The Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) is pushing Israel’s government to cancel a twice-postponed march in celebration of Jerusalem Day. The PLO threatened on Sunday an “explosion” if the march takes place on Tuesday as planned.
The Daily Wire reports:
The march was previously scheduled to take place Thursday last week but was canceled by the Israeli government at the urging of the Israeli police. Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai said that the march should be canceled after Hamas, a terror group located in the Gaza strip, threatened violence if the march took place.
Israeli lawmaker Itamar Ben Gvir, head of the right-wing Otzma Yehudit party, called for Israel’s police chief to resign on Thursday over his handling of a canceled Jerusalem Day march. The Israeli lawmaker said that by postponing the march, Israel was allowing Hamas to have undue influence over Israeli policy.
Shabtai accused Ben Gvir, a member of the Knesset, of threatening to harm “public order” after the lawmaker pledged to lead the Flag March through Jerusalem’s Old City whether the government approved or not.
“Ben Gvir’s intended march is almost certain to cause serious harm to public order, to the point of harming national security,” Shabtai said last week. The Israeli government agreed to move the Flag March’s date to June 15.
The acts of aggression from the PLO come after a Sunday vote which ousted 12-year incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and after weeks-long attacks from the Gaza Strip toward Israel, killing many citizens.