Tensions were high in the occupied on Tuesday as Israeli nationalists gathered for a controversial march through East Jerusalem.
The so-called March of the Flags celebrates the anniversary of Israel’s 1967 occupation of the city’s eastern part.
“The right to demonstrate is a right in all democracies,” said Israel’s Internal Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev. “The police is ready and we will do everything in our power to preserve the delicate thread of coexistence.”
Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem since the Six-Day War of 1967 is not recognised by most of the international community, which says the city’s final status should be a matter of negotiation between the two sides.
The Palestinians claim the city’s eastern part as the capital of their future state.
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Israeli forces closed off roads leading to Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem, as others forced Palestinians on the steps of the gate leading into the Old City to leave.
Videos shared on social media showed Israeli police forces setting up metal barricades, blocking off all the paths to the gate.