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Yom Kippur violence elicits anger and exasperation

Oct. 10, 2008 12:56 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 10, 2008 12:56 P.M.)
Bethlehem - Ma'an - On the Jewish high holiday, Israelis broke into Al-Aqsa mosque, rioted in Acre streets, and beat one Palestinian.

Yom Kippur is the Jewish Day of Atonement, it is the day when devout Jews observe 25 hours of fasting, during which time no machines are operated or "work" done.

Shortly before sunset on 8 October this year, radio stations went off the air, television channels across Israel ceased to transmit programs, and the countries highways were all but deserted.

Before the sun rose on 9 October, a group of about 100 Israeli extremists broke into the Haram Ash-Sharif compound surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and, according to the Al-Aqsa Foundation for Islamic Waqf and Heritage, "carried out several failed attempts to break into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound."

On the Day of Atonement, the moment in which one's fate for the year ahead is sealed in the divine books, groups at the Al-Aqsa mosque shouted "death to Arabs," and riots broke out in Acre.

Jewish youth, observing the Day of Atonement by fasting and refraining from "work," beat a Palestinian resident of Acre just after midnight on 9 October.

"It is unthinkable that Jews in the Jewish State will be harassed on the holiest of days to the Jewish people," the Israeli press quoted National Religious Party Chairman Zevulun Orlev as saying.

The harassment was the act of driving a car through a religious neighborhood, seen as an act of provocation to Jews who observe the fast.

After the Palestinian man was beaten, dozens of Palestinian and Israeli residents of the city gathered in what turned into a mass riot.

Palestinian member of the Israeli Knesset (MK) Ahmad At-Tibi called the riot "barbaric," and accused police of not doing enough to quash the violence.

Several Palestinian leaders likened the event to riots against the Jewish populations of Europe during World War II after MK Yuval Steinitz for Likud called the incident an Arab Pogrom against Israelis. "The state of Israel has become the only country in the Western world where pogroms are carried out against Jews," he said.

Jerusalem and Acre police have been put on high alert after Israeli Major General Aaron Franko called a meeting on the issue of the riots. Police have been deployed to Arab areas in Jerusalem to "prevent any problems by troublemakers."

The Israeli media reported Friday afternoon that an emergency meeting of the Internal Affairs committee will be held Sunday to address the riots in Acre.

Fresh violence broke out in the city Friday afternoon as Jewish youth gathered outside the home of an Arab family on Ehad Ha'am street. According to the Israeli daily Yediot Ahronot, the family members were sitting in front of the home wearing face masks.

According to Israeli police the fight between sides was dispersed, and tense calm reigns in Acre.

***Updated 12:52 Bethlehem time Saturday 11 October
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