Israel’s Supreme Court upholds rightist march


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Supreme Court decried police delays in arranging a rightist march through an Arab city.

The court, which originally approved the petition of rightists Baruch Marzel and Itamar Ben-Gvir to march through the northern city of Umm al-Fahm in September, on Wednesday criticized the Israeli police and the state prosecutor’s office for delaying the march.

The court ordered that the demonstration be held within six weeks of national elections on Feb. 10.

Wednesday’s hearing was in response to a second petition filed with the Supreme Court claiming that the Israel and Umm al-Fahm police were in contempt of court for ignoring the court’s September ruling.

The state prosecutor’s office said the march was postponed several times due to threats to the marchers.

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