The inhabitants of the Arab town of Shafa Amr in Israel have protested against the visit of Israeli President Shimon Peres as part of the town's centenary celebrations organised by the municipality. Brandishing banners condemning Israeli policies towards Palestinians as "unjust and racist", the demonstrators raised particular concerns about political trials and prosecutions of those the state refers to as "Israeli Arabs".
These legal moves against the community have, claimed the protesters, "Escalated to an unprecedented degree following the arrest of Ameer Makhoul and Dr. Omar Saeed and the beginning of the trial of two members of the Knesset, Muhammad Baraka and Saeed Nafa."
The demonstrations took place amidst a heavy police presence which remained in place throughout the day as a measure accompanying Peres' visit.
Source: Quds Press