Israel News Agency
Israel --- October 11, 2008 ....... A Facebook group addressing
Jews in Israel who condemn fanatical Jews who riot in Acco (Akko)
Israel has opened today.
Facebook group, which sees a direct connection by Jewish extremists
who threaten Israeli Arabs and those Arabs then running to and
being welcomed by Islamic terror groups, is entitled: I
am a Proud Israeli Jew Who Condemns Acco (Akko) Jews Who Riot.
Israel Facebook group states that it's goal is: "By becoming
a member of this group, I declare that I am a proud Israel Jew
who has, is, will or would serve in the Israel Defense Forces
to fight Islamic terrorism and condemn those Jews who have rioted
in Acco (Akko)."
Facebook Web 2.0 Internet forum continues its description: "That
one drunk Israel Arab who desecrated the Jewish holiday of Yom
Kippur in Acco was no reason for some Jews in Acco to take the
law into their own hands and respond by rioting, destroying
property and attacking innocent Israeli Arabs and members of
the Israeli police force. I salute the Arab leadership in Acco
for condemning Tawfiq Jamal's decision to drive on Yom Kippur
and for taking steps that Arabs in Acco will respect Jewish
I as a Left wing, Right wing or politically moderate Jew also
condemn the Israeli Arabs who rioted and the Rabbis who have
stood by in silence when they should have condemned the Jews
who rioted. Acco ( Acre ) is a peaceful city where both Jews
and Arabs live and work together.
The only organizations which gain from Jews rioting in Acco
are Islamic terror groups which will welcome moderate Israeli
Arabs who have been attacked by Jews in Acco. The riots must
stop. There is no room in an Israeli democracy for racism.
enter proudly into this group and pray for the safety of the
Israeli police who are trying to bring back law, order and security
for both Jews and Arabs in Acco."
erupted in Acco (Akko Acre) after an Arab motorist entered a
predominantly Jewish neighborhood this past Thursday on Yom
Kippur, the holiest of Jewish days.
incident quickly developed into a mass riot involving hundreds
of Jews and Israel Arabs, during which dozens of cars and over
30 Arab stores were destroyed.
night Israel firefighters and police were alerted to two different
apartments owned by Arabs, which had been ignited by rioters.
The fires were extinguished and no injuries sustained, though
severe property damaged was sustained.
fired water cannons today to disperse stone-throwing rioters
in Acre, a former Crusader stronghold, arresting 32 from both
sides on a day when three Arab homes were also torched and damaged,
Micky Rosenfeld, a police spokesman said.
tentative calm has been restored to Akko after the late-night
riots that swelled through the city ended with several arrests,
three cases of apartment arson, and three civilian injuries.
began to throw stones at dozens of Jewish youths who formed
a crowd in one of the city's eastern neighborhoods. One hundred
and fifty people surrounded an apartment building in which an
Arab family and a Jewish family reside.
Israel police detained a number of Jewish protesters, and began
to disperse the remaining crowd with the help of stun grenades,
tear gas, and water hoses. Officers also raided the apartment
building and detained some of the family members rioting within.
Jewish protesters became enraged at the arrest, and surrounded
Northern District Israel Police Chief Shimon Koren, demanding
that the detainees be released. Officers remained to guard the
apartment building throughout the night in order to prevent
further property damage.
Israel Prime Minister-designate and Kadima Party chairwoman
Tzipi Livni censured the Yom Kippur riots in Akko (Acco) asserting,
during a meeting with Acco city mayor Shimon Lankry, that "Jewish
citizens cannot be allowed to take the law into their own hands."
Israel citizens should respect the holy day of Yom Kippur when
they are outside their home."
President Shimon Peres joined several officials calling for
calm and reconciliation in the city of Akko, which was plagued
by riots on Thursday.
"I call on all of the residents to take leave of their
impulses and anger and to cease immediately all rioting, accusations,
and threats," he said. "No one stands to gain anything
from these riots, they are everybody's loss."
Peres added that incidents of this kind are incompatible with
the city's character, and affect the country as a whole. "There
is not a single person in Israel who does not regret what is
happening in Akko. There is no need for the city to look like
this, for such incidents to occur, incidents that shame the
city's residents," he said.
"For years and years things have been conducted differently
in Akko. We must extinguish these flames immediately, and all
of the city's residents, Jews and Arabs, must cooperate."
Arab community in Akko, Israel has announced that it will distribute
a flier condemning the use of a vehicle by an Arab resident
on Yom Kippur. "We decided to write the flier condemning
the use of a car on Yom Kippur in Hebrew. It will be distributed
in the neighborhood where the incident occurred, this evening
or tomorrow at the latest," said MK Zkoor, adding that
the decision to take action had been agreed upon in a meeting
held by the city's Arab leadership which included the
deputy mayor, Arab municipal councilmen, radio personality Zoher
Bahalul and Zkoor.
Public Security Minister Avi Dichter vowed to put the "perpetrators
and inciters" of the Acre violence "behind lock and
of Israel policemen were deployed throughout Akko (Acco) on
Friday and Saturday. Their presence was effective in reducing
the violence. But Acco, Israel was still far from normal. The
Old City, normally packed on weekends, was virtually empty,
aside from work crews dismantling preparations for the theater
festival that was supposed to have taken place this week, but
has now been canceled.
merchants, their shops empty, were worriedly discussing a Jewish
boycott against Arab businesses and "deal with the Arabs
forcefully." Threats that could only result in making members
of Hamas and Islamic Jihad smile as moderate Israel Arab may
turn to and be welcomed by terror groups.
fanatical Jews who have rioted in Acco are either ignorant or
too arrogant as to care for the consequences of their reckless
behavior which could have a direct impact on Israel's security.
Islamic Jihad terror group called on Friday for Palestinians
to take to the streets in solidarity with the Arabs of Akko
and Arabs in Israel, in general, "due to the racist aggression
and brutality of the occupation and the bullying of the settlers."
to Israel Radio, Lieberman termed the incidents a pogrom carried
out by Arabs and compared it to Kristallnacht, the night of
shattered glass in 1938 Germany, in which Jewish properties
were widely ransacked. MK Arieh Eldad (NRP-NU) also called the
riots a "pogrom" and said police "shouldn't be
surprised when Jews take up arms to protect themselves."
Freedman, a columnist for the Guardian, responded: "That
anyone should feel so affronted by a non-Jewish citizen driving
his car on Yom Kippur that they hurl rocks in response is as
absurd a reaction as the recently-exposed ultra-orthodox vigilantes
in Jerusalem, who take the law into their own hands to uphold
religious law. For a country so determined to criticize - rightly
- the Taliban-style behavior of many Arab states, it is incredible
that such practices are not clamped down upon when they occur
closer to home.
is much to be said for respecting others' religions and customs,
but at the same time "your freedom ends where my nose begins"
cannot - and must not - be allowed to extend to a national scale.
When that happens, and when the state apparatus fails to condemn
such behavior, then the game is well and truly up. And all the
screams of "pogrom" in the world won't cover up who
the true Cossacks are in such a case."
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