Israel goes to war against its own citizens

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Video from the police crackdown in Umm al-Fahm yesterday against Palestinians during a right-wing Israeli march. Located near Haifa, Umm al-Fahm is a center of Palestinian life inside Israel.

Jesse Rosenfeld comments on the growing repression of Palestinian citizens of Israel for The Daily Star:

In a country that continues to call itself “the only democracy in the Middle East,” it would appear that the days of Israel trying to present expanding segregation in the context of liberal values are over.

While the legislation calling for non-Jews to declare loyalty to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state has been billed as Netanyahu’s capitulation to his coalition in order to extend a partial settlement freeze, the reality is that Israel has shifted its primary target of controlling Palestinians to its own Arab citizens.

Seemingly in tune with the political climate, days before the vote, the military’s Home Front command, police and prison services held a training operation for a scenario where Palestinian citizens of Israel rioted in response to an agreement with the Palestinian Authority that involved their transfer to a Palestinian state. Israeli radio reported the scenario involved the establishment of a hypothetical internment camp in the Galilee to process those detained in the unrest.

While now being put into action, this shift can be traced back to the last Israeli polls that ran congruently with the Gaza war. Back then, the ultra-nationalist Yisrael Beitenu leader and now foreign minister, Avigdor Liberman, described Israel’s largest threat as its “internal enemy” – meaning Arabs in Israel. At the same time, the centrist now-opposition leader of the Kadima Party, Tzipi Livni, had contended that Israel’s Palestinian citizens would need to fulfill their national aspirations in a future separate Palestinian state.

This redirection of political and security attention display both the Israeli establishment’s comfort in their ability to maintain domination in the territories occupied since1967, and desire to solidify Jewish dominance within the 1949 armistice lines.

Israeli riot police shoot tear gas during clashes in Umm al-Fahm, Israel. Hundreds of Israeli police attended the protest against a rally of ultranationalist extremist Jews in the Israeli-Arab town, using tear gas and stun grenades to disperse the crowd. (Photo: Mozafar Najafzadeh)

More photos from Umm al-Fahm:

Israeli riot and undercover police violently arrest a Palestinian demonstrator in Umm Al-Fahm. (Photo: Mozafar Najafzadeh)
Riot police violently arrest an unarmed Palestinian youth during clashes, on October 27, 2010 in Umm al-Fahm, Israel. (Photo: Mozafar Najafzadeh)


71 Responses

  1. Shmuel
    October 28, 2010, 7:59 am

    The ’67 paradigm of the conflict and its possible resolution becomes less and less tenable as time goes on. How many will adopt the ’48 paradigm of the right (“internal enemy”, “transfer”, “us or them”), and how many will honestly try to address and resolve the root causes of the conflict?

  2. pabelmont
    October 28, 2010, 8:22 am

    Some of those identified here as Palestinians (i.e, ??, Palestinian-Israelis) appear to have been throwing stones at someone. If they were throwing stones at people (whether right-wing demonstrators or police or army or ANYONE ELSE) then they were probably rioters and should be rounded up. Am I missing something?

    Of course what is NOT SHOWN is what the right-wing demonstrators were saying or doing.

    • potsherd
      October 28, 2010, 9:47 am

      And when the haredi rioters throw stones in their riots, the police stand back and do nothing.

      Stone-throwing is only a crime when done by Arabs.

    • Avi
      October 28, 2010, 5:05 pm


      You don’t get it.

      Let’s establish some basics. You’d agree that Jewish identity in the diaspora forms and revolves around Israel. Right?

      Now, that concept is not tangible, it’s an abstract, it’s an idea.

      Are we in agreement so far?

      OK. Now, the fact that these fascist right wingers insisted on entering the town of Umm al-Fahem and declaring it part of “Eretz Yisrael”, Jewish land where They (The residents of Umm al-Fahem) do not belong was a provocative act meant to bolster such initiatives as the “Transfer”, the loyalty oath, institutionalized discrimination and segregation.

      Now, if it were me I wouldn’t be throwing rocks, but I can’t judge those who tried through peaceful and non-peaceful means to prevent the KKK from terrorizing their 1960 Birmingham, Alabama neighborhood.

      The fact that the entire state apparatus stands behind these racist thugs further exacerbates the problem.

      So, as you can see, on the surface it may seem like any other riot in today’s US, but the political, social, and ethnic aspects paint an entirely different picture.

      This is the kind of information that many lack when evaluating certain events. It’s kind of like watching a 3D movie without 3D glasses. The viewer thinks “All I see is a bunch of fuzzy images and strange hues”. But you put on the glasses and suddenly you can see. You start to marvel at what you have been missing. Those images were there all along, you just didn’t have the tools to see them. So, it’s as if they didn’t exist.

    • Avi
      October 28, 2010, 11:27 pm


      I opened my post by attacking you.

      You don’t get it.

      I apologize.

