20 left-wing activists detained at Jaffa demonstration

Border police guard right-wing protesters, including Baruch Marzel, Itamar Ben-Gvir, as they take to the streets.

By JPOST.COM STAFF
March 2, 2011 11:27
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Right-wing rally in Jaffa

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A police officer was injured and 20 left-wing activists were detained on Wednesday, near a right-wing demonstration in Jaffa.

Police and left-wing activists clashed in a Jaffa park before the rally, where one officer was mildly injured when a protester opposing the right-wing's march threw a rock.

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Sixty right-wing activists marched through a main street in Jaffa on Wednesday morning, in response to a protest by the Islamic Movement.

Activists from the Eretz Yisrael Shelanu NGO marched in the streets of Jaffa at 10 a.m. Wednesday, holding Israeli flags. MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) and activists Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir participated in the demonstration.

The demonstrators chanted "Jewish Jaffo" and sang a popular song by Eyal Golan: "He who believes is not afraid, we must not lose faith, because we have the king of the world [God], and he will protect us from everyone."

In response to cries at the Islamic Movement's rally that "Jaffa is Palestine," Ben-Gvir told a reporter from Channel 2 that "Jaffa is Israel, Umm el Fahm is Israel."



"Everyone who is a Zionist should come" to the demonstration, Ben-Gvir said. "We are here to represent Zionism. This is what the fathers of Zionism dreamed of."

Speaking into a megaphone, Ben-Ari said that the demonstrators at the Islamic Movement's rally are "Gaddafi collaborators."

The Tel Aviv Police and Border Police formed a human wall to protect the demonstrators, who are allowed only to march in a limited area of Rehov Yefet, one of the city's main roads.

On Sunday, Eretz Yisrael Shelanu petitioned the High Court after Tel Aviv Police refused to explain its refusal to let right-wing activists march in Jaffa. The court accepted the petition, allowing the group to march.

The planned right-wing protest follows one organized by the Islamic Movement in which 1,000 people took to the streets of Jaffa, some carrying Palestinian flags and chanting anti-Israel slogans.

Ron Friedman contributed to this report.

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