US urges 'calm, restraint' ahead of contentious Jerusalem Flag March in Old CityState Department spokesperson says Washington supports right of peaceful expression, calls to refrain from actions, rhetoric and activities that would inflame tensions
By TOI STAFF
Today, 4:59 am
The US is urging calm and restraint ahead of a highly controversial nationalist parade through the Old City of Jerusalem on Thursday, where tens of thousands of Jewish Israelis are expected to march through the Muslim Quarter waving Israeli flags. The event will come less than a week after Israel and terror group Palestinian Islamic Jihad finalized a ceasefire agreement following five days of deadly conflict.
The annual rally of religious nationalists is regularly a tense affair, with thousands of largely Orthodox participants marching from Independence Park to the Western Wall to mark Israels reunification of East and West Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War. The Jerusalem Day march has gained notoriety over the years, as it is often marred by hate speech and sometimes violence by Jewish participants toward Palestinians.
On Tuesday, State Department Principal Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel said Washington would continue to urge the parties to refrain from actions and rhetoric and activities that would inflame tensions, in response to a question about the controversial march during a press briefing.
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Netanyahu vows contentious Jerusalem Flag March will again go through Muslim Quarter
2,000 police officers to secure Thursdays event, which annually stirs Jewish-Arab tension; several ministers including far-right Itamar Ben Gvir expected to attend
By CARRIE KELLER-LYNN
15 May 2023
Ref : https://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-vows-contentious-jerusalem-flag-march-will-again-go-through-muslim-quarter/
The US has a flag day, and yet it doesn't spark violence and massive media coverage. The native Americans don't consider it a provocation either.