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Israeli minister condemns hate slogans during nationalist march

After the controversial flag march in Jerusalem, new Foreign Minister Yair Lapid tweeted, "It is incomprehensible that people can hold the Israeli flag in one hand and shout 'Death to Arabs' at the same time."

About 5,000 Israelis marched June 15 through the Old City of Jerusalem in the annual Flag Parade organized by the nationalist right. The march usually takes place in May, marking the unification of the city after the 1967 Six-Day war. This year, the march was cancelled when Hamas fired rockets at Jerusalem. The organizers wanted to hold the march June 10, but the security cabinet postponed it to yesterday and required the organizers to reroute it. Defense Minister Benny Gantz argued that on its usual route, the march would provoke clashes with the Muslim residents of the city and a violent reaction by Hamas just ahead of the inauguration of the new government June 13.

Thus the original route of the march was altered. The marchers were permitted to reach the flashpoint Damascus Gate, where they were allowed to dance, but had to enter the Old City through the Jaffa Gate, with some reaching the Western Wall Plaza through the Muslim quarter of the Old City and some through the Jewish quarter. As the march started, clashes broke out near the Old City between police and Palestinian residents, with 33 people reportedly injured. Police arrested 17 people on suspicion of disturbing public order, throwing stones and assaulting police officers.

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