For second straight year, marchers chant anti-Arab slogans during Jerusalem Day (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Nir Hasson, Oz Rosenberg and Yair Ettinger 05/21/12)
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Hundreds of Jewish youths participating in the Jerusalem Day flag
procession shouted anti-Muslim slogans like "Mohammed is dead" at
Palestinians holding a rally in the capital´s Old City to protest the
The marchers yesterday also attacked three left-wing protesters
trying to document the flag procession, the activists said. One said
dozens of marchers surrounded them, shouting "Death to the leftists,"
and that a marcher broke the handle of an Israeli flag on her head.
The left-wing activists also said the marchers spit at them and threw
things at them.
Border Police protected the activists and escorted them away after 10
Police also clashed with hundreds of the Palestinian protesters near
Damascus Gate. They arrested 10 marchers suspected of shouting anti-
Muslim and anti-Arab slogans, and five Palestinians suspected of
throwing objects at the marchers.
Organizers of the march had pledged that unlike last year,
participants would not shout incendiary statements. But while the
organizers said only a few outliers failed to adhere to that
standard, hundreds of young people spent hours shouting at the
Palestinians protesting near Damascus Gate.
Among the refrains were "The Temple will be rebuilt, the mosque will
be burned." The marchers also shouted that Arabs were "sons of
whores" and applauded Baruch Goldstein, a Jewish settler who
massacred 29 Muslim worshippers at the Cave of the Patriarchs during
the Purim holiday in 1994.
A large police contingent was deployed at the event, which started in
downtown Jerusalem, entered the Old City through Damascus Gate,
continued into the Muslim Quarter and ended at the Western Wall.
Some left-wing protesters gathered at Damascus Gate to protest the
holding of the march in Arab neighborhoods. Police separated the
protesters from the marchers before the confrontations could escalate.
Most businesses on Hagai Street, the main road in the Old City´s
Muslim Quarter, closed before the march began, to avoid clashes with
Throughout the day, groups from yeshivas and high schools paraded
through the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah, waving
Israeli flags and singing songs about Jerusalem.
Police had planned to change the route of this year´s event to avoid
incidents. But they ultimately agreed to allow right-wingers to pass
through the Muslim Quarter after speaking to the organizers, who
pledged to prevent last year´s ugly scenes.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to keep Jerusalem
The city "will not be divided again," he said at the state Jerusalem
Day ceremony on the capital´s Ammunition Hill.
"I know that there are some who say that if only we were to divide
Jerusalem there would be peace," he said. "I don´t believe that."
Earlier in the day, MKs Uri Ariel and Michael Ben Ari, both of
National Union, visited the Temple Mount, accompanied by about 20
Ben Ari and two other right-wing figures prostrated themselves on the
Temple Mount, where the Muslim Waqf does not allow Jews to pray.
Police detained them afterward.
"It´s our right to pray at the Temple Mount," Ben Ari said. "The
police are doing the Waqf´s work for them." (© Copyright 2012
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