Thousands of Israeli-Arabs mark October 2000 riots

MKs Tibi, Zoabi among those marching to commemorate events in which 13 Israeli-Arabs were killed; Tibi: "Our blood is no longer cheap."

Ahmed Tibi 311 (photo credit: Courtesy)
Ahmed Tibi 311
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Thousands of Israeli-Arabs joined a protest march in Saknin on Saturday, commemorating the eleventh anniversary of the events of October 2000, in which 13 Israeli-Arabs were killed by security forces during riots in the North.
Among those taking part in the march were MKs Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List-Ta'al) and Haneen Zoabi (Balad).
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The procession was expected to wind through the northern city of Saknin before ending in the local cemetery, where a rally consisting of speeches was scheduled to take place.
Israeli Arabs have held demonstrations and strikes during the month of October over the past eleven years to express their anger over what they claim is an improper failure to investigate the incident.
"The loud and clear fact is that thirteen people were killed, but none have been convicted of manslaughter or murder," Channel 10 quoted Tibi as saying during the march. "We cry out in the name of the discrimination against living and murdered Arabs. Our blood is no longer cheap," he added.