Umm el-Fahm march gets go-ahead from police

Police tell right-wing activists Ben-Gvir, Marzel they can parade with Israeli flags in Arab town Tuesday.

marzel ben-gvir sakhnin 248 88 (photo credit: Channel 1 [file])
marzel ben-gvir sakhnin 248 88
(photo credit: Channel 1 [file])
Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel will be allowed to lead a march with Israeli flags in the northern Arab town of Umm el-Fahm, police informed the two right-wing activists on Thursday. The march, already approved by the High Court, is set to take place on Tuesday and will be secured by thousands of police officers. Marzel and Ben Gvir issued a response to the police decision: "We hope this time the police will not bend over because of a bunch of delinquents who threaten our right to hold the parade. When settlers or haredi Jews threatened other parades they found themselves behind bars. The principle of the rule of law necessitates holding the parade - this is a celebration for democracy." Balad chairman Jamal Zahalka said, "We are preparing to prevent the heirs of Kahana from entering the town. They come here with a message of racism and fascism. It is only natural that the residents of Umm al-Fahm will protect themselves and their town." The parade was supposed to take place in December, but police prevented the activists from marching after receiving intelligence that serious disruptions might break out. Ahead of February's general election, the Knesset Central Elections Committee allowed Marzel to serve as chairman of an Umm el-Fahm polling station, much to the fury of the town's residents. Nevertheless, at the last minute, police decided to prevent Marzel's entry, citing safety concerns.