Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Arab group threatens to 'free Acre'

Oct. 29, 2008 Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST

A group of extreme Israeli-Arab residents of the northern city of Acre have promised that the clashes between Jews and Arabs that erupted on erev Yom Kippur have not yet subsided. The group, who calls itself Shabab of Old Acre, plans to make sure of this, Channel 1 reported Wednesday evening. In a video released over the internet by the group this week, its members promised to "free Acre and the occupied territories." Shabab supports and praises the violent Arab struggle in the mixed city, said the report.

The video shows footage of masked Arab youngsters disturbing Jewish neighborhoods on the Jewish Day of Atonement with subtitles reading: "I sacrifice myself for an Arab-[controlled] Acre."

The video is dedicated to Muslims around the world and in the Gaza Strip, said the report. "We are a strong nation and will fight to the death to free our occupied land. Our blood in Acre is Palestinian blood," further subtitles read. On the video appear pictures of President Shimon Peres and Kadima leader and Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni with a caption reading: "Racism and betrayal."

The group promised to continue the violent struggle in Acre in the future.

The Acre Municipality responded to the report by saying it "hoped that the Israel Police would deal with the inciters before they implement their plans."
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