Affrontements à Umm El Fahm أمّ الفحم – octobre 2010

Israeli police and Arabs clash over rightist march


Wed Oct 27, 2010

UMM EL-FAHM, Israel – Israeli police on Wednesday fired tear gas and stun grenades to disperse Arabs who were protesting against a rally by ultranationalist Jews in an Israeli-Arab city.

Riot police, some on horseback, charged about 200 Arabs who threw stones at them before retreating, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. Ten masked Arabs were arrested.

About 30 Jewish demonstrators had travelled from Jerusalem to Umm el-Fahm in northern Israel, the seat of an Islamic movement whose leader, Sheikh Raed Salah, says Israel endangers Muslim holy sites in Jerusalem.

The right-wing group held a brief rally in the city then were escorted away on buses by police.

The Jewish demonstrators want Israeli authorities to outlaw Salah’s movement. One leader said that as Umm el-Fahm was a part of the Jewish state, they had the right to march there unhindered.

« We have there a cancer of the Islamic Movement that wants to destroy the state of Israel…from the inside and we want to protest that the government will outlaw the Islamic Movement, leader Baruch Marzel told supporters before the march.

When Marzel and his group held a similar march in the city in March 2009 clashes erupted and dozens were wounded.

Salah, an Umm el-Fahm resident, was jailed by an Israeli court for disorderly conduct and assault after scuffles with police who confronted protesters during engineering work near at Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest site in 2007.

Riot erupts in Umm el-Fahm as far-right marches through


Security forces arrest 9 Arabs for throwing rocks at right-wing activists; Marzel calls Zoabi « our enemy. »

It was a scene police had foreseen months ago and tried in vein to prevent; hundreds of youths, many of them masked, burned tires and hurled rocks at security forces in the Arab town of Umm el-Fahm on Wednesday, in response to a demonstration held by far-right activists in the town to call for the banning of the militant Islamic Movement.

Throughout the morning, rioters engaged police in running battles as smoke from tear gas canisters and the thuds of stun grenades enveloped some of the town’s streets.

The activists, adherents of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, were led by Knesset Member Michael Ben Ari, Itamar Ben Gvir, and Baruch Marzel. They arrived in armored buses with placards and flags, and were surrounded by several hundred police officers who were deployed to protect them.

Three months ago, the High Court overruled the police’s decision to deny the activists permission to hold the demonstration in the town, which is the heartland of the Hamas-affiliated Islamic Movement’s Northern Branch, led by firebrand cleric Raed Salah.

Just as police expected, tensions quickly erupted into violence as they did last year when activists held a similar protest, and several hours of rioting followed, prompting officers to fire stun grenades and tear gas, while officers on horseback occasionally charged at the rioters.

Undercover Border Police dressed up as rioters launched two surprise raids during the clashes, arresting stunned suspects. A total of ten suspected rioters were arrested, Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said, while four policemen were lightly injured.

« As soon as stones were thrown and policemen were attacked, officers responded immediately, firing stun grenades and tear gas at the rioters. We can confirm that ten masked suspects were arrested, » Rosenfeld said.

Arab Knesset Members Afo Agbaria and Haneen Zoabi arrived in the town to offer their support to locals, and Haneen claimed she was targeted by police firing rubber bullets. « That is a ridiculous claim. No rubber bullets were fired by officers during the disturbances, » a police source told The Jerusalem Post on Wednesday evening.

« The police defends facists, and threatens the lives of Arab citizens, because they can shoot and injure people, » Zoabi said. « Why don’t they shoot in the air? Why did they aim at my back and neck? I am not only threatened by the facist right, I am threatened by the police, » she added.

« If Zoabi was injured, it was worth going to Umm el-Fahm, » Marzel told Israel Radio. « She is our enemy. »

« We want Jewish children to be able to walk free in Umm el-Fahm, because this is the heart of the Land of Israel, » Marzel added.

Kneset Member Ben-Ari said, « There is no reason that the Islamic Movement should be allowed to exist in Israel. In Egypt, it’s illegal. In Jordan, they’re not allowed to have any influence. »

Umm el-Fahm locals were joined by Haredi Neturei Karta activists carrying signs which read, « Arabs Yes, Zionists No. »

By midday, the violence had died down, the activist packed up and left, and rioters had disturbed. Police consider the event a success in light of the lack of serious injuries, and do not expect disturbances to continue or spread.

« Our aim was to let a demonstration take place while maintaining public order, » deputy Police Insp.-Gen, Cmdr. Ilan Franco, who oversaw policing operations, said. « We moved against those who disturbed public order, » he added.

Franco praised northern police district head Cmdr. Shimon Koren’s management of the incident.

MK Zoabi injured in Umm al-Fahm riots

Israel News


Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi (Balad) was lightly injured from a stun grenade during the Umm al-Fahm riots. She was transferred to a local clinic.

Residents of Umm al-Fahm continue to throw stones at right-wing activists marching through the Arab town and police forces continue to use means for crowd dispersal.


Umm al-Fahm (Arabic: أمّ الفحم‎, Umm al-Faḥm; Hebrew: אֻם אל-פַחְם‎) is a city in the Haifa District of Israel with a population of 43,300, nearly all of whom are Arab citizens of Israel. The city is situated on the Umm al-Fahm mountain ridge, the highest point of which is Mt. Iskander (522 meters above sea level), overlooking Wadi Ara. Umm al-Fahm is the social, cultural and economic center for residents of the Wadi Ara and Triangle regions.

~ par Alain Bertho sur 27 octobre 2010.

2 Réponses to “Affrontements à Umm El Fahm أمّ الفحم – octobre 2010”

  1. Cette réalité est là sous nos yeux…depuis maintenant tellement d’années. Chaque tristesse ajoute à la tristesse. Faut-il combattre dans une camp ou dans l’autre ? Relater l’événement ou lutter contre cette réalité pour imposer la paix.
    Là ou les politiques du monde sont incapables de réussir. Le peuple du monde, seul pourra imposer la paix, LUTTER POUR LA PAIX dans cette partie du monde.
    Et si nous commencions par organiser une fois par an, dans notre ville UNE MANIFESTATION POUR LA PAIX.
    C’est simple à faire.
    Peuples du monde ! Nous devons imposer aux politiques de faire la paix !

  2. Je trouve que ce site est extra clair et très sympa

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