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What is Israel’s ‘Flag March’ and why is it controversial?

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Each year, thousands of Israeli nationalists participate in a controversial Flag March, waving Israeli flags, singing nationalist songs, and in some cases, chanting anti-Arab slogans, as they pass through Palestinian neighbourhoods. Israeli authorities on Wednesday gave the go-ahead for flag-waving Jewish nationalists to march through the heart of the mainly Palestinian thoroughfare in Jerusalem’s Old City on 29 May, in a decision that threatens to re-ignite violence in the holy city. What is flag day and why is it important?Flag Day is meant to celebrate Israel’s capture of Palestinian East J…

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