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August 31, 1984 - Image 76

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-08-31

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76 Friday, Augusf 31, 1904


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Kahane denied entrance
to Arab village in. Israel



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Tel Aviv (JTA) — Rabb i were jubilant. Elders clap-
Meir Kahane, leader of th e ped each other on the back,
extremist Kach Part y saying: "We said we would
which he now represents i n not allow him in ... We've
the Knesset, was prevente d done it, we've done it . . . It is
by police Wednesday fro m better than we could possi-
entering the Israeli Ara b bly have hoped for."
village of Umm El-Fahm ,
Kahane was not detained,
where he had planned t 0 according to the police, be-
appeal to its 25,000 inhabi - cause of his parliamentary
tants to emigrate.
immunity. But he was
In a clash between stone - firmly told he could not
throwing village youth 5 enter the village because
massing to preven t this would create a riot.
Kahane's approach and
Prime Minister Yitzhak
police determined to keep Shamir, who was queried
order, six policemen were about
Kahane at a meeting
injured by fist-sized rocks Wednesday of the Knesset
and six Arabs were hurt by Foreign Affairs and Defense
gas pellets fired by the secu- Committee, said he knew
rity forces.
we would all eat gall from
Kahane arrived in the vi-
cinity of Umm El-Fahm — this man" when the Sup-
still officially described as a reme Court overturned the
Election Committee's deci-
village although with its sion
to bar Kach (and the
25,000 inhabitants it is Progressive List for Peace)
larger than some towns in from running for the Knes-
Israel — at the head of a set."
convoy of cars filled with his
Shamir termed the
followers, some of whom "Kahane phenomenon,'
were reported to be armed.
negative, dangerous and •
He had announced some
time ago while he was run- damaging" and said, accord-
ing to reports emanating
ning for the Knesset that he from
the committee's delib-
would visit Umm EI-Fahm eration,
that Israel must
to urge Israeli Arabs to find a way of curbing it.
emigrate to Arab lands,
The premier reportedly
claiming they had no place
criticized, albeit obliquely,
in a Jewish state.
legal and judicial experts
Village leaders had re- who
interpreted the law
sponded by saying he would narrowly
so as to enable
not be allowed in and left Kahane to enjoy a broad
wing and liberal Jews had area of immunity and free-
promised to come to the vil- dom of action. Shamir
lage to help stand guard
seemed to be saying that the
against his entry.
legal authorities ought to
The Kahane convoy was have barred Kahane from
halted by police and border Umm El-Fahm from the
patrols some two miles from outset.
the village. Kahane and his
MK Ehud Olmert
followers then started walk-
ing towards their objective. (Likud-Laam) who is a
But some hundreds of yards lawyer by profession,
away they were stopped by suggested that immunity
senior police officers who cannot apply to Kahane re-
told Kahane that for "opera- garding actions or state-
tional and professional rea- ments which are in com-
contravention of the
sons" he could not enter the plete
Declaration of Indepen-
His parliamentary im-
The immunity provision,
munity does-not- allow- for
Olmert noted, specifictilly
his arrest or detention, but grantd
for a Knesset
when he persisted in trying
to continue, two policemen member "in the exercise of
led him firmly to a police his duties as a Knesseter."
van, in which he was taken Contravening the Declara-
to a nearby police station tion of Independence was
manifestly not within this
and told to leave the area.
Kahane shouted at the category, Olmert argued —
police and nearby reporters: and he urged that this is
"Give me 15 policemen and how state legal officers
we will deal with them ... ought to interpret the law in
Those dogs should be gas- future.
Most of the Umm El-
Fahm villagers and hun-
dreds of Jewish sympathiz- Weizmann film
ers had meanwhile massed wins first prize
before the village shortly
after dawn in preparation at french fete
for Kahane's anticipated
• Rehovot — A documen-
- arrival. According to the tary describing ongoing
village elder, it was the Weizmann Institute re-
long, hot and anxious wait search into the changing
which caused the composition of the Dead Sea
youngsters to clash with the has won a Golden Anchor,
the first prize in' the 16th
When the news that International Marine and
Kahane was halted by Exploration Film Festival,
police some distance from an annual event held in
the village, the villagers Toulon, France.

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