Why is this Palestinian rioter wearing a Miri Regev t-shirt?

AFP image depicting Likud minister's campaign t-shirt showing up in an unusual place goes viral.

October 6, 2015 12:06
West Bank clashes

A Palestinian youth helps another put on a scarf during clashes with IDF soldiers close to Bet El, in the West Bank. (photo credit: ABBAS MOMANI / AFP)

Hard-line Likud Minister Miri Regev appears to have won the support of an unexpected admirer.

Regev has been among those leading the fight for harsher penalties for Palestinian youths guilty of throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli security forces in east Jerusalem and the West Bank in recent weeks.

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So when a Palestinian rioter was photographed in the midst of clashes with the IDF near Ramallah on Sunday wearing a t-shirt supporting the Likud minister, the ironic image quickly went viral.

A photograph taken by AFP's Abbas Momani outside of the Beit El settlement, where Palestinians were clashing with Israeli soldiers, depicts a masked Palestinian youth helping to tie a red scarf around another youth's face to obscure his identity. The second youth pictured is wearing a t-shirt that appears to be a free give-away from Regev's Likud primary run which reads, "We love you Miri Regev."

The same youth is seen in another AFP photograph sending a burning tire careening toward Israeli soldiers, an act that, it can be safely assumed, Regev would not support.

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