16 leftists arrested at protest against right-wing march in Jaffa (HAīARETZ NEWS) By Ilan Lior and Yaniv Kubovich 03/03/11)
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March is organized by right-wing activists who want to
protest ´Islamic Movement gaining control over [the city]´; Arab
residents close businesses in protest.
Police arrested sixteen left-wing protesters who were demonstrating
against a right-wing march through Jaffa on Wednesday.
The march, organized by National Union MK Michael Ben-Ari and right-
wing activists Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel was in protest of
what they deemed the "Islamic Movement gaining control over [the
The march comes just a few days after the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality
announced a plan to build affordable housing exclusively for Jaffa´s
Police spent the morning preparing the city to prevent confrontation
between the right wing marchers and Jaffa´s Arab residents. Roads
surrounding the planned route of the march, which began at the city´s
clock tower, have been closed to traffic.
During the march, Marzel said the "Islamic Movement is very strong in
Jaffa," adding "we want to cast out the enemies."
Left-wing protesters and Arab residents followed the march, calling
out to the right-wing marchers. The marchers were escorted by a heavy
police force, who kept the marchers and protesters separated by
forming a fortified ring around the march.
Arab workers in the city decided to strike during the time that the
march is taking place.
One of the march organizers, Michael Ben-Ari, called on Arab
residents in the city to hang the Israeli flag in their homes.
"I am ready to supply you with the flags," Ben-Ari said adding that
he would hang them himself.
"There have always been Jews and Arabs together in Jaffa, in
coexistence and with mutual respect," Tel Aviv councilman Ahmed
Mashharawi said on Wednesday. "These people´s march reveals their
true ugly face. As long as they donít harm the routine of the
residents, we won´t allow them the pleasure of receiving a headline
on our account."
Jaffa is a mixed city where both Jews and Arabs live; of the 46,000
residents, 17,000 are Arab. (© Copyright 2011 Ha´aretz 03/03/11)
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