As a measure of ensuring safety amidst marchers, the organizers of the Jerusalem Day flag march on Tuesday announced that attendance would be limited at specific points.
The march which is scheduled to take place this coming Sunday will see limited attendance at a few touchpoints at Damascus Gate and at the Western Wall, where the parade is slated to end. Attendance at the Western Wall will be limited to 16,000 participants.
Israeli authorities have begun restricting entries to mass gatherings after a stampede in Mount Meron during the Jewish festival of Lag Ba’Omer killed 45 people last year.
“Following restrictions on the number of people at the Western Wall, 8,000 marchers will proceed to the Western Wall through the Nablus Gate, and another 8,000 will march through the Jaffa Gate,” organizers said, according to Israel’s Channel 13. “For the remaining tens of thousands, a massive dance will be held near the Jaffa Gate.”
“Out of responsibility for the participants’ safety and security, changes were decided to ensure the dancers’ safe return, in accordance with a request from the Israel Police,” the organizers said.
As it stands, opponents of the flag march see the route through the Old City’s Muslim Quarter as a provocation, with supporters seeing it as an expression of Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem.