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"A march by extremists potentially promoting racist messages against Arab citizens and scheduled purposely in an Arab town poses a trying dilemma. However, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) believes that to protect free speech and freedom to demonstrate – prerequisites for a healthy democracy – we must protect all forms of speech, especially if they are unpopular or provocative. While blatant incitement to racism must not be permitted, restrictions on speech should be imposed only when absolutely necessary. Prohibiting a march because it constitutes a provocation, or for fear of a violent reaction, sets a dangerous precedent. If there is no clear indication that participants would incite to racism or commit acts of violence, the march must be allowed to take place, with both demonstrators and the residents of Umm el-Fahm appropriately protected."