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Netanyahu's Office a Big Funder of Controversial Jerusalem Day Flag March

The Prime Minister's Office, city hall and an American NGO provide funds for the parade that passes through the Old City's Muslim Quarter, financial reports show.The Prime Minister’s Office, the Jerusalem municipality and a U.S. nonprofit group fund the controversial flag march that forms a major part of Jerusalem Day, according to the financial reports of Am Kalavi, an Israeli nonprofit group that organizes the annual parade.
The marchers are due to pass through the Muslim Quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City on Sunday – a route that the Supreme Court has allowed. Am Kalavi’s annual reports state that the group’s main activity is the flag march.
According to those documents, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office provided in 2014 funds accounting for almost half of Am Kalavi’s budget, 49,500 shekels ($12,860). In 2014 the Jerusalem municipality, through a subsidiary, provided 15,500 shekels, a number that was as high as 97,000 shekels in 2012.

One of the documents included in Israeli nonprofit group Am Kalavi’s annual financial report.Screenshot / Am Kalavi
Other contributors to Am Kalavi have been Amana, an organization that works to establish settlements and outposts. It gave 380,000 shekels in 2013, while the U.S.-based Central Fund of Israel gave 34,000 shekels in 2014 and 24,000 shekels in 2012.
American contributors to Central Fund of Israel are entitled to tax refunds on their contributions.
The Prime Minister's Office and the Jerusalem municipality have yet to respond to Haaretz’s questions on funding they provide for the march.
Am Kalavi was established in 1986 to “act in the public, political and cultural sphere for the revival of the Jewish people in their land, based on the Torah and national-religious Zionism.”
On Jerusalem Day, Israel celebrates the reunification of the city following the 1967 Six-Day War, when Jordanian-controlled East Jerusalem fell under Israeli control.
Each year thousands of religious Zionists carry Israeli flags through the Muslim Quarter; in previous years they have shouted slogans such as “Death to Arabs.” This year’s event will be particularly tense because the first night of Ramadan is expected to fall on the same day.

Uri Blau
Haaretz Correspondent

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The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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