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Large police and military police forces were deployed across the Jarusalem on Sunday, in preparation for possible confrontations between East Jerusalem residents and right-wing marchers who try to provoke Palestinians as they did it last year, Israeli paper Haaretz reported.
Last year, the so-called Flag March attracted tens of thousands, who marched through Arab neighborhoods chanting slogans such as "death to Arabs."
According to the report, police forces have been deployed all along the march's planned route, with security forces also positioned near the Western Wall and near shopping centers and populated areas. The police initially declined to approve the requested route in East Jerusalem, but eventually bowed to political pressure.
Earlier Sunday, racist National Union MKs Uri Ariel and Michael Ben-Ari arrived at the Temple Mount accompanied by a group of about 20 right-wing activists to conduct a tour of the site, Haaretz reported. During the tour, four or five of the activists, including Ben-Ari himself, kneeled to pray on the Temple Mount.
Palestinians over the weekend expressed fear that Jerusalem Day celebrations would turn violent as thousands of Israelis are set to march in various parts of the city, the Jarusalem Post reported.
According to the report, the Palestinian Authority mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein, warned against attacks on Palestinians, especially in the Old City. He also voiced concern that Jews would try to storm their way into the Temple Mount during Sunday’s celebrations. The mufti said that the Israeli authorities would be held fully responsible for clashes that could erupt between Palestinians and Israelis during the “provocative” marches.Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Mayıs 2012, 13:21