vrijdag 10 oktober 2008

Rellen in Acco op Yom Kippoer

Het is diep triest dat dit soort dingen gebeuren, en men niet een minimum aan respect voor elkaars feestdagen op kan brengen. Joden, zeker in Israel, zouden niet bang moeten zijn om hun huizen uit te gaan en op de meest heilige dag van het jaar naar de synagoge te gaan. Anderzijds houdt de tolerantie van sommige ultraorthodoxe Joden ook niet over, en dan zeg ik het heel netjes. Mensen die op sabbath door hun straten lopen en niet helemaal volgens de orthodoxe regels gekleed zijn, moeten het soms ontgelden, net als winkels die op sabbath open zijn.

The Jerusalem Post
Oct 9, 2008 19:10 | Updated Oct 9, 2008 19:52
Acre's Arabs wreak destruction on Jewish cars on Yom Kippur
Serious clashes between the Jews and Arabs of Acre left dozens of wrecked cars, smashed windows, flat tires and uprooted trees on the eve of Yom Kippur, Wednesday.

At the end of the riots, three people were lightly wounded, eight people were arrested, the windows of 40 stores had been smashed, and 120 vehicles were damaged.

The clashes reportedly erupted after an Arab resident of Acre's Old City entered the Ben Gurion neighborhood on Yom Kippur - when traffic comes to a halt across the nation - arousing the fury of Jewish residents there who pelted his car with stones.

Police said the clashes broke after three young Arabs drove into the neighborhood and infuriated Jewish residents there by deliberately smoking cigarettes in the open and playing music from their car radio in a high volume. Yom Kippur is one of a few Jewish holidays whose prohibitions are observed in public by virtually all Jews and even secular Israelis refrain from desecrating the holiness of the day in public.

But United Arab List MK Abbas Zakhur, who lives in the city, said it was not three youths but a father and his family who drove through the neighborhood.

"He didn't drive to a place where he had nothing to do, he was on his way home. One must respect the holiday and the fast but it is illegal to prevent a man from using the road during the holiday. When he reached near his home he was attacked by hundreds of Jews and when I arrived there I was also attacked, as well as my vehicle."

Meanwhile, word spread in the Old City that the driver had been killed. Hundreds of Arab youth stormed the streets heading for the Jewish neighborhoods.

Violent clashes ensued and police managed to calm the situation only after they asked Arab dignitaries to pull their weight and influence the youngsters to stop.

But en route home, the Arab residents destroyed property, reportedly shouting "Death to the Jews," "Allah hu Akbar [God is Great in Arabic]" and threatening to kill Jews "if you dare leave your houses."

A bystander said the driver who sparked the clashes was driving threateningly near several girls sitting in a park. After the girls started screaming, he reportedly incited the Jewish youths who came to see what had happened when he said, "you don't know what's coming for you".

Some time later his car was attacked and shortly after the Arab youths of the Old City enacted their vengeance.

The bystander said that Jewish residents were afraid to leave their houses even to go to synagogue. He told of "400-meter rows of cars, each and every one with smashed windows." He said the devastation seen in the streets was worse than after a Katyusha rocket fell in the city in the Second Lebanon War.

Police were not quick to respond, according to eyewitnesses. The team manning the Acre station on Yom Kippur is Arab and residents claimed that this was why they were afraid to intervene. Only after Acre's Jews called the Kiryat Shmona and Motzkin stations did police arrive.

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