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Wed May 17, 2023, 03:28 AM May 2023

US urges 'calm, restraint' ahead of contentious Jerusalem Flag March in Old City

State Department spokesperson says Washington supports right of peaceful expression, calls to ‘refrain from actions, rhetoric and activities that would inflame tensions’

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 Israel’s 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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US urges 'calm, restraint' ahead of contentious Jerusalem Flag March in Old City (Original Post) Israeli May 2023 OP
Next wave of rockets is Israeli May 2023 #1
You think this is normal? Mosby May 2023 #2


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1. Next wave of rockets is
Wed May 17, 2023, 03:40 AM
May 2023

coming soon .....

Netanyahu vows contentious Jerusalem Flag March will again go through Muslim Quarter

2,000 police officers to secure Thursday’s event, which annually stirs Jewish-Arab tension; several ministers – including far-right Itamar Ben Gvir – expected to attend

15 May 2023

Ref : https://www.timesofisrael.com/netanyahu-vows-contentious-jerusalem-flag-march-will-again-go-through-muslim-quarter/

The annual Flag March has long become associated with religious Zionism, a movement that sees it a religious imperative to hold the land of Israel under Jewish sovereignty. The march is leveraged by extremist nationalists to antagonize Arab residents, and Arab East Jerusalemites interpret the parade as a provocation.


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2. You think this is normal?
Sat May 20, 2023, 01:43 PM
May 2023

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.

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