  3. Citizen
    October 28, 2010, 8:28 am

    This guy says the conflict is not really over land, but over memory. And what to do about it involves a civil war of ideas among Jews, and the same among Palestinians. Nakba. He trots in the premise that universalism is (sort of) a red herring because in the nature of things real there are only particularities, in this case, the Jewish and the Palestinian. Even the USA is a particularity, as is The West. Particularity is all about the interests of any particularity, all argument is often made based on universal principles. He says the Jews must
    make a revolutionary confession: Palestinians, what we did to you was wrong. Conflict resolution starts there; as members of each side commence to live and work together new memories are formed, more cooperative, pleasant memories of the Other as individuals–on both sides. Until the point where they stand together forming common cause as one. Thus, the univeral grows, replacing the particular. link to

    • Citizen
      October 28, 2010, 8:44 am

      Perhaps he impliedly concludes that, thus the particular grows wider, more encompassing of a former Other, less particular, hence the particular grows? (He does not use the term the Other.) Yet that would be more logical from his premise that there is only the particular. He’s confusing in that he clearly values the particular, the diverse, and sometimes competing particulars (tribal and/or socio economic/religious interests). He does mostly clearly wish to tell his fellow Jews that they
      must recognize the negative as well as the positive about themselves as a collective identity in their actions and interactivity with those outside themselves.

  4. Gellian
    October 28, 2010, 8:43 am

    Wow. Those pictures are really something.

    Can Israel seriously be considering setting up an ‘internment’ (read: concentration, i.e. to concentrate) camp to process their minority citizens? Really? Israel?

    • Chu
      October 28, 2010, 9:06 am

      Who knows. Why we underwrite this Jonestown operation is the question of the new century.

    • bijou
      October 28, 2010, 10:51 am

      I believe the answer to this is YES. You have to understand the mentality that has only become more and more entrenched with time. And then you would see that it’s not inconceivable at all.

  5. Chu
    October 28, 2010, 8:53 am

    These citizens will be called the Israeli fifth column. But, everyone looks like a potential enemy in a fascist enterprise. Their ability to perpetrate violence and create conflict in order to keep the Jewish nation strong, can only last so long.
    Are US media establishments going to gloss-over the ‘pro-fascist’ Israel actions with a broad brush into the next decade? ‘It’s a tough neighborhood’ is a pretty weak argument. I guess we’ll have to wait and see…But, the victim card is slowly losing it’s value for Israel in US politics. It can’t be denied.

  6. VR
    October 28, 2010, 8:57 am

    This is a process of thinking you have something when you have nothing, that is why years ago I tried to disabuse Israeli Palestinians of the idea that they would eventually be any different than those in the OT, Gaza or diaspora in refugee camps. It is all a ruse, and these artificial divisions created by Israel is showing itself for what it is in reality.

    It is not something that has “just occurred” under this administration, but has been a serpentine goal through all administrations – a grand design. The only question that remains is will the Israeli Palestinians finally realize what is going on, stop clinging to false hopes, and unite with all of their other disenfranchised people? This is because the pressure necessary to undo this Zionist beast cannot become a reality with artificial divisions – fooling yourself that you have something when in reality you have nothing. As I said back in 2007 –

    “It is time to propose unity among all Palestinians. That is, those “inside” Israel the “last class” citizens, those who think they are a little more privileged than the Gaza, the occupied West Bank, and the diaspora refugees. All that has been attempted by the Palestinians did not take root, and I believe this artificial division is the major weak point in the resistance. Too many people think they have “too much to loose” to join with their heavily oppressed counterparts – sort of like the “class warfare” that is taking place in the United States, without the terribly violent occupation.

    When this unity is realized it will put pressure “inside” of Israel as well as from the occupied territories for substantive change. The world will not stand by if the rabid Zionists try to banish their “citizens” (Palestinian) to the occupied territories, as the extreme right Zionist elements have advocated. The “new moderate” illegal government led by Abbas must be resisted, not only among those in the West Bank and Gaza, but by the Palestinians inside of Israel – because a new division will only serve to destroy a viable Palestinian people in the state. The unity of all, not separated by these destructive class divisions is an unbeatable force, and must result in one truly democratic state – not two states.

    I said before that the Palestinians have the “right” to use any means necessary to succeed, not to continue to use means which have proven unsuccessful. When the entire whole of the these three parts are unified, resistance can be brought to bear through the means of demonstration, and resistance – all of the conventional means that have proven effective in other civil rights movements. In order to stop this, the Zionists will have to oppress their own last class Palestinian citizens out in the open, which will prove to the most die hard Israeli supporters that indeed apartheid is in the warp and woof of this Zionism, and that will prove to be disastrous for them.”

    Do you think it is pleasant to be correct about these issues, and delightful to quote myself? Let me assure you it has nothing to do with some mystical prescience, but in knowing the nature of the beast –


    • Avi
      October 28, 2010, 5:20 pm


      You’ve certainly nailed it.

      The problem is that as human beings go, they are often fearful of a worsening of their conditions. That is to say that while Palestinians in Gaza look at Palestinians in the West Bank and wish they had the freedom of movement that they enjoy, Palestinians in the West Bank look at Palestinians in Israel and wish they had the freedom of movement that they enjoy, as well as the relatively better economic conditions.

