The Minister of Internal Security in the new government of Naftali Bennett approved the so-called “flags march” for settlers in Jerusalem, despite the warnings of the Palestinian resistance and foreign forces, and the call for a general mobilization.
Al-Jazeera correspondent reported that the decision of the Minister of Internal Security came after consultations with the leadership of the police, army and intelligence, so that the march would remain on schedule tomorrow, Tuesday, which would reach Bab al-Amoud, which will be closed to the Palestinians.
A month ago, the previous government of Benjamin Netanyahu changed the course of this march, which the Palestinians consider provocative, in which Israeli extremists celebrate the anniversary of the occupation of Jerusalem and its annexation to Israeli sovereignty.
For its part, the United Nations warned of the fragility of the ceasefire agreement that was reached between the Palestinians and Israelis at dawn on May 21, calling for restraint.
Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the United Nations, commented on the march by emphasizing the need for the parties to refrain from provocations, warning that the current cessation of hostilities between Israel and Gaza is fragile, and “so we are trying to do what we can to strengthen it.”
Palestinian Foreign Ministry warnings
The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs warned against the consequences of the settlers’ organization of the march and its dangers to the efforts made to establish the truce and stop the aggression.
The statement added that the new Israeli government is in a real test before the world regarding its position on the Palestinian issue and the rights of the Palestinian people.
After canceling the march for the first time on the tenth of last May, and again last Thursday, the outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to allow it to be organized before yesterday’s vote, according to a specific agreement between the police and the organizers, and Netanyahu’s insistence on organizing the march caused him to be accused by his opponents of inflaming The situation and the “scorched earth” policy.
The march is scheduled to include a dance with Israeli flags at Bab al-Amud Square, one of the gates to the Old City of Jerusalem.
For its part, the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) called for Nafir and Rabat in Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City of occupied Jerusalem, to miss the opportunity for settlers to organize the flags march.
In a statement, the movement called on the people of Jerusalem to confront the occupation’s attempts to impose its will and change the landmarks of the city of Jerusalem, and called for Tuesday to be a day of mobilization and bonding at Al-Aqsa Mosque, and a day of anger and defiance of the occupation.
The Islamic Jihad movement also called on the Palestinians to station themselves in the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the general mobilization in all Palestinian areas and within the Green Line in order to confront what it described as a dangerous escalation that affects the holiest of sanctities and an aggression targeting Arabs and Muslims.
Islamic Jihad accused the occupation government of seeking to implement settlement and Judaization schemes, imposing its control over Jerusalem, and carrying out more crimes and ethnic cleansing against Jerusalemites.
For its part, the Palestinian National Liberation Movement (Fatah) called on the Palestinian people to confront the march, and said in a statement that “the city of Jerusalem is a red line, and the Palestinian people have a solid will and determination to resist the occupation and thwart its colonial plans.”
“We call on our Palestinian people, and the movement’s cadres, to confront the settlers’ march in Jerusalem, on Tuesday, and stand united in defense of Islamic and Christian holy sites,” she added.
In turn, the Abu Ali Mustafa Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, said in a statement, “The continuous attempts of provocation by the enemy leaders and herds of settlers are playing with fire, and a dangerous transgression that cannot be tolerated. The march of flags, or other provocative manifestations.
And she added in her statement, “We will only say that you have a lesson in the battle of Saif al-Quds, so consider before it is too late,” in reference to the armed confrontation that took place recently, in which armed factions launched a barrage of missiles at Israel.
Palestinian activists called on social networks to gather in Bab al-Amud in conjunction with the provocative march.
Palestinian officials and parties had warned of the consequences of allowing this march, blaming the Israeli government for its repercussions.
In this context, the Palestinian Muslim Scholars Association called for a public mobilization in the Old City of the occupied city of Jerusalem, and the association said – in a statement – “We call on our people in Jerusalem and the Palestinian interior to public mobilization and presence in the Old City to protect it from the blatant aggression that this march constitutes and to confront it with all Energy”.
She added that the responsibility for the practical field defense of Jerusalem and its sanctities in the face of this march falls on the shoulders of all Muslims in the countries of the earth, along with the Jerusalemites and the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, the Palestinians of the interior and everyone who has access to it.
She added that the insistence of the extremist settlers to establish a march of hatred and racism at this particular time, carries political goals that the Zionist government seeks to achieve, especially with regard to forming the new government of the occupation.
In turn, Al-Azhar Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb said that the Israeli authorities’ insistence on organizing a “flags march” around Al-Aqsa Mosque is a new provocation, calling on Arabs and Muslims to confront it.
The Sheikh of Al-Azhar – in statements reported by Egyptian media – considered the march as an attempt to win cheap political propaganda led by the extremist terrorist right, at the expense of the blood and rights of peaceful Palestinians.