Tens of thousands of ultra-nationalist Israelis march through Jerusalem
Tens of thousands of ultra-nationalist Israelis paraded through the Old City of Jerusalem on Thursday with flags. Many of them chanted anti-Arab slogans on the so-called Jerusalem Day, AFP reporters reported. Some of the marchers attacked journalists by throwing stones and bottles. According to the police, there were two arrests.
Among the participants in the controversial march, which many Palestinians see as a provocation, were Israel’s far-right Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich.
The march, with which nationalist Israelis commemorate the Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem in the Six-Day War in 1967, took place under high security precautions, as it does every year. A Palestinian counter-rally was held in the Gaza Strip.
Israel annexed the eastern part of Jerusalem in 1980. The annexation is not recognized internationally. Israel has declared all of Jerusalem its “indivisible” capital, while the Palestinians want to make East Jerusalem the capital of their aspired state.
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