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Extremist Acts Undermine Mideast Peace Process
The Dubai-based English language daily 'Gulf News' said in its editorial on Oct. 30 that the incident should not be ignored or taken lightly as the ramifications are grave.

"A group of Jewish extremists defiantly marched through Umm Al Fahm chanting "death to terrorists" which led to clashes with the Palestinian residents of that town. The Israeli police's violent intervention in Umm Al Fahm was unquestionably severe and unnecessary. Umm Al Fahm's Mayor Khalid Hamdan accused the Israeli police of protecting "a madman and a bunch of racists. The purpose behind this [march] clearly is to provoke and to cause chaos."

The paper noted that there is no question that the acts being carried out by Jewish extremists in Palestinian neighbourhoods are a provocation. There was no justifiable reason to carry out such marches which have become a common occurrence of late. How else would the town's residents have reacted if the Jewish extremists were chanting "death to the Arabs" and "Umm Al Fahm will be Jewish"?

"The clashes in Umm Al Fahm highlight the dangerous escalation of threats by Jewish extremists against the Palestinians in 1948 areas who have continued to live in their neighbourhoods even after the establishment of Israel. These are made worse by the fact that the Israeli authorities openly lend their support for extreme voices that call for the expulsion of all Palestinians in 1948 areas."

"The repetition of such standoffs with Jewish extremists is dangerous as it undermines the entire peace process. More importantly, it negatively affects future negotiations on the fate of all Palestinians whether they are Israeli citizens, or living in the West Bank and Gaza, or abroad. The support of the Israeli authorities to the provocation of Jewish extremists will only lead to further escalation and violence," it concluded.






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