As traditional Flag March began at Shimon HaTzaddik neighborhood, Carlebach tunes were deployed against Arabic chants.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 6/1/2011, 9:04 PM / Last Update: 6/1/2011, 9:40 PM
The traditional Jerusalem Day Flag March set out at Shimon HaTzaddik neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem Wednesday afternoon, and was met by leftist and Arab chants, in Hebrew and Arabic. A large group of nationalist youths spontaneously decided to face their opponents and drowned out their calls with joyous singing.
The first song used as “crowd control” was Zochreni Na – a song based on Samson’s cry to G-d (Judges 16:28) to help him avenge himself upon the Philistines just before he brought down the building in which he was being held, killing himself and his captors. The tune was composed by Dov Shurin.
The second was the well-known Am Yisrael Chai, The Nation of Israel Lives, as sung by Rav Shlomo Carlebach.
MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) was involved in a verbal confrontation with the leftists and Arabs. As the argument became heated, police arrested two of the leftists.