Noam Shalit heading to Jerusalem
Photo: Ohad Tsoigenberg

Jerusalem braces for Shalit march

Police deploy in force, chaos expected; activists change street signs to 'Gilad Shalit St.'

The Jerusalem police are warning motorists ahead of expected traffic jams and downtown chaos in the capital because of the Shalit march in the capital Thursday.


Because of the expected chaos, police advised motorists who have no intention of taking part in the march to stay away from the city.


Police officials said they will close Highway 1 at the entrance to Jerusalem as of 3:30 pm and also seal off several others streets starting at 5 pm.


"We expect traffic jams in most of downtown because of the thousands and possibility hundreds of thousands of marchers" the Jerusalem Police's Kobi Davidian told Ynet. "This is the reason why we're deploying large forces, and more than 1,500 police officers and Border Guard forces will be ensuring the safety of participants and directing traffic."


'Gilad still alive'  

Meanwhile, a group of students and youngsters "raided" overnight the streets where marchers will pass through during the day, and posted stickers on street signs with the caption "Gilad Shalit St., Gaza."


One of the move's organizers, former Hebrew University Student Association Chairman Shlomi Levy, said the initiative was meant to show solidarity with the family.


"Streets are named after dead people, but Gilad Shalit is still alive," he said.


Yaheli Moran Zelikovich


פרסום ראשון: 07.08.10, 13:53
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