JERUSALEM (JTA) — Restrictions on worshipers at the Temple Mount remained in place as the annual Jerusalem march took place across the city.
Some 70,000 people from around the world participated in the march Tuesday, which ended without incident following some recent violent clashes in the city.
The parade route, which began at Ammunition Hill, went to Mount Scopus before passing several eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods on the way to Sacher Park. From there the parade marched through downtown Jerusalem during the afternoon.
Marchers passed the eastern Jerusalem city of Silwan surrounded by police and border guard forces.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said during the march that he did not believe the recent violence in the city would spark a third intifada, adding that it would be “in no one’s interest.”
“We have to be able to put the violence and provocation aside,” he said. “These are specific events emanating from hubs of violence. We have to find these hubs, isolate them, stop them and move on.”