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PHOTOS: Jerusalem Day brings tensions in divided city to the fore

The traditional ‘march of the flags’ on Jerusalem Day, marking the ‘reunification’ of the city under Israeli sovereignty, has more to do with domination over Palestinians than celebration.

Photos and video by Oren Ziv, Keren Manor, Faiz Abu-Rmeleh, Tess Schaflan, Yotam Ronen / Activestills.org
Text by Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man

Jerusalem Day is billed as a celebration of the city’s “reunification” in 1967. In practice, it is a day for Israeli nationalists, draped in flags, dancing in circles, singing and chanting “death to Arabs” as they march through East Jerusalem and the Old City. Many of the Jewish demonstrators are bused in from right-wing yeshivas in Israel and the West Bank.

Palestinian shopkeepers are told to shutter their stalls and stores and Palestinians are cleared from the streets ahead of the march in order to prevent the ultra-nationalist participants from attacking them.

The international community does not recognize Israel’s annexation of East Jerusalem, including the Old City. And although Israel annexed the territory and included it in the municipal boundaries of Jerusalem, its residents were not granted citizenship; they hold permanent residency, which can be revoked for any number of reasons, often at the discretion of the Israeli interior minister.

Israel has revoked the residency 14,416 East Jerusalem Palestinians since it seized control of the territory in the 1967 Six Day War, which rights groups have termed a policy of quiet deportation. In 2014, it revoked the residency of 107 East Jerusalem Palestinians, including 56 women and 12 minors, according to information provided to and published by Hamoked — Center for Defence of the Individual.

Israel youth should slogans outside Jerusalem's old city, as they take part in the flags march, to celebrate 48 years for the occupation of East Jerusalem May 17, 2015.

Israeli youth chant slogans outside Jerusalem’s Old City while marching to celebrate 48 years since the “reunification” of the city, May 17, 2015. Activestills.org

A Palestinian woman stands stand near a police checkpoint outside Jerusalem's old city, during the flags march, May 17, 2015.The march marks 48 years for the occupation of East Jerusalem.

A Palestinian woman stands near a police checkpoint outside Jerusalem’s Old City, during the Jerusalem Day march, May 17, 2015. The march marks 48 years since the “reunification” of the city. Activestills.org

Israel youth walk in Jerusalem's old city, as they take part in the flags march, to celebrate 48 years for the occupation of East Jerusalem May 17, 2015.

Israeli youth march through Jerusalem’s Old City, marking 48 years since the “reunification” of the city, May 17, 2015. Activestills.org

A Palestinian shop owner close his shop inJerusalem's old city, before the flags march, May 17, 2015. The march marks 48 years for the occupation of East Jerusalem.

A Palestinian shop owner closes his shop in Jerusalem’s Old City before Jewish marchers pass by, May 17, 2015. The so-called “flags march” marks 48 years since the “reunification” of Jerusalem. Activestills.org

Israeli policemen arrest as Palestinian youth, outside Jerusalem's old city, as Palestinians protest against the flags march, May 17, 2015. The march marks 48 years for the occupation of East Jerusalem.

Israeli police detain Palestinian protesters outside Jerusalem’s Old City ahead of the “flags march,” May 17, 2015. The march marks 48 years since the “reunification” of Jerusalem. Activestills.org

Left-wing Israelis protest against racism on Jerusalem Day. Jerusalem, May 17, 2015.

Left-wing Israelis protest against racism on Jerusalem Day. Jerusalem, May 17, 2015. Activestills.org

An Israel policeman detains an Israeli youth after he attacked Palestinian journalists outsideJerusalem's old city, during the flags march, marking 48 years for the occupation of East Jerusalem May 17, 2015.

An Israel policeman detains an Israeli youth for attacking Palestinian journalists outside Jerusalem’s old city, May 17, 2015. Activestills.org

An injured border policeman is helped by his friends outside Jerusalem's old city, as Palestinians they protest against the flags march, May 17, 2015.The march marks 48 years for the occupation of East Jerusalem.

An injured border policeman is helped by his friends outside Jerusalem’s Old City, as Jewish marchers celebrate Jerusalem Day, May 17, 2015. The march marks 48 years since the “reunification” of Jerusalem. Activestills.org

 

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    1. Pedro X

      For a different picture of what life is like in Jerusalem read Matti Friedman’s piece from Tablet. He has lived his life in Jerusalem and gives a nuanced view.

      “So how do we see Jerusalem now? Is it a place headed for integration or disintegration? As someone who has lived his entire adult life here—not in a city of big ideas like “redemption” or “peace,” but in the city of supermarkets and kindergartens—and as someone with no plans to leave, I have more than a journalistic interest in the soul of Jerusalem. Talking about ordinary people in Jerusalem often feels like talking about people who work at the zoo: No one comes to see the people. They just block the view of the leopards. But daily life is important, and the social chemistry of a place is important. Since the summer I have been trying to pay closer attention to the real city inside and outside the bubble of my everyday routine. And over the last month I set out across Jerusalem from north to south, wondering what I would find.”

      To find out what he saw and found, read:

      https://tabletmag.atavist.com/jerusalem-spring-2015?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=post&utm_content=jerusalemmattifriedman&utm_campaign=may2015

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      • Ben

        And then read Ativ Tatarsky and be amazed at what Friedman does not see. There are none so blind as those who will not see.

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        • Pedro X

          Ir Amin, for whom Aviv Tatarsky works, is a well known foreign funded anti-Israel organization. Ir Amim received NIS 1,657,274 from foreign governmental bodies in 2014 and between 2008 and 2013 it was awarded grants of $1,353,929 by the left wing New Israel Fund. It continually produces extremely one sided Pro Palestinian Anti Israeli reports, films and tours concerning Jerusalem. David Horowitz, then editor of the Jerusalem Post, wrote in 2009 about a series of films produced by Ir Amin about Jerusalem:

          “Unfortunately the same festival also featured an evening of sequenced short films about Jerusalem – Jerusalem Moments – that contained just about every imaginable one-sided, context-deficient, unbalanced misrepresentation of Israel rolled into one nasty package, precisely the kind of skewed misportrayal so gallingly common to our least fair-minded critics. Jerusalem Moments was produced by Ir Amim.”

          I can say no more than to adopt David Horowitz’s description for Tatarsky’s article which contains an one-sided, context deficient, unbalanced misrepresentation of Israel and Jerusalem rolled into one nasty package.

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    2. Elj

      Yes, Nationalistic flag draped youths but not racist, singing biblical verses, not death to anyone. That’s a flagrant lie. Some Arabs also came with flags and some attacked marchers. The border policemen got injured stopping aggressors from both sides.

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