Police prevent Marzel from entering Umm al-Fahm
Sharon Roffe-Ofir
Published: 10.02.09, 09:52
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1. good
m ,   jerusalem   (02.10.09)
im glad the police prevented this guy from going in we dont need anymore problems on the highways near um al fahm
2. Ilegal police procedure
Ricardo Macher ,   KarneiShomron-Israel   (02.10.09)
I don't agree with Baruch Marzel that it's he who must go to Umm El-Fahem, but the message the police is giving is that they simply have no power over arab cities! It's a shame for the State of Israel that this people may decide about the democratic rights of Jewish citizens. I any civilized country the police chief would be dismissed be it for his action be it for incapable of fulfilling his roll. This is the way we paved the road for arab upraise, with fear, panic of confronting them with the reality that if they live here they should accept Israeli law. Ask yourself why Lieberman is getting so much strength!!!
3. Marze and Unn al-Fahm
DT ,   TA Isr   (02.10.09)
Shame on the Police . Is this or is this not a Jewish State or a Homeland for Arab terorist sympathisers. I bet if it was a reverse situation an Arab militant would not have been prevented.
4. why wave a red rag at a raging bull?
sanity   (02.10.09)
5. What?! he won't walk in alone? Why not?
If democracy is so important to Mr. Marzel he should be willing to risk it all and go into Umm Al-Fahm all by himself! The fact that he won't do that clearly indicates that this was all about Mr. Marzel and his need to be provocative and not at all about his need to be a flag bearing protector of democracy!
6. Good
Carrie   (02.10.09)
This will give Lieberman even more votes. Go Israel Beteinu - the only patriotic party left in Israeli politics!
7. infuriating
Ilana   (02.10.09)
while I really don't hold Marzel's views at all, I find it very exasperating that a citizen cannot enter a town in his own country. This is very fundamentally problematic. If I get lost in Jerusalem I panic. It doesn't happen the other way around and this says a whole lot. This is one area I would really like to see change.
8. equality
Ilznz   (02.10.09)
I guess the mayor of this town also believes that not all citizens are equal. You are welcome only if... Now if we start with this, I can think of more than many who are welcome in Tel Aviv or west Jerusalem only if... Where is democracy? It is not for extremists?
9. Police fabricates new powers for itself
Ariel Ben Yochanan ,   Kfar Tapuah   (02.10.09)
B"H Police Brigadier-General Zohar Dvir, commander of the Amakim Subdistrict, informed Marzel of the decision early Tuesday morning, saying he will not be granted entrance to the Arab-Israeli city. Since when Israelis need police nulla osta (clearence) to travel freely in this country? Are they going to ban Arabs from Jerusalem malls from now too? If not, are they, acting against only Jews, can be considered anti-Jewish?
10. in response to Carrie #6
Brian ,   Negev, Israel   (02.10.09)
actually Ichud Leumi(The National Union), is the one true Patriotic Israeli Party, and Lieberman is just silly, and a fool. I doubt you are even Israeli, or have a true grasp of Israeli politics at all, but here is your chance to learn, I myself voted Tet this morning. GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!!
11. Who else will be banned ???
Terry ,   Eilat, Israel   (02.10.09)
Baruch Marzel is a first step. Then it will be Lieberman. Followed by Netanyahu. Later it will be just ''Zionists'' who cannot enter for ''security reasons'' - and the next step will be ''No Jews Allowed'' ......
12. solution for racism
Just like in the Acco riots, the racists of Um el Fahem have again proven that they are not interested in democracy and therefore should be prohibited from voting.
13. #3
Israel Israeli ,   Tel Aviv   (02.10.09)
An observer from Ra'am Ta'al is now in Bet-El. No one threatened him. No one assaulted him. The police did not even think of sending special forces to protect him.
14. Marzel won, showed the double standard
Ilan ,   Ariel   (02.10.09)
Of course, the Arab sector habitually uses the threat of violence in cooperation with so-called law enforcement system as a cynical tool. That was Marzel's point and he scored big with it. The Raam-Tal rep in Beit El won't have the same problems because the people there are law-abiding and respect democracy.
15. just another victory
eli ,   jerusalem   (02.10.09)
for arab terrorism. There is no democracy. Very sad!
16. You are all thick and stupid and ignorant
Isrel   (02.10.09)
You wouldn't walk into Harlem dressed in a KKK garb either. You are all such a bunch of pathetic losers
17. Say the real reason why he wanted to go there please!
Jjjay3 ,   Israel   (02.10.09)
Every election the Arabs commit voting fraud there! One person will collect all the voting ids off the Arabs that couldnt be bothered going, and register them for one party. This is well known, even Mazuz knows this, and this is the real reason why he was barred! MAzuz is a criminal like his paymaster Olmert!
18. now i really dont know who to vote for
vashDi ,   israel   (02.10.09)
look whats become of our country because of corruption and favouritism of the arabic immigrants. when is the israeli government going to defend the israelies? long live Israel
19. You can censor me all you want .....
Terry ,   Eilat, Israel   (02.10.09)
But this is why Lieberman will get at least 18 seats in the Knesset - and will get more & more support in the future. And believe me, Lieberman is a moderate compared to many ......
20. Hypocrites
Gershon ,   Kfar Saba   (02.10.09)
Can you imagine the reaction if Ahmed Tibi had decided to be chairman of a polling station in Kiryat Arba and the Jews there had said that they would riot if he came. We all know what the reaction of the police would have been. Dichter and Dudi Cohen should resign immediately.
21. #16
me ,   israel   (02.10.09)
i complelety agree with u.. he shouldnt have been assigned to go there in the first place.. its causing unnessasary trouble ... Its not about the police bowing down to terrorism here.. Its respecting others.. Which clearly Maruch is not doing by going and causing riots in the first place
22. Yisroel Beiteinu
Nachum Froumin ,   Ramat HaSharonISRAEL   (02.10.09)
Yisrael Beiteinu I came because I am Jewish and concerned for the safety of Jewish people wherever. The State of Israel is supposed to be the safest place for the Jewish people. But as in 2006 in the north and now for 8 years in the south Jewish people are afraid to go out of the house. Intolerable! Yisrael Beiteinu is the only party that UNDERSTANDS the reality. Vote for Zionism! Nachum Froumin - ISRAEL
23. #21 agree!
Israel Israeli ,   Tel Aviv   (02.10.09)
You are 100% correct. The same thing happened in the United States in 1955. A troublemaker called Rosa Parks refused to respect others and broke the law in Alabama. Just like Marzel, she caused unecessary trouble. Fortunately, the police arrested her. Of course the difference is that Marzel did not break any laws, and in fact was doing his job assigned by the law, but who cares.
GET REAL ,   USA   (02.10.09)
25. terrorist sympathizers should be out of Israel!
RR ,   Miami   (02.10.09)
26. This was settled in Israeli courts
Adam Eliyahu Berkowi   (02.10.09)
The courts ruled thae Marzel should be allowed to enter and that the police must protect him. Even if you disagree with Marzel, it must be admitted that several horrendous precednts were set today. a) The police may choose to ignore a court ruling b)The police may choose to ignore democratic procedures c)Free passage and free speech are at the discretion of the police d) Arab violence is an accepted fact that many Israelis and the Israeli police uphold rather than combat.
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