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  5/6/2012, Iyar 14, 5772

Flagdance Organizer: Police Splitting Jerusalem


Shirel Bleicher, one of the organizers of the traditional Jerusalem Day Flagdance (Rikudegalim) march into the capital's Old City, said, Sunday, that organizers are considering turning the event into a protest at the police department's nearby national headquarters if they can't overturn the decision by the police to limit the parade's entrance into the Old City to the Jaffa Gate. The police cited disturbances at various spots of last year's event.

Interviewed by Arutz Sheva's Hebrew service, Bleicher said, "By virtue of the precedent-setting decision, the police have effectively decided to divide Jerusalem." He said negotiations are continuing. If they fail, he said organizers would consider petitioning the Supreme Court to overturn the decision, in addition to holding the protest at the police headquarters. He noted that about 100,000 people take part in the event and the number is growing. The Flagdance march is more than 30 years old.