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Israel to allow right-wing rally in occupied Jerusalem’s Old City

Israeli officials have said they would allow a right-wing march in occupied Jerusalem’s Old
City to go ahead next week under certain conditions, a day after
police barred the event’s route fearing it would rekindle
conflict between Israel and Palestine.

Several right-wing Israeli groups had planned a flag-waving
procession through the walled Old City’s Damascus Gate and into
its Muslim quarter on Thursday, drawing warnings from Gaza’s governors Hamas of renewed hostilities should it proceed.

The far-right groups cancelled the Thursday march after
police denied them a permit. But following a
meeting of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet on
Tuesday, his office said ministers had agreed the march could be
held next week if organisers and police reached agreement. The
principal issue is the route.

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“The parade will take place this coming Tuesday (June 15) in
a format to be agreed between the police and the parade’s
organisers,” a statement from Netanyahu’s office said.

Netanyahu faces an end to his long hold on power on Sunday
when the country’s legislature is scheduled to vote on approving
a government of diverse parties that came together to unseat

If that vote is successful, it will be up to prime
minister-hopeful Naftali Bennett and his partner opposition
leader Yair Lapid to decide whether to proceed with the march.

Tal Schneider, a leading political reporter in Israel, said
on Twitter: “The flag parade has been postponed to June 15, two
days after the government is sworn in, meaning it will be
Naftali Bennett’s headache.”

Tensions are likely to remain high in occupied Jerusalem whether or
not the march goes ahead. Protests have flared in the occupied East
Jerusalem neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, where Palestinian
families face possible expulsion after an Israeli court accepted
Jewish settler land claims.

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Israeli strikes on Gaza

Far-right lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir rejected the march’s
postponement as a “surrender to Hamas,” saying on Twitter he
would still “arrive on Thursday in the Old City of Jerusalem and
march with Israeli flags.”

An original march on May 10 was re-routed at the last minute
as Israeli violence in occupied Jerusalem and storming of Al Aqsa Mosque led Hamas to fire rockets towards the
holy city. 

Israel bombarded besieged Gaza, killing over 250 residents for11
days before a fragile ceasefire was reached.

Israel annexed East Jerusalem, in a move that has not won
international recognition, after capturing and annexing the area in the 1967
Middle East war. It considers all of Jerusalem its capital.

Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a
state they seek to establish in the Israeli-occupied West Bank
and the Gaza.

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