Knesset Member Michael Ben-Ari defied a police ban on a protest he organized for
Nazareth on Sunday, and entered the Arab city of 80,000 residents on his own for
a short while.
Ben-Ari and his supporters had originally planned on
entering the city and staging a protest outside the home of Knesset Member Haneen
Zoabi, who recently released a series of radical anti-Israel
But Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino canceled
the permit given to the protest, due to the assessment that the security
situation in the south had rendered such an event too likely to end in
Ben-Ari took advantage of his diplomatic immunity to enter the
city briefly, walking down a street with an Israeli flag accompanied by police.
He was met by dozens of protesters from the Balad political party waving
Palestinian flags, who were kept back by police.
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