Israeli Flags Barred in Old City During Jerusalem Day Celebrations

The police will prohibit the waving of Israeli flags in the Old City next week during marches and rallies marking Jerusalem Day, Ma’ariv reported Thursday.

The Jerusalem municipality supports the ban, which apparently is intended to avoid disturbances by the Arab population.

Chief Inspector Uzi Sandori explained Wednesday night that, as a matter of principle, the police do not permit marches or demonstrations in the Old City. He said it was a policy of long standing dictated by the “problematic and special structure” of the area.

But Jerusalem Day, which celebrates the reunification of the city in 1967, is a special occasion. It will be observed this year on June 2, but events celebrating it will begin the day before.

A march and rally have been organized by the Religious Affairs Ministry, the Government Information Center and the young guard of the National Religious Party.

A parade is also planned by the Temple Mount Faithful, a group that demands that Jews be allowed to worship on the Temple Mount, which is the site of Islamic shrines.

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