Israeli Arab protesters have clashed with police after right-wing Israelis marched on the predominantly Arab town of Um al-Fahm.
The Israeli ultra nationalists headed to the town in a demonstration police had tried to ban fearing violence. In the end the Israeli High Court gave them the go ahead. They claimed they were exercising their right to raise their flag anywhere in Israel – an act which the people of Um al-Fahm viewed as extreme provocation. The town is considered a stronghold of Israeli-Arab sentiment and is where 13 Israeli-Arab protesters were killed in 2001. The right wing Israeli march was over within an hour, but by then angry Palestianians were throwing stones at police who responded with tear-gas and water cannon. Um al-fahm has witnessed much violence over the years – and the scenes there today are a sharp reminder of the unresolved Israeli Palestinan conflict.