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West Bank, Gaza Palestinians see Israeli racism underlying Acre violence

Oct. 12, 2008 11:32 A.M. (Updated: Oct. 12, 2008 11:32 A.M.)
Gaza/Bethlehem - Ma'an - Saturday marked the fourth day of violence in the northern Israeli city of Acre as a third Arab home was set ablaze. Palestinians in the occupied territories condemned what they saw as Israeli attacks on their co-nationals residing inside Israel.

According to police, 54 suspected rioters have been arrested in four days of violence. The clashes began after Jewish youths assaulted a Palestinian resident who drove his car through a Jewish neighborhood of the city on the eve of the Jewish high holy day of Yom Kippur.

In addition, 14 residents were reported to have been hospitalized in the nearby city of Nahariya.

The presidency of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) condemned what it termed "Israeli aggression" in Acre.

The PLC condemned what it said was a "racist" Israeli policy to expel Palestinian residents from their land.

The PLC praised the "steadfastness" of Acre residents and called Palestinian residents of Israel and the West Bank to stand with them against Israeli actions.

Retaliation

At least two Palestinian armed groups vowed revenge against Israel.

The military wing of the radical Popular Resistance Committees in Gaza released a statement via leader Abu Abir saying, "the response to the Israeli attacks in Acre will come soon."

The An-Nasser Brigades spokesman added, "We will assure that our nation succeeds in both intifadas and they are ready for a third one to defend the Palestinian rights."

For its part, National Resistance Brigades, the military wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine (DFLP) said that they would reserve the right to "retaliate" for

"ongoing Israeli atrocities against Palestinian people inside and outside the Green Line."

***Updated at 13:33 local time

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