Jerusalem march through Muslim Quarter to go ahead

Jerusalem march through Muslim Quarter to go ahead
The march. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: The outgoing Israeli government, led by Benjamin Netanyahu, has given the go-ahead for the Jerusalem march, a march by religious nationalists which was cancelled by organisers over fears it could trigger a new round of clash.

The flag march through Jerusalem’s Muslim quarter was originally due to take place on Thursday, but police rejected the original route.

The march will now happen next Tuesday.

Hamas, the Islamist group that controls Gaza, had threatened further escalation if the march took place.

At least 242 people were killed in Gaza and 13 people were killed in Israel during 11 days of fierce fighting between Israel and Hamas last month.

After a meeting on Tuesday, the cabinet of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued the decision.

The Israeli parliament is due to vote on a new government on Sunday. Mr Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, faces the end of his term if the new coalition is approved.

It would then fall to the incoming government, led by centrist Yair Lapid and ultra-nationalist Naftali Bennett, to make the final decision on whether the flag march should take place two days later.

Normally, the Jerusalem march takes place on 10 May and marks Israel’s capture of East Jerusalem, which is home to the Old City and its holy sites, in the 1967 Middle East War.

In the event, hundreds of flag-waving Israeli youths usually make their way through the Muslim Quarter via Damascus Gate, chanting and singing patriotic songs.

Many Palestinians regarded it as a deliberate provocation. This year’s march would also have taken place in the final days of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, as well as during the recent conflict between Gaza and Israel.

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