Israel Says Right-Wing March Can Be Held Next Week in Jerusalem Old City

SourceAsharq AL-awsat
CountryMiddle east

Youths wave Israeli flags during a parade marking Jerusalem Day amid Israeli-Palestinian tension as they march along the walls surrounding Jerusalem’s Old City, May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Nir Elias/File Photo

Israeli officials said on Tuesday they would allow a right-wing march in 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 Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza.

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 rulers Hamas of renewed hostilities should it proceed, according to Reuters.

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 organizers and police reached agreement.

The principal issue is the route.

“The parade will take more...