Ramallah – Dunya Al Watan
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett canceled a visit he was scheduled to make to Umm al-Fahm, following pressure and criticism directed at the visit and the United Arab List headed by Representative Mansour Abbas.
Abbas was going to accompany Bennett on the visit today, Friday, which coincides with the anniversary of the gift of Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa (the gift of October 2000).
The visit was canceled after calls were made to demonstrate in the city, according to what was reported by Arab 48.
In its statement, the list said that it “requested to postpone the visit that he was going to… Bennett, Friday to Umm al-Fahm,” adding that the decision to postpone the visit came “in response to the unified request.” And she stated that “the visit has been postponed to another date to be determined later.”
Bennett’s spokesman said in a brief statement: “It was clarified that the postponement of the visit to the vaccination center in Umm al-Fahm took place in light of the expected demonstrations, as well as for security reasons,” adding and emphasizing: “This is the reason, and that is everything.”
The list said that its request to postpone the visit came “out of respect for this important anniversary (the gift of Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa) and out of respect for our righteous martyrs, and in order for our efforts to be properly focused, on the one hand, to confront the (Corona) epidemic that is spreading recently in our Arab society, and on the other hand to revive our important national occasions with unity. patriotism and in a proper manner for our people and the city of Umm al-Fahm and its delicious people.”
The (Arab 48) website says that the postponement of the visit came after criticism and a call by the Umm al-Fahm People’s Committee, which called for a “pause of anger” against Bennett’s visit to the city.
In a poster published on Thursday evening, the People’s Committee stressed that it “will not accept the exploitation of the Corona pandemic and vaccination centers, to broadcast poisonous messages against our people, and serve only the fascism and racism of Zionist governments.”
The committee titled its poster with the phrase “Neither welcome nor easy for war criminals,” noting that the sit-in would take place at half past nine in the morning on Friday, in front of the same health fund, which Bennett was scheduled to visit.
The committee also noted that the visit comes “on the anniversary of the Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa Intifada.”
Bennett was to visit a vaccination center against the emerging coronavirus (Covid-19) at the Clalit Patients Fund in the city, on Friday morning, accompanied by Abbas, and Ayman Seif, the official in charge of the Corona file in the Arab community, according to a brief statement issued by Bennett.
The gift of Al-Quds and Al-Aqsa erupted in the 48 regions on October 1, 2000, through the general and open strike called by the Higher Follow-up Committee of the Arab masses, in response to the storming of the then-Israeli opposition leader, Ariel Sharon, into Al-Aqsa Mosque.