Mission & Name
US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Police Viciously Attacking Israeli Arabs While
Protecting Illegal Hooligan Settlers
By Stephen Lendman
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, November 2, 2010
Reminiscent of Kristallnacht violence, Israeli Arabs in Haifa
District's Umm al-Fahm community were attacked by Israeli police, Haaretz
writers Fadi Eyadat, Jack Khoury, and Chaim Levinson headlining, "Police
clash with Arab protesters as rightists rally in Umm al-Fahm," saying:
In Arab Umm al-Fahm, "Dozens of extreme rightists (hooligan West Bank
settlers) held a protest against the Islamic Movement," an initiative
advocating Islam among Israeli Arabs on three levels - religious, social,
and support for Palestinian self-determination.
pitting Arab residents against 1,500 police, including special
paramilitary and undercover forces, aiding hooliganism, "fir(ing) tear gas
and stun grenades" to scatter crowds. Nine Arab residents were arrested,
portrayed as instigators when they responded in self-defense.
Haaretz said about "30 right-wing demonstrators traveled in buses from
Jerusalem to Umm al-Fahm on (October 27), led by far-right activists
Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir." Their purpose - in league with police,
to hold a provocative demonstration march to incite violence, calling on
Israel to outlaw the Islamic Movement (headquartered in Umm al-Fahm), as
well as condemn Sheikh Raed Salah's (its leader) Gaza Freedom Flotilla
Head of the religious Jewish National Front party,
Marzel is a notorious bigot, a man saying he was Rabbi Meir Kahana's
"right hand man" - Kahana, the extreme racist former Kach party head until
Israel banned it in 1988, calling it a "threat to security." Gviv is a
Knesset aide to MK Michael Ben-Ari (a protest march participant), and
spokesman for Marzel's Jewish National Front party. Both men are fascists.
Their actions, and others like them, defile core Judaic tenets.
Exhibit A - holding a provocative/racist/violent rally in an Arab
community where they're not wanted and don't belong. It was held close the
20th November 5 anniversary of Kahana's assassination, a man who lived and
died by the sword, a rabbi in name only.
On October 27, Al-Jazeerah
covered the incident headlining, "Israeli Occupation Forces Attack
Palestinians in Um Al-Fahm, During a Provocative March by Fascist Israeli
Violent clashes resulted, "Israeli occupation
government policemen....protected dozens of extremist Jewish settlers
holding a provocative protest against the Islamic Movement...."
Besides assaulting residents with tear gas and stun grenades, police
"physically attacked them which led to injuries and suffocation cases." MK
Haneen Zoubi was harmed, struck in the back and neck by rubber bullets
when police opened fire. She believes snipers deliberately targeted her
for her Gaza Freedom Flotilla participation, after which she received
death threats and calls to expel her from parliament.
denounced police violence, saying: They "proved that they are a far more
dangerous threat to me and other Arab citizens than the fascist group that
came to Umm al-Fahm," though for sure former Kahanists and others like
them pose a serious threat. Unaccountable, they're lawless, menacing, and
rampage freely in the West Bank.
Umm al-Fahm is Israel's largest
Arab community, its population exceeding 43,000. Before settlers arrived,
police and paramilitary goons deployed within and around the city, ready
to initiate assaults when they came. Arab residents, of course, reacted
MK Afu Agbaria was also injured, telling Al Jazeerah
that right-wing settlers and police "attack(ed) the legitimacy of the Arab
presence in the country in coordination with the right-wing extremists in
Umm al-Fahm's Deputy Mayor Mustafa Ghalin told
Haaretz that the city "will never be open to those extreme right-wingers,"
arriving to incite violence.
On October 28, Muslims.net said
"Palestinian leaders called for (a) city-wide strike....in protest
(against) premeditated Israeli police brutality and violence." The Higher
Arab Monitoring Committee wants it. It also demands that Israel
investigate the violence, committee chairman Mohammed Zeidan saying:
"What happened (on October 27) was a very dangerous occurrence. This
wasn't a Marzel incident. It was an attack by security forces who came to
the city" with that in mind. "They planted undercover officers (dressed
like Arabs) among us who threw stones (to provoke) and attack. Their
decision was clear from the beginning, even though they knew there were
Knesset members in the crowd. What we felt on our flesh today has taught
us that a new era has started. Racism is no longer found only in documents
or on the margins, like with Marzel, but has become a phenomenon among
decision makers and carried out on the ground. What happened in Umm al-Fahm
is a menacing escalation."
The committee plans to circulate a
message to human rights groups and global figures, highlighting the
growing danger. It's reminiscent indeed of 1930s Germany that escalated
from racist laws to widespread violence to death camps and mass
extermination. Afterward, worldwide Jewry said "never again," a hollow
slogan given Israel's decades long slow-motion genocide against
Palestinian and Israeli Arabs, former victims now world-class
hatemonger/persecutors, committing horrendous daily crimes.
al-Fahm residents understand. So do West Bank and East Jerusalem
Palestinians as well as 1.5 million besieged Gazans. Suffocating under
imposed harshness, their very existence is threatened. Yet they endure
despite little outside aid, knowing it's up to themselves to survive, what
they've done heroically for over six decades and have no intention now of
quitting, a lesson Israelis haven't learned or that what they're doing is
A Final Comment
On October 27, Haaretz
writer Jack Khoury headlined, "Israeli Arab activist confesses to spying
for Hezbollah." Well not exactly. Falsely accused and given a choice of
life in prison or less, Ameer Makhoul signed a plea bargain, "approved by
the highest ranking levels of prosecution, including the state
According to Haaretz, he admitted to espionage,
contact with a foreign agent, and abetting an enemy, Makhoul saying in
court that the story "is not yet finished." He claims many charges were
irrelevant, but took the lesser of two choices. His lawyer said he passed
no classified documents or materials to anyone, let alone an enemy agent.
All cited information was well known and publicly available. On December
5, he'll be sentenced. Prosecutors want 10 years. His counsel seeks seven.
Information about him can be accessed through the following link:
Two earlier Makhoul
articles can be found through the links below:
Makhoul is an Israeli citizen, human rights activist, and head of the
internationally recognized Ittijah organization for Palestinian
empowerment. He also chairs the Public Committee for the Defence of
Political Prisoners within the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee in Israel.
Moreover, he supports the global BDS movement. Like many others, he was
targeted for his activism and faith. In his case, for his prominence as
He committed no crime, yet was arrested in May on spurious
charges of spying for Hezbollah. In fact, his outspokenness and legal
discussions, within and outside Israel, were called communicating with a
"state enemy," outrageous by any standard.
According to Ittijah's
founder, Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh, "there is no doubt" that he was targeted for
his political views. His wife, Janan, said "The story is not finished, it
will be told later." Accepting a plea "was a choice between bad (or)
worse" in a nation where Arabs get no justice. It bears testimony to
Israel's lawlessness, its mockery of democratic principles, ones even
eroding for Jews.
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