      Each fragment of Palestinian society, looks at the other and thinks, Let’s see if we can weather this storm without getting ourselves into a similar situation under which THOSE Palestinians (In the West Bank or in Gaza) are forced to live in.

      That’s the psychology of divide and control. It fragments people. But, like you said, they need to come to the realization that they are only delaying the inevitable by not confronting the ethnic cleansing of Palestine as one group.

      • annie
        October 28, 2010, 5:43 pm

        That is to say that while Palestinians in Gaza look at Palestinians in the West Bank and wish they had the freedom of movement that they enjoy

        only to a degree. when i was in gaza someone told me at least they didn’t have iof’s walking around in their streets setting up checkpoints. once inside gaza one is free to walk around and travel anywhere. of course they’re are still targeted and shot at from the outside.

      • VR
        October 28, 2010, 6:17 pm

        Thanks for that “expertise” annie, having been there a number of times that is not what I come away with. What is your argument, that there is no divide and conquer taking place? That everyone in their own area lives exactly the same? Maybe you should go back and access your position (or whatever it is you just posted).

      • Avi
        October 28, 2010, 6:23 pm


        If I may interject here, annie is saying that when Gazans look at the glass half full (or in this case the drop of water that’s left in that glass) they consider it a blessing that they don’t have to put up with thuggish troops every inch of the way.

      • VR
        October 28, 2010, 6:51 pm

        Yes, I see what you mean Avi, it just looked strange after my post. Sorry annie, I can see you are not challenging the artificial division of the Palestinians with your statement.

      • Citizen
        October 29, 2010, 7:51 am

        No, she’s not. There’s at least a faint resemblance to the historical jewish ghettos in Europe; inside, there was a lot of freedom, but outside…more daily enforced individual restrictions, yet more economic opportunity for peddlers–and for court jews, even more…

      • Kathleen
        October 29, 2010, 11:58 am

        “divide and control” apartheid methods

  7. seafoid
    October 28, 2010, 9:15 am

    Umm al Fahm is the largest Palestinian town in Israel. It is a refugee town full of the discarded peasants of Galilee that did not belong in the new Judische Lebensraum of 1948.

    There are 4 separate ghettoes of Palestinians in the Zionist space – Gaza, East Jerusalem, West Bank, Israel itself (Bedouin, Lod, Galilee, Jaffa mostly)- and one outside Israel- the refugees. To date Israel has kept them apart very skilfully but it is hard to see this continuing indefinitely. What Israelis perceive as normal in this regard is in fact totally artificial.

    The Guardian has a nice slideshow

    link to

    Pictures 5 and 11 symbolise the entirety of Zionism to me.

    • Kathleen
      October 28, 2010, 9:47 am

      5 and 11. These images will sure not make the so called progressive media outlets. You know Rachel Maddow’s etc. Now if this were in Iran she would be all over it, because her owners would allow that.

      If this human rights issue had to do with LGBT human rights issues or legalization of marijuana Jane Hamsher would be all over the story.

    • potsherd
      October 28, 2010, 9:50 am

      This is why the Knesset is passing a bill that allows Israeli towns to exclude certain would-be residents who don’t meet “community standards.” If the towns are Jewish and the applicants are Arab.

      Every day in every way Israel becomes more and more racist.

      • seafoid
        October 28, 2010, 10:04 am

        I think Israel was always racist, Potsherd. The whole kibbutz socialism for everyone but Palestinians was there right from the start. The way they built their towns like mini fortresses – have you seen the Weizman book on Israeli architecture? Racism and the hunger for more and more land are in the DNA of Zionism. I brought a friend of mine from Jalazone refugee camp to Jaffa a few years ago and the contempt I could feel in West Jerusalem when we were heard speaking arabic I will never forget. How did it come that speaking arabic in west Jerusalem became such a taboo?

        So I think it would be more appropriate to say that day after day Israel reveals more of its racist nature to the world. Israel hasn’t changed. Outside perception is changing.

      • potsherd
        October 28, 2010, 10:22 am

        I really think it is changing. More and more Israelis are adopting the more extreme positions.

      • seafoid
        October 28, 2010, 10:42 am

        Anyone who moved to a settlement in the West Bank is a racist.
        The army attitude to Palestinians is racist and has always been. Maybe Israelis are lowering the fig leaf of liberalism that they showed to the world for so long. I know that some of the talk about ethnic cleansing has now become mainstream with Lieberman but it’s not as though Israel was ever Sweden. The whole society desperately needs to be reprogrammed. Imagine bringing up your children in that sort of atmosphere. You who fought in Lebanon say but still liked world cinema.

      • Shingo
        October 29, 2010, 1:54 am

        “I really think it is changing. More and more Israelis are adopting the more extreme positions.”

        That must be the reform Witty keeps talking about.

