Israel defends decision to hold march marked by racism and violence
The Independent says Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett has defended the decision to hold an annual march which celebrates his country’s takeover of east Jerusalem after this year’s proceedings were marked by violence and anti-Palestinian racism.
Thousands of police officers forcibly cleared out Palestinians from the centre of Jerusalem’s Old City to ensure that tens of thousands of mostly ultra-nationalist Israelis could parade through the streets. Chants of “death to Arabs” could be heard among some attendees.
The march was allowed to proceed on its traditional route through the heart of the Old City’s Muslim Quarter. During the march, Palestinians and journalists were attacked.
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