איתמר בן גביר מניף את דגל ישראל בשער שכם
Religious Zionist party MK Itamar Ben-Gvir holding the Israeli national flag during his visit to a Jewish nationalist protest by Jerusalem's Old City
Photo: Yoav Dudkevitch
Police arresting suspects in unrest by Jerusalem's Old City

Police arrest 5 as unrest ensues after far-right MK's visit to Jerusalem’s Old City

Protesting decision to postpone Jewish nationalist march, Itamar Ben-Gvir slams police commissioner for 'capitulating to Hamas' and declares he 'won't give up'; officers fire flashbangs at protesters

Gilad Cohen |
Published: 06.10.21 , 20:26
Five people were arrested as Jews and Palestinians clashed near the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City following the visit of a far-right lawmaker Thursday evening.
  • Follow Ynetnews on Facebook and Twitter

  • Dozens gathered to protest Police Commissioner Yaakov Shabtai's decision to postpone a march from there to the Temple Mount for fear it could spark violence between Jews and Palestinians in the city.
    2 צפייה בגלריה
    המעצרים בשער שכם
    המעצרים בשער שכם
    Police arresting suspects in unrest by Jerusalem's Old City
    (Photo: Yoav Dudkevitch)
    Religious Zionist party MK Itamar Ben-Gvir joined the protesters, slamming the police for "capitulating to Hamas" and declaring he "won't give up" on Jerusalem and the Old City.
    "The fact that a member of Knesset in Israel cannot march through the Old City is a disgrace, a capitulation to Hamas and a win for terrorism," he told the crowd while noting he did not intend to confront police. "I came here to protest the decision of a failing police commissioner. We won't give up on Jerusalem and the Old City. It is ours."
    After Ben-Gvir left the area, unrest erupted as two groups flying the Israeli and Palestinian flags clashed. Police officers used riot control measures, including several stun grenades.
    2 צפייה בגלריה
    איתמר בן גביר מניף את דגל ישראל בשער שכם
    איתמר בן גביר מניף את דגל ישראל בשער שכם
    Religious Zionist party MK Itamar Ben-Gvir holding the Israeli national flag during his visit to a Jewish nationalist protest by Jerusalem's Old City
    (Photo: Yoav Dudkevitch)
    Ministers voted Tuesday to allow the controversial far-right march to take place in Jerusalem’s Old City next Tuesday, June 15, with a new route to be decided between the rally's organizers and police.
    The so-called "Flag Parade" normally takes place on Jerusalem Day that falls in May, but was interrupted this year when Hamas fired a barrage of rockets at the capital from the Gaza Strip, marking the start of an 11-day conflict between the IDF and the Palestinian enclave's terrorist factions.
    It was also called off in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
    Talkbacks for this article 0