Protest in Sakhnin

Israeli-Arabs: Israeli gov't bloodthirsty

Over 1,000 Israeli-Arabs protest continuation of Israeli offensive in Lebanon waving Palestinian, Iranian, and Lebanese flags

Thousands of Israeli-Arabs across the north protested the ongoing Israeli offensive in Lebanon and the killing of over 55 civilians in an Israeli air strike on the Lebanese village of Qana.


In Sakhnin over 1,000 people took to the streets, waving Palestinian, Lebanese and Iranian flags.


Muslim and Christian religious leaders held prayers for the victims and called for an immediate ceasefire.


Israeli Arabs protesting in Sakhnin (Photo:


Although the demonstration was peaceful, bystanders expressed their anger at the government's refusal to accept a ceasefire.


"You see anger on everybody's face. A man who sees the pictures from Lebanon cannot digest them. We don't understand where human sympathy has gone. It seems as though the Israeli government is bloodthirsty, death-thirsty. He who bombed the building in Qana has to imagine his family in that place," said Majed Abu Younis, a political activist with Hadash.


"When there is a siren in Akko, my children enter a secure room we organized at home," said Bashir Amin, who works as a journalist for a news website.


Amin explained that Israeli-Arabs don't blame Hizbullah for the violence.


Asked how Israel Arabs can blame Israel for the violence when rockets have been raining down on Israel since July 12 and that two Arab children were killed in a direct hit on Nazareth, Amin explained that "if an Arab is killed by a Katuysha, he becomes a martyr. That's the price they pay for being Arab."


פרסום ראשון: 07.31.06, 22:23
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