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Lapid slams planned far-right march in Jerusalem Old City

Jeremy Sharon is The Times of Israel’s legal affairs and settlements reporter

Long time Kahanist political operative Baruch Marzel speaks at the launch of the far-right 'Otzma Yehudit' party campaign, ahead of the Israeli elections, in Jerusalem on February 15, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90/ File)
Long time Kahanist political operative Baruch Marzel speaks at the launch of the far-right 'Otzma Yehudit' party campaign, ahead of the Israeli elections, in Jerusalem on February 15, 2020. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90/ File)

Opposition Leader Yair Lapid slams the planned far-right march scheduled to take place tonight through the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, and says it should be canceled.

“The march in Jerusalem this evening is a blatant Kahanist attempt to set ablaze additional fronts and cause more death and destruction,” says Lapid in a post on X, referring to the followers of the late Jewish extremist Meir Kahane.

“As prime minister, I approved marches in Jerusalem but not violent provocations,” he continues and alleges that the cabinet is dysfunctional for not banning the march.

The march is being organized by two ultranationalist groups, one of which is explicitly a Kahanist movement led by longtime far-right political figure Baruch Marzel, and will call for “full Jewish control” on the Temple Mount and for the authority of the Jordanian Waqf which administers the Temple Mount to be revoked.

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