      • Kathleen
        October 29, 2010, 12:00 pm

        Had friends who were kibbutzniks way back when. Remember thinking how wonderful. Socialism and all. At that point had little to no real understanding about what was really taking place. Our MSM was sure not touching the history etc. First one to turn my lights on was Vanessa Redgrave.

        The bigotry and racism was there in the beginning.

      • Philip Weiss
        October 29, 2010, 12:03 pm

        kathleen what did vanessa redgrave say, when did she say it, and how did you hear it? phil

      • Walid
        October 29, 2010, 12:58 pm

        She said a lot of controversial things, especially against the American invasion of Iraq in 1991 but she was most famous for her outburst at the 78 Oscars when she got Best-Supporting Actress for “Julia” and talked about Zionist hoodlums. Fot that she paid dearly and was on Hollywood’s “do not hire” list for 10 years; movie theatres and TV stations refused to air a movie she funded called “The Palestinian” that effectively killed the movie. Yes, I’m old enough to have heard her on TV that night; her actual acceptance speech about the Zionist hoodlums:

        “My dear colleagues, I thank you very much for this tribute to my work. I think that Jane Fonda and I have done the best work of our lives and I think this is in part due to our director, Fred Zinnemann. [Audience applauds.]

        And I also think it’s in part because we believed and we believe in what we were expressing – two out of millions who gave their lives and were to prepared to sacrifice everything in the fight against fascist and racist Nazi Germany.

        And I salute you and I pay tribute to you and I think you should be very proud that in the last few weeks you’ve stood firm and you have refused to be intimidated by the threats of a small bunch of Zionist hoodlums [gasps from the audience followed by a smattering of boos and clapping] whose behavior is an insult to the stature of Jews all over the world and their great and heroic record of struggle against fascism and oppression.

        And I salute that record and I salute all of you for having stood firm and dealt a final blow against that period when Nixon and McCarthy launched a worldwide witch-hunt against those who tried to express in their lives and their work the truth that they believe in [some boos and hissing]. I salute you and I thank you and I pledge to you that I will continue to fight against anti-Semitism and fascism.”

      • Philip Weiss
        October 29, 2010, 12:59 pm

        Thanks Walid, fabulous… phil

      • tree
        October 29, 2010, 1:35 pm

        One more point, Phil. In Vanessa Redgrave’s speech she was thanking the Academy for standing up to the JDL in giving her the Oscar. That is who she was referring to when she said “you have refused to be intimidated by the threats of a small bunch of Zionist hoodlums “. Because of her funding and narration of the 1977 documentary “The Palestinians”, the JDL burned her in effigy in protest of her involvement in the documentary and her nomination for an Oscar for her role in “Julia”. There was a campaign to deny her the award because of that documentary. Also a theatre in Los Angeles was bombed by a JDL member for showing the documentary . This is what she was thanking the Academy for standing up against in voting for her.

      • Walid
        October 29, 2010, 1:49 pm

        Curiously, I never knew what the fuss had been about but I just found out, after all these years! It seems that the pro-Palestinian film she funded was in 1977 and the same year that she played in “Julia”. When Redgrave ( the only Brit to ever win an Oscar) was nominated in 1978, the picketting of the Oscars and burning of her effigy for her support of Palestinians was by none other than the JDL led by Rabbi Meir Kahane. Her outburst had been her response to the picketting outside.

        For those that may be interested for more on this from Ray Hanania that was also watching it on TV with all his family that night; he reminded me how much I enjoyed her playing the role of a holocaust survivor in the camp in “Playing for time”:

        link to

      • Sumud
        October 29, 2010, 2:58 pm

        Phil & Walid ~ a little more backstory on Vanessa Redgrave’s “controversial” Oscars speech.

        When she said “Zionist hoodlums” she wasn’t even referring to zionists in general but to Meir Kahane and the JDL who had been demanding that Redgrave’s nomination (for playing a holocaust victim in Julia no less) be dropped on account of her support of the PLO, and went so far as to burn Redgrave in effigy at protests. Redgrave had previously said “zionism is a brutal racist ideology, and it is a brutal racist regime”.

        A short version of her Oscars speech is here, and a 60 Minutes interview from a few years ago – which goes into the speech and has footage from her documentary The Palestinians, including Redgrave wielding Kalashnikov, is here.

        Two months after the Oscars controversy, a JDL member bombed the Doheny Plaza in LA (Aug. 30/Dec. 7, 1978 entries at the ADL link) where The Palestinians was to premiere that evening, demonstrating Redgrave’s statement about zionist hoodlums to be perfectly on the money.

      • Sumud
        October 29, 2010, 3:07 pm

        tree ~ until today I had erroneously thought the theatre bombing occurred before Redgrave’s Oscars speech – in fact it was 2 months after. The 1978 Oscars were held April 3, 1978 and the theatre bombing occurred June 15, 1978. In my previous comment I linked to a 60 Minutes interview which shows some of the JDL protests and a few small clips of the The Palestinians. I’d like to see it in full but it seems pretty scarce.

