Police condemn derogatory message

Barakeh: Term used to describe Arab attendees at rally reflects mentality.

By REBECCA ANNA STOIL
September 16, 2006 18:23
police car 298.88

police car 298.88. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski [file])

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

The police described as a "serious mistake" the beeper message sent out on Friday evening, which used a derogatory term in referring to the Arab participants in a rally in Umm el-Fahm. The message, sent out just before the rally was to take place on Friday night, said "15,000 'Arabushim' [a derogatory word for Arabs] have so far arrived at the rally." According to the police, disciplinary measures would be taken against the person responsible for sending the message. Hadash leader Muhammad Barakeh also called the incident "serious," and said it reflected the prevailing mentality of the police and security forces. An investigation into the source of the message was not enough, Barakeh told Army Radio on Saturday. It was incumbent on the police, he said, to work hard in order to counter these sentiments. Sheikh Raed Salah, leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement, said during his address to the rally, "Jerusalem will be the capital city for the new Muslim caliphate very soon." He also said that both former prime minister Ariel Sharon and President Moshe Katsav had been punished by Allah for their plotting to harm the Al-Aksa Mosque.

Related Content

Jisr az-Zarq
April 3, 2014
Residents of Jisr az-Zarqa beckon Israel Trail hikers to enjoy their town

By SHARON UDASIN