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Tensions, clashes as Israel marks 50th Jerusalem Day

Israeli Jews in Jerusalem, May 24, 2017

Clashes erupted on Wednesday between Israeli security forces and demonstrators as thousands of Israelis marched through Jerusalem's Old City to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the city's reunification.

Left-wing Jewish protesters were forcibly removed from near the city's Damascus Gate as they attempted to block the procession.

While Jerusalem Day is a holiday in Israel, Palestinians call it the Naksa, or “setback.”

Israel Police

The annual march passes through the Muslim quarter of the Old City before arriving at the Western Wall, which is directly below the Temple Mount compound.

In 2016, two Jewish minors were arrested for shouting racist comments during the march.

In 2015, four Israeli policemen were lightly injured when clashes broke out between Israeli Jews and Palestinians during the march. Amid the tensions, the US Consulate General of Jerusalem issued a security message suggesting US citizens not visit the capital during Jerusalem Day.


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