      • seafoid
        October 29, 2010, 4:06 pm

        And beside that Redgrave video I found this

        Finkelstein on fire

        link to

      • bijou
        October 29, 2010, 5:09 pm

        Great piece on Redgrave here that gives more in-depth background to this story.

        Vanessa Redgrave: A Passion for Justice

        …Ironically, it was her role in “Julia” that led Redgrave to become aware of the plight of the Palestinians. While making the film in Paris in 1976, she came to know a young Palestinian couple and their friends. They told her about the siege of Tal al-Zaatar, a Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon, which right-wing Falange militias trained by Israel had bombarded for months, cutting the inhabitants down with sniper fire when they dared to leave the camp for water. By the end of the siege, 3,500 men, women and children had been killed. “What had happened at Tal al-Zaatar was so hideous that I immediately wanted to do something to assist the situation,” Redgrave writes. What she did was recruit a film crew in France and Italy, hire a director, sell her two houses in London to raise the necessary funds, and in the spring of 1977 set out for Lebanon to make a film about the Palestinians….

      • bijou
        October 29, 2010, 5:15 pm

        Video of the relevant excerpt of her address is found here.

      • thankgodimatheist
        October 29, 2010, 8:51 pm

        Phil..her speech here:
        link to

        That very year Moshe Mizrahi, the Israeli director, won the Oscar with his film “La Vie devant Soi” , (Madame Rosa in English, with Simone Signoret..a film in which I had my first part in the movies)..When Mizrahi was asked for his reaction to Vanessa’s “Zionist hoodlums” reference he said: “She’s right”..That stayed with me forever..

    • Avi
      October 28, 2010, 5:22 pm


      That’s a good point. VR, you and I are basically pointing to the same conditions and to the same factors at play.

      • seafoid
        October 29, 2010, 2:49 am


        I saw a video of a George Galloway viva palestina convoy arriving in Gaza a few months ago. It showed the trucks entering a gate into Gaza and for me it looked like a social worker gaining entrance to the house of a known child abuser to see the children. The leaders of Gaza have tried to make the best of their situation but all of the rules in the Zionist space are devised by Israel. So the Gazans are ultimately just puppets. Even their resistance is in the script.
        Gaza is uniquely nightmarish- 1.5 million people living on less than 2 dollars a day 40 miles down the coast from Tel Aviv where other people visit S&M clubs and drink Chateauneuf des Papes. It’s simply absurd.

  8. Antidote
    October 28, 2010, 9:32 am

    related news:

    link to

  9. Kathleen
    October 28, 2010, 9:50 am

    “This redirection of political and security attention display both the Israeli establishment’s comfort in their ability to maintain domination in the territories occupied since1967, and desire to solidify Jewish dominance within the 1949 armistice lines.”


    The Israeli plan for a long time

    • seafoid
      October 28, 2010, 10:07 am

      Yes Kathleen but ultimately deluded. It is the same sort of thinking that drove Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley to the verge of bankruptcy. Israel can’t dominate if it doesn’t have the numbers. It’s all about the numbers.
      The last 20 years were probably the high point of zionism.

  10. Kathleen
    October 28, 2010, 9:51 am

    Adam thanks for this. The camera persons view was incredible. Where can we see more coverage?

  11. Kathleen
    October 28, 2010, 9:54 am

    Huff Po has this up (unable to link)
    Umm El-Fahm, Arab Israeli Town, Hit By Violent Clashes

  12. Kathleen
    October 28, 2010, 9:56 am


    Umm al-Fahm sheikh signs an oath of allegiance to Israel, 1949According to the Muslim historian al-Maqrizi, Umm al-Fahm was established in 1265. Its name means “Mother of Charcoal” in Arabic, [3]) the village was surrounded by natural forests which were used to produce charcoal. Several archaeological sites around the city date to the the Iron Age, as well as Muslim, Roman and Hellenistic periods. In 1948, there were 4,500 inhabitants, mostly farmers, in the Umm al-Fahm area. After the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the Lausanne Conference of 1949 awarded the entire Little Triangle to Israel, which wanted it for security purposes. On 20 May 1949, the city’s leader signed an oath of alliegiance to the State of Israel. Following its absorption into Israel, the town’s population grew rapidly. By 1960, Umm al-Fahm was given local council status by the Israeli government. In 1965-1985, it was governed by elected councils. In 1985, Umm al-Fahm was given official city status.

    [edit] Demographics
    This article may need to be updated. Please update this article to reflect recent events or newly available information, and remove this template when finished. Please see the talk page for more information. (October 2010)

    According to CBS, in 2001 the ethnic makeup of the city was 100.0% Arab (99.7% Muslim), with no significant Jewish population.There were 18,700 males and 18,000 females (36,800 total), with 51.2% of the population aged 19 years of age or younger, 18.2% between 20 and 29, 18.9% between 30 and 44, 7.8% from 45 to 59, 1.5% from 60 to 64, and 2.4% 65 years of age or older. The population growth rate in 2001 was 3.2%.

