Court: Rightist March in Arab Town Can Be Held After Election

High Court justice asks state prosecutors, 'Would you also defer an Israeli-Palestinian peace rally?'

The High Court on Wednesday ruled that a march by far-rightists through the Israeli Arab town of Umm al-Fahm could go ahead after February's general election.

The ruling came after extremists Itamar Ben-Gvir and Baruch Marzel in December petitioned the court when police decided to delay the demonstration until further notice.

The State Prosecutor's Office argued that the march needed to be deferred until after the election because of the recent hostilities in Gaza and the deteriorating security situation in Israel.

Justice Edmond Levy asked the prosecution, "If a group wished to demonstrate today for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and the demonstrators were waving Israeli and Palestinian flags, and threats were heard against from this or that side - would you also say this march needed to be postponed until after the election?"

Levy was referring to the rightists' intention to display Israeli flags as they marched through the town.

The justice called the march "inconsequential," and said that Israel, with its army and police, would be capable of securing it.

In December, the mayor of Umm al-Fahm said residents would turn out in force to prevent the march, whenever it might take place.