Attack on singer 'an unacceptable act,' police chief says

"All those who voted for Bibi, do me a favor, don’t cry when your children die in the next stupid [IDF] operation,” victim of attack posted on his Facebook page one day prior.

March 22, 2015 19:52
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Yohanan Danino

Yohanan Danino. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Friday’s attack on singer and publicist Yehonatan Geffen was an especially grave incident that cannot be taken lightly, National Police Commissioner Yochanan Danino said Sunday.

“If he had been attacked while giving a performance or a public appearance, that would be one thing, but to come to a person’s door and attack them at their house, this is something else, something that absolutely cannot be accepted,” Danino said Sunday. 

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Geffen was at his house on Moshav Beit Yitzhak on Friday when he received a knock at his door. After opening the door, a man punched him, knocking him to the ground and calling him a traitor and a murderer and leftist, before throwing an egg at him and leaving.

The attack is believed to have been a politically-motivated assault, because of a statement Geffen made the night before during a performance in Tel Aviv, (and which he later posted on Facebook) during which he said “all those who voted for Bibi [Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu], do me a favor, don’t cry when your children die in the next stupid [IDF] operation,” adding that “You again voted for a leader who promises us death, not life, fear and not hope.”

Danino said that police have managed to detain and release a few people since the assault, but that no arrests have been made. 

Also on Sunday, Singer Achinoam Nini, who is also known for her outspoken left-wing views, wrote on her Facebook page that she was subject to verbal abuse after landing in Israel from a trip to Italy.

Nini said people shouted at her ''traitor to Israel'' and ''we'll take care of you like Geffen.''

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