Right-wing Israelis enter Al-Aqsa Sanctuary after ‘Jerusalem Day’ violence

June 7, 2016 /

On Sunday, an Israeli court denied a petition to ban the ‘Jerusalem Day’ march from taking place in the Muslim Quarter in the occupied East Jerusalem. Hundreds of right-wing Israelis entered the Al-Aqsa Sanctuary, while thousands gathered around the Western Wall.

Settlers were protected by heavily armed Israeli police creating inevitable hostility on the ground.  Israelis marched down the Old City with Israeli flags chanting nationalist slogans causing violence and disruption for worshippers, shop owners and locals.

‘Jerusalem Day’ is an Israeli national holiday that celebrates the ‘reunification’ of Jerusalem and the beginning of Israel’s control over the Old City in the aftermath of the Six-Day War in June 1967. Many Israelis proudly celebrate this day despite condemnation by the international community on Israel’s illegal occupation in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Israel’s annexation over the area is illegal under international law.