Arab residents of Jaffa protest against ‘Jewish settlement'

January 30, 2011 05:38

Protesters carry Egyptian and Palestinian flags, expressing solidarity with anti-government protests raging across Egypt.

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Around 1,000 Jaffa residents held a protest march on Saturday, against what they said was a worsening trend of Jewish “settlement” in the mixed Arab and Jewish city.

A number of the protesters carried Egyptian and Palestinian flags, and expressed solidarity with the anti-government protests raging across Egypt.

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The march led from the Peres Center for Peace on Rehov Kedem to the Etrog market area in the Ajami neighborhood, where the company “Bemunah” is currently building a 20-unit housing project for religious Jews only. The housing project has been a serious source of tension in Jaffa over the past year, where rising housing prices, a housing shortage and a growing number of new Jewish residents have combined to produce a potentially volatile mix.

MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List- Ta’al) spoke at the rally, telling protesters that “the settlers in the heart of Hebron are a cancerous growth, and this is the same for those in the Arab neighborhoods of Jaffa.”

Tibi added that Jaffa “is being strangled by oppression and discrimination, and a housing shortage,” and accused the government of working for the benefit of “Jewish extremists.”

MK Dov Henin (Hadash) said that he took part in the protest to “say in a clear voice, ‘No to racism and no to settlement.’ Justice and equality will defeat the racism of the settlers.”

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