Three charged with assaulting Stern at Kotel

OC Manpower was called "Nazi" and "criminal" for supporting disengagement from Gaza.

By ETGAR LEFKOVITS
October 25, 2006 18:44
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elazar stern noble 298.8. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimkski)

 
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Three Israelis were indicted Wednesday in a Jerusalem court for assaulting a senior IDF officer at the Western Wall for his support for last year's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. The three, Yisrael Ariel, 67, Itamar Puzen, 33, and Daniel Alchi, 72, were charged with creating a disturbance in a public place, insulting a public official and taking part in a disturbance for shoving and cursing OC Manpower Maj. Gen. Elazar Stern at the Jerusalem holy site in the incident last October. The three men called Stern a "Nazi" a "criminal" a "Hitler" and an "impure" who could not pray at the Wall. An observant Jew, Stern had come to pray at the Western Wall with his family during the Sabbath, and had to be escorted away from the site by dozens of police and security personnel.

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