Ben-Ari and Marzel (archive)
Ben-Ari and Marzel (archive)Flash 90

Police officers on Thursday evening prevented 50 right-wing activists from arriving in the Arab village of Araba, located in the Lower Galilee. The activists had come to protest a wedding between an Arab man and a Jewish woman which was taking place in the village.

Among the activists who participated in the protest were Baruch Marzel, former MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari and Benzi Gopstein, a member of the Kiryat Arab local council.

The activists, who were traveling towards the village by bus, were stopped by police near Sakhnin. They were allowed to hold a demonstration elsewhere.

Gopstein told Arutz Sheva, "We will fight any assimilation in the Holy Land. The Arabs should know it won’t work so easily for them. If a Jewish woman does not maintain her dignity, we will fight for her dignity.”

He added that Thursday’s demonstration was only the beginning of a plan to eradicate the phenomenon of assimilation, noting that the activists intend to arrive at all similar weddings and protest against them.

Former MK Ben-Ari told Arutz Sheva, "We came to say that the women of Israel belong to the Jewish people. Assimilation is one of the greatest tragedies of the Jewish people. Every Jew can sleep tonight while clicking his tongue, but he must know that another daughter of Israel has married an Arab.”