Police are bracing for large protests in the Arab town of Musmus, some 20 miles southeast of Haifa, where far-right activsts are scheduled to march through the streets on Tuesday.
Otzma Leyisrael party leaders Baruch Marzel, Itamar Ben Gvir and MK Michael Ben Ari plan to lead some 50 right-wing activists on a protest march through the town, which is located in the Wadi Ara region, which is home to mostly Arabs. The procession will be the latest in a series of similar demonstrations that the three have held in Arab towns and neighborhoods around the country.
Police said they will have large forces on hand for the event, which is expected to draw a large counter-protest.
Marches through other Arab towns by far-right activists have turned violent in the past. In 2010, police and Arab protesters clashed in the city of Umm al-Fahm, also in Wadi Ara, during a right-wing rally.
The newly-formed Otzma Leyisrael party has made Israel’s Arab population a focus of its Knesset campaign, running ads calling on Arabs to pay taxes and play a more equitable role in Israeli society, ahead of elections on January 22. Critics have accused the party of peddling racism against Arabs.