Almost 100,000 ultranationalists waving Israeli flags and chanting “death to Arabs” assaulted Palestinians damaging their property in the Muslim quarter of Jerusalem and stormed the Al-Aqsa Masjid under the protection of Israeli forces on Sunday 29 May 2022.
The flag march is meant to celebrate the occupation and subsequent annexation of East Jerusalem in 1967, a move that has not been recognised by the international community and is considered an attempt to change the status quo of al-Haram al-Sharif where Jewish prayers are prohibited.
Palestinian PM Mohammad Shtayyeh warned, “Israel yesterday has crossed all red lines and international treaties with its repeated aggression against Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem. It attempts to impose a reality that doesn’t align with the historical status quo of Al-Aqsa mosque.”
In order to facilitate the flag march by ultranationalists, the Israeli authorities arrested hundreds of Palestinians across occupied East Jerusalem and the occupied West Bank a day earlier and preventing protests and resistance against provocation by settlers resulting in more than 200 Palestinians injured from heavy tear gas inhalation, beatings and shots from live rounds, as well as rubber-coated steel bullets.
The march was spearheaded by right wing extremist organisations La Familia and Lehava who have a long track record of terrorising the Palestinian population in West Bank under the protection of Israeli military and police.
Israel has been advancing its illegal settlement project on occupied Palestinian lands since their occupation in 1967 where these fortified, Jewish-only housing complexes are built on Palestinian land in violation of international law and several UN resolutions.