Watch: Police Knock Arab MK to the Ground
Police have been showing less patience for extremist Arab MKs' antics lately, MK Mohammed Barakeh (Hadash) learned Monday in Nazareth when he attempted to storm the local police station.
The video shows Barakeh, who has been inolved in numerous scuffles with authorities over the years, trying to storm the Nazareth police station together with an Arab mob. The police form a wall and push the crowd back, and Barakeh eventually finds himself on the ground.
Police arrested two of Barakeh's sons, and 21 other citizens, following the large scale demonstration in Nazareth on Monday, which was attended by thousands. The protesters demanded an end the the IDF's anti-terror operation in Gaza.
Eighteen residents were arrested immediately afer the protest, and others were nabbed when they tried to enter the police station. These include Barakeh's sons – Dr. Saeed Barakeh, a veterinarian, and another son named Yazid.
"The police's brutality and hostility toward Arab citizens is not new to us, but it has reached unprecedented proportions,” Barakeh complained afterward.
Nazareth has been extremely tense in recent days and has seen a large police presence, intended to quash any violence that the locals may be planning. Goaded by Arab MKs and other leaders, the Arab sector in Israel has been extremely restive since the murder of Arab teen, Mohammed Abu Khder, by a Jewish man, and the launching of Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.
Barakeh was charged with assaulting and insulting a police officer in 2009, in a case that has dragged on for years. He was convicted of assaulting a private citizen in 2014.
MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad) was handcuffed in a protest held by Arabs in Haifa on Friday evening against Operation Protective Edge.
Clashes broke out between the demonstrators and police forces when the protesters, who numbered approximately 400, tried to block streets. Police noted that the protest was not authorized by them and that they found out about it through Facebook.
The protesters waved Palestine Liberation Organization flags as well as the flag of Algeria, according to Channel 2 News.
MK Zoabi was handcuffed by one of the officers, who did not recognize her and did not know she has parliamentary immunity. She was released after a senior police commander who was on hand intervened. She then flew into a rage, as the video shows.