Yediot HaZafon" entitled Arabs in Acre are opening an opposition against the Judaization of the Old City.
According to an article in today's paper by the staff reporter Yaffa Baranes, the Arabs in Akko (Acre) are demonstrating and organizing against what they call the "Judaization" of the Old City. Meetings have been recently held by public officials from Arab factions who have decided to support the fight against the sale of properties to parties intending to "Judaize" the Old City. The Rabbi for the district and the City of Akko Rabbi Yashir stated: "There is no reason why anyone should want to refuse a Jew who wants to buy an apartment"
RaMCHaL הרמח"ל before it was razed by the city's Bedouin ruler Daher el-Omar in 1758, who built a mosque on top of it. In its place, the Jews of Akko received a small building north of the mosque which still functions as a synagogue and bears the name of the Ramchal"
Khan al Umdan"-)The Khan al-Umdan (Arabic: خان العمدان: "Caravanserai of the Pillars" or "Inn of the Columns", also known as Khán-i-'Avámid) is the largest and best preserved khan in Israel. Located in the Old City of Acre, it is one of the prominent projects constructed during the rule of Ahmed Jezzar Pasha in the Ottoman era.)
The Arab factions lead by Ahmad Odeh of the Israeli Arab Communist Party, decided to support the fight against the sale of assets as defined radical elements who intend to Judaize the Old City . Still mean Jewish organizations who get apartments in the old town.
Representatives gather every two weeks , including council members, heads of the Waqf and sheikhs to discuss matters relating to the Arabs of the city. The meetings are not political , and purpose - to handle and solve problems of Arab residents . The meetings are usually held at the community center or the central mosque , al-Jazzar . " Over ten years ago I argued that there is a trend to Judaize the Old City ," said Odeh .
"Fortunately, in recent weeks have understood representatives of the Arab population trend is growing stronger , and so it was decided to unite in order to defeat it. Decided to take steps overt and covert , the fame can ruin them. We have no intention to upset anyone. We only want to hold on to homes and our assets . Were born and grew up in the city. We All in all for ourselves. interests factors that may harm the delicate coexistence in the city, and it is not possible to us."
The Rabbi for the district and the City of Akko Rabbi Joseph Yashar, recently criticized Odeh stressing that Oded is openly inciting against Jews who want to live there .
Rabbi Yashar, "Just as the Arabs are allowed to buy homes anywhere, they wish and no one refuses them. Than justifiably there is no reason to refuse Jews who wants to buy an apartment anywhere in the city. I do not understand what the problem is . If we had come and "God forbid" incite against Arabs and did not allow them to buy homes, there would be a literal war here. We wish to live here in coexistence. Just as the Arabs are allowed to freely buy apartments, than why should Jews not be allowed to buy?"