Thousands of Israeli people headed to the west Old City of Al-Quds holding Israeli flags as an act considered provocative by the Palestinian Authorities in an act so-called Flag March.
Palestinian Militia “Hamas” spokesman Abdel Latif Al-Qanou assured that “the battle with the occupation over the identity of Al-Aqsa Mosque is still open and ongoing, vowing that the Resistance will not allow the Israeli occupation to pass a plan to impose its control over Al-Aqsa through the so-called "Flag March".
The root of this event returns to 1967 when Israel occupied the eastern part of the city that was under Jordanian control since 1948 considering it “Jews’ Land”, and Israelis celebrate this event every year by going to the old city’s gates. According to the Israeli government, marchers act peacefully singing and dancing, but every year riots happen and many injuries occur.
In this context, a few marchers threw stones sticks, and bottles at crowded Palestinians and foreign journalists as the CNN crew who were pushed by Israeli Police from the location where they were trying to film, accusing them of the need for joint respect according to CNN.
Marchers held racist anti-Arab like “Death to Arab”, and “The Temple Mount in Our Hands”, and many confrontations occurred between the Israeli youth and defenders of the holy Mosque, under the control of 3200 Police Officers divided at the gates to protect the Israeli provocative march, leaving Palestinian workshops closed in the old city.
Israeli Government was in fear of new tension, which the entity can’t handle after 4 heated days with the Islamic Jihad “Revenge of Free People” battle that killed 34 Palestinian children and women, and one Israeli. Also, they were very careful of a new “Sword of Al-Quds” like what happened in 2021 when the Palestinian Resistance rocket bombed Israel, and engaged in an 11-day war that killed 270 Palestinian after Sheikh-Jarrah and Aqsa Mosque aggression in Ramadan.
At the same time, thousands of Palestinians stood holding their flags at the border that divides Israel from the Gaza Strip and West Bank, which made Israeli Forces respond by shooting live fire, rubber bullets, and gas tears at them, causing injuries. The Palestinian Authority previously warned Israel that its responsibility for any escalation would happen in the occupied territories.
Khaled Al-Batsh, a Palestinian Islamic Jihad Official assured “the Israelis that the battle over Al Quds is still ongoing, and this constitutes an Israeli failure over the past 75 years to enforce a different identity or any sort of sovereignty over Al-Quds."
On the other side, the Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gver joined the march on Thursday evening arriving at the Damascus Gate entrance and entering the Old City with a police escort calling it “a splendid day on which to celebrate our return to our eternal capital”.
This march is opposed by countries such as Egypt, assuming it upholds the legal and historical status quo in Jerusalem and emphasises that Al-Aqsa Mosque is a purely Islamic sanctuary.
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