Violence Begins Before Jewish March Steps Off in Umm el-FahmAlthough the verdict is still out, it look likes we can eliminate number 1 from the list of four possible case scenarios I suggested might come to pass today.
Hana Levi Julian, Adar 28, 5769 / March 24, '09, 8:21 AM
(IsraelNN.com) One person has been arrested so far in Umm el-Fahm as 250 rioters hurled rocks at police officers deployed to protect Jewish nationalist activists as they prepared to march in the Arab city. (Read more...)
[MK Micha'el] Ben-Ari said that the only weapon brought to the march by the group of Jewish nationalists is the flag of Israel.
The marchers were told to hand their weapons over to police when they arrived in the Wadi Ara region before they were transferred to bullet-proof vehicles to bring them to Umm el-Fahm.
Yesterday, before learning of "police procedure," there was debate as to whether participants in the march should bring their weapons or not. Should they leave them at home, get injured, and thus prove to the world how the police leave Torah observant Jews to the lions? Or should they ignore politics and potentially negative, news media coverage, and bring their weapons, due to the need for protection.
I voted for the latter.
Itamar Ben-Gvir called the event an historic one, saying it was a test both for the state and for the media covering the march.As I mentioned in my previous Umm el-Fahm post, Itamar suggested that this would be a test.
I certainly agree. And it seems that so far the Israeli mews media is failing. Not even Arutz 7 (Israel National News) has bothered to mention any contrast in the treatment of Torah observant nationalist versus leftist Jews and Arabs given almost free reign in Hevron, Nil'in and other areas of the country.