Hundreds marched to the Umm al-Fahm police station waving flags and shouting rhythmic chants on Friday, February 19, for the sixth week in a row, to protest the incompetence of the far-right government and the police in addressing the violence in the Israel’s Arab sector in general and in Umm al-Fahm in particular, Zo Haderech reported.
“The prime minister continues to scatter empty promises and lies while we continue to count more and more victims,” Hadash MK Yousef Jabareen (Joint List) told those gathered. “We will continue to come out and fight for our basic right of personal security.”
Al-Ittihad reported that the representatives of the popular committees operating in the Arab localities met this week online at the invitation of the Arab Higher Monitoring Committee to coordinate the fight against crime and violence in the Arab communities in Israel and to continue the campaign to encourage vaccination against the coronavirus and discuss other means for limiting its spread. The meeting was led by the chairman of the committee, Mohammed Barakeh, who also stressed the importance of the struggle against the demolition of homes in Arab society by Israeli authorities.
Among the proposals discussed during the meeting was a mass demonstration to be held in Tel Aviv following the March 23 general elections and the staging of a hunger strike by the leaders of the Arab public outside the government complex in Jerusalem. At the end of the meeting, it was decided to hold coordinated demonstrations in the Galilee, the Triangle and the Negev this coming Thursday, February 25, specifically as part of the campaign against violence and crime in the Arab sector and the government’s cynical and callous neglect of the ongoing crisis.