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(photo credit: Associated Press)
Dozens of youths were rioting in Wadi Ara on Monday evening, in response to the flotilla deaths earlier in the day. Police arrested six rioters, and four were wounded during resulting scuffles.
Dozens of young rioters blocked the entrance to Umm el-Fahm on Monday in response to the death of international activists on board the Gaza flotilla.
Police in riot gear were present although they mainly worked to keep the
Wadi Ara Jews and Arabs protest against planned haredi city
Barak: Flotilla organizers to blame for 15 dead activists
Earlier, protesters waved Palestinian flags and held anti-Israel placards
in solidarity with the international aid activists who were killed in
the storming of the "Free Gaza" flotilla.
Youths wielding stones were also reported to have attacked the Nazareth police station.
Tensions were very high in the morning following reports that the head of the
Northern Section of the Islamic Movement, Sheikh Raad Salah who was in
the flotilla, had been killed, however the reports proved to be false.
Police prepared for trouble
The IDF and police prepared for the possibility of violence as Israeli
Arab leaders called for a general strike on Monday in the wake of
reports that 15 protesters were announced dead among the "Free Gaza"
flotilla.Arab MKs call for general strike
MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad), whose party member Haneen Zuabi was reportedly
detained after being on board one of the vessels, called for a general
strike and protests throughout Israel on Monday and Tuesday, saying that
a “massacre was carried out on the boats” in the operation that was
planned weeks in advance, whose “results were not a matter of chance.”
“[Prime Minister Binyamin] Netanyahu and [Defense Minister Ehud] Barak
gave instructions to prevent the ships’ entrance at any price,” Zahalka
said. “This morning it became clear what that price was.”
The Israeli lawmaker continued to say that this was a “war crime and
pirate operation, commanded over by the pirate captains Netanyahu and
Barak” and called on both to either resign or to be prosecuted in an
international court.Knessset speaker calls for restraint
Meanwhile, Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin called on Israeli Arabs to
maintain restraint and not to be drawn into provocations.
“We are all a unified front against continuing the conflict between
Arabs and Jews in the Middle East,” Rivlin said.
Northern District police chief Cmdr. Shimon Koren completed a security
evaluation in the North on Monday morning, and ordered a high state of
alert as well as instructed police officers to be ready "for the
possibility of any scenario or attempt to cause a disturbance."
He called for restraint in the northern district, home to a large number
of Arab Israelis.Demonstrations at University of Haifa and in West Bank
Hundreds of Arab students at the University of Haifa also demonstrated
Monday afternoon against the IDF assault on the flotilla.The
demonstrators were met by a smaller counter-demonstration of Jewish
students supporting the IDF's actions.
Police were called by the university administration to establish order
during the unapproved event. One of the police officers was lightly
injured in the confrontation and one of the protesters was arrested.
In the West Bank, dozens of Palestinian protesters gathered at the
Kalandia checkpoint to show solidarity with the international activists
killed in the IDF raid.
Demonstrations are expected to continue Israeli and the Palestinian
territories throughout the day.