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Gideon Levy: A marginal matter

Posted in Government, Internal Israeli Affairs, Opinion Pieces by beyondtheborder on April 18, 2009

The 18th Knesset is different from all its predecessors. It is the first that does not have a Jewish MK whose guiding principle is the struggle against the occupation.

Since the 7th Knesset, the first to be elected after the Six-Day War, we have not had a parliament like this one, devoid of Jewish anti-occupation activists. As such, the new Knesset precisely reflects the popular zeitgeist, in which the occupation is completely missing from the national agenda, and there is no reason to disturb our legislators with the issue.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1078598.html

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Haaretz poll: 54% of public dissatisfied with new government

Posted in Government, Internal Israeli Affairs, Polls by beyondtheborder on March 31, 2009

The problem could also be the friction that accompanied the government’s formation; two key cabinet members are suffering embarrassingly low support ratings. Netanyahu, who dreamed for a decade about returning to the Prime Minister’s Bureau, will have to work hard and fast to show he is productive. The most striking result of the Haaretz-Dialog poll, conducted under Prof. Camil Fuchs of the statistics department at Tel Aviv University, is the extent of the public’s dissatisfaction with the new government. Less than a third of those surveyed said they are satisfied with Netanyahu’s government. More than half, 54 percent, are dissatisfied with the new government.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1075358.html

Clashes in Israeli-Arab town Umm al-Fahm

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 24, 2009

“Violence erupted in Israel’s largest Arab city, Umm Al-Fahm, on Tuesday as hoards of right-wing Israelis held protest marches demanding “Arab loyalty” to the state of Israel.

The protesters, many of them setters from Hebron and other parts of the occupied West Bank, traveled to the northern Israel city that is home to 150,000 Palestinians in what appeared to be a direct provocation to residents. ”

Source: http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=36644

Some 100 activists, headed by National Union MK Ben-Ari, arrive in northern Arab town of Umm al-Fahm to ‘demand loyalty’. Residents, left-wing activists greet them with curses, shoes. Some 2,500 police officers deployed in area, using tear gas and shock grenades against protestors; 16 people hurt”

Source: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3691286,00.html

“About 2,500 police in riot gear flanked about 100 far-right activists as they marched on the outskirts of the town, waving Israeli flags”

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“Israeli-Arab residents of Umm al-Fahm consider the marchers racist, and had called a general strike and said they would use peaceful methods to prevent the activists from entering the town.

‘Racism is not freedom of expression, it’s a criminal act and the law should punish it,’Israeli Arab MK Jamal Zahalka told the AFP news agency.”

“Jewish Israeli leaders from nearby towns also condemned the march as provocative, and some Jewish left-wingers were at the counter-demonstration.”

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“The march was planned about a year ago, but comes in the wake of a strong showing for the far right politician, Avigdor Lieberman, in Israel’s recent elections.

Mr Lieberman advocates transferring majority-Arab areas in Israel to the control of the Palestinian Authority, and wants to bring in a citizenship law demanding that all Israeli citizens, including Israeli-Arabs, swear allegiance to Israel as a Jewish state.”

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7960807.stm

The trouble began during the march of about 100 far-right Israeli-Jewish activists through Umm al-Fahm.

The trouble began during the march of about 100 far-right Israeli-Jewish activists through Umm al-Fahm.

Israeli-Arab protesters have clashed with police as Jewish-Israeli right-wingers held a march in the majority-Arab town of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel.

Israeli-Arab protesters have clashed with police as Jewish-Israeli right-wingers held a march in the majority-Arab town of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel.

Police used stun grenades and tear gas to break up the crowds of hundreds of Israeli-Arab protesters.

Police used stun grenades and tear gas to break up the crowds of hundreds of Israeli-Arab protesters.

Israeli-Arabs hit back by throwing stones at police, as the demonstration descended into violence.

Israeli-Arabs hit back by throwing stones at police, as the demonstration descended into violence.

One of the leaders of the march was Baruch Marzel, who led the anti-Arab Kach party that was banned in Israel in 1994.

One of the leaders of the march was Baruch Marzel, who led the anti-Arab Kach party that was banned in Israel in 1994.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_pictures/7961796.stm