Israeli right-wing supporters stage controversial “Flag March”

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AMMAN — On Thursday, tens of thousands of right-wing Israeli supporters gathered at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem to prepare for the Israeli "Flag March." Settlers waved Israeli flags and shouted insults and provocative slogans, resulting in some scuffles, various media outlets reported.اضافة اعلان

Over the past few years, these marchers have engaged in provocations against Palestinians, including slogans like "Death to Arabs".

More than 2,000 Israeli forces were deployed as flag-bearing marchers slowly assembled near the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound to participate in the parade.

The march commemorates the capture of East Jerusalem in 1967 and its subsequent occupation.

Some Orthodox Jews danced in a circle, chanting "Rebuild the temple!" Interestingly, one riot police officer, who wore a kippah symbolizing his Orthodox Jewish faith, was seen dancing with some of the marchers.

Ben-Gvir joins marchItamar Ben-Gvir, Israel's far-right National Security Minister, joined the march, becoming the first cabinet minister to attend the event.

Meanwhile, ultra-Orthodox Knesset member Moshe Gafni urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to prohibit lawmakers from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in line with the rulings of the Chief Rabbinate.

 “I am appealing and asking you to prevent the ascent to the Temple Mount, both due to the political issue regarding the attitude of the countries of the world in allowing it, and due to the security issue and the incitement that exists as a result,” Gafni, a member of United Torah Judaism, said.

“There is no reason for this, it does not show sovereignty; on the contrary, it constitutes sacrilege in the place most connected to the Jewish people and most sacred to them.”

Settler attack citizensMoreover, settlers, protected by Israeli occupation police, attacked several citizens in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem.

The annual parade has increasingly become a show of force for Jewish nationalists and a deliberate provocation aimed at undermining Palestinian connections to the city.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's spokesperson warned against organizing the provocative flag march, stating that it confirms the Israeli government's endorsement of Jewish extremists.

Hamas, which governs Gaza, called on Palestinians to oppose the march, urging them to mobilize against it. Palestinian fears of Jewish worshippers praying at Al-Aqsa have been reinforced by Israeli settler movements advocating for such access.

Currently, Jews can visit the site but are not allowed to pray there.

The flag march has a history of sparking conflict, often involving anti-Arab racist chants and violence against Palestinians. In 2021, these provocations led to retaliatory actions by Palestinian factions, triggering a significant escalation of violence that resulted in an 11-day Israeli military offensive on the Gaza Strip, causing numerous Palestinian casualties, Al Jazeera reported.

The timing of this far-right march is particularly sensitive, as it comes shortly after a ceasefire agreement was reached between the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group and Israel, following a four-day Israeli bombardment that claimed the lives of at least 33 Palestinians and one Israeli killed by Palestinian rocket fire.

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