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Nothing Changed Since October 2000 Riots, Arab Leaders Say

Leaders call on communities to set aside political differences in remembering 13 Arab citizens killed by Israeli forces.

Jack Khoury
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The circumstances that led to the outbreak of the 2000 disturbances, in which Israeli forces killed 13 Arab citizens, have not changed, officials of the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee assert on the anniversary of the riots Tuesday. The occupation is still ongoing, the threat to the Al-Aqsa Mosque has intensified and the Prawer Plan has placed thousands of Arab citizens in the Negev under threat of eviction from their homes, they say.

Israel’s Arab sector is marking the 13th anniversary of the October 2000 riots on Tuesday. The commemorative events, including wreath-laying ceremonies at the victims’ graves, will take place in the communities where 13 Arab citizens were killed during local marches. A torchlight procession will take place Tuesday night as well.

The main march will take place in Kafr Manda this afternoon. Officials of the Higher Arab Monitoring Committee have called on all political parties, movements and communities in the Arab sector — where local election campaigns are in full swing — to set aside their differences and participate together.

The Higher Arab Monitoring Committee did not declare a general strike, and businesses and schools in the Arab communities will remain open. Officials of the Monitoring Committee for Arab Educational Affairs called upon school principals and teachers to devote an hour of the school day to the events and the circumstances behind them, and to marking the memorial day of the October 2000 riots.

To this day, no officer or commander of the Israel Police has been prosecuted for the events of that time — an issue that the victims’ families consider unresolved. In June 2008, then attorney general Menahem Mazuz accepted the recommendation of a special team appointed by the State Prosecutor’s Office and ordered the investigative files closed. The files were closed on the grounds of insufficient evidence that could have served as a basis for launching a criminal investigation against suspected police officers.

Protestors at a 2012 memorial ceremony in Sakhnin for victims of the October 2000 riots.Credit: Abdullah Shama

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