J'lem Day: Jewish march reaches Old City's Damascus Gate

May 20, 2012 18:44

The annual Jerusalem Day Dance of the Flags march to the Old City encountered a group of Palestinians and left-wing activists demonstrating against the Israeli holiday on Sunday, raising tensions during an event that has seen clashes in the past.

Several police officers mounted on horses road through the crowd of at least 100 Palestinian protesters as hundreds if Jewish men poured down the hill towards the Damascus Gate, a portal to the Old City at the Muslim Quarter. Some of the men chanted "the nation of Israel lives," and "revenge against Palestine." Hundreds of police officers stood nearby, expecting an escalation in tensions as the two sides met.

A small group of left-wing activists stood near the Palestinian activists, holding signs which read "Jerusalem Day, not my holiday."

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