The National Police Control Center transmitted a message Friday to police officers saying that “15 thousand Arbushim (derogatory term for Arabs) have arrived so far at a rally in Umm al-Fahm.” The message was transmitted to beepers, as was reported by the IDF radio.
The police say it was a 'severe mistake,' and commented to ynet, “it was immediately repaired, and disciplinary actions will be taken against the responsible party.”
Tens of thousands came to the annual rally assembled by the northern faction of the Islamic Movement. Head the faction, Sheikh Raed Salah, said at the event that “soon Jerusalem will be the capital of the new Muslim caliphate.”
The sheikh added that former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and President Moshe Katsav were “punished by Allah” after they plotted to bring harm to the Al-Aqsa mosque.
Salah also responded to the statements
attributed to Pope Benedictus XVI, who quoted Byzantine Christian Emperor Manuel Paleologos II, saying that the Prophet Muhammad only brought evil to the world.
“I hope it was a slip of the tongue, because if it is not, his words are a direct call to the nations of Europe to stand behind President (George) Bush and Israel in their war against Islam,” Salah said.