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Clashes at TAU´s ´Nakba Day´ rally (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Shahar Chai Published: 05.14.12, 14:36) Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4228989,00.html
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Some 200 right wing protestors faced 400 leftist protestors who sought to hold a Palestinian ´Nakba Day´ ceremony – commemorating ´disaster´ of foundation of State of Israel
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Some 200 right wing protestors faced off with 400 leftist protestors who sought to hold a Palestinian ´Nakba Day´ ceremony – commemorating the "disaster" of the foundation of the State of Israel – at Tel Aviv University, Monday.
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Three protestors were arrested after the confrontations. The right wing protestors called out at the organizer of the event, who was arrested: "Traitor!"
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Protestors from the right waved Israeli flags and signs that read: "When I came to Israel there was no Palestinian nation," and "I´m proud to be Israeli," they also sang Israeli songs. They also prevented the ceremony´s organizers from speaking and booed them repeatedly.
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During the ceremony the leftist activists read out what they said was "an alternative Yizkor prayer." Six Arab students presented their personal stories and those present stood for a moment of silence.
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In addition the right wing protestors shouted: "Death to terrorists," and "terrorists out." One of them burnt a cardboard drawing of a Palestinian flag. Another shouted out: "Murderers, where were you when a little girl was killed." The left wing protestors responded with: "You´re the murderers."
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Earlier on Monday a Knesset Education Committee turned into a loud confrontation when the Committee Chairman Alex Miller (Yisrael Beiteinu) called on the university to cancel the events. "Today they´re reading out Yizkor for the Nakba fallen tomorrow they´ll hold a memorial day for Nazi soldiers, he said."
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MK Ahmad Tibi called for the chairman to be dismissed for making the comparison.
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Tel Aviv University Chairman Moti Cohen stressed that "the event was approved in accordance with the students´ right law and the State budget law. It is an event that does not include incitement or offense, it is a memorial event.
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"We are a democratic institution in a democratic country and as long as there is no fear of breaking the law, we approve student requests to hold events."
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He added that should the event deviate from the regulations it will be dispersed. (Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 05/14/12)
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