Thousands of Israeli Arabs March to Commemorate October 2000 Riots

Demonstrators in several towns across Israel wave flags, chant anti-Israel slogans and hold up photos of the 13 Israeli Arab protesters killed in clashes with police at start of Second Intifada.

Approximately 2,000 Israeli Arabs, including members of Knesset and other top officials, participated in marches in the northern town of Sakhnin on Saturday to commemorate the October 2000 riots.

The demonstrators waved Palestinian flags, chanted slogans decrying Israel, and held up photos of the 13 Israeli Arab protesters who were killed in clashes with Israeli police forces 11 years ago, at the start of the Second Intifada. Saturdays demonstrators also called for the indictment of the policemen whom they claim were responsible for the killings.

Oct. 2000 riots - Yaron Kaminsky - Oct. 4, 2010
Yaron Kaminsky

"For us, this is still an open wound," said the brother of one of the dead.

Marches took place in several cities and villages across the country, including: Nazereth, Kfar Kana, Arabeh, Umm al-Fahm, and Rahat, among others. Wreaths were placed on the graves of the dead, and mass prayers were held in commemoration of the events.