confrontation,’ he said.

The 'March of the Flags' was initially approved by Israel's new government on Monday, hours after Benjamin Netanyahu handed over power to Naftali Bennett

The 'March of the Flags' was initially approved by Israel's new government on Monday, hours after Benjamin Netanyahu handed over power to Naftali Bennett

The ‘March of the Flags’ was initially approved by Israel’s new government on Monday, hours after Benjamin Netanyahu handed over power to Naftali Bennett

Tension in the old city of Jerusalem between Palestinian and Israeli police ahead of the Israeli right-wing groups 'Flag March' next to Damascus gate of Jerusalem's Old City

Tension in the old city of Jerusalem between Palestinian and Israeli police ahead of the Israeli right-wing groups 'Flag March' next to Damascus gate of Jerusalem's Old City

Tension in the old city of Jerusalem between Palestinian and Israeli police ahead of the Israeli right-wing groups ‘Flag March’ next to Damascus gate of Jerusalem’s Old City

More than 2,500 Israeli police will secure the march and the Israeli army is preparing for the possibility of another escalation with Gaza

More than 2,500 Israeli police will secure the march and the Israeli army is preparing for the possibility of another escalation with Gaza

More than 2,500 Israeli police will secure the march and the Israeli army is preparing for the possibility of another escalation with Gaza

The Israeli military made preparations for a possible escalation in Gaza over the march, Israeli media reported, and the US Embassy in Jerusalem prohibited its employees and their families from entering the Old City today.

Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a state they seek to establish in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.

Israel, which annexed East Jerusalem in a move that has not won international recognition after capturing it in a 1967 war, regards the entire city as its capital.

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