JERUSALEM (Jun. 11)
An Israeli Arab civic leader sharply reprimanded nationalist youth Sunday for indulging in anti-Israel acts over the weekend at a series of rallies in Arab towns and villages in Israel.
Mayor Ibrahim Nimer Hussein of Shfaram, who heads the Committee of Arab Councils in Israel, called on Israeli Arab organizations to ostracize the Sons of the Village movement for these acts.
He said members acted without the sanction of local Arab authorities when they waved Palestine Liberation Organization flags and shouted anti-Israel slogans at peaceful rallies Saturday.
In any event, the mayor said, PLO flags belong in the territories, not in Israel.
The rallies, protesting an alleged national mood of hostility and racism, were held Saturday in Shfaram and Sakhnin, in Galilee; Umm-el-Fahm and Taiba, in central Israel; and the Bedouin town of Rahat, in the Negev.
All were without incident, except in Rahat, where fights broke out between followers of the Moslem Brotherhood and members of the Democratic Front for Peace and Equality, otherwise known as the Hadash Communist party.