Israeli police cancel controversial Jerusalem march due to security concerns

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Israeli police did not authorize a bid by organizers to march through east Jerusalem due to security concerns, prompting the organizers to cancel the march, a spokesperson for one of the groups said on Monday.

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A top Hamas official had earlier warned of renewed violence if settler organizations hold a controversial march Thursday in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.

“We warn the occupation (Israel) against letting the march approach east Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Thursday,” senior Hamas figure Khalil al-Hayya said.

“We hope the message is clear so that Thursday doesn’t become (a new) May 10,” he said, in reference to the start of last month’s 11-day war between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that rules the Gaza Strip.

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