Jerusalem Day Flag March to proceed through Damascus Gate


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Jerusalem Day Flag March to proceed through Damascus Gate
Last year, rockets were fired towards Jerusalem during the march, despite the route being changed to Jaffa Gate.
Published: MAY 18, 2022

The Jerusalem Day Flag March will enter the Old City through the Damascus Gate this year, after the route was blocked last year due to threats from Hamas that devolved into violence and eventually led to Operation Guardian of the Walls. While the Flag March usually passes through both the Jaffa and Damascus gates, last year it only entered through Jaffa Gate. Despite the change, rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Jerusalem while the march was in progress, sparking an 11-day war.

Last month, right-wing activists – including Otzma Yehudit head Itamar Ben-Gvir – organized a march and attempted to enter through the Damascus Gate. They were stopped by police who rerouted them through the Jaffa Gate because of tensions in the capital. Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev decided after a situation assessment on Wednesday to allow the Flag March to return to its traditional route through the Damascus Gate, taking place this year on May 29.

Organizers of the march welcomed the decision, saying, “There is nothing more suitable than a happy and unifying march, from the west of the city to the east, through the places that the IDF liberated 55 years ago, on the holiday of the capital of Israel.”