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2018 Annual Flag Dance March arrives at Damascus Gate entrance to Old City of Jerusalem

Israelis will be allowed to march and dance with their Israeli flags this year on Jerusalem Day following police recommendations and a subsequent decision made Wednesday by Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev.

The minister made the decision following a situational assessment held together with Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai and Jerusalem District Police Commander Superintendent Doron Turgeman.

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The traditional Jerusalem Day Flag March will be allowed to proceed along its annual route, taking the marchers through the Damascus Gate entrance into the Old City of Jerusalem and on to the Western Wall.

“We thank the police who began preparations for the parade to take place along its traditional route…as has been the custom for the past few decades,” march organizers said.

One year ago, Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization fired long-range missiles at Israelis on May 10, the day they were to march down Jerusalem’s main street, launching the 11-day war the IDF later called “Operation Guardian of the Walls.”

The march that was to take place that day was rerouted by Israeli police at the last minute, and then cancelled altogether.

The 2021 Jerusalem Flag March was later rescheduled for June 15 but did not follow its traditional route.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.