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Chaos as far-right Israelis march in occupied East Jerusalem

Chaos as far-right Israelis march in occupied East Jerusalem

  • Thousands of far-right Israelis gather at Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem to mark the so-called flag march in the Old City.
  • The march is held to mark what Israelis call the day of unifying Jerusalem, in reference to Israel’s occupation of the city in 1967 and subsequent annexation which is not internationally recognised.
  • Israeli ultra-nationalist groups chanted racist slogans such as “death to Arabs”, as they marched through the streets of the Old City.
  • Tens of Palestinians injured in and around occupied West Bank city of Nablus amid confrontations between Palestinians and armed Israeli soldiers, medics say.

Here are the latest updates:

Palestinian President, PM, condemn flag march and warn of consequences

Nabil Abu Rdeneh, spokesman for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, has accused Israel of “playing with fire irresponsibly and recklessly”.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh condemned the march, and “attacks on Palestinian citizens in the occupied city of Jerusalem,” Wafa news agency quoted him as saying.

He warned of the dangerous repercussions of the march and its provocations of the feelings of Palestinian citizens.

Shatyyeh also called on the international community to “intervene urgently to stop the violations against the holy places in the city of Jerusalem”.

Members of Israeli security forces detain a Palestinian protester near Damascus Gate outside Jerusalem's Old City.
Members of Israeli security forces detain a Palestinian protester near Damascus Gate outside occupied East Jerusalem’s Old City [AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean]

Tens of injuries reported in and around West Bank city of Nablus

Al Jazeera’s Nida Ibrahim, reporting from the occupied West Bank city of Ramallah, said tens of Palestinians have been injured by Israeli forces in and around Nablus.

The Red Crescent announced that the “majority of injuries are by suffocation of tear gas,” Ibrahim said.

“It’s. very, very heavy tear gas that usually the Israeli army uses,” she added.

“And the rest of the injuries … one Palestinian has been moved to hospital after being shot by live ammunition to his leg, while four people were injured by rubber-coated steel bullets,” Ibrahim said, adding that confrontations have been unfolding in several places.


Ultra-nationalist Jews stormed Al-Aqsa ahead of Israeli flag march

Hundreds of far-right Jewish nationalists entered Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, ahead of a provocative flag march that could re-ignite confrontations between Israelis and Palestinians.

Israeli forces have fired rubber bullets at Palestinians protesters in the compound, in an effort to disperse them.

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Generation of ‘indoctrinated young Israelis’ in Jerusalem: Analyst

Marwan Bishara, Al Jazeera’s senior political analyst, said the scenes from occupied East Jerusalem, are telling of the “future generation of Israel” and the serious concerns that should raise for peace and security.

“This is a generation of indoctrinated young Israelis who have been taught to hate the Palestinians, to hate the Arabs,” Bishara said.

“They are almost genocidal in their education and their upbringing…they want to take over all of historic Palestine, and they want to push the Palestinians out. They believe all of historic Palestine is theirs.”


 

Jewish groups chant ‘death to Arabs’

Thousands of Israeli ultra-nationalists, some of them chanting “Death to Arabs,” paraded through the heart of the main Palestinian thoroughfare in occupied Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday during the so-called flag march.

The crowds of overwhelmingly young Orthodox Jewish men, gathered outside Damascus Gate, waving flags, singing religious and nationalistic songs, and shouting “the Jewish nation lives” before entering the Muslim Quarter.

One large group chanted “Death to Arabs,” and “Let your village burn down” before descending into the Old City.


Israeli police clear Palestinians out

“The crowds of overwhelmingly young Orthodox Jewish men, gathered outside Damascus Gate, waving flags, singing religious and nationalistic songs, and shouting “the Jewish nation lives” before entering the Muslim quarter of the old city,” Al Jazeera’s Imran Khan said.

“One large group chanted “Death to Arabs,” and “Let your village burn down” before descending into the Old City,” Khan reporting from Old Jerusalem said.

“Police cleared Palestinians out of the area, which is normally a bustling Palestinian thoroughfare.”


Israeli far-right parade

Each year, thousands of Israeli far-right groups participate in the parade, waving Israeli flags and singing songs as they pass through the narrow streets of the Old City’s Muslim quarter.

The march is meant to celebrate Israel’s capture of occupied East Jerusalem in the 1967 war. Israel subsequently annexed the area in a move that is not internationally recognised.

Palestinians, who have been forced to shutter their businesses and stay indoors, view the march as a blatant provocation as Jewish settlers flaunt their sovereignty over the occupied territory.

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