Rapper Yossi “The Shadow” Eliassi, who in recent years has been known to organize counter-demonstrations to left-wing rallies..
(photo credit: KOBI RICHTER/TPS)
A rally ostensibly for harsher punishments for terrorists brought together far-right activists and agitators better known for other causes in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on Saturday night.
Hundreds gathered at the demonstration called by the parents of Kim Levengrod-Yehezkel and Ziv Hajbi, murdered by a Palestinian terrorist in Barkan in October. The IDF killed the terrorist, Ashraf Walid Suleiman Na'alwa, last week, after a two-month manhunt.
Protesters wielded signs calling for the death penalty for terrorists.
Among the measures that speakers called for were destroying terrorists’ houses and deporting their families from the West Bank. They also lamented that funds were going to Hamas in Gaza.
“It cannot be that we will live with insecurity and they will laugh at us…There is no deterrence,” Iris Hajbi, Ziv’s mother, said.
Rafi Levengrod, Kim’s father, said: “We are representing everyone, left and right, secular and religions. Palestinian terror doesn’t differentiate between population groups. It’s enough that you’re Jewish – that’s a reason for a terrorist to kill you. On the day that the detestable murderer tied up [Kim] and executed her, that is what they did to my father. My father was forced to watch his mother and brothers killed by the Nazis.”
Some expected participants spoke, including Shomron Regional Council head Yossi Dagan and former IDF chief West Bank prosecutor Maurice Hirsch, who spoke about the Palestinian Authority’s payments to jailed terrorists and the families of dead terrorists.
But the night’s emcee also introduced leading anti-migrant activist Sheffi Paz from south Tel Aviv, saying that “the terror is the same” from both Palestinians and African migrants, though none of the latter have been convicted of terrorist offenses in Israel.
Rapper Yossi “The Shadow” Eliassi, who in recent years has been known to organize counter-demonstrations to left-wing rallies, some of which have ended violently, also took to the stage. He said he opposes demolition Palestinians’ homes because “they are a nation of construction workers,” and called to deport terrorists’ families to Gaza.
The demonstration’s speeches also included a woman calling for greater access to medical cannabis for cancer patients. She said that terrorists do not die painful deaths, but people with cancer do, because they do not get enough cannabis.
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