Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Walk in Jerusalem brings together more than 40 000 people

Fifteen people were arrested and three were slightly wounded during a march in East Jerusalem to commemorate the 44th anniversary of the "reunification" of the city in the Six Day War. The march, which marks the anniversary of the capture of the eastern part of the city by Israel in 1967, brought more than 40 000 people, according to the police, who had to intervene at various points along the route to disperse violent clashes between Palestinians and Israelis.

Most of those arrested were Palestinians, although two are Israeli left wing activists, while the injured were two Israelis and a Palestinian stone throwing, police spokesman Mickey Rosenfeld. The incident occurred during what is known as the "parade of flags" in which participants carry flags of Israel in various sizes and chanted patriotic songs of exaltation.

"Today is Jerusalem Day, is very important because it states that this city is ours, we fight for it, are liberated from the Arabs and it is our capital," said Talin Sirado, a 16-year-old Israeli city of Petah Tikva, near Tel Aviv, which annually goes to the parade. On this occasion, the starting point of the tour was the Palestinian neighborhood of Sheikh Yarraj, constant focus of fighting for the controversial expulsion of Palestinian families, many of whom have been in the street.

The Palestinian inhabitants from their homes watching the turmoil caused by thousands of young Jews singing and dancing under the watchful gaze of troops of different security forces, an act regarded by locals as a "provocation." A few feet next to a mosque, a pop band entertained the hopes of thousands of teenagers who prayed and danced to the music while waiting their turn to go.

Ahmad Abu Hasan, representing the families of Palestinian prisoners in Jerusalem, peered silently from a nearby Palestinian clinic to the young crowd in the middle of nationalist fervor. "This is a real occupation of our lands. Jerusalem is not only of Israel, here too there are mosques and churches, they want us out of the land of our fathers and grandfathers," he lamented.

From that point, the participants marched towards the old walled city, to finish in the Western Wall. In the morning, hundreds of people participated in another procession organized by the Faithful Movement Temple Mount and Land of Israel, right-wing organization, which also concluded the holiest shrine in Judaism.

Israeli President Shimon Peres said that Jerusalem will see peace in our time "and that after" reunify "in 1967 Israel restored to her freedom of belief and worship, despite the persistence of" differences "and" conflict " . Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, recently reiterated in a speech to the U.S.

Congress that the city will not be divided and will remain under Israeli control, shattering one of the main Palestinian claims to see the eastern part of the city as capital of their future state. The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest issues of the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis, since Israel occupied the eastern part of 44 years since the eighties and annexed the territory occupied by considering the capital city as its "eternal and indivisible".

The international community does not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and all countries maintain their embassies in Tel Aviv. The eastern part of Jerusalem including the Old City, home to some of the holiest places in Judaism, Christianity and Islam: the Western Wall, the Temple Mount and the Holy Sepulchre.

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