Lahore, 15th June: Palestinians plan a ‘Day of Rage’ after Israeli nationalists will march in East Jerusalem today.
According to reports, far-right Israeli groups will march in and around East Jerusalem’s Old City on Tuesday in a flag-waving procession.
The march will further increase tensions with Palestinians in the occupied city and rekindle fighting between Israel and Gaza.
The march may be considered as a ‘provocation’, Palestinians have called for a “Day of Rage” in Gaza and the Israeli-occupied West Bank. Hamas, Gaza’s Islamist rulers have warned to resume bitterness if the march goes ahead.
Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh wrote on his Twitter handle that ‘we warn of the dangerous repercussions that may result from the occupying power’s intention to allow extremist Israeli settlers to carry out the Flag March in occupied Jerusalem tomorrow.’
We warn of the dangerous repercussions that may result from the occupying Power's intention to allow extremist Israeli settlers to carry out the Flag March in occupied Jerusalem tomorrow, a provocation and aggression against our people/ Jerusalem and its sanctities that must end.
— Dr. Mohammad Shtayyeh د. محمد اشتية (@DrShtayyeh) June 14, 2021
An original march was re-directed to avoid the Old City’s Muslim Quarter on May 10 when tensions in Jerusalem set off 11 days of horrific violence.
Israeli rightists accused their government of giving in to Hamas by changing its route. They rescheduled the march after a truce was held in Gaza.
Today’s march is an immediate challenge for new Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett who took office on Sunday by overthrowing the veteran leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year-long rule to an end.
On Monday, Bennett’s internal security minister gave a go-ahead for the procession.
A change of route or cancellation of the march could expose Bennett’s alliance, at the time when Netanyahu, now in the opposition, and his right-wing allies have accused the newly-formed government of giving veto power to Hamas in Jerusalem.
As per reports, an official route for the march is yet to be announced.
Israeli media has reported that police will allow the protestors to congregate outside the Old City’s Damascus Gate but will not let them pass through them to the Muslim Quarter, which has a huge Palestinian population.
It is to be noted that Palestinian protests were planned for today evening across the Gaza Strip, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah faction has called on the citizens to gather at the Old City to counter the march.
Meanwhile, Israeli media reported that the Israeli military has made preparations for a possible escalation in Gaza over the march.
It is pertinent to mention here that Palestinians want East Jerusalem, including the Old City, to be the capital of a state they want to form in the occupied West Bank and Gaza.
However, Israel, which seized East Jerusalem in a 1967 war, regards the entire city as its capital.
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