Thursday, January 15, 2009

Israeli Arabs to protest against...Israel

Jihad is thicker than citizenship. "Arab village in Negev to host latest major protest against IDF strikes," by Yoav Stern for Haaretz, January 15 (thanks to James):

A protest against the offensive in Gaza will be held tomorrow in the Negev village of Arara. The protest, organized by the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee, will be the third to be held since the start of Operation Cast Lead. Last week's demonstration was held in Baka al-Garbiyeh, where the local council is led by former Kfar Sava mayor Yitzhak Wald, appointed by the Interior Ministry after the previous municipal head was deemed unable to function. Tomorrow's event will be held in the Negev village of Arara (also known as Aroer), where the council is headed by Yitzhak Shalom, another Interior Ministry appointee.

Local council heads have abstained from hosting these protests. This may be attributed to the unrest across the country after remarks from Sakhnin mayor Mazen Genaim, who at the first protest two weeks ago referred to Gazans killed by Israeli fire as "martyrs," causing widespread condemnation among Jewish Israelis.

Genaim also drew fierce criticism from the Arabic-language press, which said he backtracked from his remarks. Yesterday Genaim declined to discuss the matter with Haaretz.

Many local authority heads also reportedly objected to hosting the protest because they feared that protesters would clash with the police. A demonstration in Umm al-Fahm on the first day of the Gaza operation has kept Jewish shoppers from entering the city since, despite the quiet there....

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