The flag parade in Jerusalem on Monday

Jerusalem Day march reroutes from Damascus Gate after day of violence in capital

Contentious parade was planned to proceed through Muslim Quarter despite ongoing clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces in Jerusalem, including violence earlier in day on Temple Mount that left 21 cops and 305 Palestinians wounded

Gilad Cohen, Haim Golditch |
Updated: 05.10.21, 16:22
The annual Jerusalem Day flag parade was rerouted to avoid the flashpoint Damascus Gate at the 11th hour on Monday, after the Israel Defense Forces and Shin Bet security service warned the Israel Police against allowing the march to set out from there after a day of violence in the capital.
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  • The warning came after the police decided that the parade would set off as planned from the Damascus Gate, despite the violence that has intensified in recent days.
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    The flag parade in Jerusalem on Monday
    (Photo: Alex Kolomoisky)
    Some security experts called Sunday for a suspension of the entire parade, which is held every year by Israeli nationalists to mark the reunification of Jerusalem after Israel captured the eastern part of the city from Jordan in the 1967 Six-Day War.
    According to a decision made by the government on the recommendation of security forces, the parade would instead enter the Old City via the Jaffa Gate, the police said.
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    צעדת ריקוד הדגלים המסורתי: 'ריקודגלים'
    The flag parade in Jerusalem on Monday
    (Photo: Alex Kolomoisky)
    The marchers were to then continue down to the Western Wall without passing through the Muslim Quarter as originally planned.
    Police said earlier Monday that they had tried to deescalate the tensions by preventing Jews from ascending to the Temple Mount.
    The hilltop site is holy to both Jews and Muslims and houses the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which was built atop the ruins of the Jewish biblical temples.
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    Israelis pray at the Western Wall ahead of the flag parade Monday
    (Photo: AFP)
    The ban did not, however, stop violent clashes from erupting at the holy site, with Palestinians hurling stones at police officers, who responded by firing stun grenades.
    The police said at least 21 officers were wounded in the hours of clashes, three of whom were hospitalized. Palestinian medics said 305 Palestinians were hurt, including 228 who needed hospital treatment. Seven of the injured were in serious condition.
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    Palestinian rioters run from stun grenades on Temple Mount during clashes Monday morning
    (Photo: Reuters)
    On Sunday, security officials urged the government to rethink the annual parade in the wake of unrest or at least reconsider the route and the number of marchers.

    First published: 14:48, 05.10.21
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