Daily Israel Report

Request to March in Eastern Jerusalem

Marzel, Ben-Gvir and others want to hold a march in an Arab neighborhood to protest "anti-Jewish racist enforcement of construction laws".
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 2/15/2010, 10:35 AM / Last Update: 2/15/2010, 10:42 AM

The response to the demand by the State Prosecutor requesting the sealing of Beit Yehonatan - the Jewish-owned building in Silwan, Jerusalem, where upper floors were built without permits - was quick in coming. Nationalist activists Baruch Marzel and Itamar Gvir submitted last night (Sunday) a request to the Jerusalem District Police Chief to hold a protest march in Kfar Shiloach (Silwan).

 

Headlining their initiative, “Justice, justice you shall pursue” (Deut. 16,20), the activists wish to hold a march in the neighborhood near the 216 illegal Arab buildings for which demolition orders have been issued. They wish to march in three weeks’ time and is expected to provoke sharp protests among the residents.

 

The request is for some 70 nationalist activists to tour the neighborhood and march with signs, including a call to enforce the law on everyone there. Marzel and Ben-Gvir base their permit request on a court precedent in the Umm el-Fahm story, in which they received court permission to march in an Israeli-Arab city despite the provocative and even dangerous nature of the march. They also cite previous rulings regarding the Gay Pride March and the radical left-wing “Breaking the Silence” march in Hevron.

 

Itamar Ben-Gvir told Arutz-7 today, “We will teach State Prosecutor Moshe Lador a lesson in democracy. Lador must understand that equality before the law is not just an entry in the dictionary, but a concept that can and must be fulfilled. If he wants to seal Beit Yehonatan, then we will come to the village and explain to him that first the 216 [Arab-owned] buildings for which demolition orders already exist must be razed. One law for all. There is no place for racist enforcement in the State Prosecution.”

 

MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) wrote to the Justice Minister last night and protested against the State Prosecutor’s policy. Ben-Ari called on the minister to fire Lador and to act against selective enforcement in the State Prosecution.