Israel’s security forces in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza border region will be on high alert this week for a number of reasons. One of these reasons is Nakba Day, which falls on Tuesday. The IDF has instructed soldiers to shoot to eliminate if they feel threatened by Palestinians who are participating in violent Nakba Day demonstrations.
IDF soldiers near the Gaza border (archive) Photo Credit: Kobi Richter/TPS
Amid the rising tensions with Iran and the expected Nakba Day violence later this week, the IDF has sent reinforcements to the West Bank and Gaza border area. However, the Nakba Day demonstrations are not the only events this week that have Israel’s security forces on high alert.
This afternoon, the Jerusalem Day traditional flag march will be held. The march’s route passes through the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, where clashes with the local Arab population could take place. More than 20,000 people are expected to take part in this year’s festive march, which marks 70 years of Israel’s independence. Over 1,700 police officers will be on patrol in the area to ensure the safety of the participants.
Earlier today, right-wing activists were removed from the Temple Mount after they entered the Al-Aqsa Mosque, sparking clashes with the Waqf officials at the site. Israel Border Police officers had to separate the sides to prevent the incident from escalating any further.
Tomorrow, the world will be watching as the United States moves its embassy to Jerusalem. The ceremony will begin at 4:00 PM, just as Muslims are called to mosques for prayers. According to reports, the Jerusalem District Police is trying to limit the volume of the muezzin calls so that they are not heard during the celebratory opening ceremony.
On Tuesday, Palestinians in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza will mark Nakba Day with various demonstrations and marches, which could easily turn violent. Ahead of the expected violence, the IDF has instructed soldiers to open fire and shot to eliminate any person who presents a threat.