Some 70,000 people attended the annual «Jerusalem March», which was held under heavy security following the recent Arab riots in the capital.
The march began on Tuesday morning with a 12-kilometer route going from Ammunition Hill to Mount Scopus and then passing by many of the east Jerusalem neighborhoods that straddle the Old City before reaching Sacher Park. In the afternoon here was a second parade in the city center.
With some 2,000 police officers deployed throughout the capital, thousands of participants then marched from the park, near the Nahlaot neighborhood, to the Carta parking lot, opposite the Old City’s Jaffa Gate.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat spoke at the march, saying that he did not believe the clashes in the eastern suburbs of the city between young Arab rioters and Israeli security forces would turn into a Third Intifada.
Barkat thanked those who participated in the march and expressed hope that «provocations» in the city would be cast aside. He added that any disquiet in the suburbs of Jerusalem would be dealt with on a local level, asserting that violence in the holy city was «not in the best interests of Israel or the Palestinians».
«The entire Muslim population [of Jerusalem] was able to observe Ramadan in peace last month», said Barkat. «Now the Muslims must allow the Jews to celebrate their own holidays», he concluded, echoing sentiments communicated on Monday by Jerusalem police chief Cmdr. Aharon Franco.
Source: Jerusalem Post
The Jerusalem March is an annual event during the celebration of Sukkot in Jerusalem. The Jewish people have guests in the Parade, Christian supporters of Israel from all over the World.
That 70.000 people held a peaceful parade for a united Jerusalem, puts to shame some hundred Islamic hooligans, who wants to see the capital of Israel flair up into riots and violence.
I was in the parade yesterday. I saw Orthodox Jews welcome Christian supporters of Israel and the Jewish people with a smile and a handshake. Israel has experienced that Evangelical Christians are the best friends the Jews have in this world. Such Christians will soon be the only people outside Israel, that is willing to stand with the Jewish people in their time of trouble.