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Itamar Ben Gvir on way to Damascus Gate

Far-right lawmaker Itamar Ben Gvir is reportedly on his way to the Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City to protest the decision to bar him from marching from the site to the Temple Mount.

Yesterday, police barred the Religious Zionism MK from a planned march Thursday with the Israeli flag through the Muslim Quarter of the Old City, and a visit to the Temple Mount, amid fears he could reignite violence in the city and beyond.

The Knesset Guard informed Ben Gvir that Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai had decided to prevent his visit, intended to protest the postponement of a flag march through the city by nationalist Jewish groups and a refusal to let them march through the Damascus Gate and Muslim Quarter.

Religious Zionism MK Itamar Ben Gvir is blocked by Israel Police as he tries to go up to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem’s Old City, June 8, 2021. (Olivier Fitoussi/FLASH90)

Ben Gvir tells Channel 12 news that he will not attempt to enter the Old City.

“I’ll go to the Damascus Gate but no further today. I won’t confront the police,” he says.

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