Police investigate anonymous Bennett threat

Letter refers to Minister's plan to enlist haredim; says Bennett to suffer religious curse, end up like Sharon who is unconscious.

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April 11, 2013 17:27
Naftali Bennett.

Naftali Bennett 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)

Jerusalem District Police on Thursday opened an investigation after an anonymous threat was made against Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett earlier in the day.

The letter sent to his office in Jerusalem addressed Bennett’s push for “sharing of the national burden” and enlistment of haredim in the army and national service programs, saying that he will suffer the wrath of the pulsa denura, or “lashes of fire,” curse and “end up like Sharon,” an apparent reference to former prime minister Ariel Sharon, who suffered a massive stroke in January 2006.

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The pulsa denura is a curse of death that was famously invoked by right-wing extremists against then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin during the Oslo years.

Israel Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that the letter also accused Bennett of discriminating against haredim and warned that he would be punished by God.

Rosenfeld said that the threat does not constitute an explicit death threat, but is serious enough for police to open an investigation.

Bennett’s office had no comment about the threat.


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