Israeli Arab demonstrators call for more kidnappings

The northern Israeli city of Umm Al-Fahm, site of an Israeli Arab protest on Friday. Credit: Moataz1997 via Wikimedia Commons.

( Some 200 Israeli Arab demonstrators hoisted Palestinian flags on Friday at the entrance to the city of Umm al-Fahm, clashing with policemen who were trying to keep order.

The demonstrators were protesting Israel’s use of administrative detention, when arrestees are held without trial, in Judea and Samaria following the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers. Some demonstrators called for more kidnappings, particularly of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers, Israel Hayom reported.

At his cabinet meeting on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the calls for more kidnappings in Umm al-Fahm “outrageous.”

“Most Israeli Arab citizens don’t share such opinions, and I call on their leaders to stand boldly, resolutely, and to denounce such statements, for Israelis cannot accept or reconcile with such outrageous statements calling for the kidnapping of IDF soldiers,” Netanyahu said. “IDF soldiers protect all of us.”

Posted on June 29, 2014 .