Israelis hold Israeli flags and dance during the March of Flags at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, June 15, 2021

Flag marches held in support of Jews in mixed Israeli cities

No violent incidents reported as Jewish nationalists march through Lod and Ramle; Otzma Yehudit chief Itamar Ben Gvir calls for government to take firmer stance on enforcing law and order in mixed cities

i24NEWS |
Published: 12.05.21, 22:28
Two Jewish nationalist rallies took place Sunday in the mixed Jewish-Arab cities of Lod and Ramle in central Israel.
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  • The demonstrations were intended as a show of support for the Jewish populations in the two cities that experienced riots last May by Arab residents and counter-protests by Jewish residents during the Israeli military operation against Hamas in Gaza.
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    Israelis hold Israeli flags and dance during the March of Flags at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, June 15, 2021
    Israelis hold Israeli flags and dance during the March of Flags at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, June 15, 2021
    Israelis hold Israeli flags and dance during the March of Flags at Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City, June 15, 2021
    (Photo: Flash90)
    The best-known flag march is the annual event in Jerusalem meant as a show of support for Israeli sovereignty over the entire city.
    It was a festive scene in Lod for the flag march as participants were also celebrating the final night of the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, i24NEWS correspondent Pierre Klochendler reported Sunday night.
    Klochendler said there were no incidents at the march under the watchful eye of the police.
    The march didn't go through any mixed Jewish-Arab neighborhoods but instead took place in the main streets of the city.
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    איתמר בן גביר בצעדת הדגלים בלוד
    איתמר בן גביר בצעדת הדגלים בלוד
    Otzma Yehudit chief Itamar Ben Gvir attends the flag march in Lod
    (Photo: Aner Green)
    Hard-right Otzma Yehudit MK Itamar Ben Gvir attended the Lod march, calling for the Israeli government to take a firmer stance on enforcing law and order in mixed cities.
    He called for zero tolerance in the city of 82,000 for anti-Semitic acts and displays of Palestinian nationalism.
    Lod Mayor Yair Revivo of the opposition Likud party stood against holding the march for fear of exacerbating tensions, but that did not deter organizers and the march went off without incident.
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