Jerusalem Flag March cancelled after police reject Damascus Gate route

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Jerusalem Flag March cancelled after police reject Damascus Gate route
Originally, the march was scheduled to pass through the Damascus Gate near the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
By IDAN ZONSHINE
JUNE 7, 2021

A controversial flag march through the Old City of Jerusalem was called off on Monday after Israel Police rejected the organizers’ request that participants be allowed to march through the Old City’s Damascus Gate. The march was viewed as a possible way to set off violence on the eve of the swearing in of a new government in the Knesset. The police emphasized that the current route of the march has been rejected, but that it could be approved if the route were to change to exclude Damascus Gate. Defense Minister Benny Gantz met with IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi, the police inspector-general and additional security authorities to discuss the march. Religious Zionist MK Bezalel Smotrich called the decision a “shameful surrender to terrorism and Hamas threats.” His fellow party member, Itamar Ben-Gvir, said that he would still march the planned route. “I do not plan to give up,” Ben-Gvir said.

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