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Safed Mayor Ilan Shohat: Personal incitement
Photo: Avihu Shapira
Safed ads: Raed Salah plots to take over our city
Dozens of street ads in northern city inciting against mayor following his decision to build medical school. Ads claim: Evil plot destined to establish Arab refugee camp

Things are continuing to heat up in the northern city of Safed: Dozens of public ads were hung in the streets of Safed on Thursday attacking Mayor Ilan Shohat, claiming his decision to build a medical school in town will attract many non-Jewish students.

 

These announcements were published following the Safed rabbis' call to home-owners to avoid renting or selling apartments to Arab students in the city and the confrontation between ultra-Orthodox and Arab college students last month.

 

"Building a 'medical school' is meant to cover-up the evil scheme intended to seduce and promote Shohat's dark interests - building a refugee camp for Arabs, who's purpose has always been deception," the poster read.

 

The distributors of the ad also claimed this decision was "a crime encouraged by Raed Salah (leader of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel) who plots to take over our city, which might deeply harm its unique style and cause assimilation."

 

The ads were signed by an unknown source referring to himself as "The Struggle Headquarters," whose members continuously urge all Safed home-owners to avoid renting or selling apartments to Arabs and even to avoid hiring them or permit them an entrance to the city.

 

'The medical school will be built'

A police complaint has already been filed, and Safed police intend to use security cameras scattered around the city to track down those responsible for the inciting ads.

 

"We are dealing with marginal extremists who do not represent all Safed residents. I'm neither intimidated nor fearful. I was elected in order to develop Safed, and a medical school will be built. It will play a major part in developing the city and the entire Galilee area," Shohat said to Ynet. He also mentioned he "trusts police will trace those loners and bring them to justice."

 

Since the violent incident between ultra-Orthodox and Arab college students in Safed, two charge sheets have been filed against a police border guard and another young resident involved in the event.

 

So far none of the precautions taken have been helpful in preventing the violent escalation. Earlier this week, threats were sent to the home of an 89-year-old man planning to rent out his apartment to a Bedouin student. No arrests have been made so far. 

 

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