Chanting nationalists gather at Safra Square ahead of Old City march

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Hundreds of nationalist protesters are gathered at Jerusalem’s Safra Square, awaiting the expected arrival of right-wing MK Itamar Ben Gvir and the start of Wednesday’s controversial Flag March through the Old City.

Singing nationalist songs, distributing and waving flags, protesters chant “Bibi is King,” referring to Benjamin Netanyahu, “Abbas is with Hamas,” seemingly referring to Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas, and “we need a prime minister like Ben Gvir.”

Israelis wave flags outside Jerusalem’s Old City on April 20, 2022. (Carrie Keller-Lynn/Times of Israel)

Despite tensions and warnings that the march could spark another war, few police are seen.

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