- Published on Thursday, 17 May 2012 11:53
On Thursday, 17th May, guards at al-Aqsa mosque said that a group of Jewish settlers, led by an Israeli Minister, entered into the mosque and took a tour of the grounds under the protection of Israeli Special Forces.
From the early hours of the morning, small groups of settlers started to enter into the mosque through al-Maghreb gate.
Israeli police have approved organized groups of settlers to march on Sunday 20th May in what they call the "Flags March". Sunday is the anniversary of the occupation of the eastern part of Jerusalem, which is known in Israel as "Jerusalem Day".
The march will take place on the streets of Jerusalem, starting at al-Sultan Sulaiman Street in east Jerusalem, and then continue through al-Sahera gate (Herod's gate), al-Asbat gate (St. Stephen's Gate), al-Wad Street and finishing at the al-Buraq wall (Wailing Wall).
In the past, similar marches have seen Israelis celebrate "Jerusalem Day" by raising flags in the city. However, the celebrations have often been followed by attacks on Palestinians and their property accompanied by Israeli calls for revenge and death to Palestinians. The perpetrators of these acts have been protected by the Israeli military.