As Islamic protestors in Arab countries attack American diplomatic facilities over the recent release of a film found objectionable by the international Islamic community, the mayor of the Israeli Arab municipality of Um el-Fahm is critical of Israeli leaders for remaining silent.
Um al-Fahm mayor Sheikh Khaled Hamden was commenting on an incident that occurred on Thursday night, the eve of 27 Elul 5772 in which a military vehicle travel in the Nachal I’ron area, near the Israeli Arab municipality, was targeted by Arab stone-throwers, apparently in an act of protest against the film which Muslims feel depicts Mohammad in a disparaging light. The teens responsible for the attack were apprehended by authorities. There were no injuries reported.
The mayor called for restraint, instructing residents of his community not to engage in law-breaking activities. He added that the silence by Israeli leaders, their failure to condemn the film, shows it is “beneficial” to Israel.
“The fact the government fails to respond signals a lack of appreciation [for Islam] and a desire to see us humiliated” the mayor concluded.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)