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Jerusalem march ends without incident

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October 6, 2009 | 1:23 pm

Palestinians shout at Israeli border police officers blocking the entrance to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City on Oct. 04, 2009. (Mohammar Awad / Flash 90 / JTA)

Palestinians shout at Israeli border police officers blocking the entrance to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City on Oct. 04, 2009. (Mohammar Awad / Flash 90 / JTA)

Restrictions on worshipers at the Temple Mount remained in place as the annual Jerusalem march took place across the city.

Some 70,000 people from around the world participated in the march Tuesday.

The parade route, which began at Ammunition Hill, went to Mount Scopus before passing several eastern Jerusalem neighborhoods on the way to Sacher Park. From there the parade is marched through downtown Jerusalem during the afternoon.

Marchers passed the eastern Jerusalem city of Silwan, surrounded by police and border guard forces, with no incidents.

Police will remained on high alert for the 51st annual march, according to reports.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said during the march that he did not believe the recent violence in the city would spark a third intifada.  “We have to be able to put the violence and provocation aside. These are specific events, emanating from hubs of violence. We have to find these hubs, isolate them, stop them and move on,” he said, saying a violent uprising is “unlikely and it’s in no one’s interest,” 

The march ended without incident.

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