Avi Mizrahi 311.
(photo credit: IDF Spokesperson)
A number of settlers gathered outside the Jerusalem International Convention
Center (Binyanei Ha’uma) Sunday night to protest the participation of OC Central
Command Maj.-Gen. Avi Mizrahi in an event celebrating the 32nd anniversary of
the establishment of the Shavei Hevron Yeshiva in Hebron.
them were several settlers who have received restraining orders, which prevents
them from entering Judea and Samaria.
Mizrahi has roused the ire of those
who have received such orders, which he signed, and they have accused him of
“expelling Jews from their homes.” They also hold him responsible for plans to
remove several unauthorized settlements in the coming weeks.
A number of
those who have received restraining orders were present outside the event
handing out leaflets in protest at Mizrahi’s participation.
activists appealed to the head of the yeshiva, Rabbi Hannanel Etrog, to
dis-invite Mizrahi from the event, but he declined to do so. In response, posters
bearing an open letter addressed to the heads of the yeshiva were hung around
the streets of Hebron over the weekend, with the slogan “Avi Mizrahi: the
expeller of Jews!” The letter recognized Mizrahi’s service for the “security of
the State of Israel,” but said he was responsible for “the expulsion from their
homes of families and youngsters,” and was also planning “the expulsion of
hundreds of Jews from the length and breadth of Judea and Samaria and the
destruction of their homes, God-forbid.”