    [edit] Economy
    Since the establishment of Israel, Umm al-Fahm has gone from being a village to an urban center that serves as a hub for the surrounding villages. Most breadwinners make their living in the building sector. The remainder work mostly in clerical or self-employed jobs, though a few small factories have been built over the years.[citation needed] According to CBS, there were 5,843 salaried workers and 1,089 self-employed in 2000. The mean monthly wage in 2000 for a salaried worker was NIS 2,855, a real change of 3.4% over the course of 2000. Salaried males had a mean monthly wage of NIS 3,192 (a real change of 4.6%) versus NIS 1,466 for females (a real change of -12.6%). The mean income for the self-employed was 4,885. 488 residents received unemployment benefits and 4,949 received an income guarantee. In 2007, the city had an unofficial 30 percent poverty rate.[3]

    • VR
      October 28, 2010, 6:48 pm

      I recommend that everyone read this site, if you want to see what it is like for the Palestinians inside of Israel:


      Search the site, and you can also get an idea about what is transpiring with the Palestinians inside of Israel by looking at their Vision statement, see what they are looking for which will give you a hint of what they do not have:


      Take for instance, here is an excerpt from the October letter in Arab HRA, look at its conclusion – “Therefore, we face a challenge to our very existence as an indigenous minority in Israel.”

      • VR
        October 28, 2010, 10:56 pm

        How is this for targeting the heart of what is taking place in Israel against the Palestinian citizens, excerpt from the Vision document:

        “To maintain the ethnocratic system, Israel has implemented several rules concerning the Palestinian Arabs in Israel:

        A. Cutting all identity relations between the Palestinian Arabs in Israel and the rest of the Palestinian people and the Arab and Islamic Nation. Israel has tried to create a new group of “Israeli Arabs.”

        B. Preventing Palestinian Arabs in Israel from keeping relations with their brothers in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza Strip, and, The Palestinian refugees.

        C. Opposition to organizing the Palestinian Arabs in Israel in any form that can be in contradiction to the aspirations of Jewish majority and the state in terms of parliamentary representation and preventing them from exercising any non parliamentarian political activities of public struggles.

        D. Opposing the Palestinian Arab leadership attempts to building a vision adverse to consolidate the Status of the Arab minority in the Jewish state which ultimately accepts the Jewish control of the state, its resources and abilities.

        E. Forcing the Palestinian Arabs in Israel to accept resource allocation on the basis of ethnicity rather than citizenship. This aims at maintaining the Jewish superiority and the Palestinian Arab inferiority in Israel.”

  13. Kathleen
    October 28, 2010, 10:02 am

    Looking at maps of the Haifa district. So would this area be used as a trade for some of the huge illegal settlements in the West Bank?

    • seafoid
      October 28, 2010, 10:44 am

      In Lieberman’s dreams. There won’t be any transfer because 20% of the officers in the Israeli Army are settlers. They are going to bring down Israel. Who will follow orders to evacuate Hebron?

  14. pineywoodslim
    October 28, 2010, 10:49 am

    I wonder what the Israeli police reaction would be if Israeli Arabs staged a massive march through Jewish religious neighborhoods in West Jerusalem protesting, for example, the increased sectarianism of the state?

    • seafoid
      October 28, 2010, 11:08 am

      Probably the same as the reaction in October 2000 when they marched to protest the handling of the intifada. Live bullets. Pour encourager les autres.

      • Avi
        October 28, 2010, 5:29 pm

        Probably the same as the reaction in October 2000 when they marched to protest the handling of the intifada. Live bullets. Pour encourager les autres.

        That’s right.

        13 Israeli citizens were killed by Israeli forces. A Commission called the Or Commission was established to investigate the events and make recommendations.

        The recommendations of the Or Commission went unheeded by the government. Instead, the government escalated the situation.

        To this day, not a single person was brought to trial for murdering 13 citizens. Had the victims been Jewish……..

      • bijou
        October 28, 2010, 9:09 pm

        The tenth anniversary of the shootings just happened earlier this month. For Arab perspectives on these events see this new publication from Mada al-Carmel (Jadal).

  15. CTuttle
    October 28, 2010, 11:58 am

    Last night, I’d asked the question… Freedom Or Provocation In Umm Al-Fahm?

    Some memorable cites…

    National Union MK and Kahane disciple Michael Ben Ari announced on the way to the march that there are terrorists in Umm al Fahm.

    “I warned, and no one listened to me!” Ben Ari said. “I turn to the prime minister and say: There is no reason that the Islamic Movement should be allowed to exist in Israel. In Egypt, it’s illegal. In Jordan, they’re not allowed to have any influence.”

    Ben Ari continued: “There is no reason we should be a stupid democracy and let people who want to destroy us have a voice.”


    Plainclothes Israeli police officers were seen amongst the Palestinian protesters with handguns firing shots.

    Protesters have said that they believe live ammunition was used, a charge which Israeli police deny.

    Eyewitness said that undercover agents who were throwing stones along with Umm Al-Fahm young men fired shots into the air to signal to the Israeli policemen to start their attack on the Palestinians. Those agents helped the policemen to arrest seven of the Palestinian protesters.

