Police ordered Palestinian merchants in the Old City to close their shops early to make room for Jewish protesters
According to the “Times of Israel” Thursday, settlers and ultra-nationalists attacked the Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, and attacked the journalists, amid racist chants such as “Death to the Arabs” and “Let your village be burned”, and deliberately danced near the Damascus Gate before and during the gathering on Thursday afternoon. .
The organizers of this march insist on passing through the Damascus Gate, and the Palestinian neighborhoods and neighborhoods in Jerusalem, which are Muslim, which critics of the march say aim to provoke the Palestinians, who were forced by the Israeli police to close their shops to allow the demonstration.
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According to the newspaper, more than 10 members of the right-wing coalition in the Israeli government participated in this year’s march, led by National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, who has long participated in the march. Police, supervised by Ben Gvir, circled the Old City to secure the march.
Even before the march, Israeli police said they arrested 10 protesters – including left-wing activists who temporarily closed a West Bank highway outside Jerusalem to prevent settlers from taking part in the march. The police said that “several other participants were arrested on charges of provoking the Palestinians.”
Most of the marchers were religious teenagers, many from seminaries.
Police ordered Palestinian merchants in the Old City to close their shops early in the day to make way for Jewish protesters.
After the refusal of some merchants, skirmishes broke out with the police, who managed to control the situation, before the settlers initiated violence in and around the Old City, after participants in the march deliberately threw stones, water bottles, and flag sticks at the Palestinian correspondents, who were above the column gate and were wounded. A number of them were wounded in the head.
The attackers also waved flags in front of the cameras and insulted reporters and reporters, including those working for the “Times of Israel”. Many of them raised the black flag of the racist “Lehava” organization in the faces of those present, and the police later announced that they had arrested two of them. The American “Fox News” channel reported that some of the participants chanted racist slogans against elderly Palestinian women.
Despite this, no major incidents were recorded in East Jerusalem or the West Bank on Thursday, and hundreds of Palestinians protested against the flag march along the Gaza border, and the Israeli army described the demonstration as a riot, saying that some participants threw explosive devices at the security barrier and that its forces responded with live fire to disperse the gathering. .