23:04 , 01.08.09


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Photo: Sharon Tzur 'Violence possible.' Mayor Gafaso Photo: Sharon Tzur
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Hadash party to protest 'massacre in Gaza'

Organizers expect thousands to call for an 'end to IDF assault and the lifting of the blockade on Gaza'; Yisrael Beiteinu: Rally a provocation
Sharon Roffe-Ofir

The Hadash party is scheduled to hold a rally in the predominantly-Jewish northern Israeli city of Nazareth-Illit on Saturday in protest of the "massacre in Gaza".


Organizers expect thousands of people to attend and call for an "end to the (IDF) assault and the lifting of the blockade on Gaza."


Nazareth-Illit Mayor Shimon Gafaso turned to Internal Security Minister Avi Dichter and asked that he cancel the event. "I've received dozens of phone calls from residents demanding that the rally be called off. I know activists from Yisrael Beiteinu party are planning to hold a demonstration opposite the Hadash rally and in all of the city's intersections," he said.


According to Mayor Gafaso, holding such a rally in a Jewish city may lead to violence.


Alex Gadalkin, chairman of Yisrael Beiteinu's Nazareth Illit branch, called the planned rally a "provocation", adding "do they not have enough convention halls in Nazareth? Why hold the rally here, and at such a sensitive time? We will not tolerate a rally against the IDF and Israel."


Hadash denied the allegations, saying Nazareth Illit was chosen for its large convention hall.


Amakim Police said "we will allow any legitimate and lawful protest."