Police Probing Land Day Protesters Carrying Nasrallah Poster

State Prosecutor debating whether the act counts as support of terrorism, considering pressing charges.

Police on Thursday opened an investigation into several unidentified men who waved posters of Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah and the organization's terrorist mastermind, Imad Mughniyeh, at this week's Land Day protests, police officials said.

More than 10,000 protesters participated in an annual procession on Tuesday to mark the events of Land Day in Sakhnin in 1976, when six demonstrators lost their lives in clashes with Israeli security forces.

At the end of Tuesday's procession, two masked youths raised the photographs of Hezbollah's Nasrallah and Mughniyeh, who was assassinated in Damascus in 2008. Hezbollah has on many occasions blamed Israel for Mughniyeh's assassination.

Police on Thursday said that they know the identities of the suspects, but a decision regarding possible legal action against them has not yet been made. No suspects have been arrested.

Police added that the State Prosecutor's office and the State Comptroller are currently considering whether the act could be considered support of a terrorist organization, which would warrant legal proceedings against the suspects.

Witnesses at the Land Day event, including the procession organizers, have been summoned to the Galilee region police headquarters for questioning.

Sakhnin political officials responded to the police investigation, calling it an attempt to divert the public's attention from the fact that the annual demonstration was orderly.

They accused police of trying to portray the activists' actions as a central event.

The Land Day procession, as has been customary in recent years, began in the city center and ended at the memorial for those who died in the clashes during the first Land Day 34 years ago.

Many participating in the demonstration expressed their opposition to the incorporation of posters of Hezbollah leaders, saying it could divert attention from the main goals of the ceremony and the significance of Land Day for Israeli Arabs.