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In pictures: Arab-Israeli clashes

Police and Israeli-Arabs push during clashes in Umm al-Fahm, 24 March

Israeli-Arab protesters have clashed with police as Jewish-Israeli right-wingers held a march in the majority-Arab town of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel.

Police line up in Umm al-Fahm

Police declared an Israeli-Arab counter-demonstration illegal and ordered the protesters to disperse.

Israeli-Arabs run as Israeli riot police charge in Umm al-Fahm

Police used stun grenades and tear gas to break up the crowds of hundreds of Israeli-Arab protesters.

Israeli-Arabs throwing stones at police in Umm al-Fahm

Israeli-Arabs hit back by throwing stones at police, as the demonstration descended into violence.

March of flag-waving Israeli-Jews in Umm al-Fahm

The trouble began during the march of about 100 far-right Israeli-Jewish activists through Umm al-Fahm.

Israeli riot police in Umm al-Fahm

About 2,500 police were deployed to protect the Jewish marchers, whom after several postponements the High Court allowed to march on the outskirts of Umm al-Fahm, but not in the centre.

March leader Baruch Marzel

One of the leaders of the march was Baruch Marzel, who led the anti-Arab Kach party that was banned in Israel in 1994.

Israeli man reacts to the effects of tear gas in Umm al-Fahm

Israeli-Arabs make up about a fifth of Israel's population and hold full Israeli citizenship, but face widely-documented discrimination.



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