- Title: Palestinians protest Israeli nationalist march
- Date: 15th June 2021
- Summary: WOMAN MARCHING TO PROTEST AGAINST ISRAEL'S FLAGS MARCH PALESTINIAN FLAG PROTESTERS WAVING PALESTINIAN FLAGS
- Embargoed: 29th June 2021 18:49
- Keywords: Israel Jerusalem Palestinians flags march scuffles
- Location: BETHLEHEM AND AL-BIREH, WEST BANK/ KHAN YOUNIS AND GAZA CITY, GAZA/NIR AM, ISRAEL
- City: BETHLEHEM AND AL-BIREH, WEST BANK/ KHAN YOUNIS AND GAZA CITY, GAZA/NIR AM, ISRAEL
- Country: Palestinian Territories
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace,Middle East
- Reuters ID: LVA002EHIIIIV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Assailing the march as a "provocation", Palestinians called for "Day of Rage" protests in Gaza and the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Tuesday (June 15) with memories still fresh of confrontations between Israeli police and Palestinians during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Israeli far-right nationalists held a flag-waving march through East Jerusalem on Tuesday that risks reigniting tensions with Palestinians and poses an early challenge for Israel's new government.
Last month, Israeli-Palestinian tensions and violence in contested Jerusalem helped trigger 11 days of cross-border fighting between Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas militant group.
Hamas warned of renewed hostilities over the march, testing the mettle of the new Israeli government of Naftali Bennett, which approved the procession though along an amended route that appeared designed to avoid friction with Palestinians.
Bennett heads a far-right party, and diverting the procession could anger members of his religious base and expose him to accusations he was giving Hamas veto power over events in Jerusalem.
The event was originally scheduled for May 10 as part of "Jerusalem Day" festivities that celebrate Israel's capture of East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war.
At the last minute, that march was diverted away from the Damascus Gate and the Muslim Quarter, but the move was not enough to dissuade Hamas from firing rockets towards Jerusalem.
Israel, which occupied and later annexed East Jerusalem in a move that has not won international recognition, regards the entire city as its capital. Palestinians want East Jerusalem to be the capital of a future state that would include the West Bank and Gaza.
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