Settler Protests 311.
(photo credit: marc israel selem)
Hundreds of demonstrators at major intersections across the country on Sunday
evening chanted “Revenge! Revenge!” and waved national flags in response to
Friday’s attack in Itamar in which terrorists killed five members of the Fogel
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The protests were organized by My Israel under the slogan “We are
all Israeli, We are all settlers.”
“I came to demonstrate because they’re
spilling Jewish blood, and instead of taking care of the terrorists, they’re
wasting their energy demolishing homes in Gilad Farms,” Jerusalem resident Moshe
Meron said at a protest at the entrance to the capital.
He was joined by
about 100 other demonstrators. Many had come straight from the funeral for the
five Fogels in the Givat Shaul cemetery.
There were scattered reports of
violence in the West Bank.
Palestinians from Hawara, south of Nablus,
threw rocks at a bus carrying Itamar residents back to their homes following the
funeral service. Light damage was caused to the bus when the Palestinians
attempted to stop it, though the driver was able to evade them and continue
Palestinian sources reported a few instances of “price tag”
attacks by settlers, including five cars in the Nablus area that were set on
fire. Dozens of young settlers threw rocks at Hawara, about 7 km. away from
“Police have heightened general security to make sure that we
would minimize or be prepared for demonstrations that could take place,” said
police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.
He said the main concern of the police
over the past 24 hours was not the demonstrations but ensuring the safety of the
thousands of people who attended the funeral. Twenty thousand came, creating
large traffic jams across the capital.
“I understand people are
I am frustrated too, a little child’s head was decapitated,”
said David Ha’ivri, executive director of the Shomron Liason Office. “But I
don’t think people should take the law into their own hands, though I know
people need to vent their rage.”
Ha’ivri also called on Defense Minister
Ehud Barak to resign following the murders, accusing him of “exploiting and
exhausting his powers in the Ministry of Defense to exercise his political
agenda of fighting Jewish residents in Judea and Samaria.”
The Council of
Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria, and the Gaza Strip, the umbrella activist
organization that includes the Shomron Liason Office, caused a stir on Sunday by
releasing gruesome photos of the murder scene, including the bloodied bodies of
Ha’ivri said he had “mixed feelings” about the decision to
share the photos with the public.
Perhaps “people just have to see how
terrible it is,” he said.