Israeli Arabs cry provocation

Posted: March 24, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Israeli Palestinians

Baruch Marzel (right)

Baruch Marzel (right)

Israeli extreme Right-wing activist Baruch Marzel and about one hundred other activists have marched on the outskirts of Israeli Arab city of Umm al-Fahm today, causing riots among the local Arab population. Marzel, unhappy about the inability of Israeli Jewish public to enter Israeli Arab cities has decided to enter Umm al-Fahm to ‘uphold’ the right of Israeli citizens to enter any town located within Israeli territory. The event was security by over 2,500 in police personnel, who dispersed the rioting crowds, which eventually ended with 20 injured:

Some 20 people were injured on Tuesday during the rightist flag march held in the Arab city of Umm al-Fahm.

About 100 activists, headed by Baruch Marzel, Itamar Ben-Gvir and new MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) marched on the outsirts of the city, in accordance with High Court and police instructions, and were hit by barrages of stones on their way.

Police responded to the rioting residents with stun grenades and tear gas, and even had undercover officers among the crowd who detained some of the rioters.

Some Israeli Arab MKs, arriving in the city at the time of the march, protested:

Arab MKs who came to the city claimed police made excessive use of force and called for the prosecution of “the racists who came to provoke”.

The procession’s organizers, who fought for months to have it approved by the court, said this was no provocation whatsoever, and that they “came armed only with the flag”.

To clear things up: it is no provocation to enter an Israeli city for Israeli citizens. Just as Israeli Arabs (and Palestinians) do not outrage Israeli Jews entering Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Haifa and many other cities, citizens of Umm al-Fahm should allow Israeli Jews to enter their cities. In addition, if Marzel’s visit is indeed a provocation, the best thing Israeli Arabs could do is not to allow the provocation to work and stay home instead. By rioting and injuring police officers, Israeli Arabs will once again reflect their lack of loyalty towards the state, which in turn will hurt their ability to gain funds and respect.

  1. Dilly says:

    Your post captures the issue peclfrtey!

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