Far-right activists arrested en route to unauthorized anti-mosque protest
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Far-right activists arrested en route to unauthorized anti-mosque protest

Jewish extremists Michael Ben Ari, Baruch Marzel, and Itamar Ben Gvir detained on their way to Umm al-Fahm

From L to R: Far-right activists Baruch Marzel, Itamar Ben Gvir and Michael Ben Ari confront a police officer who prevented them from attending an anti-mosque protest in Umm al-Fahm on April 10, 2017. (Channel 2 screenshot)
From L to R: Far-right activists Baruch Marzel, Itamar Ben Gvir and Michael Ben Ari confront a police officer who prevented them from attending an anti-mosque protest in Umm al-Fahm on April 10, 2017. (Channel 2 screenshot)

Police on Wednesday arrested several members of a far-right Jewish group as they made their way to the Arab town of Umm al-Fahm for an illegal protest.

The bus full of activists was pulled over on Route 6 near Taybeh on its  way to the protest. Police detained several members of Otzmah Yeduhit, including three well-known far-right activists: Michael Ben Ari, Baruch Marzel, and Itamar Ben Gvir.

Police said the group was not granted permission to stage a protest outside the city mosque over fears the demonstration would lead to violent clashes.

Otzma Yeduhit is petitioning to have the main mosque in Umm al-Fahm permanently shuttered over its role in allegedly radicalizing three local residents who carried out a deadly terror attack on the Temple Mount last year.

At the intersection where the group was pulled over, a number of activists were seen angrily confronting police officers.

“You have no right to set conditions for us,” one activist shouted at a police officer who arrived at the scene, while another accused police of supporting terrorism.

View of Umm al-Fahm, June 22, 2017. (Amanda Borschel-Dan/Times of Israel)

In response, the policeman told the activists that they were “going against the rules.”

“An assessment by security officials warns that your presence in Umm al-Fahm presents a real danger to human life and public safety,” he said.

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