    And last, but not least…

    Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch told the Knesset that the rightist march in Umm al-Fahm had been approved by the Supreme Court and coordinated with the police.

    “Gunpowder was already laid out on the city’s grounds and police officers did their utmost to maintain order. Sometimes the price of preserving democracy is use of force – these are rules applicable to every protest. I support the officers,” he said.

    • Kathleen
      October 29, 2010, 12:02 pm

      C tuttle nice work. Sorry you did not get even one comment over there at FDL. Not one. Great effort.

  16. MRW
    October 28, 2010, 12:15 pm

    US taxpayers paid for that movie-overkill riot gear, to quell what? Less than 100 people? Throwing stones at them? No wonder the Chinese intelligentsia sneer and snicker at Israeli militarism behind closed doors; they’re infantile proof of what Sun-Tzu wrote 3000 years ago does not work.

    My derision knows no bounds when I look at them.

    • Antidote
      October 28, 2010, 3:04 pm

      Canadian taxpayers paid through the nose, without their consent, for the very same overkill spectacle during the G20 in Toronto. Courtesy of Harper, Israel’s best friend. Probably had some Israeli security advisors for the event. Even British PM Cameron made fun of both the enormous bill and the excessive security during the G8/G20 in Huntsville and Toronto. “Safest swim I ever had”, he commented, after a dip in the lake.

  17. lysias
    October 28, 2010, 1:37 pm

    There’s an article about this in today’s Financial Times, Israeli Arabs’ anger erupts in clashes :

    The Arab minority accounts for more than one in five Israeli citizens, but many say they feel marginalised and discriminated against. Tensions have risen since Benjamin Netanyahu took office as prime minister last year. His coalition includes the nationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party, whose leaders have been accused of making anti-Arab statements.

    The most recent controversy has centred on a government proposal demanding that non-Jewish migrants to Israel declare their loyalty to the country “as a Jewish state”. The proposal, which may yet be revised, was seen as an affront by Israeli Arabs, who are largely Muslim.

    But the community has also been alarmed by other government proposals. As the clashes took place in Umm al-Fahm, a Knesset committee approved a draft bill that would allow small Israeli communities to exclude new residents if they lacked “social suitability”.

    This plan is seen as providing a way to keep Arab citizens of Israel out of communities dominated by Jews. It was denounced by the liberal Haaretz newspaper as an “atrocious amendment” that “will join other discriminatory laws that have been accepted recently, and will proffer to the Knesset yet another ignoble stain”.

    • lysias
      October 28, 2010, 1:38 pm

      I forgot that the FT demands that its authors be named when their pieces are quoted. Tobias Buck in Umm al-Fahm is the byline for the piece I just quoted.

      • yourstruly
        October 28, 2010, 7:55 pm

        Yesterday’s police riot at Uhm al Fahm brings up memories of the “Bull” Connor led police riot during the 1963 Birmingham Civil Rights March. May yesterday’s events provide the same impetus to justice for Palestine as the Birmingham March did towards justice for the descendents of African slaves in America.

  18. bijou
    October 28, 2010, 9:15 pm

    Does it strike anyone else as supremely odd that the “confession” of Ameer Makhoul happened on nearly the same day as this Umm al-Fahm (clearly staged) conflagration? Like the messaging to the public consciousness is that “they are all traitors — they deserve to be expelled.”

    Gives me chills, truly.

    • Avi
      October 29, 2010, 1:14 am

      Does it strike anyone else as supremely odd that the “confession” of Ameer Makhoul happened on nearly the same day as this Umm al-Fahm (clearly staged) conflagration? Like the messaging to the public consciousness is that “they are all traitors — they deserve to be expelled.”

      Gives me chills, truly.


      • Walid
        October 29, 2010, 3:06 am

        If you want to read into what will be happening to the Palestinian-Israelis in the very near future, you have to start following events happening in Lebanon where outsiders provoke stuff like wars when something drastic has to be done to the Palestinians and a diversion is needed. Abbas is about to concede the Jewishness of Israel which would put a nail in the coffin of the Palestinians’ RoR in adddition to permitting the future expulsion of Palestinian-Israelis but this is to be eclipsed by something about to happen in Lebanon. Another campaign appears to be ready to start against Hizbullah that Israel wants eliminated at any cost because it is the only force standing in the way of naturalizing the 400,000 Palestinian refugees. Yesterday was also the day that the US at the UN was badmouthing the Syrians about their helping of Hizbullah with the arms-supplying story and this followed the previous day’s Ban Ki-moon speech about the need to disarm Hizbullah and on the same day, the UN Hariri Tribunal investigators dropping in on a gynecological clinic in Dahieh asking the doctor to see the medical (gynecological) records of the wives and daughters of Hizbullah leaders starting from 3 years prior to the assassination of Hariri. This was the straw that broke the camel’s back and most probably the UN motive behind such an absurd request by the UN investigators. Nasrallah in a televised speech said that anyone working to help the UN special Hariri tribunal investigation has to be considered as working against Hizbullah and the people that would be approached for information were now free to act as their conscience dictated because the investigators had been gathering information for Israel more than for the tribunal’s needs.

