Riots erupted between border police and Israeli-Arab residents Tuesday in the northern Israeli town of Umm el-Fahm following a demonstration by Jewish hardliners, Al Jazeera English reports. Police are reported to have used tear gas to quell rioters throwing rocks. From Al Jazeera:
The protest in Umm el-Fahm, one of Israel's largest Arab towns, erupted on Tuesday after Jewish hardliners tried to march through the town.
Mickey Rosenfeld, a police spokesman, said police swung into action after protesters hurled stones at security men.
Al Jazeera's Ayman Mohyeldin, reporting from Umm el-Fahm, said a group of about 100 Israeli right-wingers wanted to march in the town, home to about 15,000 Palestinians.
He said the group's march followed a supreme court decision that allowed them to "excerise their sovereignty over the city".
According to Haaretz, the strife began when Umm el-Fahm's Arab residents gathered to protest the right-wing march; however Israeli police declared this gathering illegal following outbursts:
The clash erupted after police arrested three Israeli Arabs who had scuffled with officers. The detainees had gathered for a counter-demonstration held by Umm al-Fahm residents.
Police declared the rally to be illegal and ordered the Israeli Arab protestors, some of whom were waving Palestinian flags, to leave.
After the counter-demonstration, Ghilon told Israel Radio: "We arrived in order to restrain. I feel okay, but there were a number of applications of gas that were perhaps unnecessary, on the roads as well as in the clash."