Clashes in Jerusalem as Israelis march in Old City to mark ‘Jerusalem Day’
JERUSALEM – Israeli police say clashes between Israelis and Palestinians have erupted in several Jerusalem neighbourhoods as Israel marks its annual “Jerusalem Day” holiday.
The holiday commemorates Israel’s capture of Jerusalem’s Old City in the 1967 Mideast war. The Old City is home to Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy sites, and nationalistic Israelis mark the day by marching through Arab areas of the Old City.
Police say two officers were injured by stones thrown Arab protesters.
Thousands of people waving Israeli flags marched through the Old City’s Muslim Quarter and made their way to the Western Wall, the holiest Jewish prayer site.
Israel annexed east Jerusalem and the Old City after the 1967 war, but the annexation has not been recognized internationally. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as their capital.
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