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הציונות הלכה לאיבוד – אם תרצו הינה תנועה שרוצה להחזיר את הציונות למרכז. לדבר עברית, להניף את הדגל, לשיר את ההמנון, להסתובב כחול לבן בירושלים, בלי בושה. לדעת ולהרגיש שארץ ישראל היא הבית שלנו. המהפכה הציונית השניה, מחזירים את הציונות למרכז!

There is a lot of confusion and misinformation surrounding the Jerusalem Flag March that was set to be take place on Thursday, so we, as one of the organizers, wanted to explain where it currently stands and why we believe it is critical that it be allowed to take place.

*      The moment the initial Jerusalem Flag March on Jerusalem Day (May 10) was cancelled due to Hamas rockets, we began plans to reschedule the march with other groups like Bnei Akiva, the Ezra Youth Movement, and the Binyamin and Gush Etzion regional councils.

*      We view this march, which celebrates the reunification of Jerusalem, as an important ideological and educational event. Given this, it was agreed upon by all the organizers that the march would feature no speeches or political banners of any kind – just Israeli flags.

*      The rescheduled date of the march was decided upon due to many considerations, notably that schools and educational programs like pre-military academies will soon be ending, which would leave us with no organized way to bring students to the march.

*      The march was coordinated from the outset with the police. We publicized the event only after we received authorization from the police. If they would’ve initially requested to postpone the event, we would have of course agreed. It was only in light of the threats from Hamas that the police subsequently decided to cancel the event.

*      Last night (Tuesday), the security cabinet decided to allow the march to take place on this upcoming Tuesday; however, the march is still subject to the authorization of the police.

*      It is unknown at this time if the police will approve the regular route that has been used by the marches for the past 30 years, which includes going through the Damascus Gate and the Muslim Quarter of the Old City.

As this event celebrates the liberation and reunification of Jerusalem, we believe it is crucial that it be allowed to proceed in its regular route and that surrendering to Hamas’ demands by barring Jews from marching in their capital city would be would be a blow to our deterrence and our democracy.

Read the op-ed by our head of external relations and development, Eytan Meir, who explains why allowing the march is the correct thing to do on a national, individual and moral level.

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