Thousands of Israeli nationalists have been marching into the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City, with violence directed at media covering the event.
The flag parade is part of Israel’s Jerusalem Day, marking its capture of the east of the city in the 1967 war.
A group of marchers threw stones, sticks and bottles at Palestinian and foreign journalists at the Damascus Gate entrance.
They also cheered and chanted racist slogans, including “Death to Arabs”.
Far-right Israeli cabinet ministers have joined the procession. One of them, National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, declared: “Jerusalem is ours for ever.”
Palestinians along the route in occupied East Jerusalem earlier shuttered homes and shops over fears of abuse.
The march has increasingly become a show of force for Jewish ultranationalists, while for Palestinians it is seen as a blatant provocation undermining their ties to the city.
Racist, anti-Arab chants are often shouted by nationalist marchers. The event has in…
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