Report: Dozens protest Israeli president visit to Nazareth

TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Dozens of people gathered in Nazareth on Monday to protest a visit by Israeli President Shimon Peres, Israeli media reported.

The protesters waved Palestinian flags and held banners denouncing the president’s visit to the majority Palestinian city in northern Israel, Israeli news site Ynet reported.

Three people were arrested after clashes broke out with security officers, a police commander told Ynet, adding that one person attacked a police officer with a Palestinian flag.

Israel’s Palestinian community of 1.6 million, which represents about 20 percent of the population, is descended from the 160, 000 Palestinians who remained after the war to establish Israel.

Despite carrying Israeli citizenship, Palestinians receive fewer government resources and restrictions on their cultural and political identity.

(www.maannews.net / 20.02.2012)

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