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Posts Tagged ‘Israeli Arabs’

Israeli Flags Banned from Jewish-Arab Soccer Game

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Police have ordered that no flags, including those of the State of Israel, will be allowed at a soccer match between Beitar Jerusalem and the team from the Galilee city of Sahknin next week.

Fans of Beitar have a reputation for being rowdy and racist, and sometimes violent.

Police said no “non-sport” objects, including flags, will be allowed into the stadium in Sahknin, where fans will undergo a strict inspection before entering.

Approximately 600 policemen will be deployed, in addition to 100 guards, to prevent disorder.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Six Jerusalem Arab Teens Arrested for Sexual Attack on Tourist

Monday, September 28th, 2015

Jerusalem police have arrested six Arabs from the Jerusalem neighborhood of Abu Tur on suspicion of sexually attacking a Polish tourist and then photographing her.

The teenagers were only 12-14 years old, and one of the youth admitted to sexually attacking the woman, described as being in her 40s.

Police brought the gang was brought to a Jerusalem court Monday night, after the conclusion of the first day of Sukkot, to keep the minors under arrest.

Jewish Press News Briefs

4 Arab Teens Arrested in Jerusalem Terror Rock Attack on Rosh Hashana

Saturday, September 26th, 2015

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) announced Saturday night that four Israeli Arab minors have been arrested in connection with the Rosh Hashana terror attack that killed Jerusalemite Alexander Levlovitz.

The four Arab teens are accused of hurling rocks at Levlovitz’s car as he drove in the Arnona neighborhood in southern Jerusalem, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.

Levlovitz was mortally injured as the car crashed into a light pole, and died shortly thereafter at a hospital in Jerusalem. His wife and daughter were less seriously injured in the crash.

After intensive intelligence gathering, the investigation by the Shin Bet led to the arrest of the following four Israeli Arab teens:

Muhamad Salah Muhamad, age 18 Walid Faras Mustafa, age 18 Abed Muchamad Abed Rabu Daviat, 19

An additional suspect is a minor and his name may not be released due to his age.

Hana Levi Julian

Bennett: Israeli-Arab Children to Start Learning Hebrew in Kindergarten

Friday, August 14th, 2015

Education Minister Naftali Bennett announced that in the coming year, Israeli-Arab students will begin learning to speak Hebrew in kindergarten, and will be required to learn Hebrew until the 12th grade.

Bennett says the move will help narrow the social gap between Arabs and Jews.

In May, MK Oren Hazan (Likud) proposed that Jewish students be required to learn Arabic, starting in first grade.

Jewish Press News Briefs

President Rivlin Tells Arab Media Ramadan Based on ‘Compassion’

Monday, July 6th, 2015

President Reuven Rivlin hosted Arab media at his official residence Sunday night to break the daily fast in the Muslim month of Ramadan, which he said “is based on the values of compassion, mercy, and grace.”

President Rivlin added:

Unfortunately, there are those who seek to exploit the sanctity of Ramadan, and distort its meaning in favor of criminal and murderous terrorism.

I join in the concern of those countries around us, about the increase in terrorism, and I send my condolences to the President of Egypt, and the Egyptian people, following the horrific terrorist attacks in the Sinai.

In the face of these bloody events, we have the duty, all the children of Abraham, to condemn strongly, loud and clear, these atrocities committed ‘in the name of God’, or ‘in the name of Islam’.

He declined to specifically remind his guests of last week’s Palestinian Authority terrorist attack that killed Malachi  Rosenfeld and wounded two others . He only referred to it vaguely while balancing the murder with Jewish “price tag” attacks of vandalism, by stating:

These have not been easy weeks for anyone who loves this country; for those who believe we have the ability and the duty – as Arabs and Jews – to live together. At this time, in the face of those on both sides who seek to fan the flames, we cannot and must not remain silent.

He finally made one explicit reference to Palestinian Authority terror, saying that the Abbas regime “has  a responsibility to act decisively against terrorists seeking to sabotage our daily lives here.”

The President reminded the Arab media that while Muslims were breaking the fast, Jews also were ending their fast of the 17th of Tammuz, which was postponed until Sunday because of the Sabbath.

President Rivlin also said he is working with the Netanyahu administration on the issues of “distress and pain of the Israeli Arab society” and “violence in the Arab community, shortages in housing and employment.”

“The citizenship of the Arab residents of the State of Israel is not a goodwill gesture, President Rivlin said. ” It is the citizenship of individuals and of a society which is part and parcel of this land; this land is their homeland, the State of Israel is their home.”

Wouldn’t  it be nice if Arab Knesset Members would agree?

Jewish Press Staff

General Strike in Kafr Kana

Monday, April 13th, 2015

A general strike was declared this morning in the Arab-Israeli town of Kafr Kana after the illegally constructed home of a resident of the town was demolished.

Six residents, including Kafr Kana municipal council mayor Mujahad Awadeh, were lightly wounded in ensuing clashes in which police used tear gas, stun grenades and rubber coated bullets to disperse the demonstrators.

The resident, Tarek Khatib, vowed to rebuild his home, which he claimed to have built on land he had inherited.

During a visit to the town, Israeli Arab MK Basel Gattas of the United Arab List called for the building’s reconstruction, explaining that a year ago, he had sought to resolve the problem with the regional council, to no avail. “This is the result of the stubbornness and inflexibility of the regional council,” he said.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Newly Elected Arab Knesset Members Visit Abbas in Ramallah

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

(JNS.org) Newly elected Arab members of the Israeli Knesset visited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah on Tuesday evening.

The delegation included the head of the Joint Arab List party, Ayman Odeh, as well as MKs Masoud Ghanayim, Jamal Zahalqa, and Usama al-Saadi, Ma’an News Agency reported.

According to reports, Abbas congratulated the party on its success in the March 17 Israeli election. The Joint Arab List won 13 Knesset seats, making it the third-largest party in Israel’s legislature behind Likud and Zionist Union. Abbas was publicly supportive of the Arab party during the election campaign, saying he supports any party within Israel that opposes “racism, discrimination, and apartheid.”

The Knesset members’ visit to Ramallah came as Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman called for a semi-official boycott of the Joint Arab List by other Israeli parties as well as the Israeli government for what he described as “traitorous behavior” by party members. Odeh’s public relations chief recently compared Zionism to the Islamic State terror group.

The Joint Arab List was formed before the election by smaller Arab parties—including United Arab List, Ta’al, Balad, and Hadash—due to an increase in the Israeli election threshold.

JNS News Service

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