Friday, September 5, 2008

Rightists to parade in Arab city/ Supreme Court rules they have the same rights as gays

Arutz Sheva reports:

The Supreme Court handed down a surprising ruling on Thursday, ordering the police to allow nationalist activists to march with Israeli flags in an Israeli-Arab city.

The State Prosecution had objected to the request, saying a parade of Jewish nationalists in Um el-Fahm would present a danger to public security. Previous such requests to march have been turned down.

The court ordered the State to provide, within 15 days, a plan by which a group of marchers, headed by Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir, would be able to walk freely in the city with Israeli flags.

The City and Terrorism
Um el-Fahm is Israel's 2nd-largest Arab city (after Nazareth and ahead of Rahat), with 43,000 residents. It is located along the Wadi Ara highway, between Hadera and Afula in the "Triangle" area, just south of the Galilee. It is the headquarters of Israel's militant Islamic Movement, and was the center of anti-Jewish riots at the beginning of the Oslo War in late 2000. Several terrorist attacks have originated in or occurred near Um el-Fahm.

They Guarded the Gay Pride, They Can Guard Um el-Fahm
Justice Chanan Meltzer told the State representatives, "If the police were able to protect the Gay Pride march, then there is no reason why it cannot do the same in this case." Marzel noted during the proceedings that the police provided 13,000 policemen for the Gay Pride parade, and can come out in similar force in Um el Fahm.

Justice Edmond Levi said that the State's suggestion that the petitioners be allowed only to "overlook" the city is a "blow to democracy." The police "must find the way to allow the petitioners to march in a certain part of the city," he said.

Marzel, head of the Jewish Front organization, said afterwards, "This is a major development. We hope that the State Prosecution will internalize the message that freedom of expression is not reserved only for Arabs and leftists."[...]

1 comment :

  1. I'm shocked. This overturns the established legal precedent that the only group not to have rights to do what they want in Israel are right wingers, especially if they're religious.


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