Daily Israel Report

Marzel-Ben Gvir to Remember Kahane with Rally in Arab City

Nationalist activists Marzel and Ben-Gvir will march in the stronghold of the Islamic Movement, one day after the memorial for Rabbi Kahane.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 10/24/2010, 11:22 AM / Last Update: 10/24/2010, 11:49 AM

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Nationalist activists Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir will march on Wednesday in the Arab city of Umm el-Fahm, the stronghold of the Islamic Movement, one day after the memorial for slain nationalist Rabbi Meir Kahane.

The High Court accepted an appeal from the Our Land of Israel movement and rejected police objections that the demonstration will cause violence. However, the court disallowed a request to protest in front of the home of Ra'ad Salah, the jailed leader of the Islamic Movement, which Marzel and Ben-Gvir want outlawed.

Permission was granted for the demonstration to take place outside the headquarters of the anti-Zionist organization, and the maximum number of participants was raised to 70 from 50, the limit that was imposed in a protest in the same city earlier this year.

Salah was on board the Turkish-sponsored Mavi Marmara ship, whose IHH terrorists last May 31attacked Israel Navy commandos trying to divert the vessel from Hamas-controlled Gaza. Salah incited the IHH members to violence with a fiery speech before the commandos reach the boat.

Ben-Gvir noted that Peace Now is allowed to demonstrate in Hevron on the grounds of “freedom of speech” but that nationalists are accused of a “provocation” when they want to rally in Umm el-Fahm.

The protest rally will take place one day after memorials for Rabbi Meir Kahane, who was murdered in New York City. The Knesset later outlawed his Kach movement, which follows the rabbi’s teachings that Israel is exclusively a home for Jews.

Marzel commented, "There is nothing more symbolic of the fact that the students of Rabbi Kahane continue his struggle 20 years after his murder.

“We demand that the Islamic Movement be outlawed, and if the Kach movement is illegal, all the more so that the Islamic Movement should receive the same designation.  Kach was not a terrorist organization, but members of the Islamic Movement are terrorists.”