Tension mounts as far-right Israelis march in East Jerusalem | Gallery News

Ultra-nationalist Jewish crowds marched through Jerusalem’s Old City to celebrate Israel’s illegal occupation of East Jerusalem, chanting slogans such as “Death to Arabs”.

Thousands of protesters, outnumbering the Israeli security forces deployed to control the crowds, entered the Old City.

The so-called annual flag march took place after far-right Israelis stormed the compound of Al-Aqsa Mosque – Islam’s third holiest site – in violation of the status quo. Jewish prayers are prohibited in the compound, where Jews believe the biblical temple once stood.

Israel captured East Jerusalem, including the Old City, in the 1967 Middle East War and then annexed it in a move never before recognized internationally.

Palestinians, who seek East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state, fear that the Israeli march and storming of Al-Aqsa is a plot to take over or divide the region.

Israel denies these claims, saying it remains committed to the status quo.

In the Occupied Palestinian Territory, people protested the march, burning Israeli flags and in many cases sparking clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces. Dozens of Palestinians were arrested and more than 100 were injured.

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