Israeli Police Beating Arabs Over Rightist March

UMM EL-FAHM, Israel (Reuters) – Israeli police on Wednesday fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse Arabs who were protesting against a rally by ultranationalist Jews in an Israeli-Arab town. Riot police, some on horseback, charged about 200 Arabs who threw stones at them before retreating, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. Ten masked Arabs were arrested.

About 30 Jewish demonstrators had traveled from Jerusalem to Umm el-Fahm in northern Israel, the seat of an Islamic movement whose leader, Sheikh Raed Salah, says Israel endangers Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem. [Yahoo]

As a group of some 20 rightwing activists arrived, Palestinian youths with scarves wrapped around their faces burned tyres and hurled stones at police clad in riot gear, who fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse them.
"Free Palestine!" Arab residents waving Palestinian flags shouted from rooftops. "With our blood, with our souls, we sacrifice for you, Palestine!"

Afu Agbaria, an Arab parliamentarian from Umm Al Fahm who joined other officials in protesting the march, called it a "provocation against the people of Umm Al Fahm and the Arab minority in the country."

"They are attacking the legitimacy of the Arab presence in the country in coordination with the rightwing extremists in the government," he said.

Others were more blunt. "We will not allow them to enter Umm Al Fahm. If they pass, it will be over our dead bodies,"

Ahmad Buwerat, 75, said ahead of the march.
"We have Jews come here every day to visit the market and drink coffee, and they are welcome. But these demonstrators are fascists and racists and Nazis," he added.

Earlier this month Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lent his support for a bill that would require all new citizens
to swear allegiance to Israel as a "Jewish and democratic state."

Palestinian citizens, who makes up 20 per cent of the population, have called the bill racist and said it aims to delegitimise their presence.

Israel's 1.3 million Arab citizens are Palestinians who remained in the country following the creation of the Jewish state in 1948 and their descendants.

Israeli Police Beating Arabs Over Rightist March

Undercover plainclothes Israeli policemen arrest Israeli Arab youths during clashes in the Israeli-Arab town of Umm el Fahm. (EPA)

Israeli Police Beating Arabs Over Rightist March

Undercover plainclothes Israeli policemen arrest Israeli Arab youths during clashes in the Israeli-Arab town of Umm el Fahm. (EPA)

Israeli Police Beating Arabs Over Rightist March

Israeli riot and undercover police arrest an Arab-Israeli protestor in Umm Al-Fahm, on October 27, 2010, after clashes broke out as extreme rightwing Israelis marching under heavy police escort through this Arab town in northern Israel were met by scores of stone-throwing residents. (AFP)

Israeli Police Beating Arabs Over Rightist March

An Israeli Arab man holds his bleeding head after he was injured during clashes with riot police, in Umm al-Fahm, Israel. Hundreds of Israeli police attended the protest against a rally of ultranationalist Jews in the Israeli-Arab town, using tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the crowd.(GETTY IMAGES)

Israeli Police Beating Arabs Over Rightist March

Anti-Zionist, ultra-orthodox Jews join Arab-Israeli protestors in Umm Al-Fahm on October 27, 2010, as clashes broke out as extreme rightwing Israelis marching under heavy police escort through this Arab town in northern Israel were met by scores of stone-throwing residents. (AFP)

Israeli Police Beating Arabs Over Rightist March

Israeli border police arrest an Arab-Israeli protestor in Umm Al-Fahm, on October 27, 2010, after clashes broke out as extreme rightwing Israelis marching under heavy police escort through this Arab town in northern Israel were met by scores of stone-throwing residents. (AFP)

Israeli Police Beating Arabs Over Rightist March

Riot police arrest an Israeli Arab youth during clashes, on October 27, 2010 in Umm al-Fahm, Israel. (GETTY IMAGES)

Israeli Police Beating Arabs Over Rightist March

An Israeli Arab girl covers her face during clashes, on October 27, 2010 in Umm al-Fahm, Israel. (GETTY IMAGES)

Israeli Police Beating Arabs Over Rightist March

An Israeli riot policeman tells an Israeli Arab woman holding her child to leave her home during clashes in the Israeli-Arab town of Umm el Fahm. (EPA)

Israeli Police Beating Arabs Over Rightist March

An undercover, plainclothes Israeli policeman (R) raises his pistol as other plainclothes police tackle and arrest Israeli Arab youths who were throwing stones during clashes in the Israeli-Arab town of Umm el Fahm. (EPA)

Israeli Police Beating Arabs Over Rightist March

Undercover plainclothes Israeli policemen arrest Israeli Arab youths during clashes in the Israeli-Arab town of Umm el Fahm. (EPA)



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