MK Michael Ben Ari 260.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Member of Knesset Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) on Sunday defied a police ban
on a protest in Nazareth that he organized, and entered the Arab city of 80,000
residents on his own for a short time.
Ben-Ari and his supporters had
originally planned on entering the city and staging a protest outside the home
of MK Haneen Zoabi (Balad), who recently released a series of radical anti-
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 parliamentary immunity in order 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.
supporters waited outside of Nazareth.
Ben-Ari later described the
police’s decision as a “disgrace,” telling Maariv
that “the state has
surrendered to Arabs in Gaza and now it is surrendering to Arabs in
He vowed to return and hold a protest in the
Zoabi joined the protesters, and said she was pleased that “they
didn’t let fascism enter the city.”