Hundreds to secure Rahat march

Right-wingers including Ben-Gvir, Marzel will walk along route on outskirts of Beduin town in Negev.

marzel ben-gvir sakhnin 248 88 (photo credit: Channel 1 [file])
marzel ben-gvir sakhnin 248 88
(photo credit: Channel 1 [file])
Hundreds of Israel Police and Border Police officers will secure a far-Right demonstration set for the Beduin town of Rahat on Sunday. The marchers, led by Jewish National Front leaders Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel, will be allowed to walk along a 1.5 km. route on the outskirts of the Negev town, police spokeswoman Sarit Philipson told The Jerusalem Post. "Hundreds of officers will be on site to ensure the safety of both marchers and residents, and to prevent unusual incidents," she said. The Beduin community staged a counter-demonstration in Rahat on Saturday to protest the arrival of the right-wing activists. Philipson said that event passed peacefully. "There will be enough forces on hand on Sunday to keep the peace," she added. No intelligence had been received indicating that violent incidents were being planned by locals opposed to the march, a police source said. Police preparations are being organized by Negev subdistrict head Dep.-Cmdr. Avshalom Peled. Officers have been instructed to respond firmly to any act of provocation from either side, police said last week. Dozens of far-Right marchers took part in a march in the northern Arab town of Umm el-Fahm in March. The event was marked by stone throwing and several minor injuries. Fifteen people were arrested for public disorder offenses.