Mayor Barkat says contested Jerusalem Day march in Old City ‘appropriate’

The contested "Flag Parade" traditionally conducted by Jews through the Old City to mark the annual Jerusalem Day holiday will not arouse problems, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said Sunday before the march began.

"Violence isn’t needed to dictate reality, I think the frictions in this city always have existed and always will exist," he told Army Radio.

Barkat told the radio station that the march has been done on the same route for years, and that "at face value, I don’t think that there will be problems."


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