[News] Jewish mobs attack Palestinians during Jerusalem rampage

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Jewish mobs attack Palestinians during Jerusalem rampage

Tamara Nassar <https://electronicintifada.net/people/tamara-nassar> - 30
May 2022
[image: Crowd of Israeli flag-carriers marches, some raise their middle

Israeli Jewish extremists marching through the Old City of Jerusalem to
celebrate its occupation and colonization, on 29 May 2022.
ZUMA Press Wire

Tens of thousands of Israeli Jewish ultranationalists marched through
Jerusalem on Sunday to demonstrate their hatred towards Palestinians and
assert dominance over the militarily occupied city.

Many attacked Palestinians and chanted for genocide.

This was part of the annual “March of the Flags” on Jerusalem Day
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/jerusalem-day>, a holiday invented by
Israel to celebrate its occupation and colonization of the city in 1967.

Over 2,600 extremists entered the al-Aqsa mosque compound on Sunday, an
unprecedented number, according
<https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-707948> to Israeli media.
A large crowd also gathered at the iconic Damascus Gate to Jerusalem’s Old
City, waving the flags of Israel and the anti-Palestinian Jewish
nationalist group Lehava: Israeli Jews began their provocations early in
the day. Reporters noted
<https://twitter.com/nirhasson/status/1530880356018278400> that they were
more violent and confrontational on Sunday than in previous years.

Footage shared by *Haaretz* journalist Nir Hasson shows Israelis throwing a
chair and other objects at Palestinians, who throw objects back:
Another widely shared video shows an Israeli youth pulling out pepper spray
and using it on a Palestinian woman at close range: Many in the mob chanted
“death to the Arabs,” “May your village burn,” and “Muhammad is dead” – a
denigrating reference to the prophet. These are common chants
<https://twitter.com/nirhasson/status/1531018019887009796> heard year after
year. Israeli Jews can even be heard chanting “Muhammad is dead” while
paramedics carry a wounded Palestinian on a stretcher through a narrow
street in the Old City. It is noticeable that all the shops, typically
owned by Palestinians, are closed – unable to do business because of the
invasion. Another video shows a mob, which appears to include children,
chanting “A Jew is a soul, an Arab is a son of a whore.” In this clip, one
of the Jewish extremists, laughing and clapping, tells journalists “there
is no Shireen, Shireen is dead.” This is a reference to the killing
of Al Jazeera reporter Shireen Abu Akleh by all indications
at the hands of an Israeli soldier earlier this month.

Ateret Cohanim <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/ateret-cohanim> – a
settler group heavily involved in the ethnic cleansing of the Sheikh Jarrah
neighborhood – set up a free food stand in the Old City.
Other videos show flags of Lehava
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/lehava>, a Jewish extremist group
whose focus is preventing mixing
of Jews and non-Jews. Lehava and its ultra-radicalized youth are a regular
at Israel’s frequent “death to the Arabs” marches.

In this video, a Jewish extremist brandishes a handgun at a group of
Palestinians, which included journalists, near Damascus Gate. Another
marcher pepper sprays a Palestinian woman in the face for no apparent
Resistance restraint

Backed by current and former Israeli political leaders and under the
protection of the Israeli police, Jewish extremists took a deliberately
provocative route through the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, as they have
done in previous years, ending the march at the Western Wall.
The march was larger than in previous years but like earlier occasions, it
included <https://twitter.com/nirhasson/status/1530948415055609859> many
children. An estimated 25,000 people participated
<https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-707948>, far exceeding the
16,000 limit supposedly imposed
by Israeli police.

The march is intended to demonstrate Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem,
after Palestinian resistance groups last year launched a major military
operation from Gaza, the first specifically intended to respond to Israeli
aggression in the city.
In response to Israel’s refusal to end its ethnic cleansing and other
attacks in Jerusalem, Hamas fired rockets
toward the city on 10 May 2021, when that year’s “March of the Flags” was
originally scheduled, but quickly had to be canceled.

This was viewed as a significant defeat for Israel, which responded by
intensely bombarding Gaza for 11 days
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/may-2021-attack-gaza>, killing more
than 250 Palestinians.

The march did eventually go ahead
last June, but the police did not approve a route through the Muslim

In spite of warnings this year by Hamas that Israel’s constant provocations
in Jerusalem could escalate into a full-scale war, Israeli authorities
allowed the march, fully aware of the possible consequences.

No rockets were fired from Gaza on Sunday, in what can be interpreted as an
effort by resistance groups to avoid a full-blown war.

Nonetheless, starting early in the day Jewish nationalists roamed through
the Old City and the al-Aqsa mosque compound under heavy police protection,
waving flags and chanting.

A number of former and current Israeli leaders joined in provocations on
Sunday, including former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and extreme
right-wing Israeli lawmaker Itamar Ben-Gvir
“Us or them”

The annual march generally draws the most openly racist and fanatical
segments of Israeli society, but the settler-colonial attitudes they
represent are widely shared.

An exchange between a hairdresser and her client on Sunday reported
<https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/article-707971> in *The Jerusalem Post*
reflects the casual genocidal racism prevalent in Israeli society.

“But, you know, Corona wasn’t the real virus here. You know what the real
virus is? Arabs,” the hairdresser reportedly said.

“You know, I think that the police would come after me if they knew what I
was thinking.”

“They are a virus and they need to be rounded up and put in extermination
camps,” the stylist added. “There’s no way that we’re going to be able to
live together. It’s us or them.”
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