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Amid rising Jerusalem Day tensions, Jewish nationalists wave Israeli flags on Temple Mount

Jewish religious nationalists wave the Israeli flag on the Temple Mount, May 29, 2022 (Screen grab)
Jewish religious nationalists wave the Israeli flag on the Temple Mount, May 29, 2022 (Screen grab)

Jewish religious nationalists wave the Israeli flag during a morning visit at the flashpoint Temple Mount site as tensions run high in advance of the Jerusalem Day procession.

The Hamas terror group has previously signaled that waving of the Israeli flag at the holy site, which Muslims revere as the Al-Aqsa Mosque, could trigger a violent response.

“The resistance will take down those flags with their rockets, if Al-Aqsa’s defenders [in Jerusalem] do not do so with their feet,” Hamas official Mushir al-Masri said earlier this week.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque is Islam’s third-holiest site and the holiest site for Jews as the site of both Biblical temples. Under the fragile status quo, non-Muslims may visit the compound but not pray there.

Palestinians currently at the sanctuary chant slogans at the Jewish visitors.

“With spirit and blood we’ll sacrifice for you, O Aqsa,” some yell.

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