JERUSALEM: Israeli authorities on Wednesday mentioned they’ve given the go-ahead for flag-waving Jewish nationalists to march by the center of the primary Palestinian thoroughfare in Jerusalem’s Old City later this month, in a choice that threatens to re-ignite violence within the holy metropolis.
The workplace of Internal Security Minister Omer Barlev mentioned the march would happen on May 29 alongside its “customary route” by Damascus Gate.
Each yr, hundreds of Israeli nationalists take part within the march, waving Israeli flags, singing songs and in some circumstances, chanting anti-Arab slogans, as they go by Palestinian onlookers and companies.
Barlev’s workplace mentioned the choice was made after consultations with police.
The march is supposed to have a good time Israel’s seize of east Jerusalem within the 1967 Mideast struggle. Israel subsequently annexed the world in a step that isn’t internationally acknowledged. The Palestinians declare east Jerusalem because the capital of a future state.
Last yr’s Gaza struggle erupted because the march was simply getting underway, even after authorities modified the route on the final second to keep away from Damascus Gate.
The Old City, situated in east Jerusalem, has skilled weeks of violent confrontations between Israeli police and Palestinian demonstrators, and the march threatens triggering new unrest.
Tensions even have been heightened by an Israeli police crackdown through the funeral of slain Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh final Friday. As the funeral procession obtained underway, police pushed and beat mourners, inflicting the pallbearers to lose management of the coffin and almost drop it.
Abu Akleh, a well known journalist, was fatally shot whereas protecting an Israeli army raid within the occupied West Bank final week. The Palestinians, together with witnesses who had been along with her, say she was shot by Israeli troops. Israel says that Palestinian gunmen had been energetic within the space, and it’s not clear who fired the lethal bullet.