The parade with the Israeli flag in the Old City of Jerusalem was cancelled on Thursday. The police did not approve this route. Ultra-nationalist protesters want to cross the Damascus Gate and pass through the Sheikh Jala community in East Jerusalem, where four Palestinian families are at risk of deportation. Hamas has threatened that if the march is held, there will be new violence.
The parade was originally scheduled to take place on May 10, the day when Israel celebrated its occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967. The Palestinians saw this as a provocation, especially considering the imminent deportation. Due to the tension, the route was changed at the last minute and the march was shortened.Despite this, Hamas fired on that day Jerusalem RocketsSubsequently, the Israeli army carried out an 11-day air strike on Gaza, and Hamas launched further rockets.
The protesters now hope to march again through the original route. Itamar Ben-Gvir of the far-right party Otzma Yehudit said that organizers and far-right politicians now accuse the police of “surrendering to terrorism.” A spokesperson told Reuters that Hamas believes this decision proves that Israel now “sees the danger of crossing this red line.” Israel’s Minister of Defense, Benny Gantz, has asked the police not to allow demonstrations to avoid rekindling tensions between Israeli Jews and Palestinians.
At the same time, the expulsion of four Palestinian families from Sheikh Jarrah may be one step closer. The case was one of the triggers for the tension between Israel and the Palestinians, which subsequently led to armed conflict in the Gaza Strip.
The Israeli Supreme Court is considering whether Palestinian families can appeal their deportation.Handling of the case Postponed last monthAfter Israel’s chief prosecutor Avichai Mandeblit stated that he might want to intervene in the case. Hope this will relieve the pressure. Now Mandelbritt says he will not intervene in this case. This paved the way for court hearings.
Watch our correspondent Ties Brock’s video on the background of the dispute:
Two activists from families who might be deported, Arrested yesterday Provided by the Israeli police. According to the police, they would disrupt the peace nearby. On Saturday, a reporter from Al Jazeera was also arrested.