Israeli Forces Clash With Palestinian Demonstrators in West Bank After Flag March on Jerusalem Day

Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli forces on May 29 in the West Bank following demonstrations to denounce the annual nationalist ‘flag march’ through Jerusalem.

Almost 70,000 Jewish nationalists marched around Jerusalem’s Old City as part of the event with some chanting racist slogans and clashing with Palestinians and police, according to the Times of Israel.

Media citing the Palestinian Red Crescent reported 137 Palestinians were injured by Israeli armed forces as they clashed with authorities in Ramallah, Nablus, Tulkarem, Hebron and Jericho.

The flag march is seen as highly provocative by Palestinians, as the event celebrates Israel’s capture of East Jerusalem in the 1967 war. Israel regards the whole of Jerusalem as its capital, something rejected by most countries and the Palestinians.

Masoud Mohammed filmed a video that shows protesters with Palestinian flags burning tires before being chased by Israeli forces in Ramallah. Mohammed told Storyful that Israeli forces fired tear gas canisters towards the protesters. Credit: Masoud Mohammed via Storyful