Israeli Officials Criticize Nationalists After Chaos on Jerusalem Day

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    The Facts

    • On Mon., senior Israeli officials, including Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev, called for right-wing nationalist organizations Lehava and La Familia to be declared terrorist organizations.

    • This comes a day after thousands of Israelis marched through Jerusalem, including through the Old City's Muslim Quarter, to mark Jerusalem Day, which celebrates the capture of the Old City and unification of Jerusalem in 1967 - an annexation not recognized internationally.


    The Spin

    Pro-Palestine narrative

    The Israeli flag march, which has become an annual event for Zionist extremists, is a supremacist demonstration aimed at provoking Palestinians and asserting control. Settlers and ultra-nationalists use the day to desecrate Muslim holy sites and attack Palestinian residents; all under the protection of the Israeli police.

    Pro-Israel narrative

    The flag march isn't about provoking Palestinians or stirring hate; it's a longstanding tradition of pilgrimage and a celebration of love for Jerusalem. Just because it has been politicized by a few groups inciting hate - which Israel has condemned and is rightly cracking down on - doesn't mean the whole tradition, which is largely peaceful, should be tainted.

    Nerd narrative

    There's an 8% chance that Israel and Palestine will hold peace talks in 2022, according to the Metaculus prediction community.


    Establishment split

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