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Today: Oct 23, 2017

JCSER denounces the provocative visit by Kahane followers to Um al-Fahem

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Jerusalem Center for Social and Economic Rights, JCSER, denounced the provocative visit by the far extremist Israeli right wing groups to the city of Um al-Fahem, which caused the clashes between the Palestinian residents of the city and Israeli police special units.

Among the injured during the clashes, member of the Israeli Knesset Hanin Zubi of Balad and journalist Muhammad Watad, who were hit with rubber-coated metal bullets. Israeli police Special Forces also attacked leaders of the Palestinian Arab community inside the green line such as: Muhammad Zidan, Head of the Arab Higher Follow Up Committee; KM Jamal Zahalka, Um al-Fahem Mayor Khaled Hamdan and Balads Secretary General Awad Abdel Fattah.

The visit was organized by supporters of the late Brooklyn-based rabbi Meir Kahane who preached for the expulsion of Palestinians from the Palestinian territories and Israel. The visit was also received the approval of the Israeli Supreme Court despite all the security concerns raised by the police. A similar demonstration by the same group last year resulted in violent clashes, and authorities fear that the same will result this year.

JCSER, expresses its regret for the continuous attempts by the Israeli legal system to legalize incitement, hatred and violence toward Arab citizens of Israel, knowing that leaders of the so-called National Jewish Front such as Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir were senior activists in the notorious Kach Movement which used to advocate the expulsion of Arabs from Israel and Palestinian territories, in addition of the annexation of West Bank, Gaza Strip. The movement also used to call for conquering parts of Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Egypt and Iraq in order to order to establish the greater Israel.

Marzel exploited the social networking website Facebook to invite members to join the demonstration, several of whom wrote comments on the site indicating that the goal of the event is not a peaceful demonstration.

Its good to see the people of Israel wakening and fighting for our right to exist. Death to Arabs, Mohammad is a pig, reads one such comment. First we destroy [Um Al-Fahem], then we will build housing for young couples, suggests another.

JCSER reiterates that such statements violate Article 144 of the 1977 Criminal Law of Israel that prohibits incitement to racism and violence, publication of racist materials, and racially-motivated crimes.

The center calls the international community to contact the Israeli government to express concern over the event and prevent further deterioration of human rights situation of the Arab Palestinian residents.