'Right wing march could lead to deaths'

July 28, 2010 15:55

State rejects Marzel, Ben-Gvir petition for Umm al-Fahm procession.

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Marzel looks like Herzl 248.88. (photo credit: )

The State Attorney's office rejected a petition for a right-wing procession in Umm al-Fahm on Wednesday on the basis that it could lead to violence and loss of life.

Petitioning for the demonstration against the Islamic movement in Umm al-Fahm were right-wing activists Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel, as well as Knesset member Michael Ben-Ari.

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This is not the first time prominent right-wing activists Marzel and Ben-Gvir have attempted to hold such a march in Umm al-Fahm. 

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Marzel and Ben-Gvir received police approval and held a similar march in Umm al-Fahm in March 2009. 

During the Umm el-Fahm march, rock-throwing and violent clashes with the town's residents prompted riot police to respond with stun grenades and tear gas. Sixteen policemen were lightly wounded, including deputy police chief Insp.-Gen. Shahar Ayalon.

Some 2,500 officers flooded the area, forming a human shield around the approximately 100 marchers and their leaders, Ben-Gvir and Marzel.

Yaakov Lappin contributed to this report.

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