        All this is to stress that there is a tie-in between what is happening to the Palestinians inside Israel (putting aside those in the occupied territories for a moment)and deteriorating events in Lebanon that are deteriorating. Haaretz that usually starts publishing parts of Nasrallah’s speech while they are being delivered is keeping mum about this story.

        Things are looking ugly for Palestinians inside Israel as well as for the Lebanese; Umm al Fahm was a preview.

      • Avi
        October 29, 2010, 5:28 am


        That’s a reasonable assessment.

        By the way, I take it you’re in Lebanon?

        What’s your take on the Hariri assassination?

      • Walid
        October 29, 2010, 11:17 am

        Avi, hard to tell; everyone has a theory on this. The UN tribunal has become a joke and is being politically manipulated. During 4 years, the tribunal maintained that the prime suspect was Syria but when Syria started cooperating on Iraq, it was taken out of the doghouse and fully exonerated and attention was shifted to Hizbullah. The 4 Lebanese generals that had been imprisoned by the UN court for 4 years for suspicion because of the testimony of 4 false witnesses (the UN declared them false witnesses) were released without having been formally accused and the UN court is refusing to try the false witnesses or to give out any information that was provided by them. 10 countries have refused to cooperate with the inquiry and those include the US, Israel, France, the Emirates and others.

        When the explosion happened, there was an AWAC and an Israeli drone in the air over Beirut and both Israel and the US are refusing to give information on what those were doing there at the time and logs of their missions and the UN tribunal is not insisting on getting the details from them. Only Israel can produce the jamming equipment used in the Hariri motorcade. The pickup truck that held the ton of explosives had been stolen in Japan and shipped to Dubai and from there brought into Lebanon. In a nutshell, the thing is being dumped on Hizbullah based on call records of cell phone companies that had been penetrated by Israel (and Israel has openly admitted its spies had taken control of the Lebanese phone companies.) It’s appearing that the purpose of the court is to light up the situation between the Sunni and the Shia and we’d be back with someone back at trying to redraw the map of the Middle East. Yesterday Susan Rice at the UN sent Syria back to the doghouse. From where I’m standing, it’s all about the naturalization of the 400,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon that the majority of Lebanese including Hizbullah that is armed to the teeth is refusing. Add that to the ongoing talk in Israel about transfer of populations and the obviously coming acceptance by Abbas about the Jewish state you’d see that Hizbullah is the only significant stumbling block in this plan. What we saw at Umm al-Fahm is a preview of what we can expect. Remember the dry run conducted by Israel a few days back in the Galilee on what would happen if the Palestinian-Israelis rioted?

        I can’t tell if Hizbullah had anything to do with the assassination or not but my intuition tells me it doesn’t. All indications point to Israel but the UN tribunal is refusing to even interrogate Israelis and it makes the whole tribunal issue smell fishy.

    • seafoid
      October 29, 2010, 12:27 pm

      link to

      They will do anything to suppress dissent. Israel will have to be destroyed.

      There is a great book to be written on the activities of the Shin Bet when all of this nightmare is over. Only doing their job. Nice Jewish boys.

      And to think Barney Frank can’t can’t speak up on this kind of thing because the voting Jews on the other side of the pond won’t have it.

      Where did it all go wrong?

  19. RoHa
    October 29, 2010, 2:10 am

    Cook alleges that they have finally managed to get Haneen Zoubi. They haven’t killed her, yet.

    link to

    • Avi
      October 29, 2010, 5:16 am

      Ms Zoubi reported being hit in the back and neck by rubber bullets as she fled the area when police opened fire. In an interview, she said she believed she had been specifically targeted by police snipers after they identified her.

      Police denied her claims, saying they had used only tear gas and stun grenades.

      That should be easy to prove/refute. Let’s see the injuries. Does it look like she was hit by an object the size of an apple or the size of a big olive?

      Arab leaders said the clash had been triggered by undercover police who began throwing stones from among the demonstrators – a tactic that the unit has been caught on film using at protests in the West Bank.

      What else is new?

    • bijou
      October 29, 2010, 7:49 am

      Would like to see an additional post on this development if possible. Could we invite her to contribute one?

  20. bijou
    October 29, 2010, 7:47 am

    and on the same day, the UN Hariri Tribunal investigators dropping in on a gynecological clinic in Dahieh asking the doctor to see the medical (gynecological) records of the wives and daughters of Hizbullah leaders starting from 3 years prior to the assassination of Hariri.

    Wow – unbelievable!

    All this is to stress that there is a tie-in between what is happening to the Palestinians inside Israel (putting aside those in the occupied territories for a moment)and deteriorating events in Lebanon that are deteriorating.

    Couldn’t agree more and really appreciate your bringing additional insights to this. I think it’s really valuable to see the big picture always, but hard to do that alone. Collaborative monitoring/research is needed. Although the big picture is indeed grim…. still, one should have awareness of what is being perpetrated.


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