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Meretz MK: Planned Flag March route is ‘provocation’ that could lead to escalation

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

Meretz MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi arrives for an interview at the Channel 12 news studio in Neve Ilan on May 19, 2022.  (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Meretz MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi arrives for an interview at the Channel 12 news studio in Neve Ilan on May 19, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Meretz MK Ghaida Rinawie Zoabi, who a little over a week ago gave the coalition whiplash with her surprise resignation and rapid return to the political alliance, calls today’s planned Flag March through the Jerusalem Old City’s Muslim Quarter a “provocation” that could lead to “escalation” of the tense security situation surrounding the capital over the past months.

“The Flag March in Jerusalem, with its current course, is a provocation to the feelings of Muslims, and it could lead to an escalation that we do not need,” writes Rinawie Zoabi in an Arabic-language Twitter message.

“Al-Aqsa is a sacred right of the Arab and Islamic nation, and on this basis this issue should be addressed,” she adds.

Israeli officials have repeatedly tried to dispel false rumors that the planned parade route includes the Temple Mount site.

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