Ben Gvir, Marzel set to demonstrate in Umm el-Fahm

March comes as 3 new cases of pro-Kahane graffiti found in northern towns, connection to other far-right vandalism last week is unknown.

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October 24, 2010 12:21
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Right-wing activists Itamar Ben Gvir and Baruh Marzel will once again be protesting in the Arab town of Umm el-Fahm.

The "Our Land of Israel" movement, led by the pair, was slated to hold a protest in the northern city after the High Court approved their protest. The protest was said to be against the activities of the Islamic Movement in Umm el-Fahm.

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The request for the protest was submitted a few months ago in the wake of the May 31 flotilla incident, and the Islamic Movement's Sheikh Raed Salah's participation in it. Originally, the protesters had requested permission to protest in front of the Islamic Movement's offices, which the police rejected. The High Court overturned the police decision.

The protest, scheduled to take place Wednesday, was expected to draw counter-protesters from the towns residents, leading police to bring in thousands of officers to protect the rightists.

The provocative move by the right-wing activists came as police were investigating a series of apparent racially-motivated incidents of vandalism in the north of the country.

A police investigation was opened Sunday morning after the words "Kahane was right" were found scrawled on a swimming pool and college in Nazareth Illit and on the walls of a commercial center in Migdal Haemek.



Meir Kahane was the leader of the Kach party, banned from the Knesset for inciting racism. Baruch Marzel later became the leader of a Kach faction after the party split.

There were no reports whether the hate graffiti found on Sunday was connected to the other incidents of pro-Kahane graffiti in the North and the West Bank last week.

Last Wednesday, far-right activists defaced a memorial statue in honor of slain former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin on the anniversary of his assassination, spray painting the words "Kahane was right" across the site.

Police have launched an investigation, and say two additional cases of Kahane graffiti were reported in the North on Wednesday.

The graffiti was condemned by Acre Mayor Shimon Lankri. "We will not allow for harm to be done to the coexistence among residents," Lankri said.

In the West Bank, a Muslim graveyard on the outskirts of the Palestinian village of Kfar Kadum in the area of Kalkilya was found desecrated on Friday.

Vandals were said to have entered the cemetery and scrawled "Kahane was right" on several tombstones as well as drawing Stars of David on them.

IDF forces were called to the area to investigate and the Civil Authority said it viewed the incident in a very grave manner.

One of the slogans written on a tombstone in the graveyard was "price tag," a term used by radical settlers to describe their revenge campaign against restrictions placed on Jewish building in the West Bank.

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